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November 16, 2004
Meeting Announcement

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

Are Railroads Still Necessary?

We all know how railroads are largely responsible for the building of America in the 1800's. Have they outlived their usefulness or are they still a critical part of our economy? Our program will be presented by Mr. Orville R. Harrold, current President of the Providence & Worcester Railroad Co.

Mr. Harrold received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY and went to work in 1954 as a test engineer for the Westinghouse Air Brake Co. After serving from 1956 to 1960 in the U. S. Marine Corps. he went to work for the Pennsylvania Railroad, later Penn Central Railroad. Mr. Harrold served in a supervisory capacity in the Maintenance of Equipment Department at several railroad locations. His last position was Assistant Regional Mechanical Superintendent, Metropolitan Region, and he was responsible for the maintenance of all the equipment moving in and out of Grand Central Station in New York City.

Mr. Harrold has worked for the P & W RR since 1973, first as Chief Engineer and then as General Manager from 1974 to 1980. He has been President since 1980.

Please check the date on the mailing label of your newsletter. If it says 2004, this is the last newsletter you will receive, and you will not receive a show pass. Dues have gone up: $15.00/1 year, $40.00 / 3 years, $60.00 / 5 years.

Reminder: You are encouraged to bring models, photographs etc. to share with others at the meeting. A table is set up for that purpose.

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

For many years now, the Amherst Railway Society has put on a railroad hobby show, each year's show being at least as good or usually better than the previous year. I hope that most of you have been able to at least attend a show. Our present 3 building show at the Big E in West Springfield is without a doubt one of the largest railroad related shows in the entire U.S.

Perhaps you are wondering how we manage to do this? It is only possible with the help of many willing volunteers. Right now members are distributing show flyers, getting the word out. For 2 days before the show, volunteers are needed to help get the show set up. During the 2 show days, Saturday and Sunday there are various tasks to be done, some of them not requiring great physical strength or the necessity of walking long distances.

Please consider helping this year for at least part of a day, whatever you can manage. Every member receives a show pass which is good for either one of the show days. The day you volunteer to help, you get in free. We are all very proud of the reputation of our show. Wouldn't you enjoy being a part of this remarkable undertaking?

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





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