Boston Street Railway Association

Boston Street Railway Association NEW MEETING LOCATION: The Midtown Hotel Celebrating & preserving New England's rich public transit history since 1959! Visit www.thebsra.org
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The Boston Street Railway Association is a non-profit, 501(c)-3 educational organization, dedicated to exploring the history of all forms of public transportation in the greater Boston area, and preserving present-day activities for future generations. Our central objectives—history, preservation, and publications—are achieved through monthly meetings; a streetcar restoration program; a bi-monthly transit news magazine; a series of respected publications; and more. Visit www.thebsra.org to learn more!

Operating as usual

⚠️ Our June Meeting has been cancelled due to ongoing concerns with large gatherings. We are looking to hold online meet...
05/25/2020
Boston Street Railway Association

⚠️ Our June Meeting has been cancelled due to ongoing concerns with large gatherings. We are looking to hold online meetings this summer, and will share more information here once we have it.

The Jan/Feb Issue of RollSign Magazine (and soon, Mar/Apr) has been distributed to members who signed up for our email updates. Any members who have not yet signed up can do so at thebsra.org/emailsignup

Note: All members will receive a print version of BOTH issues once we are able to produce them.

We will also begin our monthly eBulletin email newsletter soon, which will update members on our activities and provide some historical reading.

Our online store remains OPEN and ready to provide transit-related reading materials for your summer relaxation! Visit thebsra.org/store to shop today, and support the BSRA during this time.

We hope you and your loved ones are healthy, and wish you a wonderful (and safe) start to the summer season.

Boston Street Railway Association Email Forms

04/02/2020

⚠️ Dear members and friends,

Due to ongoing concerns related to the COVID-19 Virus, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has extended an emergency order prohibiting large gatherings statewide through at least May 4. As a result:

- Our April meeting, scheduled for April 4, has been cancelled.

- Our May meeting, scheduled for May 2, has been cancelled.

- Our Lechmere Farewell fantrip, scheduled for April 26, has been cancelled. Those who purchased tickets via credit card will be issued a refund in full over the coming days. Those who ordered tickets by mail will have their checks returned to them via US Mail in the coming days; we did not yet cash any of the checks.

At this time, we do not have any new information regarding the closure of Lechmere station. We will try and share any updates we do receive on our website, however we advise our members to adhere to state and federal orders regarding gatherings and non-essential travel.

At this time, our online and mail-order store remains operational. Additional updates regarding our activities, including the distribution of the January/February 2020 issue of RollSign Magazine, will be posted here and on our website as we are able to provide them.

The health and safety of our members, supporters, and volunteers is paramount. The BSRA Board of Directors wishes safety and good health to you and yours during this time, and we look forward to resuming our normal activities as soon as it is safe to do so.

- BSRA Board of Directors, 4/2/20

⚠️Our April Meeting has been cancelled due to ongoing COVID-19 related concerns. Decisions will be made regarding our up...
03/20/2020
COVID-19 Updates

⚠️Our April Meeting has been cancelled due to ongoing COVID-19 related concerns.

Decisions will be made regarding our upcoming Fantrip and the May meeting at a later date. Our online store remains open for now, and we are working to process all orders already received as quickly as possible.

The health and well-being of our members, supporters, and volunteers is paramount and we wish you all good health and safety during this time. We look forward to resuming normal activities as soon as it is safe to do so.

View our full statement below:

3/20 COVID-19 UPDATE: Due to ongoing concerns related to the COVID-19 Virus, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has issued an emergency order prohibiting gatherings of more than 25 people statewide....

03/07/2020

TONIGHT at 7:30, join us at the Midtown Hotel for our February meeting! Featuring the latest Boston transit news plus a show on traction in Pennsylvania & the midwest.

📍220 Huntington Ave, Boston
🚇T to Symphony or Mass Ave

02/01/2020

TONIGHT at 7:30, join us for our February meeting, featuring the latest MBTA news plus a show of local transit photos from the RollSign archives!

The MidTown Hotel, 220 Huntington Ave
T to Symphony or Mass Ave

01/04/2020

Join us tonight for our January meeting! Featuring the latest MBTA news plus a show on Montreal and Quebec City interurbans.

7:30PM, MidTown Hotel (220 Huntington Ave), Boston. T to Symphony or Mass Ave. Free and open to all!

12/07/2019

TONIGHT at 7:30, join us for our December meeting, featuring the latest MBTA news plus a show on classic streetcars & interurbans of the world!

The MidTown Hotel (South Beacon Room)
220 Huntington Ave
T to Symphony or Mass Ave
Free and open to all!

