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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

2018 New England Spring Tour
Saturday, March 24, 2018
Departure: 9:00 am
Worcester Union Station 

The train will consist of Providence & Worcester passenger equipment.

From Worcester, the train will travel south down the P&W’s Norwich branch to Groton, Connecticut. From Groton, the train will head east on Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor to Providence, Rhode island. From Providence, the train will again be on P&W rails for the return to Worcester.

Arrival in Worcester: 8:00 pm.  

The train will also stop in Woonsocket, Rhode Island for any passengers wishing to leave the train at that station. For Woonsocket passengers, a shuttle bus to Worcester will leave the Woonsocket station at 7:30 am.

Fares range from $89 for coach seating to $155 for dining car seating, with dinner included. Tickets can be purchased on-line at: Mass Bay RRE members receive a $15 discount per seat. Use discount code MBRRE2018.

The train will offer food service for all passengers.

The 2018 New England Spring Tour is a joint effort of the Massachusetts Bay Railroad Enthusiasts and the Boston Surface Railroad Company (BSRC). BSRC was founded in 2012 to provide privately owned and operated rail passenger service. BSRC has secured track and station rights between Worcester, Massachusetts and Providence, Rhode Island and plans to begin service in late 2019.

For additional information visit:

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

Two Rivers Steam Special
October 28, 2017

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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