Boston & Maine Railroad Historical Society

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Apr
2
10:00 am10:00

RAILFAIR 2017: TRAIN SHOW and OPEN HOUSE

 The Nashua Valley Model Railroad Association presents their annual show and open house at two locations on April 2, 2017: Train Show- Ayer/Shirley Middle School, 1 Hospital Road, Shirley, Ma., and Layout Open House-Association Quarters, Phoenix Park Complex, 2 Shaker Rd., Unit E-205, Shirley 01464. (Short walks from Shirley MBTA rail station).                         Cost: $5.00 per adult; $4.00 seniors and teens, (12 yrs-18yrs), under 12 yrs free.

Phone: 978-225-0650          www.nvrra.com

 

Apr
8
3:30 pm15:30

B&MRRHS APRIL MEETING

 This is a joint meeting with the MASS BAY RAILROAD ENTHUSIASTS and our  B&MRRHS.    PROGRAM:   TRACKSIDE WITH JUSTIN WINIARZ FROM 2014 THROUGH 2016.             Come along as Justin takes us through the New England States, New York state, Pennsylvania and the Carolinas. Featured railroads include Pan Am Railways, Conway Scenic, Vermont Railway, Central Maine and Quebec, Grafton & Upton and New Hampshire NorthCoast. Add the Norfolk & Southern steam program starring #611 and #765, along with shortlines and regionals in the Carolinas, (operating U-18Bs), and this promises to be a very interesting show.  We will meet at Rogers Hall, 196 Rogers St. in Lowell, Ma. Parking across the street.    Board of directors will convene prior to the meeting,  at 1:00 PM.                         

 

Apr
23
10:00 am10:00

MODEL RAILROAD SHOW HOOKSETT, NH

 The Hooksett, NH Lions Club presents their 22nd annual Model Railroad Show at the Hooksett Cawley Middle School, Route 27, (89 Whitehall Rd.), 1 mile off Route 3. New this year are Modeler Clubs.  The show features vendors, operating layouts, raffles, clinics,         white elephant table and, food!                                                                                                   Admission: Adults-$4.00, Children  6-12-$1.00, Children 5 and under-free! Family-$10.00.   Information: 603-485-3881 or 603-627-4662    E-mail hooksettlionsclub@yahoo.com 

May
6
10:00 am10:00

MODEL RAILROAD SHOW.......CONTOOKOOK, N.H.

  The Contookook Riverway Association presents a model railroad show at the Legion Post #81, 169 Bound Tree Rd., Contookook, NH.  Featured are operating layouts, new/used model trains and accessories, vendors, raffles, food and free parking. Tour the restored depot and covered bridge.   Tickets are $5.00/person, under ten free with adult.                        For information: Keith Wallace; 603-520-6601. keith@contookook.net                                                                                       www.contookookdepot.org

May
13
1:00 pm13:00

B&MRRHS MAY, 2017 MEETING PLYMOUTH, N.H.

 The Plymouth, N.H. Regional Senior Center again welcomes our society for the May meeting. Dwight Smith, well known for his knowledge and photography of the North Country, offers a slide presentation of railroads in southern New Hampshire and the Connecticut River Valley of Vermont. His photos are from the 1940s and 1950s, featuring steam, such as B-15 moguls, as well as first generation diesels. Yankee railroad history!                                                               COME ON UP!                                                            Location: Plymouth, N.H. railroad station; 8 Depot St.;  Plymouth, N.H. 03264                        Kindly note time:  1:00PM until 3:00PM.


Mar
18
12:00 pm12:00

B&MRRHS ARCHIVES COMMITTEE MEETING

The Boston & Maine Railroad Historical Society Archives Committee will meet on March 18 at the Center For Lowell History, 40 French St. in Lowell, Ma.  Documents, reports, photographs, maps, engineering drawings and various other items pertinent to the B&M RR  are sorted and cataloged for preservation.

All those interested in B&M RR history are welcome.

Mar
11
3:30 pm15:30

B&MRRHS MARCH MEETING

 Today's program is "Reminisce with Russ".  Long time member, Russell "Russ" Munroe, will present a slide show featuring by-gone rail scenes of northern and central New England. Other locations are also possible. An accomplished rail photographer, Russ's work is seen in many train oriented books and articles. Location is Rogers Hall on Rogers St. in Lowell, Ma.  Meeting commences at 3:30 PM and the board of directors will meet prior at 1:00 PM          Free parking across the street.

