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Amherst Railway Society
June 18, 2002
Meeting Announcement


Map showing location of Amherst Railway Society meetingsNotice: June 18th meeting location changed to Amherst Regional High School, off Triangle Street, about a block from the Junior High School. (click on map.)

The final meeting of the 2001/2002 season of the Amherst Railway Society will be Tuesday, June 18, 2002, 8:00 P.M., at the Amherst High School.

“ Trucking Has Won. Why Freight Railroading Cannot, Will Not, and Probably Should Not Regain Market Share from Trucking”

Trains Editor Mark W. Hemphill explains why railroads didn’t “lose” share because the technology of railroading is unsuitable for most of what trucks haul. There’s plenty of growth opportunity for railroads, but it’s all in long-haul, high-volume, regular moves. He suggests that railroads have much more to do to learn the lessons of deregulation.

Mr. Hemphill dispatched trains for the Kansas City Southern Railway in Louisiana, edited documents on nuclear cleanup for the U.S. Department of Energy in Idaho, taught technical and business writing for the Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, repaired locomotives throughout the West, and managed construction projects in Alaska. He became Editor of Trains in September 2000.


Please remember to bring back all your borrowed video tapes so they can be catalogued and properly stored for the summer. Thanks

The report from the Nominating Committee, consisting of Ira Laby, Bill Kaiser, and Tom Carter, is as follows:

  • Doug Moore President
  • Sy Berger Vice-President
  • Janet Moore Secretary
  • Sudro Brown Director
  • Harvey Allen Director
  • Peter Veneman Director

There will be a short business meeting to vote on this slate for next year.

The Amherst Railway Society Appreciation Day at the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum has been moved to Sunday, August 25, 2002.


It is with great sadness that I have to tell you of the death of Arthur Schnabel, May 10, 2002. Arthur and Barbara were regulars at meetings, enjoyed railfan trips and volunteered at the show. I’m sure many of you knew him. In addition to the Amherst Railway Society, Arthur was a longtime member and one-time secretary of the Railroad Enthusiasts. His greatest love in life was the CT Eastern Railroad Museum where he served as bulletin editor for many years. He was intricately involved in the dedication, development and opening of the new roundhouse on Bridge St., Willimantic in June of 2001. The current donation we are making to the CT Eastern Railroad Museum is being made in Arthur Schnabel’s name. Contributions in his memory may be made to CT Eastern Railroad Museum and CT Eastern Chapter, NRHS, Inc., P.O. Box 665, Willimantic, CT 06226

Attention: Steamtown Fans! The dates tentatively set for the next Steamtown Safari will be Sat.+Sun. September 7 + 8, 2002. This trip to the Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton, PA is both educational and fun. We leave early Saturday morning, and get home Sunday evening. For more info, contact Doug Moore (413)436-7071.

This page was updated ond: Wednesday, June 5, 2002
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