Once again the Amherst Belt Lines modular layout took center stage in the Better Living Center at the 50th Anniversary Railroad Hobby Show. Consisting of over 100 modules and covering more than 4500 square feet, the Belt Lines layout drew large crowds throughout the weekend.
Belt Lines operators ran a variety of trains - freight, passenger, diesel, steam - all to the fascination of show-goers. The long trains attracted particular attention as visitors followed them around the twelve scale mile layout.
Marking the 50th anniversary of the Railroad Hobby Show, the Belt Lines also had the commemorative HO-scale SW1500 locomotive running all weekend, along with the 50th anniversary show cars.
The Belt Lines trailer is now decorated with the Amherst Railway Society, Amherst Belt Lines, and Railroad Hobby Show logos and web addresses. As the trailer travels around New England, it will visually promote the Amherst Railway Society.
Model railroads are a system that is connected by a set of rules. Much like computer programming, model railroads appeal to adults and children with creative, inventive minds.
In model railroading, community matters. When you operate with a group or participate in a club, you make new friends and learn new modeling skills. All of us are smarter than any one of us. That’s what makes a model railroad club such a great learning experience.