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In Memoriam
Bill Meier
1950 - 2020

The Amherst Railway Society has lost a good friend, a board member, and a life-long rail-fan. Bill Meier passed away on September 3, 2020 at home, surrounded by his family.

From an early age, Bill had a keen interest in railroads, and was particularly fond of the New York Central. He was active in many aspects of the Amherst Railway Society, and currently was the Secretary of the Board of Directors.

A civil engineer by profession, Bill also served his community as an active member of the Somers, Connecticut Fire Department and a Boy Scout leader of Troop 387.

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ARS On-line Show & Tell

The Amherst Railway Society is running a series of online Show & Tell programs to highlight the diverse and fascinating railroad interests of our members. Model railroading, railroad photography, railroad history, rail-fan stories - all subjects that can show up in the programs.

Plus, we get a chance to know each other a little better.

Program dates and details are announced on this page and on the Amherst Facebook page.

How to participate:

go to:

meeting id: 190 645 400 (but, without spaces)

If asked to “go to the opener,” click on it

A panel will open on the upper right hand portion of your screen.  That panel allows you to use your computer speakers and mic on the computer 

Or, use a dial in number - 773-945-1031, or the number you are instructed to use.  

However, you only need to use a dial in phone number is if you do NOT have a mic and speakers on your computer.


The motivation for Amherst’s on-line Show & Tell program series was an e-mail exchange that started early on in the COVID pandemic. Members started corresponding with each other, wondering what kinds of things people were doing since we were no longer able to hold meetings, attend train shows, or work on projects.

The dialogue coming out of those e-mails planted the seed for an on-line program that would be available to all members - and the Amherst Show & Tell series was born.

Response to the programs has been overwhelmingly positive. Members have learned more about each other, and the talent and creativity that resides in our organization has been on full display. Plus, members that do not live close enough to attend meetings in Palmer are getting a chance to do so - online.

Each program is recorded and four of the first five have been published on YouTube. We have a technical problem with the first session that we are working to resolve. However, sessions two, three, four, and five are available.

session two:
session three:
sessioin four:
session five:

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.



Bill Meier - 1950 to 2020 ARS On-line Show & Tell Last Run - Sudro Brown

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