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Amherst Railway Society

June, 2012

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The next meeting of the Amherst Railway Society will be 8 pm EDT Tuesday, June 19, 2012, at the Amherst Middle School Auditorium.

“A Slice of the Cheshire"
by Jim Dufour

Jim Dufour will give a brief history of the Boston and Maine’s Cheshire Branch, and a look at the trains that ran in the 1947-1951 era, and will describe, in some detail, the 5 station section of the line that he in modeling. He will also describe many of the scale buildings, infrastructure, and landmarks that he is creating in order to replicate the actual scenes.

Samples of the scratch built models and rolling stock will be available for viewing. Jim Dufour is a lifetime fan of the Boston & Maine Railroad and has been a member of the B&MRR Historical Society since 1976. An HO scale modeler since the mid- 1980s, he presently lives in Lancaster MA. where he working on an HO scale rendition of a portion of the B&M's Cheshire Branch..

{Editor’s note} Members have been asking for more programs on model railroading. The attendance at this meeting will be a indication as to the general interest in this type of program for the future.}

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

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 at the end of this month. 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.

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
  • (April 17, 2012) "Boston & Maine Operations---Sept. 1950" by George & Kathy Melvin
  • (May 15, 2012) (58) "A Decade of Railroads ----the 1990's" by Buddy Winniarz

Upcoming ARS meeting Dates Newsletter Deadline
September 18, 2012 September 1, 2012
October 16, 2012 September 29, 2012 (before the first of the month)
November 20, 2012 November 2, 2012
January 15, 2013 December 28, 2012 (before the first of the month)
March 19, 2013 March 2, 2013
April 16,2013 March 30, 2013 (before the first of the month)
May 21, 2013 May 4, 2013
June 18, 2013 June 1, 2013

<show logo>Message from the Show Director:

You know what time of the year it is!!! It’s SILENT AUCTION time!

You know what that means, you’ve heard me say it before…this is my second most, favorite time of the year! We will begin just after set up and this year we are arriving early. My best estimates are that we will be totally ready to go by 6pm, giving all of our “bidders” a full two hours of fun before the final meeting. We will close promptly at 8:00 pm and while we are conducting our meeting, we will tabulate results, allowing for pickup just afterward.

As in the past, this is your chance to pick up some great stuff (many items are new), and all are at ridiculously low prices. Items include the typical locomotives – some new, some hardly used, some sound equipped Bachmann locos, MRC throttles, dozens of cars (freight and passenger as well as cabooses) most with Kadee Couplers, switches and accessories. The usual amount of books… There are also works of art and scenic materials. I’ve said it in the past and because it keeps growing….talk about fun….this will be a blast!

I love these finales to the year, so come early and be ready to bid…I look forward to seeing you there!

John Sacerdote, Show Director

Message from the President:

At the April meeting I appointed Ernie Strong, Clark Huber and Kurt Jelinek as the nominating committee... At the May meeting they reported their "slate" of officers for the coming year... At the June meeting they will again present the slate to the membership... At that time additional nominations may be made by the membership... The following vote of the membership present will determine the officers for coming year...

Repeat from last month... Guess what??? Even though I've requested a volunteer to handle the audio/visual equipment for our monthly meetings for two months running, no one has come forward to take on the task... So I'll ask again...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 one of the surrounding towns take on the task... If interested in helping YOUR society, please see me at the May meeting or send me an email at ... Hopefully someone will step forward and help the Society...

Mass Bay RRE has several trips on the horizon... July 28th and 29th; Oct 13th and Jan 5th... See their web site at: NOTE: Amherst Railway Society members currently get the MassBay member rate...

From the Nominating Committee

President: Sudro Brown (Elected June 2006)
Vice President: Tom Laware, Sr. (Elected June 2009)
Clerk: Bruce MacCullagh (Elected June 2008)

At Large Directors:

Alan Rice (Elected June 2003)
Joe Albano, Jr. (Elected June 2007)
Peter Veneman

2012-13 Grants
Please note: New Grant Schedule

The Amherst Railway Society's first annual Founders Award was presented to the Railroad Museum of New England January, 2012

In 2012 the Amherst Railway Society started the Founders Award to honor those early members of the Society that got the organization going and hence enable us to make the grants now.

We are also shifting the grant cycle from Spring to Fall so that the grants and awards can be announced at the Amherst Railway Society Railroad Hobby Show in West Springfield in late January of each year.

As a result there will not be a grant program during the Spring of 2012.

The next grant and award cycle will open on July 1, 2012. There will be two programs at that time: The $10,000 Founders Award and the grant program for lesser amounts. Receipients of the next round of regular grants, and the Founders Award, will be announced on Sunday, Jan 27, 2013.

