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January, 2013

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Meeting Announcement

The next meeting of the Amherst Railway Society will be 8 pm EST Tuesday, January 15, 2012, at the Amherst Regional Middle School Auditorium  

"Video of Central Vermont, Boston & Maine and Boston & Albany"
by Gary Guerske

When he was in High School, Mr. Guerske got into the habit of photographing locomotives and trains in and around the New Haven, CT area, a hobby which continued throughout his 22 year career on the railroad. He started working in 1970 on the Penn Central in New Haven and went on to be the first man hired on the new Providence and Worcester RR in 1973. He went on to work for Conrail and retired after 10 years on the Boston & Albany RR. Mr. Guerske is the owner of Bangor & Aroostook caboose #C63 and the private Pullman car Cold Harbor, both parked in Northfield, NH.

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

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in PDF format

Have you photographed trains?
Will you photograph the show?
Send your best to the Webmaster for the Member Photo gallery

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

Attendance the past two years has averaged 80 people per meeting                        

  • January 2012 (77)     “Museum Trains in Germany & Denmark" by Joshua Redenz
  • March 2012     “American Locomotive Heritage Museum” by Richard Steinbrenner  
  • April 2012 (78)    "Boston & Maine Operations---Sept. 1950" by George & Kathy Melvin
  • May 2012 (58)    “A Decade of Railroading in New England.. the 1990's" by Buddy Winniarz
  • June 2012 (107)    “A Slice of the Cheshire " by Jim Dufour
  • September 2012(64)    “Folkston, Georgia, before the Holiday Hiatus " by Matthew Betzner
  • October 2012 (76)       “Traveling with my Cameras” by Tom Nanos
  • November 2012 (78)    “New England Central High Speed Rail Project" by Kevin Burkholder

Upcoming presentations include:                        

Message from the Clerk:

Check your mailing label, or membership card to see if the year says “2012” If it does, your membership has expired.  Memberships expire on June 30 of the year listed.  Student memberships require an update of year and expected graduation. 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.

Upcoming ARS meeting Dates

Newsletter Deadline

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


Message from the President:

We have received many Founders Award proposals and a lot of Heritage Grant proposals. The board will be considering these Jan 12, 2013 and the awards will be announced at the Show in January. We thank the applicants for taking the time to prepare these proposals.


Message from the Trip Committee:

This is a heads up for those planning to attend the 2013 segment of the annual bus tour along various portions of the former Central New England Railway.  The 2013 tour will be on April 7th (rain or shine).


This year’s trip will be the area around Millerton and Pine Plains, New York.  There were 5 railroads in this area and 4 were predecessors of the CNE and New Haven RR.  The plan is to start at 9:00 AM from the Millerton Post office lot on Century Blvd.  We plan to cover Mt Riga, Boston Corners Silvernails and Pine Plains.   The railroads in that area were the P&E, the P&C, the ND&C, and the R&C.  As usual lunch will be provided on this trip.


The organizers have planned this trip to reach as many of the remaining historical spots as they could locate.   In many cases they had to rely on photographs, new and old, to fill in parts of the puzzle.  They hope that attendees will gain a better understanding of the part that the railroads  played in the history and development of New York.  


As usual, every paid attendee will get a copy of the 2013 CNE Tour guide book.  Coffee will be provided at departure and buses will roll at 9:00.  


The cost of this year's tour will be $55.00 per person and payment should be made out to:  

Joseph Mato CNE 2013


Be sure to include your E-Mail address so you can be contacted if needed.  If you don't have

E-Mail then include your phone number.


Send it to:



REDDING, CT. 06896


Any money that is left after expenses will be used as "seed money" for next year’s Central New England trip.

There will be two buses with 47 seats each. In past years all seats sold leading to a waiting list so don't wait too long to send in your reservation. Please note that any request for refunds must be received thirty (30) or more days in advance of the tour date.   If you can find a replacement to take your bus seat, that's OK just send in the name of who it is.  The organizers have to know who to let onto the bus when the tour starts.  If you can't find a replacement then they may have somebody on the waiting list to suggest but they can't refund money that has already been spent on tour expenses.

<abel logo>From the AMHERST BELT LINES…

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Show Schedule Update for 2012-2013

The Belt Lines attends about six shows per year from September through April. Our schedule for 2012-2013 as we know it today is below.  Not all of these dates are confirmed, but as we get additional details we will be sure to adjust appropriately.

