Railroad Photography
a Special Interest Group of the Amherst Railway Society

Photography does more than capture a moment. It tells a story. It connects us to the past, to people, places, and feelings. Photography is an art form that inspires, interprets, and celebrates.

The Amherst Railway Society (ARS) is fortunate to have talented photographers that are willing to share their work, and help others develop their skills.

Amherst’s Photography Special Interest Group (SIG) is dedicated to taking railroad photographs – trains, depots, abandoned rail lines, model railroads – all things railroad. Our goal is to gather safely to take railroad photographs, learn from each other, and share our work.

We meet periodically, both online and in-person, to plan group photo outings, share technique, and enjoy each other’s company.

News & Events

Photo SIG Night Photo Shoot – Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum

Saturday, Septemberr 17, 2022

This is an invitation to join the Amherst Railway Society’s Photography Special Interest Group (SIG) for a night photo shoot at the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum on Saturday, September 17, 2022.

This is a special event for Amherst members and guests only. The museum will be closed to the public during the photo shoot.

Please note: participation is limited to 30 photographers.

Trolley 10 and a handcar will be used as photo subjects. Plus, museum actors will be used in some scenes.

The Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum is located at:

14 Depot Street

Shellburne Falls, Massachusetts 01370

Please plan to arrive at the museum no later than 6:00 pm. And, please wear sturdy shoes.

If the conditions are right, we will try some shots during the “blue light” period just before it gets dark.

Make sure that you can operate your camera in Bulb or full manual mode. Bring a tripod and a cable release, or remote shutter release device.


$25 – members: Amherst Railway Society or Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum

$40 – non-members

To reserve a place in this event, contact Phil Johnson at: hampdenphil@gmail.com. Once your reservation is confirmed, mail a check to Phil Johnson for the appropriate amount. 

Make the check payable to the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum.

If you have questions, please use the contact form below.

photos:  Phil Johnson  

Photo SIG at East Deerfield

Saturday, July 9, 2022

The acquisition of Pan Am by CSX prompted the Amherst Photo SIG to pay a visit to East Deerfield yard, formerly part of the Pan Am Southern (PAS) route. The yard is currently under CSX control, but Berkshire & Eastern will take over at some future date.

Another beautiful day to shoot trains.

photo:  Matt Betzner

Local Railfan Locations

The Amherst Photo SIG is in the process of developing maps of local rail-fan sites.

Our goal is to provide information on photo sites that are safe, provide good vantage points, and do not infringe on railroad property.

As maps are completed they will be published on this site.

Member Galleries

A curated collection

Jennifer Al-Beik

Shelburne Night Shoot

October, 2021

Phil Johnson

A curated collection

Phil Johnson

A curated collection

Isaiah Manuel

A curated collection

Dee Matyas

A curated collection

Gary D. Munsey, Sr.

A curated collection

Doug Scott

A curated collection

Kaylee Zheng

Contact Us

If you have questions, or would like additional information about the Amherst Railway Society’s Railroad Photography Special Interest Group, please fill out the form below.

This is a vibrant, growing group of railroad photographers – at all skill levels.