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B&M Bulletin

Our flagship publication is the B&M Bulletin whose first issue appeared in 1971. Since then the Bulletin has evolved from stapled sheets of photocopies to a professional-looking, glossy magazine. The “White Flags” section leads off each issue and summarizes recent developments in B&M territory with lively editorial comment. This is followed by a variety of articles representing the best research available on B&M topics interspersed with outstanding photographs by such celebrated B&M photographers as Dana D. Goodwin. The articles themselves are sometimes biographical, sometimes covering certain locations or equipment, always reflecting the wide range of interests of our readers.

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Recent issues and their contents

 

Volume XXIX, No. 4 Why Do Transit Projects Take So Long? MBTA Improvements; Freight Recession; Pan Am (MEC) Nos. 3400-3404; Vin Bernard, Lester Stephenson, Jr., Robert McDonald, Buddy Winiarz obits. Consists From the Car Books of Conductor Alvin Downie Southward Expansion, Part 2 Springfield: A Tale of Two Railroads A Return to North Country Rails

Volume XXIX, No. 4

Why Do Transit Projects Take So Long? MBTA Improvements; Freight Recession; Pan Am (MEC) Nos. 3400-3404; Vin Bernard, Lester Stephenson, Jr., Robert McDonald, Buddy Winiarz obits.

Consists From the Car Books of Conductor Alvin Downie

Southward Expansion, Part 2

Springfield: A Tale of Two Railroads

A Return to North Country Rails

Volume XXIX, Number 3 Mergers: Fever or Fear; Fitchburg DT Project; Keolis Performance; Holyoke and Springfield Stations; Vermonter Rock Slide; Brunswick Layover and Portsmouth Propane Consists From the Car Books of Conductor Alvin Downie Southward Expansion, Part 1 West End Excursion The Survivors

Volume XXIX, Number 3

Mergers: Fever or Fear; Fitchburg DT Project; Keolis Performance; Holyoke and Springfield Stations; Vermonter Rock Slide; Brunswick Layover and Portsmouth Propane

Consists From the Car Books of Conductor Alvin Downie

Southward Expansion, Part 1

West End Excursion

The Survivors

Volume XXIX, Number 2 White Flags: MBTA Winter Woes, Leased F-40PH-2s, and Bi-Level Coaches; Downeaster Delays; NS Purchases D&H South End Consists from the Car Books of Bobby Howe--Hurricane Diane A September 1945 Visit to LaGrange--E-7s Springfield Terminal Railway at Work  

Volume XXIX, Number 2

White Flags: MBTA Winter Woes, Leased F-40PH-2s, and Bi-Level Coaches; Downeaster Delays; NS Purchases D&H South End

Consists from the Car Books of Bobby Howe--Hurricane Diane

A September 1945 Visit to LaGrange--E-7s

Springfield Terminal Railway at Work

 

Volume XXIX, Number 1 White Flags: Gridlock, WRJ Glory Days, Private Cars at Portland, Icelandic Shipping Co., Verso Paper Mill Closing Consists from the Car Books of Conductor Bobby Howe Memories of the Cheshire branch Rails Cheshire Focal Point: Images from the B&MRRHS Archives White Flags Extra: Specials on the B&M, 2014

Volume XXIX, Number 1

White Flags: Gridlock, WRJ Glory Days, Private Cars at Portland, Icelandic Shipping Co., Verso Paper Mill Closing

Consists from the Car Books of Conductor Bobby Howe

Memories of the Cheshire branch

Rails Cheshire

Focal Point: Images from the B&MRRHS Archives

White Flags Extra: Specials on the B&M, 2014

Volume XXVIII, Number 4 White Flags: Back Yards, New MBTA Locos. Keolis takes over. Come Again to Hill, New Hampshire Consists: From the Car Books of Conductor Bobby Howe The Photos of Dave Engman Where Have All the Bridges Gone?

Volume XXVIII, Number 4

White Flags: Back Yards, New MBTA Locos. Keolis takes over.

Come Again to Hill, New Hampshire

Consists: From the Car Books of Conductor Bobby Howe

The Photos of Dave Engman

Where Have All the Bridges Gone?

Volume XXVIII, Number 2 White Flags: Crisis at the T? Pan Am Leases GP40s. Grain Trains. Consists: From the Car Books of Conductor Bobby Howe B&M "Famtrips" Manchester, Part 2 B&M Bridge Quiz B&M Chronology, Part 14: Jan. 1965 to Dec. 1967 White Flags Extra: Signal Bridges to Fall, Oil Trains

Volume XXVIII, Number 2

White Flags: Crisis at the T? Pan Am Leases GP40s. Grain Trains.

