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Amherst Railway Society
January 18, 2005
Meeting Announcement


The next meeting of the Amherst Railway Society is Tuesday, January 18, 2005, 8:00 P.M., at the Amherst Middle School.

“MBTA: Five Decades of the T” by Mr. Bob LaMay

Robert A. LaMay has been photographing and writing about trains since the mid 1950’s. The show contains slides taken at all seasons of the year of various types of rolling stock from PCC cars to F40 commuter locomotives, from all over the various lines operated by the MBTA, now called Mass Bay Commuter Rail. Included will be trolley operations of the late 1950’s, 1960’s, and 1970’s, and early days of T operations. Bob has co-authored a book with the late Joseph R. Snopek entitled ‘Diesels to Park Avenue - The FL9 Story’. He is currently assistant editor of the Ghost Train Journal, newsletter of the Conn. Eastern Railroad Museum.

It is with great sorrow that I inform you of the death of Annabelle Stone, longtime member Cliff Stone’s wife of 61 years. Many of you will remember seeing Annabelle at the show with Cliff in the past. She was born and raised in Hartford, CT, before living and raising her family in Southwick, MA. Cliff’s address is 204 Longyard Rd, Southwick, MA 01077-9590.

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The Palmer Public Library is undergoing a major expansion in “The Town of Seven Railroads” and expects to open sometime during February. The best part is the inclusion of many railroad themes. Already, the Society has given a grant to help fund the Railroad Reference Room. Several ARS members compose a 7-member Railroad Advisory Board. A large G-scale railroad will be constructed for the children’s area and “Imagination Station. One notable feature is the inclusion of several railroad artifacts for display. Member Phil Opielowski was able to find and purchase the original cast iron “Palmer” station sign. A local resident is donating the “Three Rivers” station sign from the Athol Branch. We want to have all four villages of Palmer represented in a wall display. Phil is now looking for the blue and white porcelain BONDSVILLE sign from the B&M station. He remembers a collector having it at our annual show 6-7 years ago. The Thorndike sign from the Ware River Branch is also desirable--if it exists. If you know of the Bondsville sign’s whereabouts, please either e-mail DJMoore@samnet.net or call Phil any early evening at (413) 967-0077. Thanks for your help!

>Reminder: There is no Tuesday meeting in February.
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Club member Stanley Wojczyk from Chicopee, MA is trying to arrange transportation to our show at the Big E. If you are from that area, please call (413) 592-0420.

Speaking of our show, it is rapidly approaching. If you have not yet made plans to volunteer either before, during or after the show, it is not too late. We have a variety of things to be done requiring different levels of strength and fitness, and it is fun! Just ask anyone who has been helping for years. All members up to date (2005 or greater) will receive in the mail a show pass, good for one of the two show days. If you spend time volunteering on the second day, you will get in free that day also. Consider it.

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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