11/02/2019

‪Join us TONIGHT for our November meeting, featuring the latest MBTA news plus a show on traction & transit in St. Louis & Chicago! FREE and open to all!‬

‪7:30PM‬, The MidTown Hotel, Boston‬
‪T to Symphony or Mass Ave‬

10/05/2019

TONIGHT at 7:30, join us for our Annual Meeting, featuring the latest MBTA news and a show about the architecture of the Washington Street Elevated in its final days!

Business meeting begins at 7:30, followed by the entertainment program. Plus we’ll have a variety of local transit books for sale!

The MidTown Hotel
220 Huntington Ave, Boston
T to Symphony or Mass Ave
FREE!

10/04/2019

You won’t want to miss our October meeting, featuring a show on the final days of the Orange Line Main Line EL! Take an architectural tour of the line before it was torn down. It’s also our annual meeting!

🕢 Saturday 10/5, 7:30PM
📍The Midtown Hotel, 220 Huntington Ave
🚊T to Symphony or Mass Ave

08/03/2019

TONIGHT at 7:30, join us for our August meeting, featuring the latest MBTA news plus a show on light rail vehicle construction in the United States, taking you on an inside tour of three US car builders. You won't want to miss it!

The MidTown Hotel, 220 Huntington Ave
T to Symphony or Mass Ave
Free and open to all!

07/13/2019

TONIGHT at 7:30, join us for our July meeting, featuring the latest MBTA news plus a show on transit & traction museums of Pennsylvania and Ohio.

The MidTown Hotel, 220 Huntington Ave
T to Symphony or Mass Ave
Free and open to all!

Our July meeting is NEXT weekend, July 13, featuring a show on Pennsylvania and Ohio Trolley Museums! Details below:
07/06/2019
Monthly Meetings

Our July meeting is NEXT weekend, July 13, featuring a show on Pennsylvania and Ohio Trolley Museums! Details below:

One of the Association's most popular activities is our monthly meetings, which are held at the Midtown Hotel, 220 Huntington Avenue in Boston. They are always open to all and free of charge. Meeti...

06/01/2019

TONIGHT at 7:30, join us for our June meeting featuring the latest MBTA news plus a show on contemporary transit around Boston!

Free and open to all at the MidTown Hotel, 220 Huntington Ave. T to Symphony or Mass Ave.

See you there!

05/04/2019

‪TONIGHT at 7:30, join us for our May meeting, with the latest @MBTA news plus a show on rails around Canada.‬

‪The MidTown Hotel, 220 Huntington Ave.‬
‪T to Symphony or Mass Ave‬
‪FREE and open to all!‬

04/06/2019

TONIGHT at 7:30, our April meeting features the latest MBTA news plus a presentation of vintage North Shore trolleys, from Boston to Rockport and Newburyport, and everywhere in between!

Free and open to all! The MidTown Hotel, 220 Huntington Ave, Boston. T to Symphony or Mass Ave.

See you there!

03/02/2019

Weather update: Tonight's meeting is ON as scheduled.

Join us at 7:30PM at the MidTown Hotel for our March meeting, featuring the latest MBTA news and a show on Pennsylvania Traction Museums!

Take the T: Green Line (E) to Symphony or Orange Line to Mass Ave.

Free and open to all! See you there.

‪Tonight at midnight, BSRA President Brad Clarke will be discussing Boston transit on WBZ NewsRadio with Bradley Jay! Tu...
02/07/2019
Listen to WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Live - Boston's News Radio | iHeartRadio

‪Tonight at midnight, BSRA President Brad Clarke will be discussing Boston transit on WBZ NewsRadio with Bradley Jay!

Tune in to 1030AM or listen online below:

Listen to WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Live for Free! Stream News & Talk songs online from this radio station, only on iHeartRadio.

02/02/2019

‪Tonight at 7:30, join us for our February meeting with a show on contemporary electric traction in Portugal by RollSign Editor Nick Tomkavage! Plus the latest @MBTA and Association news.

The MidTown Hotel, South Beacon Room‬
‪220 Huntington Ave, Boston‬
‪T to Symphony or Mass Ave‬
‪FREE and all are welcome!‬

We’re all set up and ready for the Railroad Hobby Show this weekend at the Big E in West Springfield, MA!Visit our booth...
01/25/2019

We’re all set up and ready for the Railroad Hobby Show this weekend at the Big E in West Springfield, MA!

Visit our booth in the Better Living Center (#67) and visit www.railroadhobbyshow.com for more information!

Next weekend, join us at the big Railroad Hobby Show at the Big E Fairgrounds in #Springfield Mass! Featuring model rail...
01/20/2019
Amherst Railway Society

Next weekend, join us at the big Railroad Hobby Show at the Big E Fairgrounds in #Springfield Mass! Featuring model railroad layouts, memorabilia, and LOTS more—not to mention our own table!

