Attending The Show

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Charter Buses ***ALL UPDATED FOR 2017***
Saturday January 27, 2018 - 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday January 28, 2018 - 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.
Directions       (click here to use Google Maps)
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 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 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.
Ticket Information
Adults: $14.00 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
The Amherst Railway Society Railroad Hobby Show will make every effort to accomodate anyone wishing to attend the show when ever 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:

Footit | 340 Memorial Ave | West Springfield, MA 01089 | | (413) 733-7843 
Public Transportation Information
Please note: Schedules are subject to change and links to schedules on the web also change. 

If you are travelling to the show via Amtrak, you will be getting off the train at Springfield Massachusetts. The Amherst Railway Society now has free Shuttle Service to and from the Amtrak Station.  Vans run approximately every 10-15 minutes.  Public transportation is also available (except Sundays) on PVTA busses.

Local Transportation: PVTA

  • If you are arriving in Springfield by Amtrak, after you've exited the train station, you want to head west (right), go under the train tracks (another right) and look to the left (across the street) for the Peter Pan bus terminal. You can board the Feeding Hills bus route (R14) here.
  • The buses run from the Springfield Bus Terminal (Peter Pan bus terminal). On Saturday they depart the Springfield Bus Terminal at:
    8:30, 9:30, 10:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30 and 5:30
    The buses do not run on Sundays.
    There is a stop at the Big E (Eastern States Exposition) but be sure to ask your bus driver where to board on the way back. The fare is $0.75 one way, exact change.
  • The map and schedule for this bus can be found here. 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.

Regional Transportation: Amtrak, Peter Pan, Vermont Transit

  • To download schedules for current Amtrak service to Springfield go to the Amtrak Routes page.
    (Note: Please check with Amtrak at 1-800-USA-RAIL as schedules may change.) The following trains serve Springfield, Massachusetts:< >Lake Shore Limited (Chicago to Boston via Springfield)Northeast Direct Trains to Springfield from New York City and Points SouthVermont service (Washington to Vermont via Springfield)Peter Pan Bus Lines You may also call 1-800-343-9999 for Schedules and Fares as timetables are not posted on the website. You need to enter your travel information to get specific bus times.
  • Vermont Transit Springfield Bus Routes (Montreal to New York via Springfield (Peter Pan Terminal)
Special Note on Locked "Walk-in" Gates
Visitors that take public transportation to our show will find that the 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 are allowed on to the premises without having to pay for parking.  Taxis 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!
Amherst Railway Society announces our new
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 Amtrak Train Station Entrance 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 Amtrak Station, then leave the Amtrak Station and follow this route:
- Lyman to Dwight Street, taking a right onto Dwight Street 
- Dwight Street to Harrison Ave, taking a right onto Harrison Ave
- 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 Lyman where it will make a right turn to repeat the route.
- This route will be followed until 5:30 each day.
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 7 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:

2018 data is coming soon

2017 - Karen’s 19th Annual Amherst RailwayTrain Show Express Bus From Cape Cod and SE Massachusetts - Saturday January 28
Orleans Marketplace (Staples) leaving @ 6:15 a.m. 
Bus shelters behind the Barnstable Burger King @ approx. 6:30 a.m.
Railroad Station in Buzzards Bay @ approx. 6:45 a.m.
BJ’s at Exit 9 off Route 495 in Taunton @ approx. 7:30 a.m.
Contacts are Karen Sharpless at (508) 737-6025 (cell) or 
(E-mail: OR
Roy Jones at (508) 776-0878 or (E-mail:
Download the Application Form: CLICK HERE
2017 - From Long Island, NY - Saturday January 28
Depart Melville   -   6:30AM
Depart Hicksville  -  6:50AM 
Depart  New Hyde Park  -  7:15AM
Arrive  West Springfield  - 10:30AM 
Contact is Stephen A. Williams, (516) 346-9071
Download the PDF Application From: CLICK HERE

2017 - Nauset Model Railroad ClubFrom Cape Cod and SE Mass - Saturday January 28 
Orleans: Bus leaves Orleans Marketplace (Staples) promptly @ 6:30 a.m.
Barnstable: Bus stops behind Barnstable Burger King @ approx. 6:45 a.m.
Buzzards Bay: Bus stops at the Railroad Station in Buzzards Bay @ approx. 7:00 a.m.
Taunton: Bus stops at BJ’s at Exit 9 off Route 495 in Taunton @ approx. 7:45 a.m.

