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Charter Buses *** (NEW!) ***

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.
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: $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 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.
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. Public transportation is 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.
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.  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:
2014 - From Long Island, NY - Saturday January 25
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

2014 - From Cape Cod and SE Massachusetts - Saturday January 25 
Depart Orleans  -  6:30AM         
Additional stops at Barnstable, Buzzards Bay and Taunton    
Arrive West Springfield  -  9:45AM
Contacts are Karen Sharpless at (508) 255-2520 or Roy Jones at (508) 776-0878.
Download the PDF Application Form:      CLICK HERE

2014 - From Vermont - Saturday January 25 
 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    coming soo 
2014 - From New York City and Pelham Bay Park- Saturday January 25
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 - January 2014
Some 2014 Rates available now !
Be sure to mention the Amherst Railroad Hobby Show when making reservations to get these reduced rates

Hampton Inn-West Springfield (3.8 miles - 9 minutes)
1011 Riverdale St.,
West Springfield, MA
2014 Rate: $89.00 single/double - free hot breakfast, free parking

Holiday Inn- Enfield (7.6 miles - 12 minutes)
One Bright Meadow Blvd.
Enfield, CT 06082
2014 Rate: $85.00 Continental Breakfast included and free parking!
Shuttle service to/from Bradley Intl Airport

Sheraton Springfield Monarch Hotel (Newly Renovated) (1.62 miles - 3 minutes)
One Monarch Place
Springfield, MA 01144
413-781-1010 or 800-426-9004
2014 Rate: $89.00 Non-smoking King or Double Queen; $10.00 for each additional guests
 Free Garage Parking for one car, Free use of Athletic & Link Business Center,
Complimentary Breakfast buffet/ $10.00 additional adult/night 
To reserve your room now, CLICK HERE!

Springfield Marriott   (1.8 miles - 6 minutes)
2 Boland Way.
Springfield, MA 01101
413-781-7111, 800-228-9290
2014 Rate: $102 Standard;
Reservation Line: Book your group rate: Amherst Railway Society Room Block >>

...our overflow hotel can accomodate you!!!
CLICK HERE for our over-flow hotel!!!

In West Springfield:

Candlewood Suites (3.3 miles - 7 minutes)
572 Riverdale St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
2014 Rate:  $86.00 Single/Double 
42'' Flat Screen TV, complimentary washers & dryers, 24 Hour Convenience store

La Quinta Inn & Suites  (2.9 miles - 7 minutes)
100 Congress St.
Springfield, MA 0114
2014 Rate:  $79.00 single/double/king (booked before 1/1/2011, ask for Rail Rate)
Complimentary freel breakfas every day;

Clarion Hotel & Conf. Center (4 miles - 9 minutes)
1080 Riverdale St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
2014 Rate:  $89.00 Single/Double room; $94.00 Triple occupancy; $104.00 quadruple occupancy; Deluxe Continental Breakfast included; free HBO; on-site Barclay's Restaurant serves lunch & dinner.

Comfort Inn & Suites (Group Account 943308) (4.6 miles - 11 minutes)
106 Capital Dr.
West Springfield, MA 01089
2014 Rate:  $83.00 Single/double; $119.00 Suites
Complimentary Deluxe Continental Breakfast, Indoor Pool, Sauna

Econo-Lodge (4.2 miles - 10 minutes)
1533 Elm Street
West Springfield, MA 01089
2014 Rate:  $59.00 Single, $69.00 Doub
rooms include continental breakfast, free parking, Cable TV with HBO,ESPN

Homewood Suites by Hilton (6.8 miles - 16 minutes)
375 Whitney Ave
Holyoke, MA 01040
2014 Rate: $99.00 1 bedroom Queen Suites, $109.00 King Suites,  includes hot breakfast buffet, indoor heated pool and hot tub, free highspeed and wireless internet, fitness center.
Red Roof Inn (4.4 miles - 10 minutes)
1254 Riverdale St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
1-800-874-9000 or 413-731-1010
2014 Rate:  $63.99 for Single, Double; $68.99 for Superior King;
Rate is for two persons per room

