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Amherst Railway Society
October 21, 2008
Meeting Announcement

The October meeting will be Tuesday, October 21, 2008, 8:00 p.m. at the Amherst Middle School.

Railroads of California
by Mr. Brian Solomon

This program will cover a host of different elements of California Railroading including: Southern Pacific/Union Pacific operations over Donner Pass, Union Pacific in the Feather River Canyon, Amtrak's California Zephyr, Capitols, and Pacific Surfliners, San Francisco Muni (including 'F-line' PCC's and Cable Cars), Oakland's Jack London Square street running, Los Angeles Metro Link commuter trains and Metro-Rail light rail San Diego Trolley.

Since 1996, Brian Solomon has authored more than 40 books including: Railroads of Pennsylvania, North American Railroad Bridges, Working on the Railroad, Amtrak, Railroad Signaling, Railroad Photography, Railway Masterpieces, The American Steam Locomotive, and America’s Railroad Stations. He served as the editor of Pacific RailNews for Pentrex Publishing in Waukesha, Wisconsin for several years, before embarking on a career as a freelance writer and photographer. His work has appeared in numerous railroad publications including TRAINS Magazine, Passenger Train Journal, CTC Board—Railroads Illustrated, Railway Age, and The Journal of the Irish Railway Record Society.

Brian gives regular lectures on both contemporary and historical railroad subjects. Recent lectures have included those to: Amherst Railway Society, Amherst, Massachusetts; Sacramento Railroad Museum, Sacramento, California; Palmer Public Library, Palmer, Massachusetts; Irish Railway Record Society, Dublin, Ireland. He has worked as an on-board lecture-host for Great Train Escapes/Alki Tours in New England and Washington State.

Among Brian's many interests are the history of transportation, contemporary railroad operations, and Irish culture. As a photographer, he frequently incorporates his interests with his aesthetic vision. He has a substantial body of work relating to railroads in North America, Europe and Japan.

Brian perfected his imaging skills while earning his degree in Photographic Illustration from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He is known internationally for distinctive railroad photography that blends both accepted and non-conventional techniques.

Brian has lived and worked all over the United States, and in the last decade has been based Ireland part of each year while exploring Europe. Recent trips have brought him to Scotland, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Romania, Hungary, and Ukraine.

If you received an orange renewal slip in this mailing, then you must renew now or face being dropped off the mailing list. Dues are $20.00/yr, $50.00/3 years, and $80.00/5 years.


More Shows!

The Belt Lines just returned from the Pepperell Siding Model Railroad Club’s annual Model Railroad Show and Open House in Pepperell, MA kicking off the 2008/2009 Show Season.  For more on the Pepperell Show, see the latest issue of the Modular Mumblings, available on-line at http://www.amherstrail.org/abl/modmumhome.html or in hard copy at the meeting.  Two more shows are on the schedule to finish out 2008 in November and December.

The first show is the Bedford Boomer’s 26th Annual Model Railroad Exhibition on Sunday, November 2, 2008 from 10AM to 4PM.  The show will be held at the MacKelvie Middle School in Bedford, New Hampshire.  The show is unique as it is a display only show without any vendors.  Displays abound from N scale to 1:1 and the Belt Lines has been a regular participant for 23 years.  Check out the Boomer’s web site at http://www.boomers-rr.com for more information.  The Belt Lines will start setup on Friday night and continue on Saturday.  Come on up to Bedford to give us a hand and see something a little different in shows!

The second show is the New England Model Train Expo show sponsored by the NMRA HUB Division on Saturday and Sunday, December 6 and 7, 2008.  The show is at the Best Western Royal Plaza Trade Center in Marlborough, MA.  Setup will start on Friday around 2PM and we need to be up and ready to go that night.  Check out their web site at http://www.hubdiv.org for more information and directions.  Come on out to the show and support a terrific organization!

  If you are interested in attending either show, or both, with the Belt Lines, with or without a module, please let Clark, Sudro or Alan know right away so that we can make the appropriate arrangements.

Show Schedule

If you would like to mark your calendars ahead of time for shows the Belt Lines will be attending, here are the dates from our schedule for 2008/2009 as we know it so far:

November 2,, 2008

24th Annual Model Railroad Exhibition
Bedford Boomers, Bedford, NH

December 6-7, 2008

New England Model Train Expo
HUB Division/NMRA, Marlborough, MA

January 24-25, 2009

Railroad Hobby Show
Amherst Railway Society, West Springfield, MA
Photos of past shows: http://www.amherstrail.org/show/show.htm

Feb 22, 2009

Worcester Model Railroaders, Auburn, MA

July 5-11, 2009

National Model Railroad Association (NMRA) Convention and Train Show - Hartford, CT.

From the ARS Trip Committee

We have received the 2008 Tour de Chooch flyer. It is four pages, with maps to each layout, and is posted at the ARS Website: http://www.amherstrail.org/trips/ChoochFall08.pdf

This is a good chance to see home layouts in northeastern Mass and Southeast New Hampshire

Nov 29, 2008: New Hampshire: 9 am – 4 pm Atkinson, Chester, Epsom (2 layouts), Greenland, Hollis, Newington, Sandown and Stratham.

Nov 30, 2008 Massachusetts: 9 am – 4 pm Acton, Beverly, Georgetown, Reading (2 layouts), Wakefield and Wilmington

Note from David Royce, ARS Treasurer

Amherst Railway Society received a postcard from J.W. Auction Co concerning an auction of Railroad items;

Saturday, October 18, 2008 10 am
Rochester American Legion Post 7 Hall,
94 Eastern Ave, Rochester, NH
B&M RR #1464 Headlight, B&M RR bell, advertising, badges, books, builders plates, buttons, caps, china, hardware, keys, lanterns, photographs, postcards, signs, stocks, telegraph, tickets, tin ware, timetables, tools, etc. etc.


Railroad Hobby Show - January 24 & 25, 2009

Please consider now whether you can volunteer at our great show.



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Railroad Hobby Show January 24 and 25, 2009

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