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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 XXX, No. 3 (2018)   A New Day for B&M Motive Power, Western Route Bottlenecks, Positive Train Control on the MBTA, Green Line Medford Extension, MBTA locomotives, Possible Expanded Conn. River Passenger Service.  Consists from the Car Books of Conductor George W. Cox (State of Maine)  Piecing Together the Boston & Maine  The Great Hoosac Tunnel "Boxcar Mine" Wreck  Named Steamers of the Depression Era

Volume XXX, No. 3 (2018)

A New Day for B&M Motive Power, Western Route Bottlenecks, Positive Train Control on the MBTA, Green Line Medford Extension, MBTA locomotives, Possible Expanded Conn. River Passenger Service.

Consists from the Car Books of Conductor George W. Cox (State of Maine)

Piecing Together the Boston & Maine

The Great Hoosac Tunnel "Boxcar Mine" Wreck

Named Steamers of the Depression Era

  Volume XXX, No. 3 (2017)   What To Do About Keolis? - Pt. 2, Springfield Union Station Reopening, PanAm GE locos, Richard Anderson - New Amtrak CEO  Consists from the Car Books of Conductor George W. Cox  The Conn River: Colorful Railroading  Name Trains to the White Mountains

Volume XXX, No. 3 (2017)

What To Do About Keolis? - Pt. 2, Springfield Union Station Reopening, PanAm GE locos, Richard Anderson - New Amtrak CEO

Consists from the Car Books of Conductor George W. Cox

The Conn River: Colorful Railroading

Name Trains to the White Mountains

  Volume XXX, No. 2 (2017)   What to Do About Keolis? Pan Am winter derailments, C40-8s, Trains Idling in Andover, Springfield Union Station revival.  Consists from the Car Books of Conductor Forrest E. Staples.  The Conn River: Colorful Railroading-2.  The Last Circus Train      

Volume XXX, No. 2 (2017)

What to Do About Keolis? Pan Am winter derailments, C40-8s, Trains Idling in Andover, Springfield Union Station revival.

Consists from the Car Books of Conductor Forrest E. Staples.

The Conn River: Colorful Railroading-2.

The Last Circus Train

 

 

  Volume XXX, No. 1 (2017)   The B&M's Future: Short Line empire, or Class I? CSX C40-8 locos acquired; Poland Springs water by rail; Positive Train Control; Wick Moorman at Amtrak;  Conn River Line; Photos: Commuter Improvements.  Consists from the Car Books of Conductor Douglas M. Rice.  The Conn River: Colorful Railroading.

Volume XXX, No. 1 (2017)

The B&M's Future: Short Line empire, or Class I? CSX C40-8 locos acquired; Poland Springs water by rail; Positive Train Control; Wick Moorman at Amtrak;  Conn River Line; Photos: Commuter Improvements.

Consists from the Car Books of Conductor Douglas M. Rice.

The Conn River: Colorful Railroading.

  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