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Amherst Railway Society
Meeting Notice

May, 2014

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The next meeting of the Amherst Railway Society will be at 7:30 pm, (Note new, earlier time) Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at the Amherst Regional Middle School Auditorium.

Model Railroading
by Mike Tylick

The Art of the American Railway by Robert Frascella
Michael Tylick has been fooling with electric trains for as long as he can remember. Never one to commit to a single large project, he has instead built a number of smaller layouts of various types and in various scales over the years. A retired art teacher after 32 years in the Worcester Public Schools, Mike has been a long time contributor to many publications including Model Railroader, Railroad Model Craftsman, the National Model Railroad Association Bulletin, and most recently the e-zine Model Railroad Hobbyist. He has also delivered numerous clinics and presentations on various railroad and historical subjects on all levels in different parts of the country.

Railroad interests are leaning towards prototype rail and architectural photography, and Mike is becoming keenly aware of what can be observed outside the basement. Much of his hobby time is now spent employed as a custom builder specializing in railroad structures and rolling stock. He also has worked with several organizations who build custom Model railroads and has recently formed RailDesign Services, focusing on the design and visual aspects of model railroading.

Michael now lives in eastern Massachusetts and has started an On30 railroad loosely based on Boston’s Old Colony Lines. He was also recently awarded the honor of being named Master Model Railroader #523.

Here is his summary of his presentation Model Railroading is Fun in his own words:

"I believe making a good photograph of a prototype railroad is more difficult than making a good photograph of a model railroad. Under the studio conditions possible in a basement, it is quite possible to fully control all of the conditions- we are not subject to the whims of nature or the railroad. We can “do over” if we fumble a golden opportunity. Building model scenes does require time, patience, and money, but then so does getting trackside. Equipment has made the photography easier as well. From view cameras and sheet film, technology progressed through 35mm film with close-up rings and custom made pinhole lenses, now to digital photography and image processing possibilities only dreamed of dreamed a few years ago.

The photographs shown here span the range of my interests, from primitive early attempts to images made only a few weeks ago. Much of the “fun” of model railroading is derived from enjoying the railroads of others. Although I prefer to look and visit with the owner, occasionally I do make photographs of what I see there.

Multi-media shows combining photographs and music are now commonplace with railfans, but not often seen in the model hobbies. I hope you will enjoy mine."

Our 2015 Show will be
January 24 & 25, 2015

Download he May 2014 newsletter in pdf format

Have you photographed trains? Send your best to the Webmaster for the Member Photo gallery.

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Amherst, MA 01004-2351

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