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May 15, 2001
Meeting Announcement

The next meeting of the Amherst Railway Society is Tuesday, May 15, 2001, 8:00 P.M., at the Amherst Middle School.

The Rebirth of the Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway
by Larson Powell

Over the past 12 years a dedicated group of railfans have been hard at work in Alna, Maine, clearing the trees and brush form the original roadbed of the two-foot gauge Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway, abandoned in 1933, and creating an operating museum that resembles as closely as possible the railroad as it looked and "felt" in the early 1900's. With over 700 members and with financial support form such groups as the ARS, the W.W.&F. Railway Museum now has nearly a mile of track in service, several reproduction buildings and a collection of original rolling stock.

This talk will review (with color slides) what has been accomplished to date and what the Museum's plans are in the months and years ahead.

Our speaker, Larson Powell is a native of Pittsfield, MA, and has been president of the W.W.& F. Railway Museum for 7 years and editor of its newsletter for 8 years. He originally became interested in the Maine two-footers as a child when visiting his mother's old homestead in Monson, Maine, during the 1930's and early 1940's, when the Monson Railroad was still running and its mainline was only about 150 feet away from her house. He is a member of the ARS.

There will be a short business meeting prior to our guest speaker on May 15, 2001. With some of the profits from the show, we usually award grants to organizations, groups, etc. that are working on some railroad related project. Tonight, we will be voting on grants proposed by the board.

We will also hear a short report from the nominating committee whose members are Dick Joyce, Bryant Carpenter, and Chris Coyle. We will hold club elections in June.


This year, Chester on Track will be Saturday, May 19th. Last Saturday, April 28th, about 35 of our members were treated to a delicious meal in appreciation of the financial help the society has given to the Chester Foundation over the years. After dinner, some of us took a Spring hike on the proposed path that will make the Whistler Arches more accessible.

Steamtown Safari, Sat. & Sun. June 2 & 3, 2001. This visit to Steamtown in Scranton, PA includes an optional trip to the Lackawanna Coal Mine.

Crawford Notch Express, Sat. Sept. 29, 2001. Ride through scenic Crawford Notch during the foliage season. For more info on these trips, talk to Doug Moore or call (413) 436-7071.

The Connecticut Eastern Chapter of the NRHS has announced the dedication of their roundhouse at a ceremony on June 10, 2001, in Willimantic, CT.

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