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Amherst Railway Society
November 20, 2007
Meeting Announcement

The next meeting of the Amherst Railway Society is Tuesday, November 20, 2007, 8:00 p.m., at the Amherst Middle School.

Railfanning in the New England States
by Mr. Buddy Winiarz

Mr. Buddy Winiarz will present a program featuring railfanning in the New England states as well as New York. Included will be some past Boston & Maine, CSX, Guilford, CP, Green Mountain, P & W, Hobo Railroad, etc. He is married with two sons and one daughter and lives in Derry, NH.  He is the current President, and has been very active in the B&MRRHS. He enjoys U.S. history, railroad history, photography and among other things, the Patriots and Red Sox.

It is with sadness that we mention the passing of long-time member Steve Allen. Steve was 92 and has recently been inactive in the society. Our condolences also go to Bryant Carpenter for the recent death of his beloved wife of 58 years, Betty Carpenter.

We were also saddened to hear that Dick Cousineau died this past Sunday, Nov. 4 th . Dick was also a long-time faithful member who enjoyed the railfan trips. He was also a member of Pioneer Valley Live Steamers.

Please remember there is always a table set up at the back of the auditorium on meeting nights for you to display models, photos, etc.

The Amherst Belt Lines are a very active part of the Railway Society. The fall season is a busy one for them. The first show was September 23 at the Pepperell Siding MRRC. They have just attended the Bedford Boomers in Bedford, NH on November 4. December 1 and 2, they will be at the New England Model Train Expo in Marlborough, MA. And of course, they are the host layout at our own Railroad Hobby Show, January 26 & 27, 2008.

Tour de Chooch - a free self-guided model railroad Open House. 23 Layouts - 2 Days

Saturday, Nov. 24, 2007, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, visit 11 layouts in 11 southeastern New Hampshire towns. On Sunday Nov. 25, 2007, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, visit 9 layouts in 9 towns in northeastern MA. Phil Johnson reports that these are open to anyone and family friendly. They are well marked and the hosts are very gracious. Please visit this link to download maps: http://www.amoskeagnorthern.com/chooch/Chooch2007.pdf or for more information, call Phil Johnson at 413-774-5855.


Please take a minute to look at your calendars and decide what day(s) you can volunteer at our upcoming 2008 Railroad Hobby Show. This year, we will need more help than ever as we are including part of the Mallory building in our show (four buildings). There are all kinds of work to be done, not all of it hard. For those who enjoy more physical work there is setting up on Thursday and Friday, and taking down on Sunday. For those less inclined, there are many things including door sitting on Thurs. and Friday to make sure only exhibitors enter the buildings, ARS Hospitality Center, Office, etc. The Amherst Railway Society has one of the biggest railroad shows in the country, if not the biggest. We can be proud of that, as many have worked hard over the years to achieve this. Let’s make this show the biggest and best yet. You may bring the completed volunteer form to Doug Moore at the meeting, or mail it to Doug Moore, PO Box 341, Warren, MA 01083.

I would like to help at the Big Railroad Hobby Show. (Please indicate approximate times)

* By now I hope you have had a chance to visit the website for the Railroad Hobby Show. Go to http://www.railroadhobbyshow.com It is well done and easy to use.

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