Attending The Show


Saturday January 29, 2022 - 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday January 30, 2022 - 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 - Home of the Big E
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.
Directions       (click here to use Google Maps)
From Vermont and Points North
Take I-91 South to old exit 13B (new exit number coming soon), to Route 5 South, to Route 147 West to the Eastern States Exposition - Home of the Big E.

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

Alternate Routes from Connecticut and 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 - Home of the Big E.

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 - Home of the Big E.

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 - Home of the Big E.
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 - Home of the Big E.
Ticket Information
Adults: $15.00 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 by  CLICKING HERE.
Special Services for Groups
Any large groups arriving via chartered coach can receive extra benefits. Special parking is provided for charter buses. If the group calls ahead to the Show Office with a passenger count, their tickets will be ready for them when the bus arrives avoiding any waiting in the ticket line.  
School and civic groups may also contact us to learn of extra benefits, including group discounts.
For further information contact Doug Moore at:
Special Needs / Quiet Room
The Amherst Railway Society Railroad Hobby Show will make every effort to accomodate anyone wishing to attend the show whenever possible.  It you have any questions regarding special needs, please do not hestitate to contact us.

If you are interested in renting a Wheel Chair or Motorized cart, please contact:

USA Medical Supply | 340 Memorial Ave | West Springfield, MA 01089 | | (413) 733-7843 
While the Amherst Railway Society does not provide noise cancelling headphones, it is recommended that you bring your own if you feel the continuous drone of the crowd will disturb you.

If you are in need of a Quiet Room: The Amherst Railway Society realizes the size and scope of the Show can sometimes overwhelm/overstimulate some persons.  We have a quiet room, with only one small, sealed window that overlooks the Show
in a living room type setting that is calming and allows for a place to de-stress as well as allow privacy with your child or children.  Stop by the office in the BLC if you are in need.  The room is available on a "first come" basis.
Public Transportation Information
Please note: Schedules are subject to change and links to schedules on the web also change. 

Traveling by Train to Springfield, MA

If you are traveling to the show on Amtrak or the CTrail Hartford Line, you will be getting off at the train at Springfield Union Station.

The following trains serve Springfield, MA: Lake Shore Limited (Chicago to Boston via Springfield), Northeast Direct Trains to Springfield from New York City and points South. Vermonter service (Washington to Vermont via Springfield).

Amtrak also runs trains along the Northeast Corridor that connect in New Haven, Connecticut, with the Amtrak Hartford Line service to Springfield, MA and with the new Valley Flyer trains to Springfield, Holyoke, Northampton, and Greenfield.

Finally, the Connecticut Department of Transportation operates commuter rail trains from New Haven, Connecticut, to Springfield, Massachusetts (CTrail Hartford Line).

Amtrak schedules can be found on this page.

Hartford Line schedules can be found on this page.

Traveling by Peter Pan Bus Lines or Greyhound to Springfield, MA

Peter Pan Bus Lines and Greyhound provide frequent service to Springfield Union Station from all directions of the compass.

Schedule and ticket information for Peter Pan Bus Lines can be found on this link.

Schedule and ticket information for Greyhound can be found on this link.

Further information regarding travel to/from Springfield Union Station is available on the Springfield Union Station page of the Trains In The Valley website.

Free Shuttle Bus Service between the Show and Springfield Union Station

Amherst Railway Society, once again announces our

Beginning at 8:30 am on Saturday and 9:30 am on Sunday the Amherst Railway Society Courtesy Shuttles will begin their routes at the south entrance to Springfield Union Station located on Lyman Street.  The vans are 15-passenger vans and there are Show Logos/Signs on the vans and the drivers will be wearing an Amherst Railway Society Red Cap. 

