Sunday, June 26, 2011

Second Amherst MA NECR Derailment in a Month

(Rebecca Everett 5/26/11)  AMHERST - A freight train derailed near the Station Road crossing just after 3 p.m. Saturday. There were no injuries and no hazardous spills from the derailment, which is the second in the last month to occur in South Amherst.

Amherst Police Lt. William Menard said that police officers and firefighters responded to a stretch of train track about 400 to 500 feet north of the Station Road crossing when the derailment was reported. They found that seven freight cars carrying lumber and crushed granite had gone of the tracks while traveling southbound.

Menard said that he did not see any of cargo spilled, and that Station Road remained open........


Friday, June 24, 2011

Mass Bay RRE: North Country Steam on the Conway Scenic 7/31/11

Sunday, July 31, 2011: NORTH COUNTRY STEAM!!

Mass Bay RRE returns to the Conway Scenic Railroad for a special outing with 0-6-0 steam engine 7470 pulling our train all the way from North Conway to Hazens, the northernmost point on the Conway Scenic, just outside of Whitefield.  This will be the 7470's first trip to Hazens since she arrived at the Conway Scenic and the first steam-powered train to Hazens since 1953.  We'll have several photo stops along the northward journey from North Conway.  First-Class and Dome seating is available for extra fare.  Motorcoach connection for Boston.   TICKETS NOW ON SALE!


Thursday, June 23, 2011

Belfast, Maine: B&MLRR Engine House Razed 6/21/11

Mr. Bruce Cooper has posted a series of photos showing the demolition of the 1946-vintage Belfast & Moosehead Lake engine house being demolished in Belfast, ME.  Another railroad structure gone...


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

NEMCO EMD NW2 #1000 Scrapped

Long-term Archiving: Digital Photography’s Achilles’ Heel - TRAINS Magazine

(Trains Magazine)
Trains Magazine recently posted this interesting article regarding the archiving of photographs.  It includes a chart that lists the known lifespan of various forms of storage media... from DVDs to glass negatives.  A must-read for railfans and collectors with a lot of photos to store.

READ THE ARTICLE: Long-term archiving: digital photography’s Achilles’ heel - TRAINS Magazine

Friday, June 17, 2011

Con-Cor 1935 New Haven Comet 3 Car Train in HO & N

Con-Cor will be releasing the New Haven's COMET streamliner in both HO and N scale.  The train was built by the Goodyear-Zeppelin Corporation and debuted in 1935.   

More more information and photos CLICK HERE ----> Con-Cor 1935 New Haven Comet 3 Car Train in HO & N

Monday, June 13, 2011

Rhode Island Police Investigate Rail Theft - TRAINS Magazine

NEWPORT, R.I.—State police say someone stole 32-feet of rail from the Newport Secondary Line in Portsmouth, according to a story in the Boston Globe.

State police Capt. Raymond Studley told the Newport Daily News that the thieves apparently used a cutting torch to remove 22 feet of rail from the south side of the tracks and another 10 feet from the north side of the line during Memorial Day weekend. The Old Colony & Newport Railway uses the Newport Secondary Line, which is owned by the state of Rhode Island. The rail line runs along the shore of Narragansett Bay from Newport to Portsmouth, a distance of 14 miles.

The Newport Secondary Line was built to provide a connection between Boston and Long Wharf in Newport, but it is seldom used. Police say the most recent train was eight weeks ago, when a group of railroad enthusiasts chartered an excursion.

READ: Rhode Island police investigate rail theft - TRAINS Magazine

Amtrak Vermonter Resumes Following Derailment - TRAINS Magazine

Photo Jonelle DeFelice
NEW YORK — Amtrak’s Vermonter is operating as normal today, two days after a minor derailment at Sharon, Vt., fouled the route. Nobody was injured when Sunday’s northbound Vermonter derailed two wheels of one car.

Buses substituted for trains yesterday north of Springfield, Mass. The derailment occurred on New England Central rails, and is currently under investigation. The train connects New York with St. Albans, Vt.

READ: ‘Vermonter’ resumes following Sunday derailment - TRAINS Magazine

Sunday, June 12, 2011

GMTX #116 Heads Home on Pan Am Train 495ED

5/30/11: GMTX #116 heads home on Pan Am train 495ED after being used by the MBTA
© 2011 Jonelle DeFelice

New England Large Scale Meet Video

You Tube video of the New England Large Scale railroad meet held in June, 2011, hosted by Stan and Deb Ames. (Video my M. Chapman)

Friday, June 10, 2011

New Atlas HO Branchline Blueprint Series Passenger Kits

Atlas has some new Branchline HO scale passenger car kits out.    Note that while there are only two New England roads listed (New Haven and Boston & Maine), there are a lot of undecorated cars to paint and decal.

B5117   New Haven - McGinnes
B5434  New Haven "New Franklin"
B5437  Boston & Maine "New Hamburg"
B5626  New Haven "Hogarth"
B5339  Boston & Maine "McDade"


Friday, June 3, 2011

The Flying Yankee Open House 6/11/11

June 11th, 2011
10:00AM – 4:00PM

Tour the Interior of The Flying Yankee!

Sit In the Completely Restored Seats - View the Completion of This Winter's Weatherizing Project - Windows & Doors Replaced - Monitors Installed & Operational

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

NECR Derailment in South Amherst MA

A New England Central Railroad freight train derailed around 2 o'clock on 5/31/11 at Station Road in Amherst.  To read about the derailment and see videos, click one of the links below:

Train derailment closes Amherst street -

Freight train derailment causes heavy damage to train tracks in Amherst -