The Amherst Railway Society partners with the Massachusetts Bay Railroad Enthusiasts on rail fan trips. Amherst members receive member pricing on Mass Bay sponsored trips. 

To receive a discount on a Mass Bay trip, indicate that you are an Amherst Railway Society member when registering. When ordering on-line, enter Coupon Code “ARS” to receive a $10 discount.

Upcoming trips

A Steam Double-header on the Valley Railroad

On Sunday, October 30, 2022, the Mass Bay Railroad Enthusiasts are running an excursion train on Connecticut’s Valley Railroad. The train will be powered by two 2-8-2 stream locomotives, numbers 3025 and 40.

The train will depart the Essex, Connecticut station at 10:00 am and run south to Old Saybrook. On the return to Essex, the train will make the day’s first photo run-by. Once back in Essex, lunch and shop tours will be available.

After lunch, the train will head north along the Connecticut River, returning to Essex about 5:00 pm. Several additional photo run-bys are scheduled for the afternoon trip.

The train will consist of Valley Railroad coaches and former New Haven Railroad parlor car Great Republic.

With the exception of snacks and beverages for parlor car passengers, there is no food service on the train.

Bus service from Boston’s South Station to Essex and return is available.

To order tickets online, click here. Or, call 978-470-2066.

For additional information, click here.

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