For information, contact Peter T. Adam 508-237-6160 or Margy Montague (
Download the PDF Application Form: CLICK HERE

2017 - From the Boston Area - Saturday January 28
First Pickup: 8:00 AM - Wellington T (route 16)  return by 8:00 PM
Second Pickup: 8:30 AM - Braintree T (Exit 17 Route 3)  return by 7:30 PM
Third Pickup: 9:00 AM - Riverside T (exit 22 of 128)  return by 7:00 PM
Contact the Mystic Valley Railway Society at 
617-361-4445 or email them at:
Download the PDF Application Form: 2017 form not yet available but contact info is updated!

2017 - From Vermont - Saturday January 28
 Depart 6:00 AM- South Burlington, VT 
 Depart 6:15 AM- Richmond, VT 
 Depart 6:45 AM- Montpelier, VT 
 Depart 7:15 AM- Randolph, VT 

 Depart 8:00 AM- West Lebanon, NH
Arrive  10:15AM- West Springfield, MA
Contact is Tom Gallagher
Download the PDF Application Form: CLICK HERE
2017 - From New York City and Pelham Bay Park- Saturday January 28
First Pickup: Depart Manhattan - 8th Avenue between 40th and 41st Streets, NY Times building) - 6:00AM sharp.
Second Pickup: Pelham Bay Park - Q50 stop along Bruckner Boulevard South, 6:20AM sharp. 
Arrive West Springfield - 9:00AM
Download the PDF Application Form: CLICK HERE

Accommodations in the area - for the January 2017 Show
Some 2017 Rates are available now! ( 2017 rates are subject to change) (Check the udpate year 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!

Hampton Inn-West Springfield (3.8 miles - 9 minutes)
1011 Riverdale St.,
West Springfield, MA
2018 Rate: $89.00 single/double - free hot breakfast, free parking, free Wi-Fi

Holiday Inn Springfield South - Enfield, CT (7.6 miles - 12 minutes)
One Bright Meadow Blvd.
Enfield, CT 06082
2017 Rate: $85.00 Continental Breakfast included and free parking!

Sheraton Springfield Monarch Hotel  (1.62 miles - 3 minutes)
One Monarch Place
Springfield, MA 01144
413-781-1010 or 800-426-9004
2018 Rate: $104.00 Single, $104.00 Double, $116.00 Triple, $128.00 Quad.
 Free Garage Parking for one car, Free Wi-Fi, Free use of Athletic & Link Business Center,
Complimentary Breakfast buffet/ $10.00 additional adult/night


Springfield Marriott   (1.6 miles - 5 minutes)
2 Boland Way.
Springfield, MA 01101
413-781-7111, 800-228-9290
2017 Rate: $118 Standard, includes free parking for one car per room; Free high speed WiFi; Fitness Center, Pool
Reservation Line:
Book your group rate for Amherst Railway Society Room Block 
Hampton Inn - Windsor (Hartford) (13.1 miles - 22 minutes)
2168 Poquonock Ave (Route 75)

Windsor, CT 06082
Phone: 860-683-1118   Fax: 860-683-2200
2016 Rate: $82.00 -Standard King or Double Double
Complimentary Shuttle to ARS Railroad Hobby Show
To learn more about this Hampton Inn, CLICK HERE

In West Springfield & Springfield:

Candlewood Suites (3.3 miles - 7 minutes)
572 Riverdale St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Phone:  413-739-1122
2017 Rate:  $88.00 - All Rooms
Free Wi-Fi, Free parking, full cable lineup, 42" flat screen TV, 24-hour store

Clarion Hotel - Aqua Lagoon WaterPark (3.4 miles - 7 minutes)
1080 Riverdale St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Phone:  413-781-8750
2017 Rate:  $99.00 - 2  Doubles or 1 King bed

Rate Includes hot buffet breakfast for 2 people., right off of RT91
Free Parking, Free Wi-FI; onsite Bar & Grill

Comfort Inn & Suites (4 Miles away)
106 Capital Drive
West Springfield, MA 01089
Phone:  413-736-5000
Fax:  413-731-5379
2017 Rate:  $85.00 per night for 2-Queen size bedroom, $85.00 per night or 1-King size bed room, $109.00 for a Suite with Kitchen & Living room.
Complimentary Full Hot Breakfast, free WI-FI, free HBO, new indoor pool, whirlpool and exercise room.

EconoLodge by Choice Hotels (3.0 miles - 6 minutes)
1533 Elm Street
West Springfield, MA 01089
Phone:  413-734-8278
2016 Rate:  $59.00 - Singles  $69.00 Doubles
Free Wi-Fi, Free parking, full cable lineup, Microwaves, Refrigerators, 
Free Continental Breakfast


Hampton Inn & Suites - Springfield/Downtown
851 East Columbus Avenue, Springfield, MA 01105
Phone:  413-310-2300

Booking Link:

Howard Johnson of Springfield, MA  
1356 Boston Road
 Springfield, MA 01119
Phone:  413-783-2111
2017 Rate:  $71.10 for Jan 27 & 28, 2017 -  $62.10 for Jan 29 & 30,2017
Free Wi-Fi, Free parking, full cable lineup, In-Room Microwaves & Refrigerators, 
Free Continental Breakfast

LaQuinta Inns & Suites
100 Congress Street
Springfield, MA 01104

Phone: 413-781-0900     (ask for Amherst Railroad block group)
2017 Rate: $85.00;  Free WiFI, Free Parking, Free Hot Breakfast
Micro Wave, Refrigerators, Fitness Center;  Dunkin Donuts on the corner.

