One of the Association’s most popular activities is our monthly meetings, which are held at the Midtown Hotel, 220 Huntington Avenue in Boston. They are always open to all and free of charge.
Meetings begin at 7:30PM, typically on the first Saturday of every month. A short business meeting (including a detailed current events segment on MBTA news and transit happenings near and far) is followed by an entertainment program, consisting of film and digital slideshows, videos and films of past and present transit operations from around the Northeast, the nation, and the world. Entertainment begins at aproximately 8:15PM and generally lasts about two hours.
In the event of severe weather, we may be forced to cancel a meeting. A notice will be posted on the home page of this website, and on our Facebook and Twitter feeds, by 4PM the day of the meeting in the rare event of a cancellation.
We are always looking for presenters at future meetings! If you are interested, please contact us. We generally seek presentations of historic or recent-event subjects, especially those involving cities in the Northeast.
May 6, 2017
Sri Lanka: Railways and Culture
Loring Lawrence presents Sri Lanka, off the southern tip of India. Most of the nation is well-served by the government-owned railway system, now all broad gauge (5′ 6″), and all running diesel trains, although some steam is still operable. Loring will take us on a tour of the railway lines, plus a visit to the immense main workshops, and will show us extensive government-owned bus service, supplemented by private operators. We’ll also sample numerous cultural highlights, including UNESCO World Heritage sites. The program will conclude with a brief look at Asia’s smallest nation, the Maldives Islands. This program has been rescheduled from the January meeting, which was cancelled due to snow.
June 3, 2017
Milan Interurbans and French Trams
Peter Ehrlich will give a digital slide presentation of Milan’s Désio and Limbiate interurbans, which were the last two such lines in the Milan area; plus a look at French tramway systems in cities like Lyon, Montpellier, Marseille, Bordeaux, Paris, and other places, taken during his trips to France in November 2016 and March 2017. In addition, there will be some Boston surprises from his digital slide collection!
July 8, 2017
Chicagoland Electric Railroads
Donald Nevin will show us slides he took of one of the last surviving electric interurban railroads, the Chicago, South Shore and South Bend, from the 1960s to the 1980s. We’ll also see the Illinois Central to South Chicago, plus the Chicago, North Shore and Milwaukee in its last few months of operation. This meeting will be on the second Saturday of the month to avoid conflict with the July 4 holiday.
August 5, 2017
Electric Transit in the 1960s, Part 1
Leonard Bachelder will present Part I of a slide show on electric transit in the 1960s and early 1970s, featuring many systems in North America that have since have undergone great changes or disappeared. These include Baltimore, Boston, Brooklyn, Calgary, Cleveland, Dayton, Edmonton, El Paso, Fort Worth, Halifax, Hamilton, Jersey City (PATH), Johnstown, Kitchener, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Montreal, Newark, New Orleans, New York City subway (a small sample), and Chicago’s North Shore Line.
Additional Meeting Dates (Entertainment TBD):
2017 dates to be announced.
Past Meeting Entertainment Reports
Items for Sale at Our Meetings
We typically offer a selection of books and other items for sale as part of our effort to offset the cost of room rent and meeting expenses. As such, we typically do not permit outside vendors to sell items at our meetings.