The van will make its first STOP at the Front (new entrance) of Springfield Union Station, then leave and follow this route:
- out to Dwight Street, taking a right onto Dwight Street heading east. 
- under the tracks overpass and a second right onto Taylor Street.
- first right onto Kaynor Street.
- right onto Lyman Street making a stop at the orginal Amtrak "Tunnel" Entrance.
- back up to Dwight street for a right hand turn.
- Dwight Street to Harrison Ave, taking a right onto Harrison Avenue.
- Cross Main Street and STOPPING between the Sheraton and the Marriott on the Marriott side of the street.
- Proceed over Memorial Bridge onto Memorial Ave to Baldwin St. stopping at that intersection.
- Continue on Memorial Ave and STOPPING at Gate 5 (closed) of the ESE grounds (to pick up people that have come via other public transportation).
- Proceed west on Memorial Ave to GATE 1 entering the grounds and dropping off at the ticket booths and Door 7 of the BLC.
- Van will leave grounds via Gate 9 head east back to Springfield on Memorial Ave, cross the bridge straight to Main Street where it will make a left turn (north) on Main Street to Liberty Street, where it will make a right hand turn (onto Liberty).  Then a Right turn onto Dwight and a right turn into the Main entrance of Union Station to repeat the route.
- This route will be followed until 5:30 each day.

PVTA Bus Service to the Eastern State Exposition Grounds

The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA) operates regular local service between Union Station and the Eastern State Exposition grounds. The bus to take is the R14 Feeding Hills Bus Route.

The map and schedule for this bus can be found here and then clicking on the R14 route.  You want to get off the bus at the Eastern States Exposition. If in doubt, be sure to ask your bus driver. Maps and schedules of the rest of the PVTA system are here.  

Special Note on Locked "Walk-in" Gates

Visitors that take public transportation to our show will find that the policy of the Eastern States Exposition has been to keep the walk-in gates closed for reasons of security. It is suggested that patrons that have used public transportation, exit that transportation at Gate 2. From that point, it is a 300-yard walk to the nearest of our buildings. Taxis and drop-offs (such as Uber Drivers) are allowed on to the premises without having to pay for parking. Taxis and Uber Drivers will also come on to the premises to pick up riders as well.  REMEMBER, our FREE Shuttle Service from the Amtrak Station will drop you off at the Door
of the BLC and the ticket booths!

Charter Buses    
Many Charter Buses run every year to The Amherst Railway Society Railroad Hobby Show.  This year, in an effort to assist with the high price of gas, we have published those folks that are running charter buses and have requested this publication service.  Note that bus passengers arrive directly in front of Door 8 of the BLC and all admissions are taken care of in advance with the contact for that bus.

THINK ABOUT CHARTERING YOUR OWN BUS TO OUR EVENT!  Here's what's being said about it:

"Thank you for all your help with this, the bus trip was a big hit and everyone is planning on coming back again next year.  You really made it feel like a VIP experience."  Kevin Surman, VP Hudson Berkshire division of the NMRA.


Finally, please note that these are not ARS buses so do not hesitate to contact these folks that offer this great service directly:
UPDATED FOR 2022 - From Long Island, NY - Saturday January 29, 2022
Depart Rte 110 Park & Ride - 6:30 AM
Depart Broadway Mall - 6:50 AM 
Depart New Hyde Park - 7:15 AM
Arrive West Springfield - 10:30 AM 
Contact is Stephen A. Williams, (516) 346-9071
Download the PDF Application From: CLICK HERE
UPDATED FOR 2022 - Vermont/New Hampshire (Champlain Valley Chapter NRHS) - Saturday January 29, 2022
Depart Colchester, VT - 6:00 AM
Depart Richmond, VT - 6:15 AM

Depart Montpelier, VT - 6:45 AM
Depart Randolph, VT - 7:15 AM
Depart West Lebanon, NH - 8:00 AM
Arrive  West Springfield  - approx. 10:15 AM 
Contact the CVC-NRHS at 802-999-7695 or email
Download the PDF Application From: CLICK HERE