Learn more below:

Amherst Railway Society Railroad Hobby Show

01/05/2019

TONIGHT at 7:30, join us for our January meeting! Featuring the latest MBTA news plus a show on the history of transit in Dorchester—from horsecar, to streetcar, to the Red Line.

As always, our meetings are free and open to all!

The MidTown Hotel
220 Huntington Ave, Boston
T to Symphony or Mass Ave

Happy 2019! Celebrate the new year with traction & transit images on your wall! Shop our selection of colorful calendars...
01/03/2019
2019 Calendars – BSRA Bookstore

Happy 2019! Celebrate the new year with traction & transit images on your wall! Shop our selection of colorful calendars below.

12/01/2018

TONIGHT at 7:30, join us for our December meeting! Featuring a show on transit in Washington DC, Baltimore, and Sarajevo!

@TheMidtownHotel
220 Huntington Ave, Boston
T to Symphony or Mass Ave
FREE to all, and all are welcome!

Check out our selection of 2019 traction & railroad calendars! Click below to browse and order your copies now.
11/18/2018
2019 Calendars – BSRA Bookstore

Check out our selection of 2019 traction & railroad calendars! Click below to browse and order your copies now.

The Boston Street Railway Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit historical organization, dedicated to preserving the history of public transit in Boston and New England. Proceeds from sales in this store go to the BSRA’s General Fund. Thank you for your support!

11/03/2018

Tonight at 7:30, join us for our November meeting featuring the latest MBTA news plus a show on contemporary transit in Portland, OR by Nick Tomkavage!

The MidTown Hotel
220 Huntington Ave
T to Symphony or Mass Ave

10/13/2018

TONIGHT at 7:30, come to our October meeting at the MidTown Hote for the latest @MBTA news plus a show on vintage Boston Transit in the 1960s through 1980s — you don’t want to miss this one! (It’s also our Annual Meeting.)

Free and open to all!
220 Huntington Ave
T to Symphony or Mass Ave

09/08/2018

TONIGHT at 7:30PM is our September meeting, featuring the latest MBTA News plus video entertainment consisting of Southern New England Railroad & Trolley Operations in the Mid-20th Century.

The MidTown Hotel
220 Huntington Ave., Boston
T to Symphony

See you there!

07/14/2018

Tonight at 7:30, join us for our July meeting, featuring a show by Leo Sullivan on the electric railways of the Connecticut Valley, from Greenfield to Hartford.

7:30PM, Free
MidTown Hotel
220 Huntington Ave, Boston
T to Symphony

06/02/2018

Tonight at 7:30PM, join us for our June meeting, featuring MBTA news plus a show on NJ Transit!

The MidTown Hotel, 220 Huntington Ave
T to Symphony or Mass Ave
Free and open to all

05/12/2018

Don’t miss our May meeting, TONIGHT at 7:30! Featuring a show on electric transit in Kyoto, Japan by RollSign Director Nick Tomkavage.

The MidTown Hotel
220 Huntington Ave
T to Symphony
FREE and open to all!

03/03/2018

Tonight's meeting is ON! However, due to a storm-related problem, the entertainment program has changed to the following:

Byron Nash & Nick Tomkavage present "Contemporary Boston Transit Scenes," featuring views not ordinarily noticed by the casual observer.

Join us at 7:30PM at the MidTown Hotel, 220 Huntington Ave., Boston, for the latest MBTA News plus the above program. T to Symphony.

We hope to see you there, and be careful traveling!

02/03/2018

TONIGHT at 7:30, RollSign Editor Nick Tomkavage presents a show on contemporary transit in Los Angeles, with nods to the past. Along with the latest MBTA news, of course! FREE and open to all. See you there!

🕘 Tonight at 7:30PM
📍MidTown Hotel, 220 Huntington Ave, Boston
🚇T to Symphony or Mass Ave

02/02/2018

This Saturday, join us for our February meeting, featuring the latest MBTA news plus a show by Nick Tomkavage on transit in Los Angeles!

🕘 Saturday, 7:30PM
📍220 Huntington Ave, Boston
🚇T to Symphony or Mass Ave

We’re all set up and ready for the 50th Anniversary Railroad Hobby Show, this weekend at the Big E! Visit our booth in t...
01/27/2018

We’re all set up and ready for the 50th Anniversary Railroad Hobby Show, this weekend at the Big E! Visit our booth in the Better Living Center #67.

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220 Huntington Ave. (Monthly Meetings ONLY - Not Our Mailing Address)
Boston, MA
02115

FOR MONTHLY MEETINGS: MBTA Green Line: Symphony Station MBTA Orange Line: Mass. Ave. Station MBTA Commuter Rail & Amtrak: Back Bay MBTA Bus: Route 1

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