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 about two hours.
In the unlikely event we need 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.
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.
October 3, 2020
Car Barns of Boston Elevated Division 1 | BSRA Annual Meeting
Leo Sullivan presents some Boston Street Railway Shops and Car Barns through the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, This will include pictures, plans and narrative.
November 7, 2020
San Francisco Scenes, 1956-2002
Clark Frazier will present rail transit in the San Francisco Bay Area. Most of this show will focus on the San Francisco Municipal Railway in the 1950s and 1960s, but it will also include later PCC operation and the emergence of historic streetcar operation in the 1980s, plus a few bonus photos of cable cars, the Key System, and BART.
December 5, 2020
Jim Schantz’s 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 will also give a preview of Seashore’s new 5-year strategic plan. As well, he will report on the museum’s participation in the streetcar activities of the American Public Transit Association and the Community Streetcar Coalition, and their involvement with new streetcar projects across North America, with bonus photos of some European transit systems from a half century ago.
January 9, 2021
Back by popular demand, Byron Nash gives us another presentation of contemporary photos and videos of transit in around Boston. From the new Orange Line cars to the latest closure of Lechmere Station, and everything in between!! This meeting will be on the second Saturday of the month to avoid conflict with the New Year’s Day holiday.
February 6, 2021
Boston Transit: A Twentieth-Century Postcard History
Penny picture postcards were immensely popular in the early 1900s, and today those postcard views document what our city used to look like. Charlie Bahne will present a history of Boston transit, as seen from the medium of color postcards over the past hundred years, with images taken from his own collection, the internet, and other sources.
Additional Meeting Dates (Entertainment TBD):
March 6; April 3; May 1; June 5; July 10; August 7; September 11, 2021.
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.