Feb
11
3:30 pm15:30

B&MRRHS FEBRUARY MEETING

  Today's Society program is entitled  RAILWAYS BEYOND OUR BORDERS.                                This is a digital slide presentation of many foreign railways by Jay Epstein and Scot Osterweil. Both men have traveled extensively and photographed diesel, electric and steam operations in many countries, with many gauges and many cultures. Plan to have our horizons broadened.                                                                                                              Meeting location is Rogers Hall on Rogers St. in Lowell, Massachusetts.  Parking is available across the street from Rogers Hall.

 

Jan
21
12:00 pm12:00

ARCHIVES COMMITTEE MEETING

The Archives Committee of the  Boston & Maine Railroad Historical Society will meet at the Center for Lowell History, 40 French St. in Lowell, Massachusetts., from noon until 3:00 PM, Saturday, January 21, 2017.  Books, periodicals, maps, engineering drawings, photos, timetables and various other items related to B&M RR history are sorted and placed in society archives. All who have interest in the B&M RR era are welcome.

Jan
14
3:30 pm15:30

B&MRRHS JANUARY MEETING

 Today's presentation:       DISPATCHING THE ROUTE OF THE MINUTEMAN.                     --                       -- THE INSIDE STORY --                                                              Guest speaker, Carl Senftleben, spent 18 years with the B&M RR and 18 more with Amtrak. Starting as night clerk at B&M's Fitchburg yard, then working various tower and operating jobs, advancing up the B&M dispatcher ranks, he eventually became Chief Dispatcher and then Superintendent of Train Operations for Amtrak-Boston.  Carl will relate his experiences from B&M "common carrier status" to Amtrak Acelas and our now intense Commuter Rail, with insight and humor.  He probably knows it all because he has seen it all!                                                                        Do not miss this!!                                                                             Location is Rogers Hall on Rogers St. in Lowell, Ma.  Free parking across the street.

 

 

Jan
14
1:00 pm13:00

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

The Boston & Maine Railroad Historical Society will have a board of directors meeting on Saturday, January 14, 2017. The meeting starting at 1:00 PM, will commence prior to the general society meeting, scheduled to begin at 3:30 PM. Location is Rogers Hall on Rogers St. in Lowell, Ma.

Dec
17
12:30 pm12:30

DECEMBER MEETING CANCELLED

 The B&MRRHS December Holiday luncheon and meeting has been cancelled due to anticipated snow storm. This also includes the board of directors who were to convene prior to the luncheon.  The Society regrets having to cancel this enjoyable meeting but safety is, of course, the primary concern.  Best wishes to all for the Holiday season.

 

Nov
19
11:00 am11:00

ARCHIVES COMMITTEE MEETING

The B&MRRHS Archives Committee will meet on November 19, at the Center For Lowell History, 40 French St. in Lowell, Ma. During the three hour session,  items of relevance for the railroad's history will be examined, cataloged and placed in the archive library.                         The Center is located adjacent to Bording House Park, two blocks east of Merrimac St.

Nov
12
3:30 pm15:30

B&MRRHS NOVEMBER MEETING

  The society will return to our regular meeting location at Rogers Hall on Rogers St. in Lowell, Ma. Old friend, Gary Gurski, is back to entertain with more stories and views of railroading. Today's theme is "Cross Country Train Trips and Various Railroad Sights."                   Parking is available across the street from Rogers Hall.

 

Oct
29
9:00 am09:00

410 Committee Work Session

The B&MRRHS 410 Committee will have a work session on Saturday morning, October 29th, starting at 9:00 AM.  Location is at the corner of Merrimac and Dutton streets in downtown Lowell, Massachusetts, site of the B&M 0-6-0 steam switcher, No. 410, and the wooden, B&M combine.  The session is guided by committee chairman, Jim Nigzus. Parking is available in the nearby National Park Service visitors lot, entered from Dutton St.

Oct
22
1:00 pm13:00

B&MRRHS BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

The Boston & Maine Railroad Historical Society board of directors will meet at the society's Hardware Collection in North Chelmsford, Ma.  The Saturday meeting will start at 1:00 PM and continue for one and a half to two hours in length.

