Boston & Maine Railroad Historical Society

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Sep
29
to Sep 30

PEPPERELL SIDING MODEL TRAIN SAHOW

The Pepperell Siding Model Railroad Club invites all to their Model Train Show and Open House. Saturday, September 29, 2018, from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM, and Sunday, September 30, from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM. Location is the Varnum Brook Elementary School, 10 Hollis St. in Pepperell. The club's HO layout is also open for visitors, at 41 Lomar Park, unit #4, just off Route 111.  Admission for both: Adults $5.00; Seniors $4.00; children (6-12) $2.00; (family)2 adults plus children $12.00.  Cash only please.   www.psmrc.org                                          The Boston & Maine Railroad Historical Society will have a booth at this show.

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Oct
13
to Oct 14

RAILFAIR 2018 in Boxboro, Ma.

 The Nashua Valley Railroad Association presents its Model Railroad Train Show at the Boxboro Regency Hotel, 242 Adams Place, Boxboro, Ma. 01719; The show is open both days from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM. It will feature operating layouts and many vendors. The two day admission is $7.00 per adult, free for under 12. No charge for Scouts in uniform.                         Directions: From I-95, take exit#28 (Rt.111), east towards Boxboro. The Boxboro Regency is located a few hundred yards on the right. Facebook.com/nvrra  

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Oct
13
12:00 PM12:00

B&MRRHS OCTOBER MEETING

 For the October meeting of our Boston & Maine Railroad Historical Society, we will be back in friendly Plymouth, N.H.  Again, it is in the Plymouth Community Center, which was formerly the B&M train station here.  The center is conveniently located just off the Plymouth exit for Interstate 93;    Meeting's speaker is David Saums whose program will feature Snow Trains on the B&M  RR.   Railroad books, magazines, DVDs and various B&M reports and documents will be available for sale, as well as  caps, jackets, tee and sweat shirts, all marked with the B&M name or logo.  Parking is free and adjacent to the center.

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Nov
3
10:00 AM10:00

Great Northern New England Chapter TCA Fall Train Show

 This show features all model train scales with exhibitors, operating layouts, and railroad collectibles. Food is available. The location is Dover Lodge of Elks #184, 282 Durham Rd., Dover, N.H. 03820. Contact Ed Martin-mgr.- at 603-362-4300. efmenter@aol.com                            The Boston & Maine Railroad Historical Society will have tables at the show      Directions: I-95N.  exit 4  (Rt.16N)        Rt.16N  exit 7   (Rt.108)   Follow Rt.108 to Durham; Location is 1.8 miles on the left.

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Nov
10
3:00 PM15:00

B&MRRHS NOVEMBER 2018 MEETING

  The Boston & Maine Railroad Historical Society will meet on Nov. 10, 2018 at Rogers Hall, Rogers St. in Lowell, Ma. Note starting time of 3:00PM.  The program will be by Henry Marrec, well traveled digital photographer of North American railroading.  Henry presents 21st Century scenes at notable eastern locations: Harpers Ferry, Strasburg, Horshoe Curve and Seashore Trolley Museum. He concludes with trains from the American West: BNSF and Amtrak in Montana, including Glacier National Park, ending with brief cab rides in ex. ATSF EMD and G.E. diesels. His DVDs are in color with sound. Program may run beyond the scheduled 4:30PM ending.                                                                                                 B&M logo hats, shirts and outer wear will be on sale along with rail oriented books and DVDs. Always free parking across the street. Meeting starts at 3:00PM.

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Dec
8
3:00 PM15:00

B&MRRHS DECEMBER HOLIDAY MEETING

 The last meeting of 2018 is a great time to attend as the Boston & Maine Railroad Historical Society presents its Holiday Season party.  Members will offer DVDs, slides and photos of rail subjects ranging from Boston to the world at large. (A 20 to 25 minute time duration for each presentation.). These may continue somewhat longer than 4:30 PM. A refreshment spread is available for all. Our sales table features B&M logo shirts, hats and outerwear, along with rail oriented books, pamphlets and DVDs.  Enjoy good fellowship with all who like trains and, particularly, B&M RR trains.                                                 LOCATION is Rogers Hall on Rogers St. (top of the hill). Free parking across the street   Note start time of 3:00 PM.  If inclement weather: phone the society's answer machine at 978-454-3600.

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Sep
15
11:00 AM11:00

Mass Bay RRE Day on the Hoosac Valley RR:

 The Mass Bay Railroad Enthusiasts, in conjunction with the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum, offers a special ride on the BSRM Budd RDC No. 6126, from Adams to North Adams on September 15, 2018. The Budd car, leaving Adams station at 11:00AM, has an 80 passenger capacity. Built in 1955 for the B&M RR, the car later worked for MBTA and various tourist roads. Passengers will be treated to a photo session with Mt. Tom diesel switcher No. 1113, a former B&M workhorse. A further activity will be the unveiling of the name plate, for B&M 4-8-2 #4110, the Calvin Coolidge. The Budd car will make other trips between the two towns during the day, which are available for the public. 

 For information and/or reservations, call 978-470-2066 between 9AM and 7PM, Monday -Friday. Also email trips@massbayrre.org      www.massbayrre.org/Trips/HoosacValley.htm

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Sep
8
3:00 PM15:00

B&MRRHS SEPTEMBER 2018 MEETING

 The Boston & Maine Railroad Historical Society will kick-off the 2018 / 2019 season with a presentation by Carl Byron entitled, Crossroads of New England: Ayer Junction from 1845 to today!  The B&M RR's historical connection to the west, the Fitchburg Div., passes through Ayer, and still hosts Pan Am (and Pan Am Southern) through and local freights as well as a daily parade of MBTA commuter trains. Carl's Power Point program will show how numerous branch and secondary lines intersected and crossed the Fitchburg route at Ayer. His knowledge of B&M history will provide interesting commentary, and he enjoys taking questions.  Get on board!                                                                                                         Location is Rogers Hall on Rogers St. in Lowell, Ma. Note earlier start time of 3:00PM., following conclusion of the BOD meeting. Free parking across the street.

