Amherst Railway Society
September 20, 2005
Welcome back!! to the 2005/2006 season of the Amherst Railway Society. Our first meeting of the fall will be Tuesday, September 20, 8:00 p.m. at the Amherst Middle School.
Dutchess County Railroads
Bernard Rudberg of Wappinger Falls, NY, is our speaker. Other than some time spent in the Navy during the Korean War, Mr. Rudberg spent 35 years working in IBM Engineering, retiring in 1991. He now writes books about railroad history, primarily the small predecessor railroad lines that eventually became part of the CNE and later the New Haven. He is President of the Hopewell Junction Depot Restoration Inc., and is working to restore the Hopewell Juncton depot and make it into a small museum and educational facility.
Mr. Rudberg will be concentrating on Dutchess County, his home territory. A few years ago, during restoration of the Newburgh, Dutchess & Connecticut RR headquarters building, workers found the old records - 48 volumes of 11x17 hand written ledgers, dated from 1879 to 1904. He has read every page and they are the basis for his book Twenty-Five Years on the ND&C. He has also written guidebooks for the last two CNE Spring Tours, which covered from Canaan, CT west into NY as far as the Hudson River at Rhinebeck. Mr. Rudberg will be bringing many photos for us to look at. He has a website with more photos at :
Craig Lyman Dore 1938- 2005
It is with great sadness that I pass on to you the news of the sudden passing of Craig Dore, long-time loyal member of the society, a person who helped out in many ways over the years. Many of you will remember his service for the last few years in the cash office of our Railroad Hobby Show. Craig leaves his wife and a son and daughter. Contributions in his name can be made to the American Diabetes Association or the Amherst Railway Society (a railroad related project will be chosen by the Board of Directors as recipient). A service of remembrance and celebration of his life was held in Pelham at which the Society was well represented. We will miss Craig.
Refreshment Committee Volunteers are still needed. We have just one person at this time and that will not work. If you like your coffee, enjoy chatting with people after the meetings, consider volunteering. There is very little extra time involved. Speak to Doug Moore if you are interested.
The Berkshire Scenic RR trip that was being planned for this September has been postponed until spring due to lack of transportation.
REMINDERS!! Please check your mailing label. If it reads 2005, then you should renew now. Your membership has expired, and you will not receive a show pass unless you renew for 2006. Fees are as follows: 1 yr: $15.00, 3 yrs: $40.00, 5 yrs: $60.00.
BIG RAILROAD HOBBY SHOW !! January 28 & 29, 2006
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