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Amherst Belt Lines
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Our final show of the 2009-2010 season was the Nashua Valley Railroad Association (NVRRA) Show in Shirley, MA. The show was on April 11 at the Shirley Middle School from 10 AM to 4 PM. The BeltLines put together a modest 24’ x 36’ layout in the limited time available for setup. Thanks to all who participated in the show and helped get the layout on its feet and operating.
There have been a number of new modules added to the layout this year. Some have been replacements for older modules, some have been past modules returning to the shows and some of the modules have been from new associates with the Belt Lines. It is great to see the growth in the layout and the variety of modules that come from the group! We are always looking for anyone interested in operating a large and variable modular layout, and new modules are always welcome, too! If you want to build a module, or just help out at a show,
see Sudro, Clark or Alan and we will be happy to ‘sign you up!’
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The Belt Lines attends about six shows per year from September through April. Our schedule as we know it today is below. If you would like to mark your calendars for shows we will be attending, here are the dates for the rest of the spring season in 2010 and our start on 2011:
We will publish additional details as invitations are sent to the Belt Lines.
Thanks to everyone that presented at last month’s meeting. The attendance was 82 people.
All meetings are in the MS Auditorium Interpreted for the Hearing Impaired
May 18, 2010 Dan Bigda "Freight Car Futures"
June 15, 2010 Annual Business Meeting and Silent Auction Quabbin's RR: The Rabbit" by J. R. Greene
The current membership in the Amherst Railway Society is 402
Please check your mailing label. Your membership expires on June 30 of the year listed on the label. You will not be able to check out items from the library, or participate in other benefits of membership after that date. Now is the time to think about renewing. Free for Full Time students, 1 year for $20, 3 years for $50 and 5 years for $80
Student memberships require the name of the school, and the class/year in addition to the student contact information
If you just renewed for one year and your mailing label says 2010, yes you are due to renew again.
I must apologize for missing you at the March meeting. It would have been the first meeting that we were all back together following the Show. I had a couple of fun stories that I will still share with you next time that you will enjoy. Our exhibitors can really come up with some great ones that you just cannot make up!
As many of you know from reading these monthly columns, we had a ―Hits and Misses‖ meeting just after the show while things were still fresh in our minds. There will be many changes for the better for next year, including some minor logistical changes, a few more tents connecting the buildings, an all new, bigger and better reception center, more clinics and, as you know by now, some surprises that we have already decided upon. Our meetings include getting together with the folks at the Eastern States Exposition to call upon their expertise. Hey have given us some great feedback as well.
We are changing the structure of the Show with regard to the staff and volunteers. Some positions will be eliminated or combined with existing positions and others will be new positions that are necessary because of our growing Show and needs. Just one for example is the new Reception Center Manager, which is critical because of the new structure of the Reception Center (it is moving and will be much larger!) I will have more to say about that in person at our next general meeting.
Other interesting endeavors include our added theme of having ―Shows within Shows.‖ Currently, we have the Euro-East folks (European Train Enthusiasts) as well as the 1/87th group exhibiting within our show. We estimate that those 2 groups added to our attendance another 1000 people...that’s fantastic! We are in early talks with the National Model Railroad Association (NMRA) as they have approached us about trying to do more with us. That’s exciting stuff! We’ll have more to say about that after their spring board meeting.
My only other note in this short report is that of a reminder for our third Annual Silent Auction that we will have just before the final meeting of the season (at the June meeting). As in past years, the auction will begin as soon as we are set up (usually around 6pm) and we will run until 8pm on time to begin our final meeting of the year. Each year – as you know – we accumulate some great items, all of which are donated throughout the year. For this year’s auction, we have new books, a great deal of scenery materials, including trees, ground cover and the like, clothing, hats, badges and plaques, some vintage Lionel, Magnuson models, new locomotives, structures and more. As always, we will have some bidding fun, allowing you to obtain these items at a VERY low price, and we get to add to the grant fund all at the same time.
See you next time!!!
John Sacerdote, Show Director
|Flying Yankee Fundraising Celebration, Executive Court, 13500 South Willow St., Manchester, NH. 6-11 PM. Cocktails, silent auction, dinner, entertainment. Tickets $60. Info: FlyingYankee Restoration Group, Box 145, North Woodstock, NH 03262; 603881-3317; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.flyingyankee.com>|
|May 1||Opening Day At The Eastern Connecticut Railway Museum|
|May 9||CT Trolley Museum (East Windsor) Mothers Day, Mother’s ride free with paid Child admission|
|May 22||Training Day At The Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum, New volunteers are always welcome! See http://sftm.org/training.shtml for more information.|
|May 29||Opening Day At The Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum, See http://sftm.org for more information.|
|June 4 -5||New England / Northeast Prototype Modelers Meet Collinsville CT|
|June 12-13||Pioneer Valley Live Steamers Work Weekend Southwick MA|
|June 15||All materials borrowed from the ARS library are due. ARS Annual Business Meeting And Silent Auction|
|June 18-20||Fathers Day weekend – Pioneer Valley Live Steamers annual open to the public weekend|
|June 22-26||NRHS Annual Convention –Scranton PA|
|July 11 -17||NMRA National Convention –Milwaukee WI|
|Aug 6||Flying Yankee Dinner Train – Lincoln NH 6:00 PM -Catered by Hart's Turkey Farm aboard the Hobo Railroad Train with Mr Phil onboard for entertainment. $40 Adult, $35 Child -A portion of the proceeds will benefit the restoration project. Purchase tickets online at www.hoborr.com|
|Sept 9 -12||Northeast Region NMRA Convention Burlington VT|
|Sept 21||First Amherst Railway Society meeting in the Fall|
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