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June 17, 2003
Meeting Announcement

The next meeting of the Amherst Railway Society is Tuesday, June 17, 2003, 8:00 P.M. at the Amherst Middle School.

High Speed Rail: Europe, Japan & America

Author and photographer Brian Solomon will provide a beautifully illustrated slide presentation on different high-speed railway networks in Japan, Europe and the USA. Among the trains featured are the Shinkansen "Bullet Trains" including the futuristic "Nozomi 500", known as the "fastest train in the world"; the French TGV,German ICE, and Spanish AVE. Concluding the program will be a review of AmtrakÕs Northeast Corridor with photos of PRR GG1s, high speed turbo trains, and the latest "Acela Express".

Brian Solomon is the author of more than 20 books on railways, including "Bullet Trains", published by MBI. He has traveled widely making photographs and studying railway operation in more than a dozen countries and presently divides his time between Ireland and the USA.


There will be a short business meeting for the election of officers. The nominating committee which includes Ryan Strong, David Cass, and Chet Louis, has come up with the following slate of officers:
Doug Moore - President
Sy Berger - Vice-President
Janet Moore - Secretary
Harvey Allen - Director
Peter Veneman - Director
Alan Rice - Director

Please check the membership year on your envelope. If it says 2003, you are due to renew, and you should find a renewal form in your envelope. You will not receive mailings in the fall if we donÕt receive your dues.

Please return all videotapes at the June meeting !

Steamtown Safari Recap: 22 of our members recently returned from a 2 day trip to Steamtown in Scranton, PA. We had a great time despite the weather, and were given a warm welcome from Steamtown and the Lackawanna & Wyoming Valley Chapter, NRHS. In addition to a ride behind Canadian Pacific locomotive 2317, we had a tour of the shops where we viewed the progress made on B & M locomotèive 3713 , one of the projects our club has been underwriting for several years. We also had an enjoyable ride on the beautifully restored trolley * 76, built by J.C. Brill in 1926 for the Philadelphia and West Chester Traction Co., along a portion of the Laurel Line, and through the Crown Avenue Tunnel - one of the longest interurban tunnels ever built. Please consider coming on the trip next spring. It is well worth it.


June 28, 2003    Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social    2 - 4 pm

Sit on the platform and watch the trains pass by the Chester, MA Depot, watch video interviews of local residents or visit the restored 1919 "woodie" caboose. Make a day of it!

Thank-you! From the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum:

The museum invites members of the Amherst Railway Society to its Members Day on Saturday, August 2, 2003. Free to ARS members,ride the beautifully restored trolley No. 10, Harvey AllenÕs CV Pump Car, and the 1910 CV caboose, powered by our Trackmobile, and view our collection of historic photographs. Reservations are required for the barbeque(approx. $10). For more info call 413-625-9443, see www.sftm.org, or write to PO Box 272, 14 Depot St., Shelburne Falls, MA 01370.

2003 Grants announced

Upcoming dates:

Big Railroad Hobby Show - February 7 & 8, 2004 Don’t miss it !

This page was updated on: Thursday, June 5, 2003
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