Regency Inn & Suites
Off Route 147 - Memorial Ave; 21 Baldwin Sreet.
West Springfield, MA 01089
2014 Rate:  $89.00 King Room; $99.00 -King Deluxe; $99.00 Double Beds;
Across from the Eastern States Exposition;
Free Continental Breakfast, Free Parking, Free Wi-Fi, indoor Pool, 

Super 8 (4.8 miles - 11 minutes)
1500 Riverdale St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
2013  Rate:  $74.88  single/double

In The Surrounding Area:

BAYMONT Inn & Suites (13 miles - 18 minutes)
260 Main Street
East Windsor, CT 06088
2013  Rate:  $75.00  King or Two Queen beds
Clarion Inn & Suites
(14.1 miles - 17 minutes)
161 Bridge St.
East Windsor, CT 06088

** SPECIAL 2014 RATE:  $65.00 **

Two Queen beds or One King bed; Deluxe continental breakfast; restaurant, lounge, room service, pet friendly  

Clarion Hotel & Conference Center
One Atwood Drive
Northampton, MA 01060

2013 rate  $99.00 King or 2 Queens


COUNTRY Inns & Suites  (15 miles)
One Country Club Road
Holyoke, MA 01040
2013 Rates:  $72.00
Complimentary breakfast, swimming pool, whirlpool, free internet, 

Days Inn Chicopee (9.5 miles - 18 minutes)
450 Memorial Dr.
Chicopee, MA 01020
2013 Rate:  $69.00 - Single, Double, Triple, Quad
Complimentary Continental Breakfast, free WIFI, free parking, Restaurant/Lounge on-site

Days Inn (19.8 miles - 24 minutes)
Bradley International Airport
185 Turnpike Rd.
Windsor Locks, CT 06096
2013 Rate:  Standard Rooms $70.00, Executive Rooms $79.00
Complimentary Continental Breakfast, Wireless Internet, Transportation to/from Bradley International

DoubleTree Bradley International Airport Hotel (19.8 miles - 24 minutes)
16 Ella Grasso Turnpike
Windsor Locks, CT 06096
2013 Rate:  Standard Rooms $82.00,

Econo-Lodge (7.9 miles - 13 minutes)
329 Russell Street, Route 9.
Hadley, MA 01035
2013 Rate:  $79.00 1 King or 2 Doubles

Fairfield Inn & Suites - Bradley Airport CT
2 Loten Drive

Windsor Locks, CT 06096
2014 Rate: Standard Rooms $75.00

24/7 Shuttle to/from Airport
Hot Breakfast, Free Parking, Free Wi-Fi

Hampton Inn (10.6 miles - 17 minutes) easily accessible to I-90
600 Memorial Dr.
Chicopee, MA 01020
2014 Rate:  $79.00; 2 queen beds or 1 king bed per room
Free hot breakfast buffet, Free Parking, indoor pool & jacuzzi

Hampton Inn Enfield
20 Phoenix Ave
Enfield, CT 06082
2014 Rate: $89.00 - free hot breakfast, free parking, free internet

Hampton Inn - Windsor (Hartford)
2168 Poquonock Ave

Windsor, CT 06082
Phone: 860-683-1118   Fax: 860-683-2200
2014 Rate: $84.00 - Double/Double; $79.00 King Bed
For quick reservations, CLICK HERE

Hilton Garden Inn Hartford North/Bradley Airport
555 Corporate Drive
Windsor, CT 06095
2013 Rate: $69.00
3.5 million dollar renovations to our hotel !!!

Holiday Inn (8.25 miles)
One Bright Meadow Boulevard

Enfield, CT 06082860-741-2211
2014 Rate: $85.00 - complimentary continental breakfast, free parking, free wireless internet

Holiday Inn - Express (15.5 miles - 20 minutes)
260 Main Street
East Windsor, CT 06088
2013  RATE: $89.00 plus tax Singles & Doubles
Includes Breakfast; includes Shuttle to & from Bradley Intl Airport;
inlcudes Shuttle to any local restaurant 

