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Upcoming TRAIN Excursions
Saturday, April 9, 2016:
'Hoosac Valley Railfan Specials'
(Boston) - North Adams, MA to Adams Renfrew Station & Return
After years of anticipation, the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum is set to launch its Hoosac Valley Service on the former NYC/Conrail/Boston & Maine Adams Branch this spring. Mass Bay RRE kicks off its 2016 excursion schedule by joining with the BSRM to celebrate the new service with two “Railfan Special” excursions on Saturday, April 9, 2016. We’ll be making two runs from North Adams, departing at 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM. Each 2-hour trip will include multiple photo opportunities along the way. These will be the first formal trips of the Hoosac Valley Service to originate from North Adams. Our train will be the Berkshire Scenic’s Budd Rail Diesel Car No. 6126 (right).
Our connecting motor coach package offers a guaranteed connection with our train at North Adams. Our restroom-equipped motor coach will leave Boston's South Station at 6:30 AM and the Anderson RTC in Woburn at 6:45 AM.
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
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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