November Newsletter

Another Train Show in April - Next Year

Last month, I wrote about opportunities we have as an organization, and our willingness to seize them. Well, here is one we are going to take advantage of - another train show in 2023.

On April 28 & 29, 2023, the Amherst Railway Society will be hosting and managing the Northeast Large Scale Train Show at the Eastern States Exposition fairgrounds in West Springfield. This show will be smaller than the Railroad Hobby Show (probably only one building), but still a major event.

Large scale model railroading is an important part of the hobby and an important connection for Amherst since we have our own Garden Railroad Special Interest Group now, and planning for a garden railroad on our property in Palmer is well underway.

We expect all the major large scale manufacturers and distributors will be at the show, as well as some large scale operating layouts.

Personally, the big G-scale trains really pull me in. They’re hefty, the horns, bells, and clickety-clack all seem so real. These are fascinating trains.

So, mark your calendar, because this is going to be a fun event.

John Sacerdote, President


In This Issue

Northeast Large Scale Train Show - John Sacerdote

November Calendar

November presentation - November 9, 2022 - 7:30 pm

Belt Lines @ New England Model Train Expo - Marlboro, Massachusetts

Dick Elwell: 1935 - 2022

Kids ON TRACK - update

Railroad Hobby Show Raffle, and advance ticket sales

Trains and the Holidays - ExTRAINaganza

Trains and the Holidays - Edaville

Help Wanted - O-scale layout

This Month

November 5 - Belt Lines @ Syracuse

November 5 - Work Day - 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

November 6 - Belt Lines @ Syracuse

November 9 - November Presentation - 7:30 pm - Amherst Building, Palmer, MA

November 12 - Work Day - 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

November 16 - Board of Directors - 7:00 pm

November 19 - Work Day - 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

November 26 - Work Day - 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Full Calendar

November Presentation

Wednesday, November 9, 2022 - 7:30 pm

The Art of Railroad Photography

Award-winning photographer, Dee Matyas, finds the grace, elegance, and beauty in the often gritty world of railroading. On November 9, Dee will present her prototype railroad photography, and describe how she gets the shots. This will be an entertaining session with photographs that everyone can appreciate and enjoy.

The presentation is open to the public and can be attended on Zoom (click here to request an invitation), or in-person at:

Amherst Building

1130 South Main Street

Palmer, Massachusetts 01069

More at: Meeting

photo: Dee Matyas

ABEL @ Marlboro

December 3 & 4, 2022

On December 3 & 4, 2022, the Amherst Belt Lines will be participating in the New England Model Train Expo in Marlboro, Massachusetts. The Belt Lines will have a large operating modular layout running both days.

This is a big show with multiple operating layouts and many model railroad vendors - and a fun holiday feel.

show details

Dick Elwell


The model railroad world has lost a true artist. Dick Elwell passed away on October 21, 2022 after a 15-year battle with cancer.

“..with a model railroad, you can bring back anything you want.”


The Kids ON TRACK project layout is growing. We plan to have the layout at Edaville's Christmas Festival of Lights. And, following the Railroad Hobby Show in January, we are taking the layout on-the-road.


Railroad Hobby Show - Raffle

Win a trip for two to the 2023 Railroad Hobby Show:

  • Airfare
  • Shuttle service
  • Hotel 
  • Show Tickets
  • Show banquet
  • Clinics
  • Commemorative cars

Full Raffle details

Advance ticket sales for the 2023 Railroad Hobby Show are available.

Purchase tickets

Trains and the Holidays


If you are in Maine in November or December, the Great Falls Model Railroad Club in Auburn, Maine is well worth a visit. The club hosts EXTRAINAGANZA on two weekends - November 19 & 20, and November 25, 26 & 27. All model railroads will be running, and there will be special activities for children, including a chance to be a student engineer on the beautifully done HO-scale layout.

Then, on December 10, the club holds their annual Surplus Assets Sale of model railroad equipment. They also have an extensive list of books for sale.

More at:

Trains and the Holidays

Edaville - Christmas Festival of Lights

Carver, Massachusetts - During November and December, ride the 2-foot gauge steam train, enjoy the European Christmas Market, and see an amazing display of holiday lights.

More at:

Help Wanted

Brad Lindley is a retiree living in South Salem, NY (near Danbury, CT). Brad needs help finishing his O-scale layout and is willing to pay someone for assistance. If interested, contact Brad at:

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