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May 21, 2002
Meeting Announcement

The next meeting of the Amherst Railway Society is Tuesday, May 21, 2002, 8:00 P.M., at the Amherst Middle School.


This presentation by Mr. Michael J. DeCataldo will cover the high-speed Acela Express train, Acela Regional service, track and station improvements, on-board and station amenities, and the rationale behind the design and execution of the Acela brand.

Michael J. DeCataldo started his railroad career 28 years ago as a locomotive fireman for the Penn Central Railroad, and was promoted in 1976 to locomotive engineer, working Amtrak passenger service between New York and Washington. He entered management in 1985 as a Road Foreman of Engines for New Jersey Transit, and has continued to hold various management positions since then. In 1995, Mr. DeCataldo joined Amtrak as the Assistant General Manager of Customer Services in New Haven, CT. Mr. DeCataldo is currently the General Manager for Amtrak's New England Division headquartered in Boston, MA.

The New England Division extends from New Haven, CT to Boston, MA, while also providing service to Springfield, MA, St. Albans, VT, and Portland, ME with the new Downeaster. The New England Division operates 21 commuter trains for the State of Connecticut, 62 Intercity Amtrak trains including 18 Acela Express trains and 278 commuter trains daily, for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. As General Manager, he provides leadership and has overall responsibility for all departments on the New England Division, ensuring compliance with safety, operating, and environmental issues.

There will be a short business meeting at the start of this month's meeting to vote on this year's grant recipients.

A nominating committee has been formed to seek candidates for the upcoming annual election at our June meeting. The committee includes Ira Laby, chair, Tom Carter, and Bill Kaiser. They will give their report at this May meeting.

Please check the date on the mailing label for this newsletter. If it says 2002, it's time to renew.

The Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum is hosting an Amherst Railway Society appreciation day on Saturday, July 27. All are invited.

May 18, 2002 is the date this year for Chester on Track! This annual event is quite popular. There is something for everyone - trains, music, crafts, vendors, and a wonderful small-town atmosphere.


Members Night - March 2003 ! Our March, 2003, meeting will be a Members Night. Instead of having an invited speaker, members are invited to give short presentations concerning some railroad topic which they think would be of interest to the membership. The presentations will be limited in time, depending upon how many presenters sign up.

If you wish to participate, please see Sy Berger at the May 21, 2002 meeting (he will identify himself) or contact him by any of the following means:

Phone: 413-253-2217
Postal address: 459 Flat Hills Rd., Amherst, MA 01002
E-mail: berger@psych.umass.edu
Mark your calendars now!!

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