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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. Your Mass Bay RRE membership card can be used for discounted admission to selected New England tourist railroads and museums. See our member benefits policy for a complete listing of member benefits.


Current Mass Bay RRE members can renew their memberships now using our On-line Membership Renewal Form. To renew, you'll need to know your current membership level and your member number, which can be found on the emailed renewal notice we sent you or on the mailing label of your Callboy newsletter.

Only on-line membership renewals are now available. Printed renewal notices will be sent in mid-October to all members who have not renewed by then. If you do not wish to renew on line, please do not send a check until you receive a renewal notice in the mail!



We are not out of the woods yet with COVID-19. The Union Church remains closed to group meetings for now. Therefore, Mass Bay RRE has decided to suspend all in-person meetings at the Union Church until further notice. See the MEETINGS PAGE for program details for our upcoming meetings.

We are conducting Third Thursday program meetings remotely via Zoom Webinar. They are also simultaneously live-streamed on the Mass Bay RRE Facebook page. Video of our Third Thursday programs is available for later viewing on Facebook or the Mass Bay RRE YouTube channel. You can access our Facebook page using the button at the top of this page, and you DO NOT have to be a Facebook user to access our live stream!

Our next First Tuesday 'Members Night' meeting will be live-streamed as a Zoom Webinar and on our Facebook page on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021. If you have some slides or video that you'd like to share, please contact us (contact info below)!

Please contact us at trips@massbayrre.org or call us at 978-470-2066 if you have further questions or concerns.

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!


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: In-person meetings are suspended for the foreseeable future- see Coronavirus notice above.)


See Meetings Page for detailed schedule.

Newsletter Mailing; Informal Member Slide or Video Programs; Board Meetings. (NOTE: In-person meetings are suspended until further notice - see Coronavirus notice above.)


Mass Bay RRE member Leigh Webb created the H. Albert Webb Memorial Award in 2003 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 470 Railroad Club of Portland, Maine is the recipient of the 2021 Award, which will enable the club to complete the restoration, testing and certification of the air brake system on Boston & Maine f7A locomotive 4268, one of the final steps in restoring the vintage cab unit to operating condition.


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 2021, 14 organizations received a total of $30,000 in Mass Bay RRE Preservation Fund grants, ranging from $500 to $4,000. See the Preservation Page for a complete listing of Grant recipients.

2022 Award Applications
The application period for the 2022 H. Albert Webb Memorial Railroad Preservation Award and the Mass Bay RRE Railroad Preservation Fund grants is now open.
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 Railroad Preservation grant.

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


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.


President: David W. Brown; Vice President: Richard Fralick
Secretary: Thomas Humphrey; Treasurer: Charles W. Jack

Directors: Steven Butterworth, W. Thomas Chase, William Crawford, Stephen Delaney,
John W. Ehrlich, Robert S. Popovac, Sue Waldron Sample

Alternate Director: Loring M. Lawrence

Massachusetts Bay Railroad Enthusiasts, Inc.
P.O. Box 4245
Andover, MA 01810-0814

 Site maintenance by members of Mass Bay RRE.
Page updated on September 18, 2021

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'Dinner in the Depot'
At the Pearl Street Restaurant
53 Summer Street, Malden, Mass.

Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021
'Tracking the LIght with Brian Solomon'



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


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 has awarded $30,000 in grants to 12 organizations to support railroad preservation in 2020!


The application period for the 2022 H. Albert Webb Memorial Railroad Preservation Award and the Mass Bay RRE Railroad Preservation Grants is now open.

for details and application instructions


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

Read a tribute to our friend
Ralph Hawkins