The Amherst Railway Society has about 400 members who share some aspect of railroading as a common interest. Monthly meetings cover current topics in railroad news and offer slide shows, movies or a prominent speaker on a railroading topic. The Society also sponsors and participates in several train trips each year.
Each year (usually at the end of January or the first weekend in February) the Society presents its annual "Amherst Railway Society Railroad Hobby Show" at the Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds (Big E) in West Springfield, MA. This show has become the biggest railroad show in the Northeast, inf not the United States. In 1993 and 1994 the Amherst Railway Society received the Walthers Showmanship Award for sponsoring the event. As a member of the Society you are entitled to receive a free admission ticket for one day of the show. (Members who work at the show can come both days, as well as Thursday and Friday to set up.) To learn more about the show, please visit http://www.railroadhobbyshow.com
Proceeds from this shopping cart and the Railroad Hobby Show are used to promote interest in railroads through a formal grant program. These grants/donations have been made to various railroad museums, historical societies, restoration projects, scholarship funds as well as other Not-For-Profit organizations all related in some way to railroading. Please feel free to browse though our store knowing that all proceeds will benefit any or all of the above mentioned organizations.