Holiday Inn Express & Suites - Westfield (5.5 miles - 10 minutes)
39 Southampton Rd
Westfield, MA 01085
413-564 6900
2014 RATE: $89.00 plus tax Singles & Doubles
Includes full Continental Breakfast, free wireless internet, on-site laundry, heated pool,

Red Roof Inn (10.2 miles - 15 minutes)
5 Hazard Ave.
Enfield, CT 06082
2013 Rate:  $54.99 for 2 adults, Double or King room 

Springhill Suites by Marriott at Bradley International Airport 
225 Ella Grasso Turnpike
Windsor Locks, CT 06096
(860)758-7000 ext 604
(860)758-7001 fax
2013 Room Rate is $99.00, includes a hot breakfast buffet
CLICK HERE for reservations


Specialty Inns / Beds & Breakfasts:

Wilbur Homestead Bed & Breakfast (26.8 miles - 36 minutes)
126 Northampton Rd.
Amherst, MA 01002
2014 Rate: Shannon Room $160.00 plus $25.00 for futon set-up
                    Hillary Room      $140.00
                    Alisha Room      $  95.00


Quality Inn of Northampton (18.9 miles - 21 minutes)
117 Conz St
Northampton, MA

(413) 586-1500
2014 Rate:  $89.10 based on a double occupancy
.Every reservation entitles our guests to and extended continental breakfast,
free wi-fi, free local calls and access to our indoor heated swimming pool and fitness center.
Let the hotel know that they are with the Amherst Railway Society Railroad Hobby Show and the desk agents will take care of the rest!   
½ mile off of I-91 (exit 18)

RVs and Campers:
The Eastern States Exposition folks allow for campers and RVs.  They have a "camp ground" like
area for these requests.  There is a charge for this and it is dependent upon what you want (just a space, a space and electric, etc.).  Please contact the folks at the ESE. Their contact info is
413-205-5019 and ask for Darlene.

Area Attractions
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Hame
1150 W. Columbus Ave.
Springfield MA 01101
413-781-6500Springfield Armory Firearms Musuem
One Armory Square
Springfield MA 01101

Springfield Library and Museum
220 State Street
Springfield MA 01103

Springfield Civic Center and Symphony Hall
Court Square
Springfield MA 01101

Yankee Candle Co.
Candles, Gifts and Musuems

Deerfield MA 01342

Mark Twain House
351 Farmington Avenue
Hartford CT 06105

Noah Webster House - 31 miles
227 South Main St.
West Hartford CT 06107

Downtown Northampton (19 Miles)
Unique Shops and Restaurants
Pleasant Street, Rte. 5
Northampton, MA
Historic Deerfield - 29 miles
300 Year Old Village
Deerfield MA 01342

Downtown Northampton - 19 miles
Unique shops and restaurants
Pleasant Street, Rt. 5
Northampton MA

Holyoke Mall at Ingleside - 9 miles
250 Shops
Whiting Farms Road
Holyoke MA 01040

Boston Billiards
885 Riverdale Street
West Springfield MA 01089

Smith College Museum of Art - 19 miles
Elm St. at Bedford Terrace
Northampton MA 01060

Storrowton Village Museum
1305 Memorial Avenue
West Springifled MA 01089

New England Air Museum - 15 miles
Bradley International Airport, Rte. 75
Windsor Locks, CT 06096

Magic Wings Butterfly Museum
281 Greenfield Rd.
Deerfield, MA 01373
Ultra Zone - 9 miles
Ultimate Laser Adventure
Holyoke Mall
Holyoke, MA 01040

Children's Museum at Holyoke
444 Dwight Street
Holyoke, Massachusetts 01040

Holyoke Heritage State Park 
21 Appleton St.,
Holyoke MA 01040
413 534-1723

Holyoke Carousel (Merry-Go-Round)
221 Appleton Street
Holyoke, Massachusetts 01040

Norman Rockwell Museum - 35 miles
Rt. 183 South
Stockbridge MA 01262

Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau
Old Sturbridge Village - 35 miles
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge MA 01566

Volleyball Hall of Fame
444 Dwight St.
Holyoke MA 01040

Bershire Brewing Co.
12 Railroad ST.
S. Deerfield MA
Tours Sat. 1PM

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