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January 25/26 - West Springfield MA - Amherst Railway Hobby Show

The Lionel Collectors Club of America (LCCA) invites you to stop by the LCCA table during the Amherst Railway Society’s  Railroad Hobby Show at the Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds (The Home of the big E) in West Springfield MA Jan 25-26, 2014.
This is a friendly reminder about this fantastic train show and exhibition.  What better way to start off your new year then to be with your family and friends from the Lionel Collectors Club of America (LCCA) and with Lionel Trains.  Come to the Railroad Hobby Show and meet with club volunteer Roger Goyette (508-763-8959).
We need your help during this weekend train show.  This is a golden opportunity for you to get involved with the club and introduce the club and the many benefits for belonging to the LCCA to thousands of people in just a couple of days. If you and any of your friends are interested in helping out, please contact Roger Goyette at 508-763-8959 or stop by the LCCA table and inquire.  We could use your assistance, even if it for a only a couple of hours.  

Railroad Hobby Show (January 25-26, 2014)

Saturday January 25, 2014 - 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday January 26, 2014 - 10:00am - 5:00pm

The show is located in the Better Living Center and the adjacent Young, Stroh and Mallary Buildings at the Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds, 1305 Memorial Avenue, West Springfield MA. 01089.  For GPS Coordinates, use the following info: 875 Memorial Avenue, West Springfield, MA as your destination address (coordinates are 42°05'38.88"N - 72°36'42.36"W - Elev.52') to enter Gate 9.

Ticket Information:
Adults: $10.00 per day
Children 15 and under: FREE Accompanied by an Adult 

Tickets will be sold on the grounds starting one hour before the show opens on each day of the show to keep lines to a minimum. Advanced purchase ticket info is available at

For those of you who may not have attended this show, you don't know what your are missing.  Trains, trains and more trains of all shapes and sizes are there for the enjoyment of the entire family.  Bring the kids, grand kids, neighbors, friends, they will have a ball!  The LCCA is committed to being at this show to help introduce the club to the serious hobbyist in attendance and to the general public who attend this popular train show.  

Come and meet with club representative Roger Goyette and others.  Bring your friends and family and introduce them to the camaraderie of the LCCA and the many benefits for belonging to our club.  We know how to have fun!

Better yet, sponsor a new member into our club and receive your very own personalized LCCA billboard insert and 100% Made-in-America Billboard frame.  Both the club sponsor and the new member will receive this personalized set.  We'll welcome them into the club as new members of "The Best Toy Train Club on the planet"!  We hope to see you there!   We know you will have FUN!

We hope you can attend this great venue!
From Vermont and Points North
Take I-91 South to exit 13B to Route 5 South, to Route 147 West to the Eastern States Exposition.

From Connecticut and Points South (including NYC and Westchester County)
Take I-91 North from routes 2, 84 and 95 -- Follow I-91 to Massachusetts exit 3, to Route 5 North, to Route 147 West to the Eastern States Exposition.

Alternate Routes from Connecticut and Points South (from Southwestern Connecticut)
Take Route 202 North to Southwick, Mass. turn East on Route 57, to Route 147 East to the Eastern States Exposition.

From Hartford
Take I-91 North to exit 42 to Route 159 North, to Route 147 East OR take I-91 to exit 47 West, to Route 190 West, to Route 159 North to Route 147 East to the Eastern States Exposition.

From Boston and Points East
Take the Massachusetts Turnpike West to exit 4, I-91 south to Route 5 South, to Route 147 West to the Eastern States Exposition.

From Points West - From the Berkshires, West including Albany and upstate New York
Take the Massachusetts Turnpike East to exit 4, I-91 South to Route 5 South, to Route 147 West to the Eastern States Exposition.

About the Amherst show -

Every year late in January or early in February, the Amherst Railway Society holds its Railroad Hobby Show at the Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds (The home of The Big E) in West Springfield Massachusetts. More than 25,000 railfans and public attended the Show each of the past three years.

The event features real life railroads and scale model railroads, historical societies, travel agencies, art shows, flea market dealers, importers, manufacturers and photographers. Modelers' exhibits will display outstanding handiwork on layouts ranging from the tiny Z scale which fits on a coffee table to a monster 80 foot N-Trak system. The Amherst Belt Lines, an HO scale model railroad empire, has become a show highlight. As of the 2011 show layout, It has grown to over 11 scale miles of mainline (650+ feet of mainline track) on 96 modules and has the capacity of multiple train operation.   Live steam will also be shown. The Dry Hill Club will once again break records with 250+ car trains!

Commercial vendors and hobbyists will sell model railroad equipment, photos, slides, video tapes, books and other railroad memorabilia. New and antique railroad items will be on display and for sale.  Major national manufacturers and publishers will attend this Show which was rated number one of the top three in the nation in a recent Model Railroad Industry Association manufacturer's survey. Watch for new product releases by many of our fantastic manufacturers!

Proceeds from the show are used to promote interest in railroads. Donations have been made to various rail museums, historical societies, restoration projects and scholarship funds. Over $600,000 has been awarded since 1991. Organizations that have received donations include: the Fall River and Old Colony Museum, the 470 Club's Boston and Maine diesel locomotive restoration project, the Boston and Maine Railroad Historical Society, the Chester Foundation Station Project and the Wiscasset Waterville and Farmington Building and Car Fund, just to name a few recipients. Trolley museums in the following towns have also received donations: Shelburne Falls MA, Warehouse Point CT, Branford CT and Kennebunk ME. We have also made contributions to the Boston and Maine 3713 restoration fund and the Flying Yankee restoration.  If you wish to learn more about our grant program, please visit the Amherst Railway Society web 

Best regards,

Al Kolis
President Elect & Special Events Manager
Lionel Collectors Club of America (LCCA)