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May 17, 2005
Meeting Announcement

The next meeting of the Amherst Railway Society is Tuesday, May17, 2005, 8:00 p.m. at the Amherst Middle School

“The Grasse River Railroad”
by Mr. Bill Gove

Bill Gove is a retired forester with a deep interest in forest history, as well as the histories of lumbering and railroading. His program tonight will feature the Grass River RR, a 16 mile major logging RR and common carrier operated by the Emporium Lumber Company from 1913 into the 1930’s. The railroad operated from the NYC connection at Childwold, NY into the Tupper and Saranac Lakes region of the Adirondacks. Mr.Gove is the author of numerous magazine articles and co-author of the books Rails in the North Woods, and Vermont’s Granite Railroads. He is author of J.E. Henry’s Logging Railroads and will have 2 more books by the end of the year on White Mtn Logging Railroads and the Adirondack Logging Railroads. Retired from the Vermont Department of Forests and Parks, he resides in Williamstown, VT.

A nominating committee has been chosen consisting of John Lauzon, Bill Kaiser and Tom Laware, Jr. They will present their report tonight. Annual elections will be held at a brief business meeting at our last meeting of the year, June 21, 2005.

Please check the date on the mailing label of this meeting notice!! If it says 2005, then your membership is expiring this summer. If you want to continue to receive meeting notices after October and your free show pass, you have to renew. 1-yr membership is $15.00, 3-yrs is $40.00 and 5-yrs is $60.00. Full time students are free. Thanks

We are still looking for 2 more people to form the Refreshment Committee. Tom Laware can’t do it alone. If you enjoy your coffee and donut, please consider helping.

Upcoming Events!!

Ride with the Providence and Worcester Railroad Sunday, June 19, 2005. to the Roger Williams Zoo and Dinosaur Exhibit. Depart Worcester 9:00 a.m. Tickets may be purchased at P&W offices or by mail. Make checks payable to Kiwanis Club of Worcester. P&W Railroad, P.O. Box 16551, Worcester, MA 1-800-447-2003

Mass Bay RRE Granite Railway Quarry to Wharf Tours - one week-end per month, April to October. Call Vic Campbell, 617-822-4046

The Spring Convention of the NE Region, NMRA will be held at the Marriott Hotel, Nashua, NH, Fri. thru Sun., May 13-15, 2005. (860) 568-5075 or john_NER@yahoo.com

Chester On Track - May 21, 2005, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is a great celebration in a real country, railroad town. See the Chester Station/Railroad Museum that our Society has donated funds to restore, a parade, train show and craft fair, live entertainment, Mass 10th Civil War Re-enactors, steam and gas engines, historic exhibits, food, etc. (413) 354-7752 or dpiercedlp@AOL.com.

The Friends of the 470 write:

We are trying to save a piece of our country's history - an old steam engine - the 470. It is the last Maine Central Steam Engine left in Maine. And only one of three left. Given as a gift to the city of Waterville it has been left outside victim to vandals and the weather for the last 51 years.

The Friends of the 470 have formed to raise funds to help restore this monument to steam engines. One way to bring recognition to our cause is to host a railroad festival on June 11th - 470 Days!! I have attached our flyer and would hope that you can help publicize our cause. If you need more information please feel free to contact me at (207) 872-4940.

With much appreciation,
Jennifer Hickey
Friends of the 470
Community Awareness Chairperson

We encourage all members to bring items to share with the group - models, photos, etc. A table is set up at the rear of the auditorium for that purpose.

Big Railroad Hobby show - January 29 & 29, 2006

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