Take the Train to the Railroad Hobby Show

Please note
We will update the information on this page, for the 2021 ARS Hobby Show, in early January 2021.


 
Everything you need to know to take the train to the 2020 Amherst Railway Society Hobby Show

 

The 52nd annual Amherst Railway Society Railroad Hobby Show is this weekend —

• Saturday, January 25, 2020 from 9 am – 5 pm

• Sunday, January 26, 2020 from 10 am – 5 pm

at the Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds (home of The Big E) in West Springfield, Mass.

 

Show tickets

Adults | $15 per day

Children 15 and under | FREE accompanied by an adult

 

The show features real life railroads and scale model railroads, historical societies, travel agencies, art shows, flea market dealers, importers, manufacturers and photographers.

Commercial vendors and hobbyists will be selling model railroad equipment, parts and supplies — books, DVDs, ephemera, postcards, timetables — and all sorts railroad memorabilia.

As they say, “there’s something for everyone!”

 

Stats

Operating full-size model railroad layouts | 60+

Expected Attendance | 23,000 people

Show size | 500,000 square feet

Registered vendors | 411

 

Floor Plan (PDF) | 2020 ARS Railroad Hobby Show

 

The best options for traveling to the show by train are on the Hartford Line and Amtrak’s Valley Flyer. (details below.)

If you can spend the night there are train options available on Amtrak’s Lake Shore Limited (Boston – Springfield – Pittsfield – Albany – Chicago) as well as Amtrak’s Vermonter (Washington – New York – Springfield – Vermont) service.

 

Six reasons to take the train to the show —

  • The shuttle bus between Springfield Union Station and the show is free
  • You will be one of the first users of the newly opened high-level boarding platform at Springfield Union Station
  • Up to four children (ages 2-12) can ride the Hartford Line for just $1/each with an adult
  • Let someone else do the driving and avoid paying for parking at the Eastern States Exhibition grounds
  • Traveling by train is more environmentally friendly than driving
  • Who wouldn’t want to take a train to get to a train show!

 


Taking the Hartford Line to the show

You can take a Hartford Line train from New Haven, Wallingford, Meriden, Berlin, Hartford, Windsor, or Windsor Locks to Springfield, and from there catch a free shuttle bus to/from the show.

Scheduled connections between the Hartford Line and Metro-North’s New Haven Line are available at New Haven Union Station.

Please refer to the Hartford Line website for the current schedule.

Sample Hartford Line fares

One-way

Hartford – Springfield | $6.00
Berlin – Springfield | $8.00
Meriden – Springfield | $9.25
Wallingford – Springfield | $10.25
New Haven – Springfield | $12.75

50% discount for senior citizens (65 and older) and people with disabilities

Children (one-way)

Up to four children ages 2-12 with a paying adult – $1 per child

Parking at Hartford Line stations

Berlin, Meriden and Wallingford | Free on the weekend

Windsor and Windsor Locks | Free

 

⮂ FREE shuttle bus to/from the Railroad Hobby Show (details below)

 


Taking the Valley Flyer to the show

You can take Amtrak’s Valley Flyer from Greenfield, Northampton or Holyoke to Springfield, and from there catch a free shuttle bus to/from the show.

Here’s the schedule for doing this:

Valley Flyer train 461 (southbound)
9:15 am | depart Greenfield
9:40 am | depart Northampton
10:23 am | arrive Springfield Union Station

⮂ FREE shuttle bus to/from the Railroad Hobby Show (details below)

Vermonter train 54 (northbound)
3:15 pm | depart Springfield Union Station
3:57 pm | arrive Northampton
4:22 pm | arrive Greenfield

   or

Valley Flyer train 488 (northbound)
6:45 pm | depart Springfield Union Station
7:27 pm | arrive Northampton
7:53 pm | arrive Greenfield

If you take the 6:45 pm train you’ll have time for dinner at a nearby restaurant and/or tour the beautifully restored Union Station, before stepping on the train for your trip home.

Restaurants in Springfield can be found on this TripAdvisor link.

 

Amtrak tickets can be purchased on the Amtrak website [Amtrak.com], or on the Amtrak mobile app.

 


Free shuttle bus to/from Union Station

The free shuttle buses1 — sponsored by Northlandz this year — will loop between Union Station and the Railroad Hobby Show starting at 8:30 am on Saturday and 9:30 am on Sunday.

The plan is that a shuttle should depart from each location on the route every 15 minutes or so.

Pickup locations

Springfield Union Station
at the south exit of the station (on Lyman Street)
(this is the exit on the right at the bottom of the stairs from the platform)

ARS Railroad Hobby Show
at the Ticket Booths and at Door 7 of the Better Living Center
(check with your driver to confirm your pickup location and time)

Please be sure to allow enough time to make your scheduled train departure.

 

115 passenger vans are being used this year.

 


Further details

ARS Railroad Hobby Show (Official website)

 

 

Page last change: January 30, 2020
Page last reviewed : January 19, 2020