The Boston & Maine Railroad Historical Society will meet on Saturday, April 14, 2018, at Rogers Hall, Rogers St. in Lowell, Ma. Meeting begins at 3:30PM, ending at 5:30PM. Program is by Bill Hodges, enthusiast of Northern New England railways. Presentation will include; Maine narrow gauge in Boothbay and Portland, the Cog Railway, Hobo Railroad and White Mountain Central, in New Hampshire. All are fun trains! Free parking across the street from Rogers Hall.
The Lion's Club of Hooksett, N.H. presents its 23rd annual Model Railroad Show, at Hooksett Cawey Middle School, Route 27, (89 Whitehall Rd.), 1 mile off Route 3. (also 3 miles north of I-93, exit 9N). Vendors, Raffles, Clinics, White Elephant Table, Operating Layouts and Food! The B&MRRHS will be a participant. Adults $5.00, Children 6-12 $1.00, under 5, free, Max. family rate $10.00. For information: 603-485-3881; 603-627-4662; firstname.lastname@example.org
For May, the Boston & Maine Railroad Historical Society will again return to the hospitable Plymouth, N.H. Community Center in Plymouth. This is the former B&M RR station on the Boston to Montreal route (via Woodsville, NH). It is conveniently located close to the Plymouth exit from I-93. The entertaining and knowledgeable Gary Gurski will present a "show and tell" of his varied railroad experiences. Please note the time.
The Boston & Maine Railroad Historical Society will have its March meeting at Rogers Hall on Rogers St. in Lowell, Ma. Member Rich Nichols will present the story of B&M's AMESBURY BRANCH with slides and anecdotes. As an added touch, Rich who is actively involved in the society's B&M RR hardware collection, plans to display some items from this interesting collection. Meeting starts at 3:30 PM and ends at or before 5:30 PM. Free parking across street. As always, call 24 hour phone for meeting info during inclement weather: 978-454-3600 and/or visit on the web at www.bmrrhs.org.
The Boston & Maine Railroad Historical Society will hold its February 10, 2018 meeting at Rogers Hall, 196 Rogers St. in Lowell, Ma. A digital slide program of foreign and American railways will be presented by Scot Osterweil. Scot, who has traveled widely, presented some of his European pictures last year. He will continue with Asian trains, mostly Indian, as well as selected railway views from "across the pond". Concluding the presentation will be many scenes from operations in the American south and west. Available for purchase are various B&M marked clothing items as well as rail themed books, DVDs and models. Free parking across the street. AS ALWAYS: Please call the society phone at 987-454-3600 or go to www.bmrrhs.org to learn of a cancellation due to a storm.
The Archives Committee will continue its archival work on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018 at the Center for Lowell History, 40 French St., in Lowell, Ma. As always, the goal is preservation of Boston & Maine Railroad history. Please note the hours. All are welcome.
The Society's December Christmas meeting, "derailed" by snow on December 9, 2017, will be "rerailed" for January 13, 2018. Now a New Years party, this popular event will again offer members an opportunity to show slides, (film or digital), or DVDs of B&M RR scenes, other New England roads, as well as national and international railroading in fifteen minute presentations. A variety of B&M labeled clothing along with rail themed books, DVDs and models will be available for purchase. This meting, complete with a refreshment buffet, is a fine way to enjoy our society's past accomplishments while looking forward to the new year. Location is Rogers Hall at 196 Rogers St. in Lowell, Ma. Free parking across the street. AS ALWAYS: please call the society phone number 987-454-3600 or web site www.bmrrhs.org, should inclement weather force a meeting cancellation.
The Boston & Maine Railroad Historical Society presents its annual Holiday meeting and party at Rogers Hall, Rogers St., Lowell, Massachusetts. Entertainment is provided by members who display slides, (digital or film), videos, and DVDs, of railway subjects including B&M, New England, national or international. Many B&M marked clothing items are on sale along with railroad themed books and DVDs. With complimentary refreshments, this meeting will cap a year of good fellowship for all who appreciate the history of our B&M RR. Free parking across the street.
The Society's ARCHIVES COMMITTEE will meet on November 18 at the Center for Lowell History, 40 French St. in Lowell, Ma. Work on an array of B&M RR archival material will be coordinated by chairman Rick Nowell. All those interested in the history of the B&M are welcome.
The Boston & Maine Railroad Historical Society is pleased to again have Carl Byron offer a presentation for the society. His two part program will show 1) A chase of the American Freedom Train along the B&M Fitchburg Division in April 1975, and 2) Shelburne Falls, Ma. during the era when both the NYNH&H RR and the Shelburne Falls & Colraine Railway (interurban) both operated into that picturesque Berkshire County village. Carl grew up near Shelburne Falls and has authored rail related books and articles about (among other topics) western Massachusetts and the storied Fitchburg Div. Meeting location is Rogers Hall on Rogers St. in Lowell, Ma. Free parking is available across the street. A variety of B&M clothing items, DVDs, books and magazines will be on sale during the meeting.
