Boston & Maine Railroad Historical Society

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Apr
28
10:00 AM10:00

MODEL TRAIN & MODELING SHOW HOOKSETT, N.H.

The Hooksett, New Hampshire Lions Club presents its 24th annual Model Train and Modeling Show at the Hooksett Cawley Middle School, Route 27, (89 Whitehall Rd.), one mile east of Route 3. Vendors, Operating Layouts, Raffles, White Elephant Table, Food, and Clinics! Admission: Adults $5.00, Children 6 to 12 $1.00, Children 5 and under are free! Max. family rate is $10.00. For information call 603-485-3881, 603-627-4662 or Email hooksettlionsclub@yahoo.com. The B&MRRHS will be present with sale items and general society information. Note: This is not a school sponsored activity.

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May
11
1:00 PM13:00

B&MRRHS MAY 2019 MEETING

Returning to the historic former B&M RR depot in Plymouth, New Hampshire, now the well appointed Plymouth Community Center. our Boston & Maine Railroad Historical Society will hold its May meeting, commencing at 1:00 PM. Noted New England railways photographer and historian, Robert Willoughby Jones, will show and discuss color slides featuring the B&M RR from the 1930s onward. Mr. Jones provides a visual history in a venue that itself was once served by B&M passenger and freight trains operating between Montreal and Boston. The Society sales table will offer B&M marked hats, shirts and outerwear as well as various railroad themed books, DVDs and models. The community center/depot is accessible directly from the Plymouth exit at nearby Interstate 93 The society gratefully acknowledges the generous hospitality of the Plymouth CC to support society meetings in May and also for October.

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Jun
1
11:00 AM11:00

PRESENTATION ON MANCHESTER'S RAILROADS

On Saturday, June 1, Rick Kfoury, Newsletter Editor and author of our recent book “Queen City Rails: Manchester’s Railroads 1965 - 1990”, will offer a presentation on Manchester’s railroads hosted by the Manchester Historic Association at their Millyard Museum. The presentation will feature information from the book as well as photos, some of which did not end up in the book. The Millyard Museum is located at 200 Bedford St., Manchester, NH, 03101. 11:00 AM start. Admission is $8 for general public, $6 for seniors, and free for children 12 and under and Manchester Historic Association members. Admission will go to support the Manchester Historic Association. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

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Jul
27
to Jul 28

B&MRRHS and the LOWELL FOLK FESTIVAL

The city of Lowell will host its annual Folk Festival on July 26. (night only), 27 and 28. On Saturday the 27th and Sunday the 28th, the B&MRRHS will have its wooden, truss rod B&M combine-coach available for visitors. It will be open from 10:00AM until 5:00PM both days. Located at the corner of Merrimac and Dutton, this authentic car has been beautifully restored and displays numerous photos, artifacts and furnishings of the B&M RR in Lowell and elsewhere. Items for sale include hats, shirts and outerwear, all marked B&M. An HO model railroad, depicting the canal era in Lowell, is also located in the “combine”. There is no charge and society members will be on-board and happy to discuss our railroad with all visitors.

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Apr
13
3:00 PM15:00

B&MRRHS APRIL MEETING

The Boston & Maine Railroad Historical Society will hold its April 2019 meeting at Rogers Hall on Rogers St. in Lowell, Massachusetts. Jonathan Wells, a professional railroader, (locomotive engineer for Pan Am Railways), presents the story of the Worcester Nashua & Portland Railroad. This route between Worcester, Ma. and Portland, Maine, was to be the inland competition to the B&M RR. It never achieved this goal, became a division of the B&M and then was (almost) totally abandoned. The Worcester to Ayer segment still hosts daily PAR trains and the Ayer -Hollis, N.H. portion serves as an excellent rail-trail.

Jon is curator and a director of the Sandown, N.H. Historical Society which has been tasked by the state of N.H. to commemorate the WN&P. Using a MACPAGES program with digital presentation, Jon will combine the railroad’s history with numerous pictures of various scenes including wrecks. The meeting begins at 3:00PM and concludes around 4:30PM, possibly later. Free parking across the street. Our sale table offers B&M marked outer wear as well as rail themed books, DVDs and models.

