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


ABEL @ Six Flags New England

The Amherst Belt Lines is running a modular railroad exhibit at Six Flags New England from mid-May through July. Called the Rockville Traveling Trail Show, the exhibit adds a new display to the theme park, and promotes the model railroad hobby.

The 30 x 30 model railroad features New England scenes and landscapes.

The exhibit is located in the Rockville Theater and will be open on weekends and select weekdays from mid-May til the end of July.

Six Flags New England is located in Agawam, Massachusetts.


UP 4014 Westward Bound Tour Schedule

Union Pacific Big Boy No. 4014 will be on tour from June 30 to July 26 at the following locations. The locomotive will also be on display during specific hours in Roseville, California and Ogden, Utah.

There is no public access to the locomotive outside of the listed stops.

June 30 Cheyenne, Wyoming to Rawlins, Wyoming

July 1 Rawlins Wyoming to Rock Springs, Wyoming

July 3 Rock Springs, Wyoming to Evanston, Wyoming

July 4 Evanston, Wyoming to Salt Lake City, Utah

July 6 Salt Lake City, Utah to Elko, Nevada

July 8 Elko, Nevada to Winnemuca, Nevada

July 9 Winnemuca, Nevada to Portola, California

July 11 Portola, California to Roseville, California

July 14 Roseville, California to Sparks, Nevada

July 16 Sparks, Nevada to Winnemuca, Nevada

July 17 Winnemuca, Nevada to Elko, Nevada 

July 19 Elko, Nevada to Ogden, Utah

July 22 Ogden, Utah to Montpelier, Idaho

July 23 Montpelier, Idaho, to Rock Springs, Wyoming

July 25 Rock Springs, Wyoming to Rawlins, Wyoming

July 26 Rawlins, Wyoming to Cheyenne, Wyoming

UP Steam Schedule webpage: here.


Mexico City to Calgary – by Steam

Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKC) is sponsoring the Final Spike Anniversary Steam Tour to celebrate the first anniversary of the Canadian Pacific-Kansas City Southern merger.  CP 4-6-4 #2816 will lead the special train as it travels back from Mexico City to Calgary.

The train will leave Mexico City on June 15, 2024 and make stops at the following locations:

  • Kendleton, Texas – June 15
  • Shreveport, Louisiana  – June 17
  • Heavener, Oklahoma – June 24
  • Kansas City, Missouri – June 25
  • Davenport, Iowa – June 27
  • St. Paul, Minnesota – July 1
  • Thief River Falls, Manitoba – July 3
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba – July 4
  • Brandon, Manitoba – July 7
  • Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan – July 8
  • Medicine Hat, Alberta – July 9
  • Calgary, Alberta – July 10

The Final Spike Anniversary Steam Tour will be the first steam-powered passenger train in North America to travel in Canada, the US, and Mexico in a single trip.

Details of the steam tour are available here.