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2011 — 2012

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20 meeting "Rail Transit in the Pioneer Valley" by Dana Roscoe
Amherst Belt Lines Outing Pepperell Siding Model RR Club Show
Postponed until Spring 2012, date to be announced
18 meeting "Freight Car Futures" by Dan Bigda
6 Amherst Belt Lines outing Bedford Boomers, Bedford, NH
15 meeting "New England Central and RailAmerica" by Charles Hunter
3-4 Amherst Belt Lines outing New England Model Train Expo, Marlborough, MA


“Museum Trains in Germany and Denmark”
by Joshua Redenz
28-29 show Amherst Railway Society Railroad Hobby Show
Setup: January 26-27
Public Show: January 28-29
20 meeting

"American Locomotive Heritage Museum" by James F. Cesare III

1 show (away) Nashua Valley RR Association Railfair, Shirley, MA
17 meeting "Boston & Maine Operations---Sept. 1950" by George & Kathy Melvin
meeting "A Decade of Railroads ----the 1990's" by Buddy Winniarz
19 meeting (annual business meeting) "A Slice of the Cheshire' Modeling the Cheshire" by Jim Dufour
8 "Rail Fan Sunday" at the Rowe Historical Society July 8 (Sunday) – Rowe, MA
Rail Fan Sunday Featuring the Hoosac Tunnel
The Rowe Historical Society is having a special event for rail fans interested in the Hoosac Tunnel. The program begins at 1 P.M.
Hoosac Tunnel expert Jerry Kelley will present “The Hoosac Tunnel Then and Now” and Tim Lawrence will show his video “On to the Hoosac, On to the West: The Story of the Hoosac Tunnel.” A toy train exhibit will include classic American models plus unusual trains by JEP, Hornby, and Wrenn. There will also be a new display of the museum’s collection of original Hoosac Tunnel memorabilia. The Rowe Historical Society is located at 282 Zoar Road in Rowe, MA 01367.

Calendar of Trips

Date Event location Type For More Information
Sunday, April 1 CNE Historical Tour by bus in Litchfield County Connecticut) The 2012 tour will cover the CNE between Norfolk, CT and the NY
State line at Millerton plus Copake in NY.
CNE Historical Tour 2012
Saturday, April 14 Free Self-Guided Model RR Layout Open House Tour Layouts on the 2012 tour are located in:
Attleboro, New Bedford, Holden, Westport, East Bridgewater, Holliston, & Charlton, Massachusetts, and Middletown, North Scituate, Warwick, & Cumberland, Rhode Island

Saturday, April 21, 2012:
Mass Bay Rail Road Enthusiasts
'Fall River Extra'
Middleborough, MA to Attleboro and Fall River, MA Excursion: This will be the first publicly-offered passenger train to go all the way to Fall River since our October, 1967 "Newport Special" excursion, and the first between Middleboro and Attleboro since Amtrak's "Cape Codder" ceased operation in September 1996.

Due to circumstances beyond our control, we will be unable to operate this excursion between Cotley and Attleboro as originally announced. The train WILL OPERATE Middleboro - Cotley - Fall River as planned.
Please note itinerary changes at the link above.

Mass Bay RRE
P.O. Box 4245
Andover, MA 01810-0814

Information Line 617-489-5277 or 978-470-2066

Email: or or visit our "CONTACT US" page.

ARS members use this link to buy tickets at member rate.(This link does not reflect itinerary changes.)

Our train will depart from the MBTA's Middleboro/Lakeville commuter rail station at 9:45 AM. From Middleboro we'll head west to the junction at Cotley, in the city of Taunton, and then continue west to Attleboro. There we'll reverse direction, returning to Cotley before heading southward to Myricks and Fall River. At Fall River we'll have time to visit the Old Colony & Fall River Railroad Museum or the Marine Museum of Fall River before our train departs for the return to Middleboro, expected to be around 6:30 PM
Sunday, May 20, 2012 'Hoosick Junction Limited' Rutland, VT to North
Bennington, VT & Hoosick lunction, NY on the Vermont Rail System.
This will be our first excursion over the entire line from Rutland to Hoosick Junction in over 20 years

Tickets on sale early March!

Saturday, June 23, 2012 Trolleyfest Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum 14 Depot St.                       
Shelburne Falls, MA 01370
Museum 413-625-9443
Office 413-624-0192
Sunday, July 8, 2012 Railfan Sunday Highlighting the Hoosac Tunnel The Rowe Historical Society    Kemp-McCarthy Museum   282 Zoar Road   Rowe, Massachusetts 01367 The starting time is listed as 1 pm. Contact the Rowe Historical Society for more details. Phone: 413-339-4238


Sunday, July 29, 2012 'North Countiy Explorer' on the Conway Scenic
North Conway to Redstone & Hazens, NH, Our special train will
cover all operable portions of the ex-Maine Central 'Mountain Division' from
Redstone to Hazens, First-Class, Dome and Full Dining Car service available.

Tickets on sale early May.
Saturday, October 13, 2012 'P&W Fall Excursion'on the Providence &
Worcester Railroad.
Worcester, MA to Willimantic & Groton, CT First passenger train over the upgraded Willimantic Branch between Plainfield & Willimantic in many years

Tickets on sale August 2012.

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