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BREAKING NEWS:

MASS BAY RRE MEMBERS: Annual Meeting Notice & Proxy Ballot

'Two Rivers Steam Special 2017' excursion on the Providence & Worcester Railroad, Amtrak and the Valley Railroad - Saturday, October 28, 2017 ONLY!
ON-LINE ORDERING NOW AVAILABLE!
Good seats still available - Tickets now on sale!

We welcome new members -- Click here

Discounted admission at New England Tourist Railroads & Museums.
For complete details see our Member Benefits Page

Transportation notices updated October 10, 2017: Download


Welcome Aboard!! Whether your interest in railroading centers on rail travel, photography, history, models or just a love of trains,
Mass Bay RRE may be for you!

Massachusetts Bay Railroad Enthusiasts, Inc. is a non-profit [501(c)(3)] educational corporation, organized for the promotion of public interest and understanding of railroads. In Mass Bay RRE you'll find amateur and professional railroaders who share your enthusiasm for the rails, and are quite willing to share their experiences with you.

First FantripMass Bay RRE traces its beginnings to 1934, when our founders sponsored what has been called the first "railfan trip" in the United States on the now-abandoned Hoosac Tunnel & Wilmington Railroad. Since then, we have sponsored hundreds of railfan excursions, many of them over "freight only" tracks. Our trips have covered almost every past or present New England rail route.

Today, 80 years after that "first fantrip", Mass Bay RRE continues to organize specially-chartered excursion trains throughout New England.

See our Membership Page for information about Mass Bay RRE membership and a membership application. Mass Bay RRE members receive our monthly newsletter, the Callboy, which features a compilation of railroad industry news, as well as information on all upcoming Mass Bay RRE train excursions, programs and activities. Members also receive discounted fares and/or preferred seating for most Mass Bay RRE train excursions and events. And, some smaller-capacity trips and events are advertised only to our members. New for this year: Use your Mass Bay RRE membership card for discounted admission to selected New England tourist railroads and museums. See our member benefits policy for a complete listing of member benefits.

See also Frequently Asked Questions for more information about Mass Bay RRE.


UPCOMING TRAIN EXCURSIONS & EVENTS:

Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017:

2016 TRSS'Two Rivers Steam Special’
On the Providence & Worcester Railroad, Amtrak and the Valley Railroad
Worcester - Groton - Old Saybrook - Goodspeed, CT & Return

Mass Bay RRE joins forces with the Providence & Worcester Railroad and the Valley Railroad again this year to offer this unique charter train experience, operating over three railroads with diesel and steam power!

GOOD SEATS STILL AVAILABLE ! Complete trip details & ordering information


THIRD THURSDAY PROGRAM MEETINGS:

See Meetings Page for schedule and complete details of all programs.

Programs including railroad industry experts, tour experiences, railroad technology, classic rail-related films, and much more! (NOTE: Mass Bay RRE's Program Meetings are held at the Union Church in Waban, 14 Collins Road, Newton, MA, starting at 8:00 PM unless otherwise noted. Please read all announcements carefully.)

Join us for an informal "Social Hour" with light refreshments starting at 7:00 PM before every Third Thursday meeting in Waban!


FIRST TUESDAY SOCIAL MEETINGS:

See Meetings Page for detailed schedule.

Newsletter Mailing; Informal Member Slide or Video Programs; Board Meetings. Held at the Union Church in Waban, 14 Collins Road, Newton, MA, starting at 7:00 PM.


OTHER INFORMATION and NON-MASS BAY RRE ACTIVITIES:

See the DiscoveRail Page for tourist railroad schedules, railroad-related museum hours, and special events such as excursions and shows. These announcements also appear in our monthly newsleter, The Callboy.

See the Membership Page for information on how to Join Mass Bay RRE and an Application Form.

 
Send an Email to Mass Bay RRE using the links on Contact Us Page.

See Other Divisions Page for information on other chapters of The Railroad Enthusiasts. For local RRE membership information, contact one of these Divisions near you.

The Rail Links Page contains links to the sites of operating railroads, other railfan organizations, railroad museums, preservation groups, points of interest, and more.


MASS BAY RRE OFFICERS & DIRECTORS:

President: David W. Brown
Vice President: Alan B. Butler
Secretary: William Crawford
Treasurer: Charles W. Jack

Directors: David J. Astorian, Matthew Betzner, Steven Butterworth, W. Thomas Chase, John W. Ehrlich, Thomas R. Engel, Richard Fralick, Ralph S. Hawkins, Loring M. Lawrence, Robert S. Popovac, Sue Waldron Sample

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THE H. ALBERT WEBB MEMORIAL RAILROAD PRESERVATION AWARD

Mass Bay RRE member Leigh Webb created the H. Albert Webb Memorial Award in 2000 to recognize his father's love for New England railroading. Mass Bay RRE acts as Mr. Webb's agent in soliciting applications for the award, reviewing the completed applications, and administering the grants as they are used.

Danbury TurntableThe Danbury Railway Museum, of Danbury, CT is the recipient of the 2017 H. Albert Webb Memorial Railroad Preservation Award. The $10,000 grant will help fund replacement of the ties and timbers on the deck of the Museum’s 1917-vintage New Haven Railroad turntable. The 95’ long turntable was constructed in 1917.  It was used to turn locomotives and served a nine-stall roundhouse and servicing facility.  It could handle all but the largest steam locomotives of the railroad.
THE MASS BAY RRE RAILROAD PRESERVATION FUND

Mass Bay RRE established the Mass Bay RRE Railroad Preservation Fund in 2016 to support additional worthy railroad preservation projects in New England. Grants will be awarded annually, funded by the Club's available funds and donations to the fund from members.

The first recipient of a Mass Bay RRE Railroad Preservation Grant is the Branford Electric Railway Association, better known as the Shoreline Trolley Museum. The $5,000 challenge grant, coupled with BERA's own fundraising efforts, will leverage a 75% FEMA reimbursement for the rebuilding of four traction motors and an air compressor that will return Connecticut Company Car No. 401 to regular operation. That car, like many others in the Museum’s extensive collection, was damaged during Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

CT Company Car 401

Connecticut Company car 401 is a representative of the “open” style of trolley car, popular in the early traction era and into the early the 20th century. The Connecticut Company became known as the last transit operation in North America to regularly operate a fleet of these cars, often called “breezer cars,” using them in Yale Bowl and seasonal tripper service in New Haven until the end of 1947.

2018 Award Applications
The application period for the 2018 H. Albert Webb Memorial Railroad Preservation Award and the Mass Bay RRE Railroad Preservation Grants is now open.
Nonprofit, tax-exempt [Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3)] organizations that preserve historically significant railroad equipment, structures or information from New England railroads are eligible to apply.

See the Preservation Page for complete information about the H. Albert Webb Award and the Mass Bay RRE Grants and how to apply.