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Amherst Railway Society
June 19, 2001
Meeting Announcement


The next meeting of the Amherst Railway Society is Tuesday, June 19, 2001, 8:00 P.M., at the Amherst Middle School.

The Seashore Trolley Museum and
Heritage Trolley Planning in Lowell

by Jim Shantz

The first part of the presentation will be some background about Seashore and its collection, interpretation and ongoing restoration. The second part will cover the plans to expand the existing National Park trolley system in the City of Lowell into a full downtown transit system, and how a Seashore branch would be a key component.

Jim Shantz has had a lifelong interest in street railways. Shortly after moving to Boston at age 12, he became active at the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, ME and has maintained active participation there for almost 40 years. His initial interest was in restoration which led to his learning skills in woodworking, steelworking (including hot riveting), and general mechanical work. Jim has served on Seashore's board for more than 25 years, and has been Chairman for the last 15 years. Jim is a graduate of Brown University, is employed by John Hancock Funds, and lives in Boston's South End.

Annual Meeting!

A short annual meeting will precede the presentation. The nominating committee presented a slate of board members and officers at the last meeting in MAY. This month we will vote on that slate. It is as follows: Doug Moore President, Sy Berger Vice-President, Janet Moore Secretary, and Peter Veneman, Harvey Allen, and Sudro Brown as Board members.

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Please bring all of your borrowed ARS video tapes to this meeting.

Please check your envelope for a renewal card. It is that time again, and our Treasurer David Royce eagerly anticipates your prompt renewal.

Crawfprd Notch Express Saturday, September 29, 2001.

Ride with Conway Scenic Railroad through Crawford Notch in the White Mts. of New Hampshire. For more information, call Doug Moore (413) 436- 7071.

Reminder ! ARS Day at the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum is Sunday, July 22, 2001. Join them for rides on their beautifully restored trolley. Please bring your ARS membership card. (Your webmaster, Joe Kurland, is expected to be motorman and/or conductor that date.)

The restoration of B & M 3713 is closer to becoming a reality !

A small group of club-members made the third annual trip to Steamtown in Scranton, PA on June 2nd and 3rd. Our hosts were the Lackawanna and Wyoming Valley Chapter of the NRHS, the Chapter sponsoring the restoration of this locomotive. They are very appreciative of the financial contributions the Society has made to the project, so we received royal treatment. We had a comprehensive tour of the shop and a chance to view 3713, and ask all the questions we wanted of the person in charge of the restoration. On the steam excursion, we were given exclusive use of the beautifully restored Lehigh Valley private car, the "Black Diamond". Some people chose to tour a neighboring coal mine and museum, while others took the newly restored trolley ride.

There are always new and different things at Steamtown every year. Trolley enthusiasts will be interested to know that the trolley line is being extended this summer to a five mile length, out to Montage. It will go through a mile long tunnel formerly part of the Laurel Line, an interurban trolley system. This should be open and running by June of 2002, and we hope more of you will come along on the Steamtown Safari. The hotel we stayed in is the restored Lackawanna Station and Headquarters of the former Lackawanna Railroad. This really is a great trip. Mark your calenders for the first week-end in June, 2002.

Those of us on line can follow the progress of 3713 at the Chapter's web site: www.laurellines.org

Amherst Railway Society Announces Year 2001 Grants

At its May 15th, 2001, meeting the members of the Amherst Railway Society voted to approve 17 grants totaling more than $30,000 to be used in funding railroad related projects. The grants are made from the money the Society earns at its Annual Big Railroad Hobby Show held in early February.

Grants were made for repair or restoration of several locomotives including Boston & Maine engine #494 in White River Junction, VT, Boston & Maine locomotive #3713, The Constitution, at Steamtown National Historic Site, Scranton, PA, and the Flying Yankee, currently undergoing restoration at Claremont, NH. Other locomotive projects receiving grants were the Moore-Keppel Climax #6 at the Cass Scenic Railroad, Cass, WV and the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad engine #487 at Chama, NM.

Several grants were also made for trolley car restoration projects. The cars being restored include Connecticut Car #838 at the Seashore Trolley Museum, Kennebunkport, ME, Connecticut Company car #1602 at the Shoreline Trolley Museum of East Haven, CT, and Boston Metropolitan Transit Authority car #5706, owned by the Boston Street Railway Association and located at the Shoreline Trolley Museum. The Connecticut Electric Railway Association of East Windsor, CT, received funding for work Montreal Tramways car #2600, Connecticut Company car #355,and Montreal Tramways car #2056 (formerly Springfield (MA) Street Railway car #575).

Other donations for rail related projects were given to the Chester Foundation, Chester, MA, the Danbury Railway Museum of Danbury, CT, the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum of Shelburne Falls, MA and the Westfield River Watershed Association of Westfield, MA.

Building and equipment restoration and construction grants went to the Wiscassett , Waterville & Farmington Railway Museum of Alna, ME, Downeast Rail of Augusta, ME, the Old Colony & Fall River Railroad Museum, Fall River, MA, and the Adirondack Scenic Railroad, Thendara, NY

The Amherst Railway Society has been making grants to railroad related projects for the past several years in its attempt to increase public awareness and interest in all forms of railroading. Society membership is open to anyone with an interest in railroads or railroading in any form. Further information is available at: www.AmherstRail.org/membership.html or (413)436-0242.

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