Trolleyfest 2012
Saturday June 23, 2012
Stories and Songs of Trolleys & Trains!
Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum
Shelburne Falls, MA 01370

Trolleyfest is our annual celebration of the restoration of Trolley No 10. The public is invited from 11am to 5pm at our regular $3.00 All-Day Pass rate, members as always get to ride free!

Besides the usual trolley car rides and pump car rides, activities include:

  • Caboose rides powered by our trackmobile
  • Motorcar ("track speeder") rides,
  • Kids Activities:
    • Make and decorate an Engineer or Conductor Hat,
    • Build Paper model trains and trolleys ? including a ?Take and Make? Number 10,
    • 1:00 to 4:00 Book signing by the author, "The Little Yellow Trolley Car ~ a true story",
    • 3:00 Watermelon seed-spitting contest - spit the seed as far along the trolley line as you can and win a prize!
    • 1:00 to 4:00 Hands-on Cider-pressing
  • Lunch, check back for details.
  • Live music with a railroad-related theme will happen all day:
    • 11:00 Railroad & Trolley songs on harp by entrance
    • 1:00 and 2:30 Trolley and train songs and Sing-along with the Train of Thought Chorus,
  • "Taken by Trolley", an interactive trolley ride with costumed living-history presenters from the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association's Deerfield Teacher Center. At 1pm, 2pm and 3pm, ride the trolley while "Taken by Trolley" is presented, created from the diary of a real girl in Massachusetts, circa 1910. The audience will become Time Travelers as we ride the trolley with her and see and hear of her experiences then.
  • Displays of local agriculture and industry served by the trolley line, (yes the popular cider pressing will be back!)
  • Additional railroad equipment displays,

Check back here for other activities as they are planned.

Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum
14 Depot St.                       
PO Box 272                        
Shelburne Falls, MA 01370
Museum 413-625-9443
Office 413-624-0192

Pioneer Valley Live Steamers

Rides for the Public

June 16,17

$3/person or $10 per vehicle

108 Hillside Rd. P.O. Box 105 Southwick, MA

Upcoming Mass Bay RRE Trips- ARS members get special pricing

Sunday, July 29, 2012

'North Country Explorer' on the Conway Scenic Railroad.

North Conway to Redstone & Hazens, NH,

Our special train will cover all operable portions of the ex-Maine Central 'Mountain Division' from Redstone to Hazens, First-Class, Dome and Full Dining Car service available.

Tickets on sale

Saturday, October 13, 2012

'P&W Fall Excursion'on the Providence & Worcester Railroad.

Worcester, MA to Willimantic & Groton, CT

First passenger train over the upgraded Willimantic Branch between Plainfield & Willimantic in many years

Tickets on sale August 2012.

<abel logo>From the AMHERST BELT LINES…


What a great show season the Belt Lines has had this past year! The Amherst Belt Lines is taking a much needed break from shows over the summer, but we will start up again in October, with our 2012-2013 Season below.

If you have never had the opportunity to operate on a large model railroad, you might want to volunteer to work with the Belt Lines at our own Railroad Hobby Show in January. This layout is regularly 10 to 12 scale miles in length – much longer than most home layouts and some club layouts. You don’t need a module to participate, so you can jump right in and ‘test the water,’ if you will, by helping to set up and operate the layout.

If you are interested in operating a large and variable modular layout, building a module or displaying your own modeling efforts, see Clark, Jim or Alan at the meeting and we will be happy to ‘sign you up!’ Remember, you don’t need a module to participate with the group! Contact us at the email address below, or check out the web site at:

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Show Schedule for 2012-2013

The Belt Lines usually attends about six shows per year from September through April. Our tentative schedule for 2012-2013 as we know it today is below. We have not received any formal invitations as of this writing, so this is all subject to change. If you would like to mark your calendars for shows we plan to be attending next season, here are the dates as we know them:

  • October 7, 2012: Pepperell Siding Model Railroad Club – Varnum Brook Elementary School, Pepperell, MA.
  • November 2 thru 4, 2012: Bedford Boomer’s 30th Anniversary Model Railroad Exhibition – Bedford, NH.
  • December 1 and 2, 2012: New England Model Train Expo – Best Western Royal Plaza Trade Center, Marlborough, MA.
  • January 26 and 27, 2013: Amherst Railway Society, Inc. Railroad Hobby Show – Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds, West Springfield, MA.
  • February 2013: Worcester Model Railroader’s Show – Auburn Elks Club, Auburn, MA. (Usually the last Sunday in February. Not yet announced.)
  • April 2013: Nashua Valley Model Railroad Association RailFair ’13 – Shirley Middle School, Shirley, MA. (Usually the first weekend in April. Not yet announced.)

We will publish additional details as invitations are sent to the Belt Lines coordinators.

That’s all for this month. Have a safe summer and remember… Modular Railroading is Fun

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

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