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Regular Meetings of Mass Bay RRE

Program Meetings are held, unless otherwise noted, at 8:00 PM on the Third Thursday of the month at the Union Church in Waban, 14 Collins Road, Newton, MA. These feature programs with speakers knowledgeable about railroad operations, history and travel. Upcoming programs are listed below.

On the first Tuesday of each month we hold a more informal social gathering: FIRST TUESDAY. This is where we usually prepare a trip flyer or our monthly newsletter, the Callboy, for mailing. These sessions are also held at the Union Church in Waban, starting rather casually about 7:00 PM and are usually followed by an impromptu slide show or video program unless there is a Board meeting or the work session runs unusually late. Members and non-members alike are welcome.

For last minute updates or meeting cancellations in bad weather, please call our information line at 978-470-2066.

Third Thursday Monthly Program Meetings
(Held at the Union Church in Waban unless otherwise noted.)

Be sure to join us for an informal Social Hour with light snacks and beverages,
starting at 7:00 PM before every Third Thursday program meeting!

Thursday, January 18, 2018, 8:00 PM at the Union Church in Waban:

Bill Deen presents 'Two-Foot Steam in Wales and India'

Tallylin train at depotEstablished well before the cherished two-foot-gauge railroads of Maine was the Ffestiniog Railway in Wales. Its success spawned a number of other such lines in that region. Remarkably, the Ffestiniog and several others in North Wales have been preserved or rebuilt and operate today on their original rights of way with largely original steam power. They have much to admire: coastal and mountain scenery, exotic motive power, and authentic infrastructure.

“Two-foot fever” spread also to the British colonies. Perhaps the most spectacular example is the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway in northeast India. Although partly dieselized and no longer a freight carrier, it continues to provide regular passenger service and thus remains more than a tourist railroad. In 55 miles it climbs almost 7000 feet from the flatlands of West Bengal to the famous tea district and colonial hill station of Darjeeling, terminating within sight of Kanchenjunga, which at 28,169 feet is the third highest peak in the world.

Welsh Highlands GarrattThe presentation will show the Ffestiniog and several Welsh cousins (Welsh Highlands, Tallylyn (photo above), and Vale of Rheidol) as seen over a few days in August, 2011, and the Darjeeling Himalayan as it was during a week in January, 2008. Featured in each case will be regular steam operations and a sampling of the surroundings. Special attention will be given to some of the less familiar (to Americans) locomotive designs, including Fairlie and Garratt articulateds (photo at left).

Bill DeenBill Deen is an engineering professor (partly retired) who for many years has photographed operating steam in the US, Canada, and a few places overseas. He is also a long-time model railroader, focusing on Pacific Northwest logging in HO scale. For the past several years he has served as an officer and director of the Friends of Bedford Depot Park, which, it must be noted, is headquartered in what was once the enginehouse of the Billerica and Bedford Railroad, North America's pioneering two-footer!

Thursday, February 15, 8:00 PM at the Union Church in Waban:

Program to be announced

Meeting speakers always wanted! Brad Harding, Mass Bay RRE's Program Coordinator, is now developing our Winter 2018 program of speakers. To offer or suggest a program, email Brad at lbharding@verizon.net

 First Tuesday Callboy Mailing Meetings
(Held at the Union Church in Waban)

Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018:  7:00 PM:MEMBERS NIGHT - Member slides and videos welcome. NOTE CHANGE OF DATE!!
Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018:  7:00 PM: Callboy mailing; Board Meeting at 8:00 PM. No program.
Tuesday, March 6, 2018:   7:00 PM: Callboy mailing; 8:00 PM: MEMBERS NIGHT - Member slides and videos welcome.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018:  7:00 PM: Callboy mailing; Board Meeting at 8:00 PM. No program.

Meeting Location

MBRRE Program Meetings are usually held at the Union Church at 14 Collins Road (corner of Beacon Street), Waban, MA, (near the Waban MBTA stop on the Green Line):

If you are arriving on the T, exit the station onto Beacon St.; the Church is adjacent to the Waban Station.

If you are driving, take Exit 21 East off Route 128 (I-95) onto Rte. 16 (Washington St.). At the first traffic light east of 128 fork right onto Beacon St. and go 0.9 mile. The Union Church is on the right just before Beacon Street jogs to the left over the Green Line. If the church lot is full you may park on the street or in the Waban Station parking lot. CLICK FOR MAP

Check the Callboy or the website to confirm date, time, and location of meetings.


Mass Bay RRE members currently volunteer their time and skills to:
             --Serve as Officers and Directors (we have no paid employees)
             --Organize, prepare for and staff our excursion trains
             --Write for, edit and produce our Callboy newsletter
             --Arrange our program meetings and special events
             --Maintain and constantly improve our website
             --Tell the media and the public about our trips, meetings and events
             --Handle our “back office” financial, legal and corporate administration

We always welcome new volunteers. With today’s expanded e-communications, more RRE members find they can contribute from home or work locations beyond the Boston area. Join us in keeping Mass Bay RRE one of the most active railfan groups in New England!

To Volunteer, Contact Us:

Massachusetts Bay Railroad Enthusiasts, Inc.
PO Box 4245
Andover, MA 01810-0814, or

Information Line 978-470-2066

Email: info@massbayrre.org or visit our "Contact Us" page.

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Page updated on December 27, 2017