Consists: From the Car Books of Conductor Bobby Howe

B&M "Famtrips"

Manchester, Part 2

B&M Bridge Quiz

B&M Chronology, Part 14: Jan. 1965 to Dec. 1967

White Flags Extra: Signal Bridges to Fall, Oil Trains

Volume XXVIII, Number 1 White Flags: 40 Years of the B&MRRHS Focal Point: B&M Steam The Razing of the Concord, N.H. Depot Images of Manchester, N.H. Boston & Maine Chronology, Part 13: 1963 East Boston Branch Revival

Volume XXVIII, Number 1

White Flags: 40 Years of the B&MRRHS

Focal Point: B&M Steam

The Razing of the Concord, N.H. Depot

Images of Manchester, N.H.

Boston & Maine Chronology, Part 13: 1963

East Boston Branch Revival

Volume XXVII, Number 4 White Flags: Ayer Again Manchester, N.H., Part 2 Focal Point: The Photographs of Gary Webster Boston & Maine Chronology, Part 12: 1962

Volume XXVII, Number 4

White Flags: Ayer Again

Manchester, N.H., Part 2

Focal Point: The Photographs of Gary Webster

Boston & Maine Chronology, Part 12: 1962

Volume XXVII, Number 3 White Flags: Introducing the All-New Fitchburg From West of Rotterdam Jct.: Route Map Manchester, N.H., Part 1 Boston & Maine Chronology, Part 11: 1961

Volume XXVII, Number 3

White Flags: Introducing the All-New Fitchburg

From West of Rotterdam Jct.: Route Map

Manchester, N.H., Part 1

Boston & Maine Chronology, Part 11: 1961

Volume XXVII, Number 2 White Flags: One Railroad or Two? White Flags Extra: High-Speed Intercity passenger Rail Program From West of Rotterdam Jct.: Motive Power Pools Some Memories of B&M Signals B&MRRHS Photo Contest Winner B&M Fantrips Then and Now Memories of Marblehead Boston & Maine Chronology, Part 10: 1960 Map: Location of Pullman Cars in Maine, Aug. 24, 1956  

Volume XXVII, Number 2

White Flags: One Railroad or Two?

White Flags Extra: High-Speed Intercity passenger Rail Program

From West of Rotterdam Jct.: Motive Power Pools

Some Memories of B&M Signals

B&MRRHS Photo Contest Winner

B&M Fantrips Then and Now

Memories of Marblehead

Boston & Maine Chronology, Part 10: 1960

Map: Location of Pullman Cars in Maine, Aug. 24, 1956

 

Volume XXVI, Number 3 White Flags: The Patriot Corridor, Fitchburg Upgrade, VTR Interchange at North Bennington From West of Rotterdam Jct.: Boston & Maine Stations Black Smoke to Blue New England Milk by Rail, 1948 Focalpoint: A North Station Photo Essay Middlesex B&M Chronology, Part 7: Sept. 1956 to Dec. 1957

Volume XXVI, Number 3

White Flags: The Patriot Corridor, Fitchburg Upgrade, VTR Interchange at North Bennington

From West of Rotterdam Jct.: Boston & Maine Stations

Black Smoke to Blue

New England Milk by Rail, 1948

Focalpoint: A North Station Photo Essay

Middlesex

B&M Chronology, Part 7: Sept. 1956 to Dec. 1957

Volume XXVI Number 4 White Flags: 1958 From West of Rotterdam Jct.: Excursion Trains B&M Salisbury Beach: An Update Pat McGinnis Goes to Jail Goodbye to the Stainless Steel Fleet If It Isn't Nailed Down B&M Chronology, Part 8:  1958 Cheshire Branch Discontinuance

Volume XXVI Number 4

White Flags: 1958

From West of Rotterdam Jct.: Excursion Trains

B&M Salisbury Beach: An Update

Pat McGinnis Goes to Jail

Goodbye to the Stainless Steel Fleet

If It Isn't Nailed Down

B&M Chronology, Part 8:  1958

Cheshire Branch Discontinuance

Volume XXVI, Number 2 White Flags: North Point Development From West of Rotterdam Jct.: B&M Words Donald G. Hills, 1922-2007 The Fitchburg Eight Miles Under Wire, Part 2 Focal Point: Electric Operations B&M Chronology Part  6: Jan. 1953 to Dec. 1955

Volume XXVI, Number 2

White Flags: North Point Development

From West of Rotterdam Jct.: B&M Words

Donald G. Hills, 1922-2007

The Fitchburg

Eight Miles Under Wire, Part 2

Focal Point: Electric Operations

B&M Chronology Part  6: Jan. 1953 to Dec. 1955

  Volume XXVI, Number 1 White Flags: North Station, "Downeaster," New Ayer Auto Facility From west of Rotterdam Jct.:  Where the Snow Lay Round About... A Straight Line for Hoosac Eight Miles Under Wire, Part 1 B&M Chronology, Part 5,  Sept. 1945 to Dec. 1952

 

Volume XXVI, Number 1

White Flags: North Station, "Downeaster," New Ayer Auto Facility

From west of Rotterdam Jct.:  Where the Snow Lay Round About...

A Straight Line for Hoosac

Eight Miles Under Wire, Part 1

B&M Chronology, Part 5,  Sept. 1945 to Dec. 1952