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April 15th, 2008
Meeting Announcement

The next meeting of the Amherst Railway Society will be Tuesday, April 15, 2008, 8:00 p.m. at the Amherst Middle School.

"RDC - The Budd Rail Diesel Car"
by Mr. Preston Cook

Preston Cook will present the PowerPoint program "RDC - THE BUDD RAIL DIESEL CAR" at the April meeting of the Amherst Railway Society. This program is a combination design history and technical tour of the highly successful Budd RDC cars that were developed to vanquish the last of the steam locomotives from branch line passenger service. Some of these cars have had very substantial lifespans and are still around performing useful functions today. The program provides a detailed look at the backgrounds of the designers of the cars, examines variations that were proposed but not built, tells the history of the Detroit Diesel 110 series engines used in the cars, and provides a walk around tour of one of the cars preserved at a museum. The program is further illustrated with a variety of action photography of the cars taken by Preston Cook and Jim Boyd.

Preston Cook is a mechanical engineer who has worked as Training Manager and .Service Representative for two locomotive builders over a span of 35 years in the railroad industry. He is the author of four books and several hundred magazine articles on railroad, marine, military and travel subjects.

Mass Bay RRE Berkshire Flyer

Phil Johnson reports that there are probably less than 60 [update: less than 25] seats left on the Berkshire Flyer trip in May, and these will probably sell out by our next meeting. If anyone wants tickets, they should call Dave at 978-470-2066 before mailing for tickets.

A flyer with a ticket order form for Amherst Railway Society members is available online at:

Please remember that if the mailing label on your envelope says 2008, you should renew before the end of June. July 1 starts the next fiscal year. Dues are $15/year, $40/3 years and $60/5 years. You can pay at the meeting or send them to Janet Moore, PO Box 341, Warren, MA 01083.

Message from the Show Director:

I don’t know about you, but I am tired of the snow…It’s just about this time of year when I want to get outside and work around the yard. The downside of that is that there is less time to work on the layout! None-the-less, I am happy that it is warming up.

We are in “maintenance mode” for Show related tasks. This time of year gives us time to improve the web site, develop changes to the site – including ecommerce, which will give our vendors and participants the opportunity to pay via credit card in advance.

I say “maintenance mode,” but we are already planning for next year. We have already had a number of vendors express a desire to move to the new “center of all the action” a.k.a. the Mallary North Complex. Folks have already realized that there was a great deal of traffic in that building and wish to be a part of it. Also, we have been in contact with many new manufacturers and folks that want to exhibit even more layouts!! So many new layouts…so little space!

The committee and department chairs had a “hits and misses” meeting – what worked and what didn’t work with regard to the 2008 show….we already have all the necessary plans in place to make appropriate adjustments for next year.

A few months ago we spoke about a silent auction coming this spring…..That is on the way and we have many interesting things accumulated for this surprise event of the spring. I will have more information for you soon, probably by the time this goes to print we will be ready to go. This will be the first of its kind so I am sure that we will be able to learn from the event. I look forward to the evening. All proceeds will go into the grant fund, so every dollar we make from this event will be helpful.

As always, I encourage anyone with any ideas, thoughts for the show, possible new vendors – you name it, we would love to hear from you.

John Sacerdote, Show Director

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