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NBRTF partners with Salem Depot

The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce has formed a partnership with The North Bend Rails-To-Trails Foundation Inc. to raise funds to restore the Salem Depot.

This partnership allows both community organizations to work together to raise funds for a Federal Transportation Department grant to fully restore the fire damage to the Salem Depot.

To make a tax deductible donation to the Salem Depot restoration project, send your donation to the Foundation at the address below. Mark on your check memo or in a letter with the check that the donation is for the "Salem Depot Project". All checks must be made out to the "NBRT Foundation"

PO Box 206
CARIO WV 26377-0206

An acknowledgement letter will be returned to the donor by US Postal service. Funds for the grant match will be held in a seperate bank account and cannot be withdrawn until authorized by the Foundation AND the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce.

Salem Depot today, structurally sound but in need of repair after a 2008 fire.

Interior damage of the Salem Depot due to fire.

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The Salem Depot (above) was constructed in 1912 after the original wooden train depot located on the site was destroyed in a fire which also destroyed the Salem commercial district. After the railway line stoped operation in the late 80's the depot was restored. Unfortunately a fire in the boiler room in 2008 destroyed the interior and damaged the roof.
The North Bend Rails-to-Trails Foundation Inc.'s headquarters is located in the Historic Cario Bank building. Our summer hours for 2016 starting May 7th are 10am-5pm on Saturdays. On 3 day weekends the office is open both Saturday and Sunday. We will close after the 3rd weekend in October. We are looking forward to seeing you.

CAIRO, West Virginia – The North Bend Rail Trail (NBRT) that crosses four counties in north-central West Virginia recently was awarded grant funding of a little more than $1 million for continued trail improvements, repairs and maintenance. The eastern counties that the North Bend Rail Trail dissects will be the primary work focus for funding.
The North Bend Rail Trail is popular with hikers, bikers, horseback riding and walkers. It features 13 tunnels, is relatively flat, and stretches 72 miles beginning in Happy Valley in Wood County and ending in Harrison County near Wolf Summit. It is an east-west trail, once the rail line for B&O and the CSX system.
“The North Bend Rails-to-Trails Foundation, Inc.was a key factor in the success of achieving grant funding,” said Ryan Burns with the West Virginia Division of Highways (WVDOH). “The foundation raised funds used to match initial grant requirements.”
The original funding for trail work is a combination of Recreational Trails and Transportation Enhancement Program funds, the North Bend Rails-to-Trails Foundation, Inc., and multiple sources which created a collaborative partnership involving the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, WVDOH and the NBRT Foundation. The combined trail funding has resulted in a combined total of $1.035-million. The funding is granted through the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and administered by the WVDOH.
“The NBRT, one of the premier rail trails in West Virginia, has needed maintenance work performed on its eastern section, but funding was not available,” said NBRT Superintendent Paul Elliott.
“Trail improvements will include tread surface hardening and much-needed drainage work along the trail in sections in Doddridge and Harrison counties. Everyone involved is dedicated to keeping North Bend Rail Trail one of the best in the Eastern US. Grant funds and interested groups working together keep good work happening in West Virginia.”

“The North Bend Rails-To-Trails Foundation,Inc. thanks West Virginia State Parks and the West Virginia Division of Highways for their dedication to improve the North Bend Rail Trail.”

Board of Directors, NBRT Foundation, Inc.

North Bend Rail Trail receives $1 million in grants
Paul Elliott
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