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Eight & Sand is regularly updated with news and information about upcoming Amherst Railway Society meetings, the Railroad Hobby Show, our two model railroad clubs, the organizations we support, and other railroad-related topics.


Amherst @ Steamtown – Railfest 2022

On the weekend of June 11-12, 2022, Steamtown will offer Railfest 2022 in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum’s Arts on Fire event at the Scranton Iron Furnaces. 

The weekend will include train rides, an iron pour, live music, and arts programming.

Amherst will be represented at the event by Dwight Sturtevant and the N-scale New Middletown & Stony Point model railroad. Find Dwight in the Visitor Center 2nd Floor Gallery.

For additional Railfest 2022 information, visit: https://www.nps.gov/stea/index.htm


If you are in Strasburg this Summer…

The Reading Company Technical & Historical Society will have their traveling HO-scale modular model railroad set up at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania in June and July. The model railroad features authentically modeled trains running through a variety of Reading Railroad scenes. Depending on the space available, the layout can be over 100 feet in length.

Here are the specific dates:

Wednesday, June 29 through Sunday July 3

Wednesday, July 6 through Saturday, July 9. 

The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania is located in Strasburg, Pennsylvania, directly across from the Strasburg Railroad. 

For additional information, visit: http://www.readingrailroad.org

Volunteers Needed – Wickham Park Garden Railroad

This is a call for volunteers to operate the G-scale garden railroad at Wickham Park in Manchester, Connecticut. The railroad operates from April to October each year and needs volunteers to run the trains and maintain the track and equipment.

If you are interested in joining the garden railroad team for this coming summer, please contact Chuck Oakes at 518-280-6077 or email at: chuckoakes3@gmail.com.

Wickham Park contains 280 acres of gardens, fields, woodlands, and ponds, and is considered one of the hidden gems of Connecticut.