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All donations to the Amherst Railway Society may be tax deductible. As Amherst Railway Society Inc. is a 501 C(3) tax exempt organization, your donations (of either cash and/or property) may be deducted on your Schedule A, Form 1040 of your Federal income tax. Consider the Amherst Railway Society in your estate planning. Your gifts can be restricted or non-restricted (you can pre-determine how you want your donation used). Upon request, and proper documentation of course, the Treasurer will issue you a letter to be used as justification for you tax deductions.
The amount of the dues has not changed in a couple years, so the rates are due to reviewed. Now is the time to think about renewing. Currently, the rates are: Free for Full Time students, 1 year for $20, 3 years for $50 and 5 years for $80
Student memberships require the name of the school, and the class/year in addition to the student contact information
2009 – 2010 Meeting Topic Review (average 80)
The Committee presents the following slate for consideration at the June meeting:
President: Sudro Brown
Vice-President: Tom Laware
Clerk: Bruce MacCullagh
Board of Directors:
Just a short note to remind everyone that all VHS Tapes and DVD's are to be returned to the library at the June meeting. This is so they may be inventoried, and repaired, relabeled, if necessary. At this time, steps are being taken to get the inventory process automated, so it is very important that we have as accurate an inventory as possible. If you are unable to attend the June meeting, perhaps you could give any Tapes or DVD, you have to return, to a friend to bring to the meeting, or even mail them to me.
Thank you in advance for your attention to this matter.
Bruce Hoffman, A R S Librarian...
upcoming trip by Massbay to the Valley Railroad on June 19
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I need help with making arrangements for more trips.
As you travel around this summer, please support local railroad museums by visiting and spending a few dollars there.
Everyone is watching money this year and these folks all need visitors and their donations. Be sure to mention that you are a member of Amherst Railway Society.
Near here is the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum, which has an original SFTM 114-year old trolley running on the original tracks. SFTM will be having their annual Trolley Fest on June 26.
From the Caboose – the Year in Review
This has been a great 2009-2010 season for the Amherst Belt Lines! It started in July last year with attendance at the Hartford National Train Show of the NMRA® where a few of our modules received awards and recognition. It continued with our regular series of shows in Pepperell, Massachusetts (Pepperell Siding Model Railroad Club), Bedford, New Hampshire (Bedford Boomers) and Marlborough, Massachusetts (HUB Division of the NMRA®) – all terrific shows – to finish out 2009. Our own Railroad Hobby Show in West Springfield started off 2010 and was the venue for one of our largest layouts to date with numerous new modules by long term and new, or relatively new, associates. While we have been using radio cabs for some time now, 2010 proved to be a landmark season where the all three of our shows, including the Railroad Hobby Show, were exclusively wireless for mainline operation! We finished our year with shows in Worcester (The Worcester Model Railroaders) and Shirley (The Nashua Valley Railroad Association), Massachusetts. All-in-all, it was a great season and we look forward to doing it all again next year – without the National Show, of course!
Our thanks go out to all of our associates who have participated in setting up, operating and breaking down the layout this past season. It is because of you that the layout is what it is, and that the Belt Lines continues to grow.
While our show attendance may be on hiatus for a few months, now is the perfect time to start planning and building your own module! If you are interested in operating a large and variable modular layout, and displaying your own modeling efforts, see Sudro, Clark or Alan and we will be happy to ‘sign you up!’ Remember, you don’t need a module to participate with the group!
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The Belt Lines attends about six shows per year from September through April. Our schedule as we know it today is below. If you would like to mark your calendars for shows we will be attending, here are the dates for the fall season in 2010 and our start on 2011:
We will publish additional details as invitations are sent to the Belt Lines.
I have very little Show data to discuss this month. I can tell you that we are in the middle of revamping the entire PR budget for the show. If you’re asking why, there are a few reasons. First, the expenses continue to grow every year, so we are doing what we can to keep them down. Second, we are always trying to keep the show fresh and attract more people. As new technology and other avenues become available to us, we are willing to consider if these new ideas will in fact make the Show a better show. Finally, we never lose sight of what we are doing and why. If we can promote railroading, have some fun doing it and allow us to raise more money for our grant program as a result, I’m all in!
By the time we return for the fall season, all contracts will have gone out to all our exhibitors and we will be well into the preparations for the 2011 Show. I can also tell you that the structure of the Show will change a great deal, including jobs and duties with some positions being eliminated and others being created because of our “new areas.” So, with regard to the Show, let me leave you for the season with this… “You ain’t seen nothin’, yet!” (The 2011 Show will dazzle you with its new format!)
Finally – and, let me say that this is my second most, favorite time of the year - 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 6:15 – 6:30 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, allowing for pickup just afterward.
