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.

February meeting Zoom link will be posted here the day of the meeting.

January Virtual Meeting Information

The January Meeting will be held on January 7 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: 868 5385 2398
Passcode: 850671

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.

FEBRUARY 4, 2022
Seashore Trolley Museum Update

Seashore Trolley Museum President and CEO Jim Schantz will provide an update on recent progress at Seashore, including restoration efforts on a wide variety of cars. He’ll also give a description of two major construction projects underway at Seashore, one to replace and expand the museum’s oldest carbarn, South Boston. The second is to construct a year-round home for the Maine Central Model Railroad being relocated from Jonesport, Maine, to Seashore’s campus. These projects are made possible by donations of over $4 million to the museum.

MARCH 4, 2022
South Shore Electric Railways: Dedham, Quincy, Brockton, and Beyond

Leo Sullivan will present a slide show presenting the territory south of Boston to the south coast of Massachusetts and extending to the Bay State lines in Rhode Island, with a look at the southern part of the Bay State and Eastern Mass. Street Railway system, with mention of connections to the east.

APRIL 1, 2022
Stories of the MBTA’s Grand Junction Branch: An Unknown Boston Transit Lifeline

BSRA member and head of the YouTube channel “Boston By Rails”, Nathan Ives will present his favorite catches on the MBTA’s Grand Junction Branch over the past few years, whilst also explaining the importance of the line to the MBTA commuter rail. He will also cover the history and the interesting future the line holds, as well as sharing some common misconceptions that go along with the Grand Junction. Photos of stone trains, vital equipment moves, and more, come along to learn about this fascinating train line.

Additional Meeting Dates (Entertainment TBD):
May 6, June 3, July 8, August 5, September 9, and October 14, 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.