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June 16, 2009
Meeting Announcement

The next meeting of the Amherst Railway Society is Tuesday, June 16, 2009, 8:00 p.m. at the Amherst Middle School. A silent auction will precede the meeting. The auction will begin a little over an hour before the meeting. Preceding the speaker will be the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Railway Society.

Items to be considered include: the nominating committee report, any additional nominations from the floor, election of officers, consideration of the proposed list of 2009 ARS Grant recipients, and any other business that may come before the Society at that time.

An interpreter for the hearing impaired will be available at this month’s meeting.

“Cog Railroads of New Hampshire and Switzerland"
by Donald Nevin

As of press time, the only addional information available about the presentation was that it would also include narrow and standard gauge railroads in these locations.

Nominating Committee Report

The nominating committee has submitted the following names for 2009 – 2010 ARS Officers. (All nominees were elected at the meeting.)

President: Sudro Brown
Vice President: Tom Laware, Sr.
Clerk: Bruce MacCullagh
At Large Directors: Alan Rice
Peter Veneman
Joe Albano, Jr.

With the exception of the nominee for Vice President, all of the people nominated are incumbents in their respective office.

The following is a statement from the nominee for Vice President of the ARS.

My name is Tom Laware Sr and I am seeking the position of Vice President. I have been a member of the ARS since the late 70's. For the past two years, I have been a member and recording secretary of the train show committee.

My interest in trains goes back to my early childhood, having spent the first five years of my life living across the street from the Westboro, New Hampshire roundhouse.

One of the jobs of the Vice President is scheduling guest speakers for the monthly meetings. I would be happy to hear suggestions for speakers and would like to hear from anyone who would like to be a guest speaker.


Please check your mailing label. Your membership expires on June 30 of the year listed on the label. You will not be able to check out items from the library, or participate in other benefits of membership after that date. Now is the time to think about renewing.

Free for Full Time students, 1 year for $20, 3 years for $50 and 5 years for $80

The annual meeting is the time that annual dues may be adjusted. Take this time to renew your membership, even if your label does not have 2009 on it.

<show logo>Message from the Show Director:

In my past message, I may have mentioned that we are updating the database and have sent an update letter and a few questions in the form of a survey to all exhibitors and wait list contacts – a total of over 700 letters have gone out. The survey asked short answer questions about current space and what would your “dream” space look like. The survey also asked if people were aware of the Saturday evening dinner for exhibitors and finally their thoughts about opening the show for a few hours on Friday evening. To date, we have over 250 surveys returned to us and are still receiving them every day. We will report results to you at our last meeting of the year in June.

Speaking of the last meeting, it’s silent auction time…!!! As a reminder, the silent auction will begin just after set up so come early to place your bids….We are projecting an opening at approximately 6:30 – 6:45 pm….it will begin as soon as we are set up….it will close promptly at 8:00pm and while we are conducting our meeting, we will tabulate results…

This is your chance to pick up some great stuff (many items are new), at a ridiculously low price and have some fun at the same time. Items include works of art, cars and locos, vintage Lionel, scenic materials, books, throttles (some new still in the box), clothing and more.

I look forward to this finale…see you there!

John Sacerdote, Show Director

From the Dennison Railroad Depot Museum:

The Dennison Railroad Depot Museum is located in Dennison, Ohio which was nicknamed “Dreamsville USA” during WWII for its service as a home front canteen that served 1.5 million servicemen and women.

Serving originally as a water stop, Dennison is located exactly halfway between Pittsburgh and Columbus. Its 40 acres of railroad shops and yards were claimed to be some of the most complete and extensive in the country at the turn of the century. At its height, 3,000 employees worked in the yards, 22 passenger trains stopped daily at the Depot, and Dennison was a freight and crew terminal. Today, the 1873 Depot has been restored and houses a museum, restaurant and gift shop.

In addition to the building, a new wing has been created out of railroad cars and is connected to the building.

Exhibits include the Children’s Interactive Railroad Car, a “Save America’s Treasures” sponsored WWII hospital Car, Panhandle Theater, large n scale Model Train display of Dennison Yards, as well as other rolling stock and exhibits.

The Museum is open year round Tuesday through Sunday with a full calendar of events and exhibits including the American Soldiers Homecoming Festival in August and Polar Express in December.

For additional information, contact the Depot toll free at 1-877-278-8029 or www.dennisondepot.org .

<abel logo>From the AMHERST BELT LINES…

National Train Show ® – July 10-12, 2009

If you are looking for something to do after the Fourth of July Weekend, come on down to Hartford, CT for the National Train Show ® at the NMRA ® Hartford National Convention. The show is open to the public from noon to 6:00PM on Friday, 10:00AM to 6:00PM on Saturday and 10:00AM to 5:00PM on Sunday. The Amherst Belt Lines will be there, along with layouts from all over the region and the country. Vendors and manufacturers will also be plentiful. The show may not be as large in size as our own show, but there should be a slightly different mix of representation.

We have submitted our roster for the weekend. Last minute changes can be made in June, but are not encouraged. If you haven’t responded to Sudro, Clark or Alan, and would still like to participate, please contact them as soon as possible. Once June is over, no more roster changes can be made.

See you in Hartford!

