'Torrington Extra Photo Special' on the Naugatuck Railroad
Saturday, April 29, 2017 ONLY!
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Welcome Aboard!! Whether your interest in railroading centers on rail travel, photography, history, models or just a love of trains,
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.
Mass Bay RRE may be for you!
Mass 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:
Thursday, April 20, 2017:
'Dinner in the Depot ’
At the Pearl Street Restaurant, 53 Summer Street, Malden, MA
Featured speaker: Jay Green, President, Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum
Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum President & General Superintendent Jay R. Green takes us behind the scenes of this all-volunteer heritage railroad and discusses what it takes to keep the BSRM on track. Jay will take us through select highlights of BSRM's rich history, from their minimalist start selling tickets on a card table to collaborating with MassDOT on a complex, seven million dollar project to create a brand new tourist train operation on a shared rail-with-trail corridor.
Cocktails 6:00 PM ✧ Buffet Dinner 7:00 PM ✧ Program Starts at 8:00 PM
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UPCOMING TRAIN EXCURSIONS & EVENTS:
Saturday, April 29, 2017:
'Torrington Extra Photo Special’
On the Naugatuck Railroad
(Boston) – Thomaston, CT -- Waterbury (Highland Jct.) – Torrington & Return
Join Mass. Bay RRE for a return trip – our first since 2003 -- over the entire ex-New York, New Haven & Hartford Naugatuck Railroad from Waterbury to Torrington, CT. Opened in 1849, then leased to the New Haven in 1889, the "Naugy" is now owned by the Connecticut Department of Transportation and operated by volunteers of the Railroad Museum of New England. Our "Tour of the Line" charter train will cover all of the Naugy's operable track, including the "freight-only" section north of the Army Corps' Thomaston Dam to Torrington.
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, February 16, 8:00 PM:
Sam Berliner III explores: ‘The Marion River Carry Railroad'
Thursday, March 16, 8:00 PM:
Tom Chase presents: ‘The Ramsdell Railroad Films 1948-1976'
Saturday, April 8, 3:30 PM at Rogers Hall, 196 Rogers St., Lowell, MA:
‘Trackside with Justin Winiarz 2014 - 2016'
Joint meeting with the Boston & Maine Railroad Historical Society,
at their time & location!
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 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, 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
H. Albert Webb Award will help restore historic New Haven Railroad Turntable in Danbury, CT
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.
The 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.
2017 Award Applications
The application period for the 2017 H. Albert Webb Memorial Railroad Preservation Award is now closed.
The application period for the 2018 H. Albert Webb Memorial Railroad Preservation Award will open in July, 2017.
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.
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.
Shoreline Trolley Museum receives first Mass Bay RRE Preservation Grant
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.
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.