  • January 26th & 27th, 2013 West Springfield, MA – Amherst Railway Society, Inc.
    Railroad Hobby Show
  • February 24th, 2013 Auburn, MA – Worcester Model Railroad Club
    Model Railroad Show & Open House
  • April 7th, 2013 Shirley, MA – Nashua Valley Model Railroad Association
    RailFair ’13 Model Railroad Show and Open House

We will publish additional details as the show times draw closer.

<show logo>Message from the Show Director –
A Special ARS Railroad Hobby Show Edition

What’s New?

The question that I am asked the most, every year!  Here’s what’s new for 2013:

1. Model Railroading University; Masters Program

This year’s “Master”s Program” is back by popular demand after 2 years. This is a 2-day clinic is brought to you by Miles and Fran Hale, and John Lowrance, all three Master Model Railroaders (MMR). This Model Railroading University - Master's Degree Program is sixteen hours of instruction in Laser kits, Plastic kits, Scratch-building, City and Country scenery, Streets and Roads and Landscaping. “This clinic provides the skills needed to get your railroad Looking Great.”

Breakfast and lunch is included and this will be held at the Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel only 1.5 miles from the Show. It will be held on January 24th and 25th, that Thursday and Friday just before the Show. This class is normally $950.00. The Amherst Railway Society has a special rate of $275.00 (a $675 dollar savings). Please note that this class is almost full, but there is still room for a few more. Please sign up at or by calling 816-588-2302 if you are interested. This class includes a pass to the Show!

2. Day-Long Clinics

For the first time ever, the Amherst Railway Society is featuring a “warm-up” to the Show in the form of a full day of clinics. This day-long program includes the following:

  • Breakfast and lunch
  • All the clinics you can get to (your choice, based on schedule, of course!)
  • A Two-Day Pass to the Railroad Hobby Show (an 18 dollar value)

All for the package Price of $47.00 per person
tickets must be purchased in advance (so we know how many meals to order)

If you wish to order, go to or call the Show Office at 413-267-4555.
All clinics will be held at the Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel and will feature the following:

ROOM A (The Charles Room)



presenter's name

Clinic Title

8:30 am - 10:30 am

CrippleBush Valley Models

Gardiner Cross

"Building Realistic Looking Rock Cuts and Quarries"

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Woodland Scenics

Fran Hale, MMR & Miles Hale, MMR

"Building Realistic Scenery"

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Model Builders Supply

Wendy Hamilton

"Plastic Patterned Sheets and Landscaping"

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Badger Airbrush

Ken Schlotfeldt

"Choosing, Using, Maintaining and Troubleshooting Your Air Brush Equipment"


ROOM B (The Highland Room)



presenter's name

Clinic Title

8:30 am - 9:30 am


George Barrett

"Model Trucks for HO-scale Model Railroads: 1930 - 1960"

10:00 am - 11:00 am

TMB Custom Models

Mike Baker

"Selective Compression"

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Dave Myers

"Gaterfoam as a Modeling Substrate"

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

RCS of New England

Don Sweet

"Battery Radio Control for G-scale Locos"

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

City Classics

Jim Sacco

"Modelling City Streets"

3. “The Electric Trains”

Back by popular demand, this is a folk-band! And, these guys are great! A 4-piece acoustical and electric guitar band that sings about – you guessed it – trains! Check out their web site at and get a sampling of how good they really are….you will not be disappointed. Watch for them on Saturday and Sunday as they perform 4 shows a day on the Amherst Railway Society Presentation Stage now located in the Mallary Complex!

The Electric Trains

4. “Railroad Maggie, The Railroad Clown”

Yes, you heard me right….a railroad clown. Maggie is a graduate if the Ringling Brothers clown school and actually lived on the Ringling Brothers Circus Train for three years while she performed with them. Maggie will be performing throughout the day on the new Amherst Railway Society Presentation Stage. Maggie will be looking for children of all ages to help her with her act, so stop by for the fun…and surprises!

Railroad Maggie

5. The Show Configuration.

We’re mixing it up once again. This year, the famous “Bleacher Clinics” are in the Mallary Complex along with all other clinics. It makes it so much easier to find and makes scheduling a breeze as well.

We’ve relocated the Amherst Railway Society Presentation Stage – in the Mallary Complex for 3 great reasons: First, that is where “The Electric Trains” and “Maggie, The Train Clown” can perform! And most importantly, this is there where we will be making presentations of grant awards. We will once again, be presenting our “Founders Award,” a $10,000 dollar grant awarded to a deserving non-profit organization as well as all of our grants, a grand total of approximately 50 thousand dollars!