For storm related cancellations; call the society’s hot line at 978-454-3600 after 11:00AM or visit at www.bmrrhs.org

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Apr
6
10:00 AM10:00

GREAT NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND CHAPTER TRAIN SHOW

The NoNEC Train Show takes place at the Dover Lodge of Elks, 282 Durham Rd. in Dover , New Hampshire. There are exhibition tables, operating layouts, and railroadiana items. Food is available on premises. No sales tax on items sold. $5.00 per family. General public invited. Exhibitor tables are $25.00., includes entrance fee. Contact Ed Martin-Show Manager at 603-362-4300. Email efmenter@aol.com Follow us on Facebook. Directions: I-95 to Rt.16 North to Exit 7,(Rt 108 towards Durham),; go 1.8 miles, Hall is on the left. Future Show; Oct.26, 2019, April 4, 2020 October 31, 2020. All at Dover Lodge of Elks Enjoy yourself and have fun!

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Mar
9
3:00 PM15:00

B&MRRHS MARCH MEETING

The Boston & Maine Railroad Historical Society will hold its March meeting at Rogers Hall on Rogers St. in Lowell, Massachusetts. We are pleased to have Timothy Lewis present the “COG”, the story of the great Mt. Washington Cog Railway. Tim will discuss the hard working employees of the Cog, while providing many photos and some historic film footage of this legendary mountain line. Additionally, he will display some artifacts from the Cog. Pikes Peak has nothing on New Hampshire’s “COG”!

Start time is 3:00PM and ending around 4:30 PM, possibly later. Free parking across the street. If inclement weather, call the society 24 hr phone for cancellation update on day of the meeting: 978-454-3600.

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Feb
23
12:00 PM12:00

B&MRRHS ARCHIVES COMMITTEE MEETING

The Archives Committee will meet at the Princeton Street warehouse location in North Chelmsford, Ma Various historical documents, prints, maps and periodicals relating to B&M RR (and related rail lines). history will be sorted, scanned and placed in archive files.

All who are interested in preserving the legacy of our Boston & Maine Railroad are welcome. Ample free parking.

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Feb
9
3:00 PM15:00

B&MRRHS FEBRUARY, 2019 MEETING

The Boston & Maine Railroad Historical Society offers a rare opportunity to learn about railroading from the (real) head-end. Long time society member, Rick Hurst, who has retired after a career in regional rail transportation management presents, My Forty Years On The Railroad! Rick will explain how he and other dedicated rail managers kept the trains running through the trails and tribulations of private, national and local authority. It takes more than gravity and friction to keep the wheels on the tracks. “Heck of a way to run a railroad”! The meeting location is Rogers Hall on Rogers St. in Lowell, Ma. Note starting time of 3:00PM. Additionally, shirts, hats, and outerwear bearing the B&M logo are on sale as well as railroad related books, DVDs and models. There is free parking across the street. For weather related meeting cancellations, call the society phone at 978-454-3600 after 11:00AM, or check our web site at www.bmrrhs.org.

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Jan
12
3:00 PM15:00

B&MRRHS January 2019 meeting

The Boston & Maine Railroad Historical Society begins the new year with the story of B&M RDC No. 6211: a presentation by Dan O’Brian. This handsome RDC currently sits along side the ex. B&M freight house, (now a railroad themed gift shop) at the start of the Minuteman Trail in Bedford, Ma. Dan’s PowerPoint program will explain the work involved to restore this icon of B&M commuter operations during the post WWII era. A brief discussion of the charming Bedford Depot location is planned.

Meeting is held at Rogers Hall on Rogers St. in Lowell, Ma. Free parking across the street. For weather related meeting cancellations, call the Society’s answering machine at 978-454-3600, after 11:00AM on meeting day. Also, check our web site at www.bmrrhs.org. Note: Meetings now begin 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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