Model Railroad Museum awarded $10,000 grant

By THOMAS P. CALDWELL, LACONIA DAILY SUN

WOLFEBORO — Efforts by the Lakes Region Model Railroad Museum to restore the former freight shed in downtown Wolfeboro to serve as its home received a boost Tuesday with the awarding of $10,000 from the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program.

The Model Railroad Museum was among 42 projects in 35 communities receiving a total of $3,600,000 in LCHIP awards. Grants ranged from less than $4,000 to $390,000, and included 29 historic resource projects for buildings representing nearly two centuries of New Hampshire history. Two grants went to preserve rare railroad buildings.

Restoration of the Wolfeboro freight shed would capture and preserve a sense of the role of railroads in the development of the Lakes Region, and the Lakes Region Model Railroad Museum would provide historically accurate and visually impressive modeling.

The museum plans to offer an interactive experience for both adults and children, giving them the opportunity to operate elements of the model railroad using the latest technology.

The freight shed, located at the start of Wolfeboro’s Bridge Falls multi-use path, was built in 1872.

“We are very appreciative of LCHIP’s investment in our efforts to restore the Wolfeboro freight shed building,” said John Simms, president of the Model Railroad Museum. “This award will help us to our goal of restoring and preserving that structure so that we can house the museum.”

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Dijit Taylor, center, executive director of the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program, joins John Simms, left, president of the Lakes Region Model Railroad Museum,  and LRMRRM board member Russ Schundler after announcing a $10,000 grant to help restore the former freight shed in downtown Wolfeboro. (Courtesy Photo)