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April, 2012

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April, 2012
Meeting Announcement

This month's meeting of the Amherst Railway Society is 8 pm EDT Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at the Amherst Middle School Auditorium.

“Boston and Maine Operations Sept 1950"
by George & Kathy Melvin

Using many photos from their book, Boston and Maine Memories Featuring Photos by Preston Johnson, George and Kathy Melvin will present an overview of the Boston & Maine as of September 1950, detailing the motive power, new diesels and remaining steam locomotives operating. Using maps, each line operated will be discussed with information regarding freight and passenger service and locomotives and equipment utilized. In 1950, the Boston & Maine was still a very progressive railroad!”

George retired after 41 years of service with Maine Central, Guilford and the St. Lawrence & Atlantic. He has authored or co-authored seven books for Morning Sun Books and written many magazine articles, principally about New England railroads. He continues to write and photograph trains along with assisting his wife Kathy with their business, Melvin Photos. Kathy has a strong background in art, computer systems and business administration and has had photos published in several magazines. She operates Melvin Photos and she and George have co-authored and published two books under the Melvin Photos name: Tehachapi Today! in 2009 and Boston & Maine Memories Featuring the Photography of Preston Johnson in 2010. Both of these titles will be available to purchase at the meeting. The Tehachapi book will be on sale at 50% off list price!

2013 Railroad Hobby Show dates:
January 26 & 27, 2013

A member of the railway society is selling a railroadiana collection April 21. The auction includes items from other people.

Windham High School
355 High St., Willimantic, CT.
10 AM - 4 PM.

Adm. $6. Info: 860-872-2240; Sponsored by Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum This is their annual fundraiser. Not only do they have tables at our show, but some of our hardest working volunteers are also CT EAST volunteers.

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 you tax deductions .

From the Clerk

If your mailing label, or membership card says “2012” your membership will be expiring in a few months. Memberships expire on June 30 of the year listed. Current student members do not have to wait until next school year to request a renewal of their free student memberships. Regular adult memberships are $20 for one year, $50 for three years, or $80 for five years. The five year membership renewal is equal to one free year.

This month we welcome the new members that joined at this year’s show. The show was so successful that it took a while to get the forms processed. Previous newsletters are available on the website, , including the March 2012 summary of the show. To find a specific newsletter, click on the meeting topic in the calendar.

Attendance last year averaged 80 people per meeting

  • September 2011 (81) “Rail Transit in the Pioneer Valley " by Dana Roscoe
  • October 2011 (74) “Freight Car Futures” by Dan Bigda
  • November 2011 (78) “Hurricane Irene vs. New England Central RR Disaster and Recovery " by Charles Hunter
  • January 2012 (77) "Museum Trains in Germany & Denmark" by Joshua Redenz
  • March 20, 2012 (unreported) “ALCO Heritage Museum Phase 1 Design” by James F. Cesare III

Remaining meetings this year

  • (April 17, 2012) "Boston & Maine Operations---Sept. 1950" by George & Kathy Melvin
  • (May 15, 2012) "A Decade of Railroads ----the 1990's" by Buddy Winniarz
  • (June 19, 2012) “A Slice of the Cheshire" by Jim Dufour

<show logo>Message from the Show Director:

In just 3 short months, we will be at our final meeting of the “season.” That means we are less than 3 months or less than 90 days away from our 5th annual, year ending, silent auction. For those who have not been keeping track, we began the silent auction in June of 2008. We will have more about the silent auction as we get closer to the date. But, just to tease you a bit, we have the usual, locomotives, cars, buildings, track, books and more, already set to go!

Work on the 2013 Show has already begun. Work for the next Show actually starts only 3-4 weeks after the current Show ends! It truly is a year round experience. And, while it seems so far away, we will have most of our contracts ready to go by the time we have our silent auction.

In 2013, we have already been approached by new exhibitors, one being the largest brass dealer in the world…very impressive to talk to these folks as they are asking for appropriate space to make a huge first-time splash with us next January. I look forward to seeing what they will have to offer not only in inventory, but in their display – they promise not to disappoint!

We had a very successful U-16 (under 16) layout building contest with 5 entries our first year. This tradition will continue again in 2013 as this is just a great venue for the younger generation to show off their talent. We are also – once again – trying to increase the number of clinics made available just prior and during the Show. Please stayed tuned as that develops.

With these growing programs, we continually need people to assist. We are always looking for volunteers to help us with our contests, displays, clinics, and of course, our Show set up. This call for assistance includes anyone who simply has a great idea. If you think we could do better, we welcome your comments and look forward to hearing from you. Don’t ever feel that it may not have enough impact, it may be too silly to mention, that simple comment may be just the item that moves us to a bigger or better way to do things….we seriously would love to hear from you. See you next time!!!

John Sacerdote,

Show Director

Pictures of North Amherst or Cushman

A local author is looking for pictures of trains passing through or stopping at North Amherst or Cushman that could be published in a book for the Images of America series from Arcadia Publishing If you have pictures to offer, please contact the clerk.

Message from the President:

Last month I asked for a volunteer to take on the audio/visual equipment setup and storage... No one responded... I'll guess we don't want to have this equipment available at our monthly meetings... Nah... Therefore we need someone, YOU, to step forward and take on this task... The duties are to store the equipment between meetings, bring it to the meetings, set it up in the auditorium, take it down after the meetings and return it to storage until the next month... We would prefer someone in the Amherst area or in one of the surrounding towns take on the task... If interested in helping YOUR society, please see me at the April meeting or send me an email at ...

The Mass Bay RRE "Fall River Extra" shortened version will be running on the Saturday after our meeting... If you would like to join us on that excursion, please call Mass Bay RRE "trips" at 978-470-2066... Be sure to tell Dave that you are an ARS member to get the discounted fare... There were still a few seats left when I talked with Dave last week... We have a "special deal" with the Mass Bay RRE that allows our members to get the discounted fare on Mass Bay RRE trips... If we don't use it we will likely lose it... In May the Mass Bay RRE trip runs from Rutland to Hoosick Jct & return... Hope to see you on that one as well...

July 8, 2012 at The Rowe Historical Society
Kemp-McCarthy Museum
282 Zoar Road
Rowe, Massachusetts 01367
Phone: 413-339-4238
The starting time is listed as 1 pm.
Contact the Rowe Historical Society for more details.

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

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