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Amherst Builds/Contributes Diorama

On June 20, Historic Northampton unveiled the new - Making it on Main Street - exhibit.  The exhibit tells the story of 365 years of Main Street in Northampton, Massachusetts as a crossroads, marketplace, town center, and public square. It describes the people who lived, worked, played, and celebrated there, and how their lives shaped the Main Street we walk today.

Featured in the exhibit is a 12-foot diorama of Main Street as it was in 1847 - built and donated by the Amherst Railway Society. The diorama project was lead by Rob Roy and John Sacerdote with support from Joe Albano, Stephen Morrill, Mike tylick, and Richard Watz.

The exhibit will be on display through the end of this year.

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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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