The Boston & Maine Railroad Historical Society will meet once again in the former B&M passenger station in PLYMOUTH, NEW HAMPSHIRE., located at 8 Depot St. Plymouth, N.H. 03264. The program, entitled, "The CLAREMONT and CONCORD RAILWAY", will be presented by Bruce Davison. Bruce, a professional railroader (retired) has had a lifelong passion for the C&C RR. He was employed by the C&C and is quite knowledgeable about other New Hampshire, and New England railroads. Come early to see the Winnepesaukee Railroad fall foliage train which will be on the track adjacent to the station between 12:00 noon and 1:00 PM. The locomotive will switch the train upon arrival. This will mark the 7th Society meeting here thanks to the hospitality of the Plymouth Regional Senior Center. Parking is available at no charge.
The Pepperell Siding Model Railroad Club presents their model train show at the Varnum Brook Elementary School, 10 Hollis St. in Pepperell, Massachusetts. Featured are working displays from area model railroad clubs as well as shopping in their Vendor Mall. The nearby clubhouse will be open for people to view their extensive HO layout. Please visit www.psmrm.org Adults $5.00, Seniors $4.00, Children (6-12) $2.00, Family (two adults and children) $12.00. The BOSTON & MAINE RAILROAD HISTORICAL SOCIETY will be present in the Vendor Hall.
Meeting Saturday, September 9, 2017 at Rogers Hall. commencing 3:30 PM.
Presentation by Henry Marrec, resident of Woburn and well traveled railroad video photographer. Henry leads with digital video of Super 8 films which feature B&M, MEC, BAR, D&H and E-L during the 1960's and 70's.
These have voice narration and visual captions. He concludes with fully digital action along the Columbia River highlighting U.P., BNSF and Amtrak in a display of modern railroading in majestic scenery, shot in 2007.
The Concord Model Railroad Club will sponsor their 32nd annual show at the Everett Arena on Loudon Road in Concord, New Hampshire. (Rt. 93, exit 14, then east on Louden Rd. just over the bridge). Show features operating layouts in multiple gauges, over 50 dealers, white elephant table, door prizes and a food stand. Free parking. Handicap accessible. Tickets: $5 for adults, $12 per family max., 12 and under free with an adult. The Boston & Maine Railroad Historical Society will have a booth at the show. www.trainweb.org/cmrc More information contact Rich Fifield at 603-736-8061 Email at rhfsaf@AOL.com
Celebrate Laconia will commemorate the 125th anniversary of the historic B&M RR station in Laconia. Location is Veterans Square in downtown Laconia. A ceremony and festival are planned for that Saturday, Live entertainment, 50 minute train rides, model trains, vendors, and exhibits showcasing an original Laconia streetcar will be featured in the festival. CEREMONY: 11:00 AM TO 12:00 PM FESTIVAL: 12:00 PM TO 8:00 PM. The B&M RR Historical Society will be represented.
The Boston & Maine Railroad Historical Society's ARCHIVES COMMITTEE will meet on Saturday, July 15, from 12 noon until 3:00 PM. Location is the Center for Lowell History, 40 French St. in Lowell, Massachusetts. All who value the history of the B&M RR are welcome to assist with timetables, maps, photographs, documents and various other items related to this legendary railroad.
On Saturdays Only between July 8 and August 26 inclusive, B&M Combine No. 1244 will be open from 1 PM to 4 PM, Dutton Street, Lowell, Mass.
On Saturday, July 29 and Sunday, July 30, Only, the combine will be open during the day in connection with the Lowell Folk Festival. The car, manned by members of the B&M Railroad Historical Society, will receive visitors from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM, both days.
The combine is filled with B&M artifacts and memorabilia. There is also a working model railroad with a B&M theme.
(This schedule is contingent on securing volunteers).
The Boston & Maine RR Historical Society's Archives Committee will meet on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at its usual location: The Center For Lowell History, 40 French St., Lowell, Ma. Site is adjacent to Bordinghouse Park, across from Lowell High School. Quoting from chairman Rick Nowell's recent committee report for year 2016, "The visitor (to the archives), will find photographs, slides, negatives, right of way and track maps, valuation surveys, timetables, books, periodicals, mechanical drawings of structures and equipment, and a wealth of data organized alphabetically by subject-Abandonments, Accidents, Baggage, etc." Committee members strive to have the above material available for anyone with interest in the history of the B&M RR. Quoting further, "Current hours are Tuesday through Friday, 9:00AM to 5:00PM."
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.
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. email@example.com www.contookookdepot.org
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The B&MRRHS Archives Committee will meet at The Center For Lowell History, 40 French St., in Lowell, Massachusetts. During committee meetings, various items of Boston & Maine Railroad historical significance are examined, sorted and placed in the archive library for use by historians, modelers and railfans. All are welcome.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.