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May 15, 2007
Meeting Announcement

The next meeting of the Amherst Railway Society is Tuesday, May 15, 8:00 p.m. at the Amherst Middle School.

“Trolleys Across the Bay State”
by Mr. Brad Clarke

Brad Clarke is a chemical engineer by profession, now semi-retired. He is a former long-time trustee of the Seashore Trolley Museum and has authored nine books on electric public transportation in the Boston area, the most recent of which are Streetcar Lines of the Hub - The 1940’s, and Tremont Street Subway, A Century of Public Service, the latter co-authored with O.R. Cummings. He is president of the Boston Street Railway Association, a non-profit 501C (3) educational organization, which has more than 900 members, and publishes transit books and a bimonthly periodical, Roll Sign. The Association is currently restoring its Boston Type 5 streetcar, No.5706, with considerable help from the Amherst Railway Society and from many other donors.

Bob Buck retires after 31 years as Show Director!  At the April 28 post show appreciation dinner held at Storrowton Village Restaurant, Bob Buck was feted for his 31 years as Show Director and for over 40 years of dedicated commitment to the Amherst Railway Society. During those 31 years, the show went from a one-day event in the Student Union Ballroom at UMass, to the huge 2 day show we now have. Bob received numerous accolades and gifts including the first ever Honorary Lifetime Membership of the Society and the title of “Show Director Emeritus”. Bob can be seen wearing a badge bearing this title. Bob’s family was with him as well as over 50 members and friends of the society.

Trip Committee Volunteers are needed at this time. This is a great way to serve the society especially if you are interested in investigating and planning future trips for the membership. Please speak to Sudro Brown or contact him at president@AmherstRail.org or (413) 253-3183.

The Nominating Committee will present a proposed slate of officers and at large Board members for 2007/2008 at this May meeting.

National Narrow Guage Convention

For those of you interested in narrow gauge railroading, this tour of the SR&RL on Monday, August 27, 2007 may interest you. This is preceding the 27th National Narrow Gauge Convention in Portland, ME, August 29 to September 1, 2007. A Mr. Gary Kohler is hosting this bus tour, which will leave Farmington, ME at 9:30 a.m., and include a catered lunch buffet at Saddleback Ski Resort in Rangeley, a once-in-a-lifetime look at the inside of Marbles station and an exclusive freight train running for the group at Phillips. Tour will be about 8 hrs. Cost may be $50 to $60. Please contact him ASAP if interested.

M2FQ Publications
Gary Kohler
PO Box 133
Washington, OH 44490-0133
(330) 702-0117

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