This is your chance to pick up some great stuff (many items are new), and all are at ridiculously low prices. Items include works of art, cars and locos, vintage Lionel, kits, scenic materials, books, specialty/educational magazines, throttles, clothing and more. THIS IS THE LARGEST OF ALL SILENT AUCTIONS TO DATE….we will have a great deal of fun to be sure!
I look forward to this finale…see you there!
John Sacerdote, Show Director
The Society received grant requests to help fund 35 projects totaling about $1.4 million. A total of about $93,000 was requested to fund or partially fund these projects. The BOD approved full or partial funding of 30 projects for $52,988 as shown in the table below. Nineteen projects are funded at the full amount requested. The BOD asks the ARS membership to ratify their decisions at the June 2010 meeting.
|Requesting Organization||Project Location||Project||Grant|
|Alco Historical & Technical Society||Cohocton, NY||Preparing and transporting rare Alco C636 demonstrator locomotive to Schenectady NY||$3,000.|
|Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum, Inc.||Lenox MA||Remove and replace wheel sets on Also S-1 #0954||$3,000.|
|Boothbay Railway Village||Boothbay, ME||Restoration of S. D. Warren Locomotive No. 2||$2,000.|
|Boston Street Railway Association, Inc.||Guilford, CT||Ongoing restoration of Boston Type 5 trolley 5706. (2nd Vestibule, flip over seats.||$1,500.|
|Branford Electric Railway Association/Shoreline Trolley Museum||East Haven CT||Car 865 interior and motors||$2,000.|
|Brooks Preservation Society||Brooks ME||Brooks Railroad Station Preservation||$1,000.|
|Bucksgahuda and Western RR Company||St. Mary's PA||Secure and restore a Penn RR Signal||$1,015.|
|Central Vermont Railway Historical Society||Burlington VT||Clean mend and preserve 1883 era maps of the New London Northern Railroad.||$1,000.|
|Chester Foundation||Chester MA||Install custom made Plexiglas panels to protect station windows.||$1,600.|
|Connecticut Antique Machinery Association, Inc.||Kent, CT||Build 3ft gauge handcar from original hardware||$500.|
|Connecticut Electric Railway Association||East Windsor CT||Visitor Center train shed track||$2,500.|
|Danbury Railway Museum||Danbury, CT||Repairs to NH RDC #32||$3,000.|
|Friends of Bedford Depot Park, Inc.||Bedford, MA||Railroad Image Display System||$880.|
|Friends of the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad, Inc.||Chama, New Mexico||Rotary Plow Interpretive Program||$1,680.|
|Friends of the East Broad Top, Inc.||Rockhill Furnace, PA||Rattan upholstery cloth for Combination Baggage passenger cars.||$1,000.|
|Friends of the Keystone Arches, Inc.||Kiosk for the Chester and Becket Trail.||$1,500.|
|Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. & Museum||Portland, ME and Alna, ME||Labor to replace rigid and flexible staybolts on B&SR steam loco #7||$3,000.|
|NRHS - Central New York Chapter NRHS||Marcellus, NY||Replace Martisco Station Asphalt Platform||$1,500.|
|NRHS - Lackawanna & Wyoming Valley Chapter||Scranton, PA||B&M #3713 Restoration||$2,000.|
|NRHS - Rochester Chapter||Rush, NY||Replace main and equalizing air brake reservoirs on GE 110 #8||$1,863.|
|New England Electric Railway Historical Society/Seashore Trolley Museum||Kennebunkport, ME||Interior restoration ARV wooden combine No. 70||$2,000.|
|New York Central System Historical Society||Mentor, OH||Move of Archives||$1,500.|
|Old Colony & Fall River Railroad Museum||Fall River, Ma||Raise Yard office 6", replace joists, subfloor and floor||$450.|
|Old Colony & Newport Railway||Middletown, RI||Repairs to sills on 1884 Parlor car||$1,000.|
|Railroad Museum of New England, Inc.||Thomaston, CT||Continuing Restoration Coach 5805||$3,500.|
|Railway Restoration Project 113||Minersville, PA||Renew all worn or broken steam manifold valves||$1,500.|
|Railways to Yesterday, Inc./Rockhill Trolley Museum||Rockhill Furnace, PA||Overhaul and rehab of trucks and motors for Johnstown 311||$2,500.|
|Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum||Buckland, MA||Overhaul of one GE-80 Traction Motor||$2,000.|
|Windham Rail Trail Alliance||Windham, NH||Windham Depot Building Renovation||$1,000.|
|Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railway Museum||Alna, ME||Volunteer Rest Quarters||$2,000.|
Amherst Railway Society
P. O. Box 2351
Amherst, MA 01004-2351