The Show is once again full. Check out the listing of exhibitors on the web site. You will notice that those who are new labeled with a “Status” of NEW while that that have a S Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel “Status” of YES have been relocated from the previous year. For a complete list, do not hesitate to visit

New exhibitor highlights include 42 new participants, including 4 new layouts! Headlining the list is Dan’s Train Depot / Brass, complete with a custom built display just for our Show! It is a delight that we this company participating this year.

Also, make sure you stop by to visit the new folks as well, including New England Free-Mo, as they promise to deliver one of the largest Free-Mo displays in the US! Also, check out the S-Scale SIG layout as well. Please check out the web site for the complete list of new exhibitors.

Be sure to check in on the repeat of the JMRI clinic, entitled, “What is JMRI?” This clinic will be brought to you by Ken Cameron, Member of JMRI Developer Team. Folks, this clinic is absolutely state of the art and all DCC interested people should attend… and Ken promises to give you an update of what has happened in the last year. Remember, Ken Cameron is on the development team for this new java-based software that will help you program your decoders and much more! This is state of the art and as good as it gets.

For our exhibitors, the exhibitor’s lounge is back as is the Saturday evening dinner that we now host for an average of 225 people. Remember, any registered volunteer is a guest of the ARS and can attend. If you are a volunteer at the Show, please join us for a great dinner.

We continue with our affiliation with the Baystate Children’s Hospital and Baystate Health Foundation. Once again, we are holding a special raffle to raise money for the Children’s Hospital. The Amherst Railway Society is raffling off a 4 X 8 foot O-scale layout. Built by the Amherst Railway Society with materials supplied by quite a few of our fantastic exhibitors, this year’s layout has a bit of a Polar Express theme to it! We have raised over 20,000 dollars in our first 4 years in working with our friends at the Baystate Health Foundation!

As we have for the past 3 years, we are also inviting “kids with cancer” to attend our Show as our guests, so you may see some of them at our Show. This year, we are again helping the Greater Springfield Big Brothers and Big Sisters. Having these groups at our Show is a wonderful thing to see!

I look forward to seeing you at this year’s Railroad Hobby Show!

John Sacerdote, Show Director


TRACK 1. Model Railroading University; Masters Program January 24-25 (see show director;s letter)

TRACK 2: Day Long Clinics January 25
(see show director's letter)

Hands on Clinics Saturday 1/26 and Sunday 1/27 (our venue of hands on clinics in our "clinic stadium")

Saturday, January 26, 2013
Start Time Description
10:00 AM "Tree Making" The MRU staff will demo how to make different kinds of trees for your layout and take them with you!
1:00 PM
"Building a Small Warehouse"
Build the DPM Learning kit and take it with you for your layout.
3:00 PM "Scenery"
Learn how to add scenery by making a display that you can add to your layout.
Sunday, January 27, 2013
10:30 AM
"Build a Boxcar" Build an Athearn boxcar, add weathering, add couplers, and make it run better. Then take it with you!
1:00 PM "Building a Small Warehouse"
Build the DPM Learning kit and take it with you for your layout.
3:00 PM "Scenery"
Learn how to add scenery by making a display that you can add to your layout.

2013 "TRACK THREE" Model Railroading Clinics Detail

Please note that all clinics are hands-on and participants will have the opportunity to be directly involved if they wish.

All clinics are held in the South Section of the MALLARY COMPLEX. Come early to get a “hands on” seat in our clinic area!!!

All clinics are conducted by Master Model Railroaders - the highest award given by the NMRA. Join Fran Hale, MMR, Miles Hale, MMR, and the Staff of The Model Railroading University. To learn more about The Model Railroading University, please visit: or

TRACK 4: Start times to be decided

Clinics offered by Manufacturers, exhibitors and experts)
(for those that require advanced registration - sign up is available at manufactures' booths

Saturday, January 26, 2013 and Sunday, January 27, 2013
What's New in 2013 with JMRI - "Java Model Railroad Interface"
Advanced JMRI
"A year in the Life of the Shore Line Trolley Museum"

Saturday only
MRC and the JTT line of Scenery!

TRACK 5: Mini Demos/Clinics offered throughout the day (by experts at their exhibit areas)

stop by "Bar Mills" in the Young Building, Section 79
stop by "Iwata" in the Mallary Complex, Section 141
stop by "Scenic Express" in the BLC, Section 44

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

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