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March 16, 2004
Meeting Announcement

The next meeting of the Amherst Railway Society is Tuesday, March 16, 2004, 8:00 P.M. at the Amherst Middle School.

“Vanishing Steam in Cuba”

Greg Nazarow will offer us a slide show compiled from 2 legal trips to Cuba in 2001 and 2003. The program will include visits to about a dozen mills and their locomotive shops, some vintage automobiles and some views of operations on the national railway, FCC. Anticipate a visit to the world’s greatest accidental museum, where time has almost stood still since 1959. Greg graduated from Tufts in 1983 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, and from Babson College in 1989 with a MBA. In 1991, he started doing waybilling, car accounting, marketing studies, etc. with Walt Stapleton of Claremont, NH. He is currently Director of (Rail) Operations Analysis for SYSTRA Consulting in Lebanon, NH. SYSTRA’S world headquarters is in Paris, France. The company engages in railway and rail transit consulting engineering work all over the world.

Congradulations to everyone who helped put on the 2004 Big Railroad Hobby Show, the best railroad show in the country. The show was as good as ever with a paid attendance of 18,211. This does not include children under 5, vendors and volunteers. It could never happen without the combined effort of dedicated club members. Be sure to save the dates for next year’s show - January 29 + 30, 2005!

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Long-time member Harry Vallas (“Uncle Harry”) is currently living in Parkway Pavillion, 1157 Enfield ST. (Rt. 5), Enfield, CT. Visiting hours are from noon to 8:00 P.M. Other than not being ambulatory, Harry is of sound mind and enjoys talking to his visitors, especially about railroading. Stop in to see him if you are in the area. Some of you will remember Harry as the man at door 7 on the Friday before the show.

Dues Hike! The Board of Directors has voted to raise the dues effective July 1, 2004 because the current dues do not cover total costs of mailings, speakers, etc. any more. If you renew before July 1, 2004, cost will still be $10.00 - 1 year, $26.00 - 3 Yrs and $40.00 - 5 Yrs. After July 1, 2004, the cost will be $15.00 - 1 Yr, $40.00 - 3 Yrs and $60.00 - 5 Yrs.

Doug Moore is arranging a trip to the Mount Washington Cog Railway on Saturday, May 8, 2004. More info in next newsletter.

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