Oct
15
1:00 pm13:00

B&MRRHS OCTOBER MEETING

 The Boston & Maine Railroad Historical Society will meet at Plymouth, New Hampshire on Oct. 15, starting at 1:00 PM.  The location is the Plymouth Community Center, 8 Depot St., Plymouth, NH 03264. It is the former Boston & Maine RR passenger station for Plymouth, along the line which carried trains between Boston and Montreal. This is an active track,  hosting an autumn foliage excursion train which will be timed to arrive between noon and 1:00 PM. This train is courtesy of the Winnipesaukee Scenic RR.                                                    The program will feature three presentations: Gregg McFarland-Concord to White River Jct. in the 60s and 70s along with Selkirk in the Conrail era;  Geoff McFarland-early Guilford around Dover, NH and the Berlin Mills Railway; Jere Ross-early Guilford and St. Lawrence & Atlantic RR around Portland, Maine.

Oct
2
10:00 am10:00

Pepperell Siding Model RR Club : Train Show & Open House

  The Pepperell Siding Model Railroad Club sponsors its train show at the Varnum Brook Elementary School, 10 Hollis St. in Pepperell, Massachusetts. Featured at the show are vendors of model trains and various rail related items. The club's large scale model railroad, located nearby, is open for visitors.        The Boston & Maine Railroad Historical Society will participate in the vendor program.

  Information:  www.psmrc.org         Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016.   10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Oct
1
9:00 am09:00

No. 410 Committee work session

 The B&MRRHS will hold a work session at B&M 0-6-0 locomotive #410 and combine/coach ,beginning 9:00 AM on Saturday, Oct.1.  Actual duration of the session is undetermined-basically when planned tasks have been completed.                                                                        The 410 committee chairman, Jim Nigzus, will coordinate the efforts of all interested volunteers.  Location is the corner of Merrimac and Dutton streets in downtown Lowell, Massachusetts.

Sep
28
10:00 am10:00

B&MRRHS ARCHIVES COMMITTEE MEETING

 The society's archives committee will have our only meeting in September. The venue is the Hardware Collection on Princeton St. in North Chelmsford, Ma.  This will be a morning session and will attend to an array of B&M RR items.

Sep
17
1:00 pm13:00

B&MRRHS September Meeting

 The Boston & Maine RR Historical Society has been invited to meet with the Nashua Valley Model Railroad Club at their club layout on Sept. 17.  The NVMRC presents a very large HO model railroad patterned after New England (and B&M) prototype railroading. Society members are encouraged to bring their own HO locos to run on this DCC system utilizing NCC throttles.                                                                                                                    We will meet at the club's location: Phoenix Park Industrial Complex, Room E-205 (2nd floor), Building E, 2 Shaker Rd. Shirley, Massachusetts.     Note: Full scale trains are also nearby: Pan Am Southern's former B&M Fitchburg Div. passes through the center of Shirley.

 

Aug
21
10:00 am10:00

CONCORD (N.H.) MODEL RAILROAD SHOW

 The Concord Model Railroad Club sponsors their show at the Everett Arena, Louden Road in Concord, New Hampshire.  (Rt.93 to exit 14, east on Louden Rd., just over the bridge)

Dealers, operating layouts, food stand, free parking, handicap accessible.  The Boston & Maine Railroad Historical Society will have a booth at this event.

 More information: Concord Model RR Club; 603-736-8061;  rhfsaf@aol.com                              www.trainweb.org/cmrc

Aug
20
12:00 pm12:00

B&MRRHS Archives Work Session

The Archives Committee of the Boston & Maine Railroad Historical Society will meet for a work session on Saturday, August 20, 2016. The location is the Center for Lowell History, 40 French St. in Lowell, Ma.         Documents, timetables, maps, engineering drawings, photos and numerous other items relating the history of the B&M RR are examined, sorted and placed so as to be available for those having a serious interest in this iconic New England railroad.  All are welcome!     

