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BREAKING NEWS:

'7470 Photo Special' on the Conway Scenic Railroad - Saturday May 31
Tickets now on sale -- Complete trip details HERE

'Nautilus Extra' on the Providence & Worcester Railroad - Saturday May 10
Tickets now on sale -- Complete trip details HERE

New Member Benefits partners announced:
Discounted admission or rail fare at many New England Tourist RRs and Museums
For complete details see our Member Benefits Page

Transportation notices updated 3-28-2014: 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!

Massachesetts Bay Railroad Enthusiasts 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 FantripMassachusetts Bay Railroad Enthusiasts, Inc. 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, 77 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:

See Excursions Page for details on all excursions.

Saturday, April 19: 'Old Colony & Newport Special' SOLD OUT !
Saturday, May 10: ' Nautilus Extra' P&W excursion Worcester to Groton CT with visit to Submarine Force Museum.Tickets now on Sale!
Saturday, May 31: 7470 Photo Special on Conway Scenic RR.Tickets now on Sale!
Saturday, June 14: White River Junction to Newport VT charter train excursion on VRS Washington County Railroad. Trip details coming soon.
Sunday, June 15: Newport VT to White River Junction charter train excursion on VRS Washington County Railroad. Trip details coming soon.

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!

Thursday, April 17, 7:00 PM: 'Dinner in the Depot' with Trains Editor Jim Wrinn
Thursday, May 15, 8:00 PM: 'Rail Systems of Peru and Cuba' with Andrew Jennings

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.

TOURS & EVENTS:

See Excursions Page for more details.

Thursday, April 17, 7:00 PM: 'Dinner in the Depot' with Trains Editor Jim Wrinn.

 
Granite Railway Quarry-to-Wharf Tours: 3-1/2 hour guided tours explore the history of the Granite Railway - the first chartered U.S. commercial railroad (1826) - in West Quincy and East Milton, MA. No scheduled tours - private group tours may be arranged - call 617-822-4046.  

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 newsmagazine, The Callboy. (Use browser "Back" button to return to home page.)

See the Membership Page for information on how to Join Mass Bay RRE and a printable 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, Steven Butterworth, Victor J. Campbell, W. Thomas Chase, John W. Ehrlich, Thomas R. Engel, Ralph S. Hawkins, Loring M. Lawrence, Robert S. Popovac, Everett Reynolds, Sue Waldron Sample

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The H. Albert Webb Memorial Railroad Preservation Award

Shore Line Trolley Museum receives 2014
H. Albert Webb 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.

Seashore Car 4175The Branford Electric Railway Association of East Haven, Connecticut, better known as the Shore Line Trolley Museum, is the recipient of the 2014 H. Albert Webb Memorial Railroad Preservation Award. The $10,000 grant associated with the award will support rehabilitation of four traction motors in Union Street Railway RPO Car 302, which was undergoing a complete restoration prior to August 2011, when the storm surge from Hurricane Irene left the car's trucks partially submerged in muddy salt water, rendering the traction motors nonfunctional. The Award funds will leverage additional funding from FEMA necessary to complete the project, an essential part of BERA's larger Hurricane Motor Repair Program.

2015 Award Applications

The applications period for the 2015 H. Albert Webb Memorial Railroad Preservation Award will open in the Spring . Nonprofit, tax-exempt [Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3)] organizations that preserve historically significant railroad equipment, structures or information from New England railroads are welcome to apply for the award, whether or not they are based in New England.  The successful applicant will receive a single $10,000 grant.

 
View a complete description of the H. Albert Webb Memorial Railroad Preservation Award and download an application.

Mass Bay RRE Excursion DVDs are now available. These are an ideal gift for your favorite railfan...or for yourself!
Videos Available:
Steam in the Snow 1/5/2008
Berkshire Flyer 5/17/2008
Granite City Extra 4/4/2009 (New!!)
The Capital Limited 5/2/2009 (New!!)
Housatonic Flyer 5/16/2009 (New!!)
The Griffins Local 7/18/2009 (New!!)


DVD Description & Order Form
See Pictures of Recent
Mass Bay RRE Excursions:
Steam In the Snow - Conway Scenic Railroad - 2013
 
Willimantic Special - 2012
 
Other Trips