Show Schedule Update

The Belt Lines attends about six shows per year from September through April. As with every rule, the NMRA National Convention and Train Show in July will be the exception in 2009. While the only firm invitation we have for next season is the Amherst Railway Society show, the following dates are for the shows we typically attend. If you would like to mark your calendars ahead of time, here are the dates for the rest of the 2009:

  • July 8-12, 2009: NMRA ® National Convention and Train Show – Hartford, CT
  • October 4, 2009: Pepperell Siding Model Railroad Club Show – Pepperell, MA
  • November 8, 2009: Bedford Boomers Railroad Exhibition – Bedford, MA
  • December 5-6, 2009: New England Model Train Expo – Marlborough, MA
  • January 30-31, 2010: Amherst Railway Society Railroad Hobby Show – Springfield, MA

Upcoming Events

  • June 20 – 21, 2009 Pioneer Valley Live Steamers Fathers Day weekend open house
  • June 21, 2009 Conway Scenic Railroad Fathers Day Special (Dad rides free in coach when accompanied by one or more of his children.
  • Dad rides free in coach when accompanied by another paying adult.


Walt Disney Pictures is having a chartered Amtrak train tour the country promoting this falls release of “A Christmas Carol”. The tour includes stops in Albany NY Sept 22, Boston Sept 25 -27, and New York City Oct 30 – Nov 1. For other dates see the ARS website: http://www.amherstrail.org/TrainTourPressRelease.pdf

(Supplemental addition to the June 2009 ARS Newsletter and Annual Meeting notice. The following were ratified by the membership at the June meeting.)

2009 Grants

The Society received grant requests to help fund 38 projects totaling about $2.6 million. A total of about $115,000 was requested to fund or partially fund these projects. The BOD approved full or partial funding of 33 projects for $48,985 as shown in the table below. Fifteen projects are funded at the full amount requested. The BOD asks the ARS membership to ratify their decisions at the June 2009 meeting.

Requesting Organization Project Location Project Grant
Adirondack Scenic Railroad Utica, NY New Coach Seat Cushions $1,000.
Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum, Inc. Lenox, MA Locomotive #0954 Alco S1 Body Repair and Paint $2,500.
Beverly Historical Society and Museum Beverly, MA Walker Transportation Collection Photograph Digitalization Project $1,000.
Boothbay Railway Village Boothbay ME Complete Restoration of MEC Octagonal Crossing Shanty $1,500.
Boston Street Railway Association, Inc. Guilford, CT Boston Type 5 No. 5706 Restoration $1,500.
Branford Electric Railwa Association/Shoreline Trolley Museum Branford CT Connecticut Company Car 865 Restoration $2,000.
Chester Foundation Chester, MA Safety/Security Lighting and Archival Vault $1,350.
Connecticut Electric Railway Association East Windsor, CT Restoration of Diesel Switcher 1 to operational condition $2,500.
Danbury Railway Museum Danbury CT NYC “Tonawanda Valley” Observation Lounge Car restoration $2,000.
Flying Yankee Restoration Group Lincoln NH Bringing Electric Power to The Flying Yankee site. $2,500.
Fostoria Rail Preservation Society Fostoria OH T&OC Depot (NYC Depot/Gray Printing Depot) $1,000.
Friends of Bedford Depot Park, Inc. Bedford, MA Billerica and Bedford Railroad Historical Display $845.
Friends of the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad, Inc. Chama,NM RPO Car 54 Materials for Left Hand Side Framing $1,500.
Friends of the East Broad Top, Inc. Robertsdale, PA Museum Alarm System $1,500.
Friends of the Keystone Arches, Inc. Chester, MA Chester & Becket R.R. Trail bridge $1,000.
New England Electric Railway Historical Society/Seashore Trolley Museum Kennebunkport ME 1906 Atlantic Shore Line wooden electric locomotive No. 100(ASL-100) restoration $2,000.
New York Central System Historical Society Mentor, OH Shipping Historic Materials $1,500.
NRHS - Central New York Chapter NRHS Marcellus NY Martisco Station Museum Library $1,000.
NRHS - Lackawanna & Wyoming Valley Chapter Scranton PA Rebuilding B&M 3713 Locomotive $2,000.
NRHS - Rochester Chapter Rush NY Glass replacement GE 45 tonner RGE #1941 $1,390.
NRHS - Western Connecticut Chapter SoNo Switch Tower Norwalk CT Restoration of Cos Cob Electrical Board $1,500.
Old Colony & Fall River Railroad Museum Fall River, MA Museum Entrance Loading Dock $1,300.
Old Colony & Newport Railway Middletown RI “West Side” Coach Repair $1,000.
Palmer Public Library Palmer MA Railroad Research Center Microfilm vault cabinet $1,100.
Railroad Museum of Long Island Riverhead, NY GE 25 tonner LIR 399 Restoration Project $500.
Railroad Museum of New England, Inc. Thomaston CT Naugatuck Coach 5805 restoration $2,500.
Railway Restoration Project Project 113 Minersville, PA Restoration of Jersey Central Engine 113 $1,000.
Railways to Yesterday, Inc./ Rockhill Trolley Museum Furnace PA Johnstown Traction Company 311 Phase 2 Truck and Motor Rebuilding $1,000.
Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad Phillips ME Car Barn building $2,500.
Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum Buckland, MA Car Barn phase 1 $1,500.
Windham Rail Trail Alliance Windham, NH Windham Depot Buildings Renovation $1,000.
Windsor Locks Preservation Association, Inc. Windsor Locks CT Preservation & Restoration of Windsor Locks Station $1,000.
Wiscassset, Waterville and Farmington Railway Museum Alna, ME Car Shop Improvement $1,500.
Total $48,985

Amherst Railway Society
P. O. Box 2351
Amherst, MA 01004-2351

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