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Belt Lines in Vermont

On Saturday, September 30, the Amherst Belt Lines was the main attraction at the annual Rutland Railway Association’s train show.

The one-day event is a major fundraiser for the Rutland Railway Association which promotes railroad education and interest in Rutland, Vermont - an area rich in railroad history.

The Belt Lines layout included the Beaver Brook, Bolton Junction, Clara, Hillsboro, HB Industrial, John Deere, Owings Mills, South Hooksett, and Sullivans/Eastside modules. 

Belt Lines at Springfield Union Station

On June 25th, the Amherst Belt Lines played a key role at the Springfield Union Station reopening celebration.

The event marked the $94 million floor-to-ceiling renovation and rehabilitation of the station that was built in 1926. The re-opening celebration not only gave visitors a first-hand look at the refurbished station, but turned out to be a lot of fun, too.

The Amherst Railway Society had a table promoting membership and the Railroad Hobby Show. And, the Amherst Belt Lines had an operating model railroad on display.

Although small by Belt Lines standards, the layout was a popular attraction for the event’s large turnout.

Belt Lines Introduces the Module Kit

At the August 20 Amherst Railway Society Open House, the Amherst Belt Lines unveiled a new kit designed to make it even easier to build HO scale model railroad modules. 

The initial kit is a standard 2 foot x 4 foot straight module that comes with all lumber pre-drilled for assembly, all hardware, and all through-wiring components. Initial pricing on the standard module kit is $100.

If the kit idea is popular, we will add a six-foot module kit and a corner module kit as well. Our intent is to eventually list and sell the module kits through the ARS Store. For now, the kits are being produced when ordered. 

If you are interested in ordering a four-foot module kit, please contact us at:

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Belt Lines at the Springfield Union Station Re-opening Celebration

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal painted a dim picture for the future of model railroading.

We disagree!


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.

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