2020 - Orleans, MA  (Cape Cod- Nausett Model RR Club) - Saturday January 
Depart Orleans Marketplace (Staples)  -  6:30 AM
Depart Barnstable (behind Barnstable Burger King) - approx. 6:45 AM
Depart Buzzards Bay (at the Railroad Station) - approx. 7:00 AM
Arrive  West Springfield - approx. 10:00 AM 
Contact is Peter Adam (508-237-6160) or Bob Cortez (
Download the PDF Application From: CLICK HERE
2020 - Orleans, MA  (Cape Cod- Karen's Express Bus) - Saturday January
Depart Orleans Marketplace (Staples)   -   6:15 AM
Depart Barnstable (behind Barnstable Burger King)  -  approx. 6:30 AM
Depart Buzzards Bay (at the Railroad Station)  - approx. 6:45 AM
Depart Taunton (at BJs at Exit 9 off I-495)  -  approx 7:30 AM
Arrive  West Springfield  - approx. 9:45 AM
Contact is Karen Sharpless (cell: 508-737-6025 or email
Download the PDF Application From: CLICK HERE
2020 - New York City  (The Metropolitan New York Bus Association) - Saturday January
Depart Manhattan (8th Ave between 40th and 41st - NY Times Bldg) -   6:00 AM
Depart Pelham Bay Park (Q50 stop along Bruckner Blvd. South) - 6:20 AM
Arrive  West Springfield  - approx. 9:00 AM
Contact is Gary Grahl (email
Download the PDF Application From: CLICK HERE
2020 - Schenectady, NY  (Wade Tours)  - Saturday January
Depart Schenectady, NY (At the Wade Terminal ) 8:00 am and return at 7:00 pm
Depart Crossgates Mall – Macys Overflow Lot – Albany, NY 8:30 am and return at 6:30 pm
Depart Sam’s Club- Latham Farms – Latham, NY 8:45 am and return at 6:15 pm.
Arrive  West Springfield  - approx. 10:15 AM
Contact is 
Andrea House, Reservationist
Wade Tours
797 Burdeck St.
Schenectady, NY 12306
P: (518) 355-4500
F: (518) 355-4942
to get to their registration link: CLICK HERE

Accommodations in the area - for the January 2022 Show
2022 Rates available now!  Check the update date in each hotel's rate area to be sure. Be sure to mention the Amherst Railroad Hobby Show when making reservations to get these reduced rates.  Some hotels now have an automated room reservations link.  When in doubt, contact the hotel directly!

 Sheraton Springfield Monarch Hotel  (1.62 miles - 3 minutes)
One Monarch Place
Springfield, MA 01144
413-781-1010 or 800-426-9004
2022 Rate: $115.00 Double, $127.00 Triple, $139.00 Quad.
 Free Garage Parking for one car, Free Wi-Fi, Free use of Athletic & Link Business Center

The Sheraton Springfield will provide complimentary full breakfast buffet for two adults per guest room at the $115.00 room rate plus tax. The room rate does increase for triple occupancy to $127.00 per night and $139.00 per night for quadruple occupancy.
Hampton Inn-West Springfield (3.8 miles - 9 minutes)
1011 Riverdale St.,
West Springfield, MA
2022 Rate: $95.00 king w/ pullout sofa or 2 double beds - free hot breakfast, free parking, free Wi-Fi
Fairfield Inn & Suites Springfield/Enfield
Newly redone hotel - Formerly Holiday Inn
1 Bright Meadow Blvd
Enfield CT 06082
2022 Rate: $89.00 - free hot breakfast, free parking, free Wi-Fi

Hampton Inn - Enfield/Springfield South
20 Phoenix Ave
Enfield, CT 06082
Phone: 860-741-3111
2022 Rate:  $89.00 - 2 Queen beds or 1 King bed or $119 King Studio Suite
Free Wi-Fi, Free Parking, Indoor pool, Fitness Center
Group Code - ARS
In West Springfield & Springfield:

Candlewood Suites (3.3 miles - 7 minutes)
572 Riverdale St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Phone:  413-739-1122
2022 Rate:  $90.99 - Single or Double Suites, all with full kitchens. ALL BRAND NEW!
Free Wi-Fi, Free parking, full cable lineup, 42" flat screen TV, 24-hour store with free coffee, complimentary use of washers and dryers

Hampton Inn & Suites - Springfield/Downtown
851 East Columbus Avenue, Springfield, MA 01105
Phone:  413-310-2300
2022 Rate - $104, 2 night minimum
Free hot breakfast, free parking, and free high-speed internet, indoor heated pool, 24 hour fitness and business center

LaQuinta Inns & Suites
100 Congress Street
Springfield, MA 01104

Phone: 413-781-0900  (ask for Amherst Railroad block group)
2022 Rate: Standard Rooms $85.00, Upgraded rooms with 1 King or 2 Queens and a sofa bed are $105; 
Included in the room rate are: complimentary hot breakfast buffet, heated indoor pool, fitness room, free wireless internet access throughout the hotel, on-site restaurant lobby, the100, is open Thursday - Saturday at 5:00pm  and free parking.

