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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.


MASS BAY RRE AND COVID-19 - UPDATE 11-10-2020

It has become clear that the COVID-19 pandemic is going to be with us for some time. The state is limiting group gatherings to no more than 25 people, and the Union Church remains closed to group meetings for now. Therefore, Mass Bay RRE has decided to suspend all in-person indoor meetings until at least mid-January, 2021. 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' meetings will be live-streamed on our Facebook page on Tuesday, January 5, 2021. That program will be a virtual 'Steam in the Snow' with photos from as many years past as we can muster. If you have some slides or video of a previous 'Steam in the Snow' that you'd like to share, please contact us (contact info below)!

Although things seem to be better in Massachusetts than in many other parts of the country, the pandemic remains an elusive and fluid situation, and circumstances could change significantly. We are mindful that people who attend our events tend to be older, and therefore potentially at greater risk from COVID-19 than the general population as a whole.

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


NEW! PROTECT YOURSELF AND OTHERS IN STYLE!!
RRE Face MaskWhat better way to stay safe and show your RREnthusiasm than by wearing one of our new Mass Bay RRE face masks. Featuring the RRE locomotive wheel logo, these two-layer, 100% cotton masks are super soft and comfortable, and have a pocket for an additional filter. Just $15 for the first mask and $10 for each additional mask (or 5 for $50); all net proceeds will support the Mass Bay RRE Preservation Fund.

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We tried. We really, really tried.

With great regret, Mass Bay RRE has made the difficult decision to cancel 'Steam in the Snow 2021', scheduled for January 2.

On Nov. 20 Massachusetts added New Hampshire to its list of states with COVID-19 travel restrictions (at this point only Hawaii and Vermont are not on that list). The functional effect of this new restriction, for Massachusetts residents who want to do things right and follow the public health guidelines, is this: We are free to go to New Hampshire, have a wonderful time riding the train, and spend lots of money in New Hampshire. But if we want to come home, we either have to quarantine for 14 days or get a negative COVID test.

Given that probably half of our ridership comes from Massachusetts, this restriction makes running ‘Steam in the Snow’ in January untenable at best. Even if the travel restriction was to be lifted in a few weeks, that basically takes away the window we would have to sell tickets.

On the bright side, Mass Bay RRE looks forward to resuming our excursion program once the coronavirus pandemic is behind us, hopefully by the summer of 2021. We have already had preliminary discussions about a few exciting trip opportunities.

We have also already made preliminary plans to run ‘Steam in the Snow’ on the Conway Scenic in January of 2022. The exact date has not been finalized, but it most likely be Sunday, January 2. Save the date!

In the meantime, stay healthy and safe! We look forward to seeing you on a future Mass Bay RRE excursion.


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 until at least January, 2020 - 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 at least January, 2020 - 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 early 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: Alan B. Butler, Steven Butterworth, W. Thomas Chase, William Crawford, John W. Ehrlich, Thomas R. Engel, Loring M. Lawrence, Robert S. Popovac, Sue Waldron Sample

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


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Page updated on November 21, 2020

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EXCURSIONS

EVENTS

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

Rescheduled to Thursday, April 15, 2021

MEMBERSHIP

The 2021 Mass Bay RRE membership renewal period is now open.
RENEW HERE

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