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Aug
19
10:00 AM10:00

CONCORD (NH) MODEL RAILROAD SHOW

  The Concord Model Railroad Club will sponsor its 33rd annual Concord Model Railroad Show at Everett Arena, Loudon Road in Concord, N.H.  Rt. 93 to Exit 14, East on Loudon Road. Just over the bridge.  Operating layouts in multiple gauges, over 50 dealers, door prizes, free raffles, white elephant table, food stand: free parking. The Boston & Maine Railroad Historical Society will have a booth at this show.                                                                                              Further information contact Rich Fifield: Tel. 603-736-8061.    rhfsaf@aol.com    www.trainweb.org/cmrc

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Jul
28
to Jul 29

LOWELL FOLK FESTIVAL

 This annual event in downtown Lowell features folk, country, and ethnic musical groups performing "roots" music. These can be seen at various locations in the city, starting Friday evening and ending late Sunday afternoon. Admission is free! Food is available.

  The Boston & Maine Railroad Historical Society will have its wooden, truss-rod combine open and available for visitors, from 10:00AM  untill 5:00PM, both Saturday and Sunday. Society members will be on hand to discuss the many items in the car related to B&M RR history. B&M marked clothing will be on sale as well as rail oriented DVDs, books and magazines. Look for us at the corner of Dutton and Merrimac streets.

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Jul
25
10:00 AM10:00

B&MRRHS ARCHIVES COMMITTEE MEETING

The Boston & Maine Railroad Historical Society will hold an Archives Committee meeting at its new location: 70 Princeton St., North Chelmsford, Ma. The planned activity during this meeting, extending from 10:00AM until 2:00PM, is for scanning of bridge plans and organizing the contents of storage boxes. All those interested in the history of the B&M RR are invited to attend.   Free parking in lot adjacent to the former mill building.

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Jun
16
12:00 PM12:00

B&MRRHS ARCHIVES COMMITTEE MEETING

 The Boston & Maine Railroad Historical Society's ARCHIVES COMMITTEE will meet at the Center for Lowell History, 40 French St. in Lowell, Ma. During the three hour session, photos, slides, maps, timetables, magazines, reports and various articles all pertaining to the history of the B&M RR, as well as other New England roads, will be reviewed, cataloged and filed.  All are welcome.  Parking is prohibited at the rear of the center. A public parking garage. is located across the street.

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May
19
12:00 PM12:00

B&MRRHS ARCHIVES COMMITTEE meeting

The Boston & Maine Railroad Historical Society's Archives Committee will meet on May 19, at the Center for Lowell History, 40 French St. in Lowell, Ma. (second floor).  A variety of timetables, photos, slides, maps, plans, books and periodicals relating to the history of the B&M and other nearby railways is sorted, cataloged and placed for reference.  All are welcome. Parking is available in public garage across from the center.

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May
12
1:00 PM13:00

BMRRHS MAY 2018 MEETING

    For May, the Boston & Maine Railroad Historical Society will again return to the hospitable Plymouth, N.H. Regional Senior 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.  Program:  Through a Trainman's Eyes. Presented by the entertaining Gary Gurske, who began his career as brakeman with Penn Central in 1970, eventually retiring from Conrail.  Usually with camera in hand, he worked various locals in Connecticut,  then Springfield, Beacon Park and the B&M's Boston engine house.  Gary was even part of the crew handling the Barnum & Bailey train.       Please note the time.       Location is 8 Depot St., Plymouth, N.H.  03264

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Apr
28
12:00 PM12:00

B&MRRHS ARCHIVES COMMITTEE MEETING

 The second Archives Committee meeting for April will be held at the  archives storage location in North Chelmsford, Massachusetts. This is also the location for the B&MRRHS Hardware Committee. The transfer and placement of archival material into the large, new, second floor room  will continue .  

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Apr
22
10:00 AM10:00

MODEL RAILROAD SHOW HOOKSETT,N.H.

 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; hooksettlionsclub@yahoo.com

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Apr
14
3:30 PM15:30

B&MRRHS APRIL MEETING

 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.

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Mar
10
3:30 PM15:30

B&MRRHS MARCH 2018 MEETING

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.    

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Feb
10
3:30 PM15:30

B&MRRHS FEBRUARY MEETING

 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.

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Jan
13
3:30 PM15:30

Rescheduled B&MRRHS HOLIDAY MEETING and PARTY

 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.

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Dec
9
3:30 PM15:30

B&MRRHS ANNUAL DECEMBER HOLIDAY MEETING

 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.

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Nov
11
3:30 PM15:30

B&MRRHS NOVEMBER MEETING

   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.

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Oct
21
1:00 PM13:00

B&MRRHS OCTOBER 2017 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.

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Oct
1
10:00 AM10:00

MODEL TRAIN SHOW & OPEN HOUSE: Pepperell, Ma.

 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.

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Sep
9
3:30 PM15:30

Henry W. Marrec Presentation

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.

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Aug
20
10:00 AM10:00

CONCORD MODEL RAILROAD SHOW

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

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Aug
19
11:00 AM11:00

LACONIA,N.H. PASSENGER STATION: 125th Anniversary Celebration

 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.

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Jul
15
12:00 PM12:00

B&MRRHS ARCHIVES COMMITTEE MEETING

 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.

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Jul
8
to Aug 26

Combine Open

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).

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May
20
12:00 PM12:00

B&MRRHS ARCHIVES COMMITTEE MEETING

 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."

 

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