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Amherst Railway Society
June 20, 2006
Meeting Announcement

The next meeting of the Amherst Railway Society is Tuesday, June 20, 2006, 8:00 p.m., at the Amherst Middle School.

All Stations Great and Small

by Mr. Brian Solomon

Old Erie RR depot at Industry, NY, October, 1987
Photo by Brian Solomon

Palmer Diamond
Photo by Brian Solomon
The railway station, small and large, quiet and bustling, close and far will be portrayed in all its glory. The program will feature a great variety of railway stations here and there, some familiar, some strange. See the Hale-Bopp comet over the Amherst Station! See great architectural wonders, and small country halts. Not a program to be missed!

Brian Solomon is a second-generation railroad photographer, having inherited his passion from his father. Brian began railway photography at age 5 with a twilight photo of a former New Haven Railroad signal east of the East Haven tunnel using his father's Leica M3.

He grew up in Monson, MA, attended Hampshire College in Amherst, and later earned a Bachelor of Fine arts degree in Photographic Illustration from the Rochester Institute of Technology. After a stint working as a professional photographer, he was hired by Pentrex Publishing to help edit Passenger Train Journal and Pacific Rail News, and later became Editor of PRN. As a freelance author since 1996, Brian has produced more than 30 books on railways, including two books on railway stations. He has published more than 2000 photographs in calendars, brochures and publications including Railway Age, TRAINS Magazine, and the Journal of the Irish Railway Record Society. In addition he has traveled widely, visiting railway operations in more than 25 countries around the world.

More photos by Brian Solomon

VIDEO TAPES must be returned at this meeting!

The Nominating Committee consisting of Chris Coyle, Chet Louis and Ryan Strong presented at the last meeting the following list of proposed candidates for officers and directors for 2006-2007.

President - 2 candidates: Doug Moore
Sudro Brown
Vice-President: Ira Laby
Secretary - 2 candidates: Janet Moore
Bruce MacCullagh
Directors - 3 candidates for 3 positions: Harvey Allen
Alan Rice
Peter Veneman

For statements of candidates, please click on this link.

At this June meeting, our annual meeting, we will have a short business meeting including the following:

  • 1. Election of Officers and Directors for 2006-2007
  • 2.Vote on 2 by-law proposals. Copies of these proposals are included with this mailing.
  • 3. A reading of the list of grant awards as proposed by the Board of Directors.

Renewals: Our fiscal year ends on June 30, 2006. Please check the year on the mailing label of your newsletter. If it says "2006", your membership expires very soon. Dues are $15.00/ 1 year, $40.00/ 3 years and $60.00/ 5 years.

Refreshment Committee update: As of now, we still have no one to be responsible for coffee and doughnuts next fall when meetings resume. This could possibly mean there will be no coffee and doughnuts until we get 3 people. This is not a difficult job; 2 people could handle it, but 3 are better in case one person can't make it. Someone picks up the doughnuts and supplies. Someone else sets up the coffee pot before the meeting and has to take it home afterwards.


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