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BREAKING NEWS:

TICKETS FOR SPRING EVENTS NOW ON SALE - ORDER YOURS TODAY !

Saturday, April 30: 'A Day Out with the P&W'
SEE BELOW FOR IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Saturday, May 14: 'Lakes Region Limited' on the Winnipesaukee Scenic RR
See Excursions Page for more information

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 April 27, 2016: 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:

Saturday, April 30, 2016:

Winnipesaukee Scenic train'A Day Out With the P&W ’
Two Great Excursions on the
Providence & Worcester Railroad

Worcester to Gardner, MA & Return (8:30 AM)
Worcester to Woonsocket, RI & Return (1:30 PM)

Complete trip information & order form

Coach tickets for both the morning and afternoon excursions will be available trainside at 75 Hammond Street in Worcester beginning 1 hour before each train's departure. Payment by cash or check payable to "Mass Bay RRE" is preferred. We can also accept payment with Visa, MasterCard and Discover. To speed up the ticketing process, if you wish to pay trainside with your credit or debit card, please download and complete the order form (use link above) and bring it with you. A limited number of Parlor Car and Observation Car seats are still available. Please call 978-470-2066 for availability and reservations. 


Saturday, May 14, 2016:

Winnipesaukee Scenic train'Lakes Region Extra’
on the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad
(Boston) - Meredith, NH - Lakeport - Plymouth - Meredith

Complete trip information & order form

Coach seats still available -- order yours today!!


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, May 19, 8:00 PM:
Alan MacMillan, Jr. recalls ‘Early Days of the Green Mountain Railroad'

Thursday, June 16, 8:00 PM
Jonathan Klein tells ‘How NOT to Buy a New (Passenger Rail) Car'

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.


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, W. Thomas Chase, John W. Ehrlich, Thomas R. Engel, Richard Fralick, 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

2016 H. Albert Webb Award WILL HELP RESTORE HISTORIC WEST RIVER RAILROAD NEWFANE RAILROAD STATION

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.

Newfane RR StationThe Historical Society of Windham County, Vermont, Inc., of Newfane, VTis the recipient of the 2016 H. Albert Webb Memorial Railroad Preservation Award. The $10,000 grant will help fund restoration of the historic Newfane Railroad Station in Newfane, Vermont. The Historical Society has already completed new roof installation, sill repair, electrical service installation, and excavation/drainage work. The H. Albert Webb Award funds will help pay for materials and labor to complete the repair and restoration of the building’s interior and exterior.

2017 Award Applications
The applications period for the 2017 H. Albert Webb Memorial Railroad Preservation Award will open in June, 2016.
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 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.
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