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Amherst Railway Society - Membership

      

The Amherst Railway Society is one of the most respected railroad organizations in the United States, and there are many benefits to joining this vibrant organization. 

First, you become part of a group of people who share your fascination with railroads. That common interest builds friendships and serves as the foundation for all the things we do.

Members are eligible to attend regular meetings that feature presentations on a variety of railroad topics. As a group, we learn together. We share our experiences together. For more information on our meetings, go to meetings.

Members have an opportunity to participage in our annual Railroad Hobby Show - one of the largest and most respected railroad-themed shows in the country. 
Members receive a 1-day admission to the show, but there are also many opportunities to part of the show. The Railroad Hobby Show happens each year because of the generous contribution of volunteer time by our members. And there is a great deal of satisfaction in that - knowing that you had a hand in putting together and running something very special.

Members are eligible to participate in our two model railroad clubs - Amherst Belt Lines and Dry Hill Model Railroad Club. An operating model railroad brings out the smiles, for everyone. If you enjoy model railroads the way we do, the Amherst Railway Society is the place to be. You will make new friends, learn a lot, and just plain have a lot of fun.

The Amherst Railway Society partners with the Mass Bay Railway Enthusiast for rail trips. If you like to ride trains, we give you multiple opportunites to do that each year. Steam, diesel - we ride them all.

Much has been written and recorded about railroads - history, technology, operations, and business practices. If you want to know more about railroads, the Amherst Railway Society maintains an extensive library of books, magazines, and videos for our members.

The Amherst Railway Society is also part of and supports the larger railroad community. 
 Each year, we contribute thousands of dollars to further the preservation and restoration of historical railroad artifacts throughout the United States. There is a special feeling visiting a rail historic site and knowing that the organization you belong to had a hand in making that visit possible.

If you enjoy railroads the way we do, please join us. We would love to have you. 

Membership
applications and payments are handled online. 

If you would like to apply for Student or Prospective membership, click here.
If you would like to apply for Standard or Family membership, click here.

The Amherst Railway Society offers five membership levels.

Prospective member - a one-year non-renewable trial membership.

Prospective members receive the newsletter, can attend monthly meetings, and receive one pass to the Railroad Hobby Show.

Prospective members do not have a vote, do not have access to the club library, and do not have access to the clubhouse outside of regularly scheduled events.

Student member - ongoing membership for full-time students at any educational level. Student status must be verified periodically.

Student members receive the newsletter, can attend monthly meetings, can vote, have access to the club library, and receive one pass to the Railroad Hobby Show. 

Student members do not have access to the clubhouse outside of regularly scheduled events.

Standard member - regular membership for adults.

Standard members receive the newsletter, can attend monthly meetings, can vote, have access to the club library, and receive one pass to the Railroad Hobby Show.

Standard members do not have access to the clubhouse outside of regularly scheduled events.

Family membership - a single membership covering all family members that reside in the same household.

Family members receive the newsletter, can attend monthly meetings, receive two votes, have access to the club library, and receive two passes to the Railroad Hobby Show.

Family members do not have access to the clubhouse outside of regularly scheduled events.

Honorary life membership - granted by the Board of Directors to recognize extraordinary service to the Amherst Railway Society over an extended period of time.

Honorary life members receive the newsletter, can attend monthly meetings, can vote, have access to the club library, have access to the clubhouse outside of regularly scheduled events, and receive one pass to the Railroad Hobby Show.
 

Dues Structure

tier dues
1 year 3 year 5 year
Prospective $0 n/a n/a
Student $0 n/a n/a
Standard $60 $150 $240
Family $100 $250 $400
Honorary Life $0 $0 $0
grants at work: C&

C&O 2700 Restoration

The Amherst Railway Society is supporting the cosmetic restoration of C&O 2-8-4 #2700. The engine is on display at the Dennison Railroad Depot Museum in Dennison, Ohio. The museum staff is managing the restoration work.

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