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Upcoming TRAIN Excursions
Saturday, April 30, 2016:
'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)
‘A Day Out With the P&W’ begins with a chartered train excursion north to the Providence & Worcester Railroad’s connection with PanAm Railways in Gardner, MA. Our train will depart from the P&W’s operating headquarters on Hammond Street in Worcester at 8:30 AM, with an additional stop to pick up passengers at Worcester’s restored Union Station. On the return trip from Gardner we’ll stop for a photo runby along the banks of the Quinapoxet Reservoir. Our return to Worcester will be approximately 12:30 PM.
Upon our return to Worcester, passengers may visit the P&W’s Engine House & shop. This exclusive tour is limited to just 40 Mass Bay RRE members and their guests only!
Our afternoon excursion will depart from Hammond Street at 1:30 PM and will travel southeasterly down the P&W’s main line through Woonsocket, RI to Lonsdale. Passengers will enjoy views of the scenic Blackstone River valley and the famed “triple crossing” with the New Haven Railroad and the fabled, never-completed Southern New England Railroad. Our train will return to Worcester at 5:30 PM.
Saturday, May 14, 2016:
'Lakes Region Extra'
on the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad
(Boston) - Meredith, NH - Lakeport - Plymouth - Ashland - Meredith
Mass Bay RRE's 2016 train excursion program continues with a return to the rails of the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad for the first time in 7 years. Join us for this special round-trip excursion over the former Boston & Maine “White Mountains Division” from Meredith south to Lakeport and then north to Plymouth, NH.
Our trip will originate at 10:00 AM in Meredith, NH at the headquarters of the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad. We'll follow a “water level route” through the heart of New Hampshire's scenic Lakes Region to Lakeport, where we’ll tour the restored Lakeport Freight House Museum. After a short stopover, our train will head north through Meredith, following the Pemigewasset River to Plymouth for a photo stop and tour of the station. We’ll then head south, stopping at Ashland for photo runbys and a station tour before returning to Meredith, arriving at approximately 5:00 PM.
Our connecting motor coach package offers a guaranteed connection with our train at Meredith. Our restroom-equipped motor coach will leave Boston's South Station at 7:30 AM, the Anderson RTC in Woburn at 7:45 AM and the Methuen Park & Ride lot at Pelham Street at 8:00.
OTHER MASS BAY RRE EVENTS
Thursday, April 21, 2016, 6:00 PM at the Pearl Street Station Restaurant, Malden, MA:
‘Dinner in the Depot’ with Amtrak VP - Operations Chris Jagodzinski:
'ATC and PTC on the NEC'
Over the past year, implementation of Positive Train Control (PTC) on the nation's railroads has been a hot topic within the industry and in the halls of Congress. Amtrak has been an industry leader with the activation of PTC on the Northeast Corridor.
Amtrak VP Chris Jagodzinski will present a history of the safety systems on the Northeast Corridor, beginning with Cab Signals and ending up with a description of Amtrak's Positive Train Control (PTC) system called ACSES (Advanced Civil Speed Enforcement System)which is used on the NEC between Washington and Boston. ACSES adds an additional layer of safety on top of the existing cab signals, and it uses passive transponders to enforce permanent speed restrictions. It's designed to prevent train overspeed events, it enforces Stop Signal indications, and it protects work crews with temporary speed restrictions. Chris has been intimately involved with the implementation of PTC on the NEC, and he will share his experiences with making this cutting edge safety enhancement a reality.
Chris Jagodzinski is Vice President - Operations for Amtrak, based out of Amtrak's 30th Street Station in Philadelphia. Chris is responsible for overseeing Amtrak train operations systemwide across the United States. He has been with Amtrak for 27 years, mostly in the Transportation Department, with some additional experience working in both the Mechanical and Engineering departments. Prior positions at Amtrak include the General Manager - East, and Senior Director for System Operations for 8 years, managing Amtrak's Consolidated National Operations Center. Prior to joining Amtrak Chris worked for both New Jersey Transit Rail Operations and SEPTA's commuter rail division in Philadelphia.
Cocktails 6:00 PM - Buffet Dinner 7:00 PM - Program Starts at 8:00 PM
There are a handful of seats left for the buffet dinner & program -- call 978-470-2066 to reserve yours -- not later than 6 PM on Wednesday, April 13!!
Historical Information From Mass Bay RRE Excursions
Mass Bay RRE publishes a "Historical Brochure and Route Description" booklet for each of our rail excursions. Each booklet contains extensive information on the history and points of interest of the routes traveled. To obtain a list of brochures from past trips that are available for purchase, Click Here . The list is in reverse chronological order and lists the trip title or train name, the terminal points for the trip, and the purchase price for each brochure. Details on how to order brochures are also contained on the list.
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