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May 2011

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May 17, 2011
Meeting Announcement

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The May meeting of the Amherst Railway Society is Tuesday, May 17, 2011, 8:00 p.m. at the Amherst Middle School Auditorium.

"Hoosac Tunnel Lining Towers" by Jerry Kelly

Jerry Kelley has been hiking the hills around the Hoosac Tunnel in Western Massachusetts for years searching for long forgotten places of historical interest.
He has tried to bring to light the facts that have been previously overlooked.

His talk will center on the survey of the Hoosac Tunnel and the methods used to bring the six headings together with amazing accuracy, even by today’s standards.

He will start with a brief 1928 film of a Hoosac electric locomotive and it’s journey through the Eastern and Western portals.

The PowerPoint presentation will outline each survey tower location as it looks today with photos and story, some with photos from the 19th century.

Jerry will have on hand his Hoosac model collection for all to see.

The end of the show will feature a question and answer session on the tunnel and it’s history.

From the Treasurer

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 your tax deductions

From the Clerk

If your email, or mail envelope says 2011, your membership expires this coming June 30. Please remember that ARS memberships expire at the end of June, the year of your membership expiration. A one year membership is good for one show pass. Members that joined in the fall of 2010 for a one year membership need to renew when their membership expires in June. Student Membership is free but requires letting us know your current school, and your grade, or year of graduation. A one year renewal is $20. Three years is $50. You can get a “Free” year with a 5 year renewal at $80.

From the President

I have appointed the 2011 nominating committee. The members were announced at the April meeting and are: Bill Venman Dick Joyce Tom Lowry They will report their "slate" of officers and directors for the 2011-12 year at the May meeting and the voting will take place at the Annual Business Meeting in June. The BOD will be meeting this month to consider the grant applications we have received. The BOD will present their recommendations to the membership for ratification at the June Business meeting.

Upcoming Amherst Railway Society Programs (subject to change)

June 21 Annual Business meeting, and silent auction. “Building a Railroad Museum." by Bob LaMay

Attendance this year

  • (September 2010) New Age of New England Railroading " by Kevin Burkholder (94)
  • (October 2010) Railroading Along the Thames River in Conn by Tom Nanos (88)
  • (November 2010) “NYC – Subways and Trolleys – Part 2." by Richard J. Solomon (69)
  • (January 2011) Show canceled for weather, attendance not taken. Our apologies to those that didn’t get the word that the meeting was canceled.
  • (March 15) “Connecticut River Railroads” by Ira Laby, (74)
  • (April 19) "F40 Historical Society" by Rowan C. de la Barre , (68)

From the NMRA

As you have undoubtedly heard, there has been a rash of devastating tornadoes all across the southern part of the country. Unfortunately, Chattanooga was not immune. A tornado ripped through the city on Wednesday, taking some of our Headquarters shingles with it. Much of the city is without electricity, and there are trees, fences, and power lines down all over. Many roads and highways are closed.

Fortunately all of our staff members were unharmed. However Chief Administrative Officer Jenny Hendricks had her house picked up, rooms ripped open, and the roof blown off.

Our hearts and prayers go out to all of our staff, especially Jenny.

Please note that NMRA business will be interrupted for several days until things get back to a semblance of normality. If your call or problem can wait, please do so.

2008 Show Logo.jpegMessage from the Show Director:

I have three quick items for you this month. The first is to tell you that our early Show planning meeting (which includes hits and misses from last year) is formally in the books. We have learned a ton of things – as we do every year – and we are ready to make those changes, improvements, adjustments already. Also, the word is out again, about the success of the Show as we have over a dozen NEW applications for people wanting to be a part of the Show…it’s great to see.

The second item is the reminder of the Silent Auction that we will have just before the final meeting of the season (at the June meeting). At the beginning of this year, I was worried about not having enough goodies to have for this year’s auction. Wow, is that a mistake. We have probably received more this year and any of the years past! And, it means only one thing – a heck of a lot more fun for us. Items to bid and “steal” away at a great price, include over 50 locomotives many are new with zeros hours on them, over 100 cars, some weighted, weathered and with Kadees. Also, you will find, buildings, art, scenic material, a huge number of hard-cover books this year just to get us started (there’s a ton more!!!) I look forward to seeing you all there….please spread the word around as this will be the biggest yet!

My final item is a reminder about the U16 layout building contest for our 2012 Show. “U16” stands for “Under 16 years old.” This is for the kids! Many prizes and even educational scholarship money will be awarded to the winners. Please check out the contest rules, how to enter, and anything else you would need to know by visiting the web site. Entries will be a part of the 2012 Show. It should be a great time!

See you soon!

John Sacerdote, Show Director

Local News:

The Springfield Daily Republican is reporting that the City of Holyoke is actively seeking a developer to renovate the H.H. Richardson train station. The estimate for the project is now up to three million dollars, and no contracts have been signed or money committed to the project at this time.

From the Trip Director:

Flagg Coal 75 0-6-0T steam engine will operate again on Naugatuck RR in Thomaston, CT.
May 27,28,29,30 and June 3, 4, 5 The trips are scheduled for 10, 12, 2 & 4 o'clock.
The engine will take coal and water at station in between each trip.
People are encouraged to stick around and take photos of trips arriving & departing.

Detail at

Calendar of Trips

21 May Chester MA Chester on Track
5 Jun Collinsville CT Prototype MRR meet
20 Jun Tacoma WA NRHS Convention
21 Jun Amherst MA Amherst Railway Society Annual Silent Auction
31 Ju1 Conway, NH MBRRE Steam Trip on the Conway Scenic Railroad
Phone: 617-489-5277 or 978-470-2066
18 Sep Charlton, MA P&W Club Show
14 Oct Peabody, MA Model Railroad Clinics
7 Jan, 2012 Conway, NH MBRRE Steam in the Snow on the Conway Scenic
Phone: 617-489-5277 or 978-470-2066

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

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