Quality Inn (3.9 miles - 10 minutes)
1150 Riverdale Street
West Springfield-MA 01089

2022 Rate: $85.00 for 1 king bed or 2 queen beds  
Free hot breakfast, Free WiFi, Free parking, newspaper, guest laundry facilities

Residence Inn by Marriott- West Springfield
64 Border Way
West Springfield MA 01089
Phone:  413-732-9543 
2020 Rate: $159 on Thursday or Friday, $179 on Saturday, All our rooms are suites that include a fully equipped kitchens with full size refrigerators.
Newly renovated hotel! Complimentary full hot deluxe breakfast, Free parking, Free Wi-Fi, Expanded 24 Hour Fitness Center, Discounts at over 35 local restaurants, Onsite market, Onsite laundry, Business Center, Welcome gift and more.

Comfort Inn
106 Capital Dr
West Springfield MA 01089

Phone:  413-736-5000
2022 Rate: $89 for 1 king or 2 queens and $109 for a suite with 1 king or 2 queens, Free Wi-Fi, Free Hot Breakfast, Indoor Heated Pool, Fitness Center

In Surrounding Area:

Residence Inn - Chicopee  (10 Miles - 20 minutes)
500 Memorial Avenue
Chicopee, MA 01020
Phone:  413-331-4440
2022 Rate:  $108.00 - King Studio with kitchen
Complimentary hot breakfast, Free Wi-Fi, Free parking, Indoor pool and fitness center
Shopping and restaurants surrounding the hotel.  To book your room, click here:

Hampton Inn - Chicopee - 9 Minutes to ARS Show
600 Memorial Drive
Chicopee,  MA 01020
Phone:  413-593-1500
2022 Rate:  $94.00 -  Double
Free Parking, Free Wi-Fi, Great Free Hot Breakfast Buffett, Microwave and Refrigerator in each room
Great Restaurants nearby, less traffic

Event ID:  Amherst Railway Society

Hilton Garden Inn - Hartford North/Bradley
555 Corporate Drive
Windsor, Ct 06095

Your web page address is:
Group Name: Amherst Railway Society
Group Code: AMHTR
Reservation Phone Line: 1-800-426-7866
2020 Rate:  $107.00 - 1 or 2 people in room, $117.00 3 people in room, $127.00 4 people in room
Free Wi-Fi, Free parking, Fridge & Microwave in rooms, Restaurant on property
Complimentary Transportation to and from Bradley Airport (860-688-6400)


Fairfield Inn & Suites By Marriott
2 Loten Drive
Windsor Locks CT 06096
Phone: 860-627-9333
2022 Rate: $79.00 - Hot breakfest buffett, indoor heated pool, free parking, airport shuttle
If booking by phone, mention code RAI

Homewood Suites by Hilton
375 Whitney Avenue
Holyoke, MA 01040
Phone:  413-532-3100

2022 Rate:  $115.00 - King One Bedroom Suite
Complimentary full hot buffet breakfast, Free Wi-Fi, Free parking, Heated Indoor pool with hot tub
Award Winning Service

Quality Inn
2 Southampton Rd.
Westfield MA 01085
2022 Rate: $85 King and $ Double Queen
Free hot breakfast, Free Wi-Fi, Free Business Center Access, and Free Welcome Hour with Local Artisan foods and drinks.

Tru by Hilton Chicopee Springfield
440 Memorial Dr.
Chicopee MA 01040
2022 Rate: $99 Double Queen
Complimentary breakfast, parking & WiFi. Fitness center, laundry facility, and 24/7 Marketplace. 

Hampton Inn Hartford Airport *NEW*
2168 Poquonock Ave 
Windsor CT 06095
2020 Rate: $89
Complimentary hot breakfast, Complimentary parking, Complimentary wi-fi
Shuttle transportation to and from Bradley International Airport
Located only 20 minutes from the Big E

Trainmaster's Inn
1292 S. Main St.
Palmer, MA 01069
Phone: 413-531-3281

5 unique rooms available- Starting at $135 per night 
Complimentary coffee, Free Parking
Close to Route 20 and I-90 Turnpike

Area Attractions

The Amherst Railway Society tried to keep this information updated for many years until we realized that there are a few organizations out there that do this much better than we, check out this link to learn more about our area attractions:


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