Astrid Glynn, the Rail and Transit Administrator for MassDOT (Massachusetts Department of Transportation), has provided four documents from the meetings of the working group she chairs. It took several emails and two phone calls to get them, but we’re promised that information will be forthcoming more quickly in future. The Train Campaign’s aim is educate [...]
We're looking at route options for connecting western Massachusetts to New York City, and it's worth reminding ourselves that there were several passenger rail lines less than fifty years ago. John Hyde, a retired history professor at Williams College, has studied these lines extensively. He narrated the first film about the Train Campaign (see it [...]
Your emails, tweets, and phone calls count this week as the Connecticut Transportation Committee again considers H.B. 6343. The text below can be copied, pasted, and adapted for your particular circumstances. To: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: H.B. 6343: An act concerning the restoration of the Housatonic Railroad line Dear Representative Guerrera and distinguished members of the Transportation [...]
Support the Train Campaign and show the beauty of our region when you send your 2014 holiday greetings. We’re delighted to offer these lovely cards featuring a local scene, and proceeds will support the Train Campaign. Each set includes 10 cards. Local pickup available in the Berkshires. Printed on high-quality glossy stock. Includes plain white envelopes. Cards [...]
The Train Campaign: Bring Back the Trains from Diana Walczak on Vimeo.
The online petition http://ow.ly/zRYZQ has been updated, now that the MassDOT has committed to investing in the new rail upgrade, so the focus is now on Connecticut as well as on engaging and educating our communities in Massachusetts. The petition calls on legislators to support a joint planning study that will create a shared vision [...]
We'll be in West Cornwall, CT on Thursday, 14 August 2014, 6-8pm at the Wandering Moose Cafe http://thewanderingmoosecafe.com. Nat Karns, head of the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission will be there to fill you in on the latest from MA, Karen Christensen will explain how she started the Train Campaign and how we're working in both [...]
Someone knowledgeable about trains wrote to ask how Illinois carriages ended up parked for years on the tracks in Housatonic, MA. We checked with Colin Pease of the Housatonic Railroad, who explained that they were surplus carriages purchased about ten years ago in the hope of refitting them for passenger service. From last week: I [...]
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