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March 18, 2003
Meeting Announcement

The next meeting of the Amherst Railway Society is Tuesday, March 18, 2003, 8:00 P.M. at the Amherst Middle School.


Railroading in Yugoslavia 2002: Ken Harstine has been into modeling and railfanning all his life, with his primary interest being mountain railroading in California. Last summer, he attended a folk brass band festival in Serbia (Yugoslavia), and discovered some interesting railroading. Slides will include traveling the Belgrade to Bar line (254 tunnels in 71 miles, completed in 1976) visiting the 2.5 ‘ gauge museum in Pozega, and riding the Romantika Steam Train.

Real Steam in New England: Robert Carlson has worked with steam locomotives since the ‘40’s. He was a boiler inspector for the New Haven Railroad, served as lead fireman on some of the last steam trips on the New Haven, and was in charge of the steam department at the Conn. Trolley Museum. His presentation will cover steam on the Central Vermont, the last steam trip on the Boston and Maine from Boston to Portland with B&M’s 3713, etc.

Early Diesels in the Northeast: John Callahan is a railfan and modeler whose interest is New England/Northeastern railroading with a particular focus on the pre-Guilford Boston & Maine Conn. River line. John models in HO and live steam, and has had photos of his layout in Model Railroader magazine and on the September page of their 1997 calendar. John will share slides of past railroading with early diesels in the local and regional area

Steve Payne will present “A Paltry Passel of Passable Photographs of Passe Power Projected for your Perusal and Possible Pleasure” - meaning and intending to include a small sampling of standard and narrow gauge steam, as well as street and interurban electric railways. Steve’s avid and active interest in steam and electric railroading began in 1942, and over the next twenty or so years led to his having taken thousands of photographs - nearly 500 of which have been published. These have appeared on calendars, on both the covers and inside pages of books and periodicals, LP jackets, postcards, and in advertising.


Ticketed attendance was 18,066, not including under 5’s, vendors and volunteers. Thanks to all who worked so hard to make this show one of the best in the country. We get many compliments on how well our show is run. Some of the biggest names in the industry now attend our show as vendors, and they consider it well worth their time. If you missed it, consider helping next year. Dates for next year are Feb. 7&8, 2004 because of the Super Bowl on Feb. 1, 2004.

Please check your jacket! Sy Berger is looking for his dark green wool loden jacket, size large and L.L.Bean brand. He left it upstairs above the office at the show on Saturday, and when he went to go home, he found a short black wool jacket, size large and J.Crew brand. If you think you went home with the wrong jacket, please call Sy - (413)253-2217.

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Steamtown Safari June 7 & 8, 2003!

It appears that Steamtown, in Scranton, PA, may be opening on Memorial Day weekend for steam excursions. Last year some of you may remember that they didn’t start steam excursions until July 4th, and we lost our weekend in June. Please let Doug Moore know if you are interested in the trip. You don’t have to commit yourself now. He needs to know if there is enough interest to even plan the trip. If you haven’t been yet, and you enjoy steam engines, this is the trip for you. We leave early Saturday morning and get most of that day plus all the next day at Steamtown. We go on one planned steam excursion, and maybe a trolley ride if you want it. We get a shop tour, including quality time looking at B&M 3713 in process of restoration. The exhibits are excellent, and you can’t get much closer to working steam engines. We stay at the Radisson, which is in the restored Lakawanna Railroad station.

More details will be forthcoming this spring. Speak to Doug or Janet Moore.

This page was updated on: Tuesday, March 4, 2003
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