Quality Inn (3.9 miles - 10 minutes)
1150 Riverdale Street
West Springfield-MA 01089
2016 Rate: $79.00
Free hot breakfast, WiFi, newspaper, guest laundry facilities

to learn more CLICK HERE:

Red Roof Inn (3.3 miles - 7 minutes)
1254 Riverdale St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Phone:  413-731-1010
2016 Rate:  $66.99 - Standard King & Double Rooms, $78.99 Deluxe & Superior King
Free Wi-Fi, Free parking, full cable lineup, 42" flat screen TV, 24-hour store

In Surrounding Area:

Double Tree Bradley
16 Ella Grasso Turnpike
Windsor Locks, CT 06096
Phone:  860-627-5171, Ext 7189 (Aamna Manzoor)
2016 Rate:  $95.00
Complimentary Parking, near airport & RT91,
Full service hotel with pool, health club, restaurant bar.

Clarion Inn & Suites
161 Bridge Street
East Windsor, CT 06088
Phone:  860-623-9411, Ext 302
2016 Rate:  $68.00 Standard room, $78.00 for a Suite
One shuttle to and from the Railroad Show
24 Hour Shuttle to and from Bradley Airport
Free hot Breakfast Buffet; on-site Bar & Grill

Days Inn - Chicopee 
450 Memorial Avenue
Chicopee, MA 01020
Phone:  1-855-799-6859
2016 Rate:  $86.00 - Single or Double
Free Wi-Fi, Free parking,  32" flat screen TV, on-site Indian Restaurant

Fairfield Inn & Suites - Bradley Airport CT
2 Loten Drive
Windsor Locks, CT 06096
Phone:  1-860-627-9333
2017 Rate:  $104.00 - Single or Double
Free Continental Breakfast, Complimentary Airport Shuttle, Free Parking, Free Wi-Fi

Hampton Inn - Chicopee - 9 Minutes to ARS Show
600 Memorial Drive
Chicopee,  MA 01020
Phone:  413-593-1500
2017 Rate:  $89.00 -  Double
Free Parking, Great Hot Breakfast Buffett
Great Restaurants nearby, less traffic

Event ID:  Amherst Railway Society

Hampton Inn - Enfield/Springfield South
20 Phoenix Ave
Enfield, CT 0608s
Phone: 860-741-3111
2017 Rate: from $85.00 - 2 Queen beds or 1 King bed; King Studio Suite $115.00

gor more info:

Hilton Garden Inn - Hartford North/Bradley
555 Corporate Drive
Windsor, Ct 06095
Phone:  860-688-6400
2017 Rate:  $85.00 - 2 double beds or one king bed
Complimentary Transportation to and from Bradley Airport (860-688-6400)

Holiday Inn Express & Suites
39 Southampton Road

Westfield, MA 01085
Phone: 413-564=6900
2017 Rate: $115.00 - 2 Queen Beds
Free full Hot continental Breakfast, heated indoor pool, free wifi
Mention:  Amherst Railway Society to receive discounted rate

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

Click this Link:
2017 Rate:  $110.00 - Standard King & Double Rooms, one or two people
Complimentary full hot buffet breakfast, Free Wi-Fi, Free parking, Heated Indoor pool with hot tub
Award Winning Service

Quality Inn of Westfield, MA
2 Southampton Rd
Westfield, MA 01085
Phone:  413-568-2821

2018 Rate :  $69.95 - Non-smoing King Room, $79.95 - Non-smoking Double Queen room, kids stay free, pillow top mattress with Hypoallergenic pillows.
Complimentary hot, fresh, healthy breakfast; all rooms come with 32'' flat screen TV, free parking,  free WI-FI, rooms have coffee maker, refrigerator, microwave, hair dryer, iron board.

Residence Inn - Chicopee
500 Memorial Avenue
Chicopee, MA 01020
Phone:  413-331-4440
2017 Rate:  $106.00 - Studios, 1 & 2 bedroom suites with kitchens
Complimentary hot breatfast, Free Wi-Fi, Free parking,  Indoor Lap Pool and Hot Tub
Shopping and restaurants surrounding the hotel

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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