 

Jul
30
Jul 31

Lowell Folk Festival activity

  The B&M 0-6-0 locomotive No.410 and combine coach will be open during the Lowell Folk Festival from 10:00 AM until 5:00 pm, both days. The location is Dutton St. near corner of Merrimac St. Visitors are welcome to enter the coach, meet B&M Historical Society members, and view models, photos and various other items related to B&M RR history. Books, maps, videos and periodicals are available for purchase as well as a selection of the Society's jackets, hats, shirts, etc., all marked with B&M RR emblems.              The Lowell Folk Festival has performances from noon until early evening on Saturday, July 30, and noon until late afternoon on Sunday, July 31..

  

Jul
16
12:00 pm12:00

Archives Committee Meeting

  The B&MRRHS Archives Committee will meet at the Center for Lowell History, 40 French St., in Lowell, Ma. Items of historical interest pertaining to the Boston & Maine Railroad, as well as other regional rail systems, will be reviewed, cataloged and placed in archives so as to be accessible for society members and the general public.  Noon until 3:00 PM.                     All who wish to volunteer their time are welcome.

Jul
9
Aug 27

B&M RR RAILCAR; SUMMER HOURS

 The Boston & Maine authentic, combine-coach will be open for visitors during July and August. The car is available each Saturday afternoon from July 9th through August 27th,  1:00 PM until 4:00 PM. B&M RR  Historical Society members will be on hand to describe the many  photos, maps, and railroad artifacts illustrating this iconic railway's history. B&M marked hats, shirts, and other clothing items can be purchased. A small HO model railroad layout is also situated inside the car.                                                                                                The wooden, maroon painted, truss-rod coach is located  on Dutton St., corner Merrimac St., in Lowell, Massachusetts, handy to the Lowell National Park complex. B&M 0-6-0, steam switcher No. 410, is on permanent display adjacent to the coach.

Jul
9
11:00 am11:00

B&MRRHS Board of Directors Meeting

 The B&M RR Historical Society Board of Directors will meet in the Society's Hardware Storage Facility in North Chelmsford, Massachusetts.  PLEASE NOTE: This is a change from the original plan to be at the B&M combine on Dutton St. in Lowell, Ma.

Jun
25
Jun 26

EVERYTHING TRAINS: Peppersass comes to North Adams

The North Adams Historical Society presents Everything Trains; featuring Peppersass, the actual locomotive that built Mt. Washington Cog Railway.                                                              Speakers, Videos, Model Railroads, & Exhibits, and Train Rides.  The Boston & Maine Railroad Historical Society will participate in this event.    INFO 413-663-6312                               Saturday June 25 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM: Sunday June 26 from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM                  Western Heritage Gateway Park   115 State St.  North Adams, Ma. 01247

 

Jun
18
12:00 pm12:00

B&MRRHS ARCHIVES COMMITTEE MEETING

 The Archives Committee will meet at the Center for Lowell History, 40 French St. in Lowell, Ma., on Saturday, June 18. Documents, reports, photographs and other articles related to the history of the Boston & Maine Railroad are reviewed, sorted and filed for access by those interested in this notable railway.    All are welcome.                                                                              NOTE: No Archives meeting in May.

Jun
18
9:00 am09:00

Work session at the B&M coach and engine No. 410.

  Jim Nigzus will coordinate work on the B&M coach and 0-6-0 #410, beginning at 9:00 AM, Saturday, and continuing until 3:00 PM. (later if required)                                                                        Location is the corner of Dutton St. and Merrimac St. in downtown Lowell, Ma., adjacent to the Lowell National Park complex.   All are welcome to participate.

May
21
1:00 pm13:00

B&MRRHS MAY MEETING

   The Plymouth, N.H. Regional Senior Center will again host  the Boston & Maine Railroad Historical Society. The May 21 meeting will be held in the impressive, former B&M depot in Plymouth, located at the Plymouth, N.H. Railroad Station, 8 Depot St. Plymouth, NH 03264. This was a stop for B&M/CP trains operating between No. Station and Montreal.

  Jerry Kelly, Society board member and enthusiastic researcher of the famed Hoosac Tunnel, will present, "The Building of the Hoosac Tunnel"  His PowerPoint  show will  outline construction methods and various issues related to this enormous 19th Century undertaking. A brief 1928 film showing the tunnel's electric locomotives and a trip through the bore will lead his talk. Some of Gerry's superb models of tunnel and motive power will be on display.  Gerry welcomes a question and answer session following his presentation.  The "Hoosac" was and still is, New England's greatest railway tunnel.