Attending The Show

Hours 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hours
 
Saturday January 28, 2023 - 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday January 29, 2023 - 10:00am - 5:00pm
 
 
Location
 
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 open Google Maps) 
 
From Vermont and Points North
Take I-91 South to new exit 10B (old exit 13B), 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 exit 3, 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 51 (old 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 
51 (old 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 
EASTERN STATES PARKING: $5.00 per day (have cash ready)
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: mooredc156@gmail.com
 
 
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:

 

    American Mobility Services | 200 Taylor Street | Springfield, MA 01105 | www.americanmobilityservices.com | 413-342-0412

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.


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

 
TRAIN ARRIVALS THE WEEKEND OF THE 2023 SHOW:  CLICK HERE


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.



Free Shuttle Bus Service between the Show and Springfield Union Station
 

Amherst Railway Society, once again announces our
 
2023 FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE

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.

PLEASE NOTE THAT BECAUSE THERE IS A MASK MANDATE IN SPRINGFIELD, PASSENGERS WILL BE REQUIRED TO WEAR A MASK WHILE RIDING IN THE SHUTTLES.

 

 
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    
 
* WATCH FOR UPDATES FOR THE 2023 SHOW *
 
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
E-Mail: Stephen.Williams@ngc.com
Download the PDF Application From: CLICK HERE


Accommodations in the area - for the January 2023 Show
 
2023 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!
 
 

 
HOST HOTELS:
 
 Sheraton Springfield Monarch Hotel  (1.62 miles - 3 minutes)
One Monarch Place
Springfield, MA 01144
413-781-1010 or 800-426-9004
2023 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.
To Make a Reservation, CLICK HERE
 
Hampton Inn-West Springfield (3.8 miles - 9 minutes)
1011 Riverdale St.,
West Springfield, MA
413-732-1300
2023 Rate: $99.00 king w/ pullout sofa or 2 double beds - free hot breakfast, free parking, free Wi-Fi
www.HamptonInn.com
 
Fairfield Inn & Suites Springfield/Enfield
Newly redone hotel - Formerly Holiday Inn
1 Bright Meadow Blvd
Enfield CT 06082
860-741-2211
2023 Rate: $97.00 - free hot breakfast, free parking, free Wi-Fi



Hampton Inn - Enfield/Springfield South
20 Phoenix Ave
Enfield, CT 06082
Phone: 860-741-3111
2023 Rate:  $94.00 - 2 Queen beds or 1 King bed
Hot Breakfast Buffett included with hot items (eggs and links, oatmeal, waffles…) fruits, cereals, yogurts, muffins, bagels, coffee, teas, juices and regional breakfast offerings. Free Wi-Fi, Free Parking, Indoor pool, Fitness Center
Group name: Amherst Railroad Hobby Show 2023
Group code: AMH
https://www.my-event.hilton.com/enfldhx-amh-0e92b5e7-b6c6-47a4-93cd-92ee8386fde9/

 
 
 
In West Springfield & Springfield:


Candlewood Suites (3.3 miles - 7 minutes)
572 Riverdale St.
West Springfield, MA 01089
Phone:  413-739-1122
2023 Rate:  $104.99 - 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
2023 Rate - $104, 2 night minimum
Free hot breakfast, free parking, and free high-speed internet, indoor heated pool, 24 hour fitness and business center

To make a reservation, CLICK HERE

LaQuinta Inns & Suites
100 Congress Street
Springfield, MA 01104

Phone: 413-781-0900  (ask for Amherst Railroad block group)
2023 Rate: Standard Rooms $95.00, Upgraded rooms with 1 King or 2 Queens and a sofa bed are $115; 
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 and free parking.
To make a reservation, CLICK HERE



Quality Inn (3.9 miles - 10 minutes)
1150 Riverdale Street
West Springfield-MA 01089
413-739-7261

 
2023 Rate: $89.00 for 1 king bed or 2 queen beds  
Hot Breakfast Buffet in the morning to include: (eggs, sausage, hash browns, waffles, bagels, english muffins, cereals (cold & hot), toast, yogurts, coffee, teas & juices, Free WiFi, Free parking, newspaper, guest laundry facilities

Comfort Inn
106 Capital Dr
West Springfield MA 01089

Phone:  413-736-5000
2023 Rate: $109 for 1 king or 2 queens and $139 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
2023 Rate:  $110.00 - 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, https://www.marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link.mi?id=1661172684374&key=GRP&app=resvlink 

Hampton Inn - Chicopee - 9 Minutes to ARS Show
600 Memorial Drive
Chicopee,  MA 01020
Phone:  413-593-1500
2023 Rate:  $104.00 -  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

 

Fairfield Inn & Suites By Marriott
2 Loten Drive
Windsor Locks CT 06096
Phone: 860-627-9333
2023 Rate: $99.00 and $109 for a suite - Hot breakfest buffett, indoor heated pool, free parking, airport shuttle
If booking by phone, mention code SHO

To make a reservation, CLICK HERE
 

Quality Inn
2 Southampton Rd.
Westfield MA 01085
2023 Rate: $92 King and Double Queen
Free hot breakfast, Free Wi-Fi, Free Business Center Access, and Free Welcome Hour with Local Artisan foods and drinks.
 
Trainmaster's Inn
1292 S. Main St.
Palmer, MA 01069
Phone: 413-531-3281
www.trainmastersinn.com

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 can...so, check out this link to learn more about our area attractions:

 

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