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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.


VICTOR J. CAMPBELL JR. 1941 - 2021

Vic CampbellMass Bay RRE mourns the passing of our longtime friend and trip organizer extraordinaire, Vic Campbell.

Vic passed away on March 29, 2021, at the age of 79 following a long illness. He was born in Boston to two public school teachers, Mary Keane Campbell and Victor J. Campbell. Educated in Boston schools, he graduated from Boston Latin in 1959 and Boston College in 1963 with a degree in mathematics. He went on to complete a Master's degree in education at Boston State College and briefly taught at the junior high level. He participated in Army ROTC and during the mid-1960's served for 2 ½ years in army intelligence with the National Security Agency at Fort Mead in Maryland. Vic lived in the DC area for several years after his discharge, working as a Crew Safety Instructor for AMTRAK. He returned to his parents' home in Dorchester in the 1970s and cared for his ailing father until his father's death in 1980. He stayed on as caregiver to his mother during her extended illness until her passing in 1997.

Vic had four great loves in his life: First was his Catholic faith and practice. He and his parents were deeply involved with his local parish, Saint Brendan's, which was nearby to the family home. Vic continued his commitment to his faith and parish throughout his years of illness.

Second was trains and railroad history (from national and international lines to mass transit), from his extensive HO layout as a child to his decades of leadership in Massachusetts Bay Railroad Enthusiasts (Mass Bay RRE). During his years of volunteer work with Mass Bay RRE, Vic organized hundreds of train excursions and van trips with an almost obsessive level of creativity and complexity, leaving nothing to chance. Vic truly shaped the experience for many in Mass Bay RRE, as a member of our trip committee, as production manager for and contributor to the Callboy, and as a friend.

A third love was the city of Boston and the Dorchester section in particular. His deep knowledge of local history often left listeners speechless with its detail and accuracy – this then gave Vic a chance to go into even more depth on the subject! He was involved with numerous community and neighborhood organizations over the years which benefitted from his dedication and activism.

And a fourth was the Neponset River and its watershed, which he sought to educate the public about and to preserve. Again his knowledge was extensive and quite impressive. His work with Mass Bay RRE and with local Dorchester community organizations was often accompanied by his beautiful trademark calligraphy and wonderful drawings which those who knew him will always remember. Most of all we will treasure his dedication, enthusiasm and tireless work for the causes he loved.

He is survived by his cousin William Ellis, who over the years went on many excursions with him and saw his talents directly. He will be buried in the Keane family plot in Arlington and the service will be private in accord with the family's wishes.

Donations in Vic's memory can be made to the Mass Bay RRE Railroad Preservation Fund, P.O. Box 4245 Andover, MA 01810-0814, or on line at the Mass Bay RRE Donation Site.


MASS BAY RRE AND COVID-19

Although the situation is improving, 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 indoor meetings for the foreseeable future. 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, May 4, 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!



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


FIRST TUESDAY SOCIAL MEETINGS:

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.)


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 Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad of Phillips, Maine was the recipient of the 2020 Award, which enabled the SR&RL to complete construction of a three-stall car storage building, including the purchase of needed track materials.

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 2020, 12 organizations received a total of $30,000 in Mass Bay RRE Preservation Fund grants, ranging from $500 to $5,000. See the Preservation Page for a complete listing of Grant recipients.

2021 Award Applications
The application period for the 2021 H. Albert Webb Memorial Railroad Preservation Award and the Mass Bay RRE Railroad Preservation Fund grants is now closed. We expect to announce the H. Albert Webb Award and Mass Bay RRE Grant recipients in April 2021.
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.

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: 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


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Page updated on April 30, 2021

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EXCURSIONS

EVENTS

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

Rescheduled to Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021

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

AWARDS

The application period for the 2021 H. Albert Webb Memorial Railroad Preservation Award and the Mass Bay RRE Railroad Preservation Grants is now closed.

See the PRESERVATION PAGE
for details and application instructions

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