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October 21, 2003
Meeting Announcement


The next meeting of the Amherst Railway Society will be Tuesday, October 21, 2003, 8:00 P.M., at the Amherst Middle School.

“China, The Final Show of Steam”

Allan Wiswall’s interest in the railroad began as a child, sparked by his father’s career with the old New Haven railroad, and his interest in photography began not long after. Since then, Wiswall has compiled a library of over 30,000 photographs ranging in subject matter from Boston’s South Station to Europe, Africa, India and Asia, with both railway and scenic shots from 23 countries. Squeezed in between trips to South Africa and Zimbabwe, were visits to China in 2000 and 2002. He has recently had an exhibit “Railways of Southern Africa” at South Station.

Allan Wiswall’s slide show will feature a mountain pass in N. E. China, “Jing Peng Pass”, built in 1995. The line through the pass hosts about 8 to 10 up and down trains per day with most all powered by double-headed 2-10-2’s. Also included are some steel mills with their fleet of 2-8-2’s and two logging railways powered by 30” gauge 0-8-0’s. This show all takes place in the area north of Beijing.

Please remember to check the date on your mailing label. If it says “2003”, your membership has expired, and you need to renew. Only current members will receive the pass for the show along with upcoming newsletters.

Ira Laby was elected to the position of Vice-President at the September meeting. If you have suggestions of speakers for future meetings, please see Ira.

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According to club-member Harvey Allen (and written in the minutes), a group of students and professors met on October 15, 1963 in Goessman Lab., Room 151 at Umass. Previously, when Harvey was a student, a group of railfans had met informally to share photos, etc., but had disbanded. Since that meeting in 1963, our society has grown in many ways. Present at that meeting were Harvey Allen, Maurice Bates, Robert Johnston, William Becker, Michael Cann, Ned Chase, Stowell Goding, Adrian Lindsey, Everett Turner, and Al Wynne. The decision was made to meet at 8:00 P.M. on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, and to have members present programs. The program that night was Mexican Steam by Everett Turner, American Diesels by Al Wynne, and some steam shots from around Amherst by Harvey Allen. Three of these original members are still regularly attending meetings: Harvey, Everett and Al.


Please consider now whether you can volunteer at our great show.

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