March Newsletter

What's coming up in March and April...

John Sacerdote, President


In This Issue

March and April... - John Sacerdote

March Calendar

March Presentation - New Haven in HO-scale

Northeast Large Scale Train Show

Surplus Equipment Sale

Extra Board

Tracks to the Future

This Month

March 4 - Work Day

March 8 - March Presentation

March 11 - Work Day

March 15 - Board of Directors

March 18 - Work Day

March 25 - Work Day

March 31 - Surplus Equipment Sale

April 1 - Surplus Equipment Sale

Full Calendar

March Presentation

New Haven in HO-scale

March 8, 2023 - 7:30 pm

Rick Abramson presents his highly detailed recreation of the New Haven Railroad in the 1950s and 1960s. Featured in Great Model Railroads 2020, Rick's model railroad faithfully represents the look and feel of the New Haven, including extensive sections under catenary.

This presentation is open to the public.

meeting details

Northeast Large Scale Train Show

April 28 & 29, 2023

Eastern States Exposition

West Springfield, Massachusetts

The Amherst Railway Society is sponsoring the Northeast Large Scale Train Show in April at Eastern States Exposition.

The show will be smaller than the Railroad Hobby Show - just one building. However, it will feel a lot like the January show with operating layouts, vendors, and clinics.

Large scale includes S, O, G, F and larger scale railroad models.

show website

Surplus Equipment Sale

Amherst Building

1130 South Main Street

Palmer, Massachusetts 01069

Friday, March 31 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm (members only)

Saturday, April 1 - 9:00 am to 12:00 noon (open to public)

If you have extra locomotives, rolling stock, structures, or scenery and would like to do a little Spring Cleaning, here’s your chance. On Friday and Saturday, March 31 and April 1, the Amherst Railway Society is hosting a Surplus Equipment Sale at the Amherst Building in Palmer, Massachusetts.

Tables rent for $10 and you can find the Table Request Form here.

Extra Board

The Extra Board is a new service from the Amherst Railway Society that matches experienced modelers with individuals needing specialized help with a model railroad project or problem. We are fortunate to have many skilled modelers in our organization willing to share their talents and abilities.

The Extra Board is an effort to help less experienced modelers develop their skills and fully enjoy the model railroad hobby.

For program details, click here.

Tracks to the Future

Tracks to the Future is a summer program for high school students interested in a career in the railroad industry. For 2023, there are two sessions, held on six college campuses.

Each session features two days of virtual activities at the student’s home location, a travel day to campus sites, and two days of hands-on activities and field trips to rail-industry locations.

The program is sponsored by the Federal Railroad Administration and is free to participating students.

Session 1 will take place from June 19 to 23 at:

  • Michigan Tech University
  • University of South Carolina
  • California State University - Fresno

Session 2 will take place from July 17 to 21 at:

  • University of New Mexico
  • University of Illinois
  • Penn State University - Altoona

For additional information and program registration, click here.

Bachman Trains is an Allied Member of the Amherst Railway Society

Scale Trains is an Allied Member of the Amherst Railway Society

Spring Creek Model Trains is an Allied Member of the Amherst Railway Society

The Eight & Sand newsletter is a regular publication of the Amherst Railway Society. To submit information for publication, contact Gregory Maas at:

Amherst Railway Society

1130 South Main Street

Palmer, Massachusetts 01069

The Amherst Railway Society is a 501c3 nonprofit corporation