Monthly Meetings

One of the Association’s most popular activities is our monthly meetings, which are currently being held virtually via Zoom. 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) is followed by an entertainment program, consisting of past and present transit operations from around the Northeast, the nation, and the world. Entertainment usually begins at approximately 8PM and generally lasts 1-2 hours.

September Virtual Meeting Information

The September Meeting will be held on September 9 at 7:30PM EDT. BSRA Members and guests can access the meeting live via Zoom using the link below. Regular Members should also review full reports at this link before the meeting, as they will be voted on for approval.

Dial in by phone (audio only):
Call 1-646-558-8656 (Outside the US? Find your local number here) and enter the below details when prompted:

Meeting ID: 845 4928 1054

Passcode: 347487

We use the Zoom platform to conduct our virtual monthly meetings. At 7:30PM on the day of the meeting, you can join by clicking the link posted on this page, or by dialing in using your phone to the number listed on this page. Please note a few basic rules:

  • All attendees will enter a “waiting room” before being admitted into the meeting by the host
  • All attendees will be muted on entry, and are asked to keep themselves muted for the duration of the meeting
  • Attendees are asked to use the chat feature in Zoom to raise any questions, rather than speaking, to allow the meeting to run efficiently and minimize cross-talk
  • Anyone wishing to raise any items of New or Old Business, or any Current Events items, should also post them using the Chat feature when prompted during the meeting
  • Voting and making motions are limited to Regular Members in good standing only; all others are asked abstain from voting. Motions are subject to member verification by the Board before proceeding

Note: You do not need to install the Zoom software to join the meeting, though it does provide a better experience. Instead, you can click “join in your browser” after clicking the meeting link, or you can dial in by phone.

We do not currently record our monthly meetings. This is primarily due to both the effort required to do so properly, and copyright concerns around the sharing of content created by others. 

The BSRA does not permit any video, still, or sound recording of the entertainment programs at our in-person, live meetings. This policy applies to entertainment provided at our virtual (Zoom) meetings as well. This is out of respect for the rights of our presenters and out of consideration for all members of our audience, and to ensure that we are in compliance with copyright and intellectual property law.

If individual members want recordings of entertainment programs provided at our meetings, we suggest that you contact the presenter and make arrangements directly with the presenter for the material you want. It is up to the individual presenter to determine to what extent they are willing to do so.

We appreciate your co-operation. Thank you.

Upcoming Meetings & Entertainment

Below is a list of our next scheduled meetings and their entertainment programs.

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 transit subjects, especially those involving cities in the Northeast.

August 5, 2022
The Photography of George H. Hill, Boston & Maine’s Official Photographer

Rick Kfoury, railroad author and historian, and Newsletter Editor for the Boston & Maine Railroad Historical Society, will show the B&M’s Public Relations photographic collection, portraying what the B&M wanted its employees and the general public to see. Official B&M photographer George H. Hill covered special trains and events, new equipment and customers, infrastructure, employees, and more, in photos both staged and natural, in the mid–Twentieth Century, a key period of change for Boston’s northern railroad.

Additional Meeting Dates (Entertainment TBD):
September 9, October 14, November 4, and December 2, 2023.

Past Meeting Entertainment Reports

We have offered a wide variety of entertainment through the years, and provide detailed reports of past meetings at the link below.