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The Amherst Belt Lines will be setting up a modular model railroad at The New England Model Train Expo on December 4 & 5, 2021. The event will be held at the Best Western Royal Plaza Trade Center in Marlborough, Massachusetts. (see map below)

The New England Model Train Expo is sponsored by the HUB Division of the National Model Railroad Association (NMRA). 

All Massachusetts state and local mandated COVID safety precautions and recommendations will be followed during the show.

Setup begins on Friday, December 3.

The New England Model Train Expo is a large model railroad show with a warm holiday spirit.

If you are an Amherst Railway Society member, watch for the show e-mailing approximately two weeks prior to the show. The e-mail will contain all details of the Belt Line’s participation in The New England Model Train Expo.

If you are not an Amherst member, but would like to be, please visit:

If you join Amherst prior to the The New England Model Train Expo, and would like to help us operate the Belt Lines, please contact:

Location: Best Western Royal Plaza Trade Center, Marlborough, Massachusetts

The Amherst Belt Lines participates in several train shows each year, in addition to the Amherst Railway Society’s annual Railroad Hobby Show. 

At each show, we configure a modular model layout based on the floor space we are given.

Our show participation supports the activities of the sponsoring organization, usually another model railroad club or historical society, and gives us a chance to promote the enjoyment of model railroading to the attendees of the show.

On a show weekend, we generally set up the layout the day before the show – connect and level all the modules and make sure everything is operating correctly.

On the day of the show, we operate the layout like a real railroad with a classification yard, both local and through freights, and passenger trains. Most trains are operated by Belt Lines members, but we do have guest operators as well.

Belt Lines members often run their own locomotives and rolling stock on the layout.

show schedule - 2021/2022

RailFair 2021
October 2&3, 2021
Boxboro Regency Hotel
Boxboro, Massachusetts

NY State Model Train Fair
November 6&7, 2021
NY State Fairgrounds
Syracuse, New York

New England Model Train Expo
December 4&5, 2021
Royal Plaza Trade Center
Marlborough, Massachusetts

Railroad Hobby Show
January 29&30, 2022
Eastern States Exposition
West Springfield, Massachusetts