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Amherst Railway Society - Trips

The Amherst Railway Society partners with the Massachusetts Bay Railroad Enthusiasts on rail fan trips. Amherst members receive special discounts on Mass Bay sponsored trips. To receive a discount on a Mass Bay trip, indicate that you are an Amherst Railway Society member when registering.

Upcoming trips

Two Rivers Steam Special
P&W, Amtrak, Valley Railroad
October 28, 2017

On Saturday, October 28, 2017, the Two Rivers Steam Special will operate over three railroads using both steam and diesel power.

The train leaves Worcester at 8:30 am from the P&W Hammond Street yard, heading south on the Norwich Branch. 

At Groton, CT, the train joins Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor main line for the run to Old Saybrook,

At Old Saybrook, Valley Railroad 2-8-2 #3025 takes over and the train heads north along the Connecticut River to Goodspeed.

At Goodspeed, 3025 runs around the train for the trip back to Old Saybrook. There, engines will be swapped and the train will retrace the route through Groton and Norwich, arriving back in Worcester at 9:15 pm.

The train will consist of the P&W’s excursion passenger cars. Please note that these cars are not fully handicap accessible. If special accommodations are needed, please contact the Mass Bay Railroad Enthusiasts at 978-470-2066.

The trip will include photo run-bys, and food service will be available on board the train.

Coach Seating:

Adult Mass Bay RRE Member             $139
Adult Non-member                              $159
Youth                                                    $79

Premium Seating: (add to basic Coach fares above) 
parlor car Massachusetts
observation car New Englander

Premium seating includes snack and beverage service.

Deluxe Coach                                      $45
Deluxe Parlor Car                                $125
Deluxe Observation Car                      $125

How to order:

Online - click here for the online order form.

By mail - print a copy of the order form and mail with payment to:

Mass Bay RRE
P.O. Box 4245
Andover, MA 01810-0814. 

Make checks payable to Mass Bay RRE, and include a self-addressed, stamped business-size envelope. 

By phone - call 978-470-2066 Monday - Friday from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm.

50th Anniversay Commemorative European Rail Trip
Switzerland, with optional 3-day extention to Hamburg, Germany
Departs June 21, 2018

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Railroad Hobby Show, the Amherst Railway Society, in cooperation with the Ludlow Travel Club, is sponsoring a railroad and model railroad tour to Europe in June, 2018.

The tour group will travel on five of Switzerland’s most famous train routes:

  • the Golden Pass
  • the Lötschberg Mountain Route
  • the Glacier Express
  • the Bernina Express
  • the Gotthard Panorama Express (formerly the Wilhelm Tell Express)

The five rail lines include beautiful Swiss mountain scenery, and are a tribute to the mastery of Swiss railroad engineering as the trains pass over and through a variety of bridges, viaducts, loops, spirals, and tunnels. Tour travelers will experience the 215-foot high Landwasser Viaduct, the open-air Brusio Spiral Viaduct, and the Preda Spiral Tunnels.

The tour also includes the Mont Pilatus cog railway - the world’s steepest with a maximum gradient of 48%. And, three cog railways from Interlaken to Jungfraujoch which includes a 4.5-mile loop tunnel under the triple peaks of Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau.

A trip to the Matterhorn (14,692 feet) is also part of the tour, which includes a ride on the Gornergrat Bahn, Europe’s highest open-air railway, and three cable cars.

Additionally, the Albula Railway Museum is on the agenda. The museum tells the story of the Rhaetian Railroad and the Crocodile locomotives.
The tour can be extended for an additional three days for those interested in visiting Hambury, Germany and Miniatur Wunderland, the world’s largest model railroad.

The tour departs on June 21, 2018. For the full tour itinerary, visit:

To reserve space on this tour contact James Martin at 413-583-6339, or


Recent Trips

Red Ball Express
September 3, 2017

Torrington Extra
April 29, 2017

Two Rivers Steam Special
October 29, 2016

Southern New England Sightseeing Excursion
July 30, 2016

AEM-7 Farewell Excursion
June 18, 2016

Lakes Region Extra
May 14, 2016

A  Day On The Providence & Worcester
April 30, 2016

Hoosac Valley Railfan Special
April 9, 2016

Covered Wagon In The Snow
January 2, 2016

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