Attending The Show

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Saturday January 25, 2020 - 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday January 26, 2020 - 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: $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
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:

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 traveling to the show via Amtrak or the CTrail Hartford Line, you will be getting off the train at Springfield Massachusetts. The Amherst Railway Society now has free Shuttle Service to and from the Springfield Union Station.  Vans run approximately every 10-15 minutes.  Public transportation is also available on PVTA (Pioneer Valley Transit Authority) buses.

If you are arriving in Springfield by Amtrak or the CTrail Hartford Line, you need only to walk through the concourse to the main waiting area. You can board the Feeding Hills bus route (R14) there.

All buses run from the Springfield Union Station, located at 55 Frank B. Murray Street.  On Saturday they depart Springfield union Station at: 7:10, 8:10, 9:10, 10:10, 11:10, 12:10, 1:10, 2:10, 3:10, 4:10 and 5:10.  On Sunday they depart Springfield Union Station at8:30, 9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30.  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 $1.50 one way, exact change (Please note that there are discounted fares for seniors and children).

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.

Regional Transportation: Amtrak, the CTrail Hartford Line, Peter Pan Bus Lines and Greyhound:

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 South.  Vermont service (Washington to Vermont via Springfield).  Also the new CTrail Hartford Line.

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.

Greyhound Springfield Bus Routes.

To learn more about Springfield Union Station and Transportation into Springfield, please visit the following site:
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!

Amherst Railway Society, once again announces our

sponsored by

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 Springfield Union Station, then leave 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.

Many thanks to Northlandz for their sponsorship!!!
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:
2020 - From Long Island, NY - Saturday January 25, 2020
Depart Melville - 6:30 AM
Depart Hicksville - 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
2020 - Orleans, MA  (Cape Cod- Nausett Model RR Club) - Saturday January 25, 2020
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 - Vermont/New Hampshire (Champlain Valley Chapter NRHS) - Saturday January 25, 2020
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- Karen's Express Bus) - Saturday January 25, 2020
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 25, 2020
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 25, 2020
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 2020 Show
2020 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
2020 Rate: $112.00 Double, $124.00 Triple, $136.00 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
Hampton Inn-West Springfield (3.8 miles - 9 minutes)
1011 Riverdale St.,
West Springfield, MA
2020 Rate: $95.00 single/double - free hot breakfast, free parking, free Wi-Fi
Tower Square Hotel 
2 Boland Way
Sprinfield MA 01115
Phone:  413-781-7111
2020 Rate:  $119.00 double or king rooms, Free Wi-Fi, Discounted $5 parking
Mention "Amherst Railway Society 2020 Railroad Hobby Show" when booking for discounted rate.

Hampton Inn - Enfield/Springfield South
20 Phoenix Ave
Enfield, CT 06082
Phone: 860-741-3111
2020 Rate: from $84.00 - 2 Queen beds or 1 King bed or King Studio Suite $114.00
In West Springfield & Springfield:

Candlewood Suites (3.3 miles - 7 minutes)
572 Riverdale St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Phone:  413-739-1122
2020 Rate:  $89.00 - 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
2020 Rate - $104; two night minimum
Free hot breakfast, free parking, and free high-speed internet,WW,HILTONLINK,EN,DirectLink&fromId=HILTONLINKDIRECT

LaQuinta Inns & Suites
100 Congress Street
Springfield, MA 01104

Phone: 413-781-0900     (ask for Amherst Railroad block group)
2020 Rate: Standard Rooms $85.00, Upgraded rooms with 1 King or 2 Queens and a sofa bed are $105;  Free Wi-Fi, Free Parking, Free Hot Breakfast Buffett
Microwave, Refrigerators, Fitness Center.  Dunkin Donuts on the corner.
 Lobby Lounge with full bar and restaurant

Quality Inn (3.9 miles - 10 minutes)
1150 Riverdale Street
West Springfield-MA 01089
Group Name: Amherst Railway Society 2020
Group Code: GW73A4
2020 Rate: $85.00 for 1 king bed, $90 for 2 queen beds 
Free hot breakfast, Free WiFi, Free parking, newspaper, guest laundry facilities
Free Breakfast to go bag - upon request - choices; bagels, bread, orange, apple, yogurt, sweets(cakes/donuts/mini muffins-depending on what we have on hand but always 2 will be available)
24 Hour Coffee Available in Lobby

to learn more CLICK HERE:

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.

In Surrounding Area:

Residence Inn - Chicopee  (10 Miles - 20 minutes)
500 Memorial Avenue
Chicopee, MA 01020
Phone:  413-331-4440
2020 Rate:  $108.00 - King Studio, $118.00 1 bedroom suite with kitchen
Complimentary hot breakfast, Free Wi-Fi, Free parking,  Indoor Lap Pool and Hot Tub, One $5 voucher per room for guest market
Shopping and restaurants surrounding the hotel

Hampton Inn - Chicopee - 9 Minutes to ARS Show
600 Memorial Drive
Chicopee,  MA 01020
Phone:  413-593-1500
2020 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)

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

2020 Rate:  $115.00 - 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
2 Southampton Rd.
Westfield MA 01085
2020 Rate: $71 King and $79 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- *NEW*
440 Memorial Dr.
Chicopee MA 01040
2020 Rate: $94 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- $135 
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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