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Amherst Railway Society
June 15, 2004
Meeting Announcement


The last meeting of the season for the Amherst Railway Society is Tuesday, June 15, 2004, 8:00 P.M., at the Amherst Middle School.

“Maine Two-Footers, Past and Present”


Above: Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes engine #18.
Below: Sandy River #5 in Farmington, Maine

Our last program of the year will be presented by Matt Sharp who lives with his wife Martha in Phillips, Maine, and owns the model railroad store, Train and Trooper, which specializes in New England and narrow gauge railroading, fine scale models, and the Maine two footers. His program will focus of the history of the five Maine narrow gauge railroads - the Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes; Bridgton & Saco River; Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington; Kennebec Central; and Monson.

Matt grew up in Yarmouth, ME, his home being only one block from the Grand Trunk Railway Station where he spent many hours as a boy. In addition, his grandfather was a wreck master on the Pennsylvania RR. He graduated from UMass with a degree in Environmental Design, and became interested in Maine two-footers while spending time at Edaville RR. Matt and Martha opened the store Train and Trooper in 1989, and have been attending a number of model railroad shows over the years including our show in February.

There will be a business meeting preceding the program with 2 important items on the agenda.

  1. Election of officers and members at large for Board of Directors: The nominating committee will be presenting a slate for the membership to vote on. At this time, nominations include Doug Moore - President, Ira Laby - Vice-President, Janet Moore - Secretary, and Peter Veneman, Harvey Allen, and Alan Rice - all members at large.
  2. Allocation of Funds for Grant Requests: The Board has studied the grant requests received this Spring and has come up with proposed grants for 25 organizations totaling $30,000. We are very fortunate to be able to help so many worthwhile railroad related projects. We will be asking your vote to support this funding.

Please return all video tapes at this June meeting !!

Reminder! Don’t forget the October 2, 2004 trip north from Warren and Northampton to ride the Mt. Washington Cog Railway. For more info, contact Doug Moore at 413-436-7071. It should be a beautiful time of year in the mountains.

Dues Hike, effective July 1,2004! If you renew your membership before July 1, 2004, cost will still be

  • $10.00 - 1 yr
  • $26.00 - 3 yrs
  • $40.00 - 5 yrs.

After July 1, 2004, the cost will be

  • $15.00 - 1 yr
  • $40.00 - 3 yrs
  • $60.00 - 5 yrs

BIG RAILROAD HOBBY SHOW - Jan. 29 and 30, 2005

Have a nice Summer !

This page was updated on: Wednesday, June 2, 2004
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