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Welcome Aboard!! Whether your interest in railroading centers on rail travel, photography, history, models or just a love of trains,
Mass Bay RRE is 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, 84 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.


DVD CoverWatch Mass Bay RRE's Promotional Video:
"People Who Like Trains"

We truly believe that much of the fun of a trip is in getting there - on the train. This 19-minute video captures a variety of Mass Bay RRE' train excursions in recent years, as photographed by our members. We hope it inspires you to join us on a train excursion soon!

 


Notice of the Annual Meeting & Election of Officers
Thursday, November 15, 2018, 7:30 PM
Union Church in Waban, 14 Collins Road, Waban, MA

The Massachusetts Bay Railroad Enthusiasts, Inc. (Mass Bay RRE) will hold its Annual Meeting of Members at 7:30 PM on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at the Union Church in Waban, 14 Collins Road, Waban, Massachusetts. At the meeting, members will elect officers and Directors of Mass Bay RRE, and a National Vice President and Division Directors and Alternate Division Directors of The Railroad Enthusiasts, Inc. (the "National RRE"), and conduct any other business properly brought before the meeting. All members of Mass Bay RRE as of September 30, 2018 are entitled to attend and vote at the Annual Meeting.

Members who cannot attend the Annual Meeting are invited to vote by Proxy. The Proxy Ballot contains information for electing Mass Bay RRE officers and Directors and for electing a National RRE Vice President, Division Directors and Alternate Division Directors.

For candidate information and links to the Proxy Ballot, go to:
www.massbayrre.org/proxy2018


UPCOMING TRAIN EXCURSIONS & EVENTS:

VALE 3015‘Valley Steam Extravaganza’

A Double-Headed Photo Event and Tour of the Line on the Valley Railroad with 2-8-2 Steam Locomotives Nos. 3025 & 40!
Sunday, October 28, 2018!

See Excursions Page or specific trip pages for details!


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!


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.


THE H. ALBERT WEBB MEMORIAL RAILROAD PRESERVATION AWARD

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. A single $10,000 award is made annually.

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 are awarded annually, funded by the Club's available funds and donations to the fund from members. In 2018, 12 organizations received a total of $12,500 in Mass Bay RRE Preservation Fund grants.

2019 Award Applications
The application period for the 2019 H. Albert Webb Memorial Railroad Preservation Award and the Mass Bay RRE Railroad Preservation Grants is now open. The deadline for applications is Tuesday, October 16, 2018.
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 H. Albert Webb Award or a Mass Bay RRE grant.

See the Preservation Page for complete information about the H. Albert Webb Award and the Mass Bay RRE Grants and how to apply.

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 newsleter, The Callboy.

See the Membership Page for information on how to Join Mass Bay RRE and an 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: Richard Fralick
Secretary: William Crawford
Treasurer: Charles W. Jack

Directors: David J. Astorian, Alan B. Butler, Steven Butterworth, W. Thomas Chase, John W. Ehrlich, Thomas R. Engel, Loring M. Lawrence, Robert S. Popovac, Everett Reynolds, Sue Waldron Sample

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QUICK LINKS

Excursions

'Mass Bay RRE Day
on the Hoosac Valley'

Train excursion Adams, MA to North Adams & more
Saturday, September 15, 2018

'Valley Steam Extravaganza'
on the Valley Railroad with
double-headed steam power.
Sunday, October 28, 2018

Transportation notices updated September 11, 2018: Download
Additional Fall Train Show Listings!

MEMBERSHIP

We welcome new members:
New Membership Application

Discounted admission at New England Tourist Railroads & Museums. For the expanded list of participating groups see our Member Benefits Page

SUPPORT

Donate to Mass Bay RRE
Your donation will support the Mass Bay RRE Railroad Preservation Fund or other club activities. Thanks to your donations, Mass Bay RRE made $12,500 in grants to 12 organizations to support railroad preservation in 2018!

Are you ready to volunteer your talents to Mass Bay RRE? Submit our on-line
TALENT BANK FORM

OTHER

"The Best of Times,
the Worst of Times?"
Read a message from Mass Bay RRE President Dave Brown

Read a tribute to our friend
Ralph Hawkins