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Paddy on the Railway

On Tuesday, June 23, at 6:00 pm, the Palmer Public Library will present a Zoom program describing the role Irish workers played in building the Massachusetts Great Western Railroad.

The railroad was chartered in 1833, and the 5-year project linked the Boston & Worcester Railroad with Springfield, Massachusetts, and on to the New York state line.

Storyteller, Dennis Picard, will detail the significant contribution Irish immigrants made to the largely manual effort to build the railroad.

The Zoom program is open to the public.

To register, send an email request to:


Amherst Supports Greenfield Bank's 10th Anniversary

The Turner’s Falls branch office of the Greenfield Savings Bank is modeled after the Boston & Maine Railroad station that served the town, and is located close to the site of the original depot.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the branch office, Greenfield Savings asked the Amherst Railway Society for help with a railroad-themed display. In response, Amherst member, Phil Johnson, build a small operating HO-scale layout, ARS put together an Operation Lifesaver display to help visitors better understand railroad safety, and the ARS informational banners were on full display.

Photo: Phil Johnson with railroad display in bank.

Last Run - on Sudro Brown's Wisconsin Central railroad

On January 3, 2019, a group of Amherst members gathered at Sudro Brown’s home to operate Sudro’s Wisconsin Central model railroad.

The session had been scheduled months ago, and Sudro’s son, Sudro II, decided to go ahead with the session as a memorial to his father who passed away in November. As a remembrance of the event, James Mayo and Mike Chapman recorded and edited the video of the session.

Model railroads tend to be a reflection of the people that build them. And, Sudro Brown’s Wisconsin Central layout was no different. The track work was meticulous, operating sessions were carefully planned, and train crews were expected to adhere to all train movement rules.

Prior to the session, Tom Lowry and Lynn Klock spent a day staging trains and organizing the paper work. No engines or cars were moved by hand. All trains were set up with physical moves.

And, on January 3, the session was run exactly the way Sudro would have run it.

Mugs and soda were fixtures at Sudro’s operating sessions. That was true on January 3, too. Each operator at the January 3 session received a commemorative mug from Sudro’s wife, Lucia.

At the end of the session, Clark Huber and Tom Lowry powered down the layout and turned out the lights… for the last time.


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