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*August 1, 2017*


 Lines from Ireland

Riding the Rails



The RoundHouse


Tracks Crossed

   Letter from the Editor

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We are always looking for stories to include, as we have many members who are no longer able to go on any trips and they get great enjoyment out of reading about them.

So if you have ever wanted to be a Newspaper reporter now is your chance…

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BLOCK SPACE may be arranged on any non-restricted event with Ticket Coordinator or Tour Director (when assigned) at least 50 days prior to departure. For further information, please contact the Mystic Valley Railway Society, 617-361-4445 or e-mail at


 From the President

by Theresa E. Rylko

Happy New Year as we start our 47th year. There have been a lot of changes, but one thing stays steady. That is your love for traveling with the club. Thank you for your help in passing the Waybills out in your area. Please let us know if you have a
place that you would like the club to visit.

If you have a note you wish to put under Member-o-Gram, please send it in Attention: Member-o-Gram and I will forward to the Waybill editor to include in an upcoming edition. Many of you have asked about the column we used to have called Ask the Bee concerning questions about the history of different railroads. Currently we do not have anyone to write the column. If you have a great knowledge of trains and would like to share it with our fellow members let us know, and I will pass the information to our Waybill editor for consideration.

Remember this is your Waybill and it’s the best way to communicate with other members.
Thank you for your comments and concerns concerning your membership.

Our membership year runs from April 1 to March 31. We use the first year of the membership for coding the Waybill.
So this year will be coded M17.


From the Vice President

by Jeff Costello 


Happy Spring!

We at Mystic Valley Railway Society are looking forward to summer with its many fun and educational trips. We’re looking forward to a four-day trip to Maine revisiting Camden, Thomaston, Rockland, and Freeport. If you would like to join us, check the Waybill. The Trip Team works hard on the trips and always appreciates your ideas and input about adventures and restaurants to visit. We are always in need of volunteers willing share their talents with us.

At our Annual Meeting on May 6, the Russell Rylko Memorial Grant was presented to David Huntington representing the Shelburne Museum of Shelburne, Vermont. Their project involves restoration of a private car. The Grand Isle was built in 1899 for Dr. Seward Webb, president of the Wagner Palace Car Company. Tasks to be done include earthwork, re-ballasting around the track to level the car, and refurbishing and painting the curved ceiling panels of the car. We are continuing this award in Russell`s memory.


From the Membership Chairperson

by Ellie Manning


It’s time to renew your membership. On the front of the Waybill – on the address label – to the right of your name there is a code. To receive your 2018 New England RR Calendar, the code next to your name must read either LIFE or M18.

LIFE – means that you are a member for your natural life.

M17 – means that you are a member for the year  April 1, 2017 – March 31, 2018.

MAIL – means that you have not paid your current membership dues. It is time to
renew. You will be taken off the rolls unless you join again.

The Membership Year runs from April 1st to March 31st. Anyone who joins after January 1st will automatically be assigned to the coming membership year. If you join or renew in the month of December, it will depend on the supply of calendars whether you will receive the current edition of the calendar. The calendars are mailed by the volunteers of the Society and take approximately 4-6 weeks to go through the postal system as bulk rate mail. If you move, please notify us of your address change. Otherwise you will have to purchase the calendar using our boutique form (see page 4). The United States Post Service does not forward bulk rate mail.

The membership fees for the year April 1, 2017 – March 31, 2018 are Regular Membership $10, Family Membership $4 per additional person, and Life Membership $125. We look forward to your continued support


**Sadly, the MAINE ESCAPE trip has been cancelled**

Editor’s note: in the last Waybill, I asked “What Makes You Tick?”.  Here is Gerard Sevigny’s answer to that question. And you can read more about Presidential Conference Cars in The Roundhouse on page 7.

What is on My Trolley-Minded? - Gerard Sevigny

How and why did I fall in love with streetcars? I often find myself thinking about streetcars, trolleys, trains and other light rail vehicles which operate on rails, and are powered by overhead wires.
When I was a little boy I saw pictures of streetcars in several books. I thought that streetcars were not prominent in the US, nor the world, anymore because they were oldfashioned.

When I was a resident student at The Rhode Island School for the Deaf in Providence RI, I would see unused streetcar tracks on Hope Street, near where the school was located. I thought I would see streetcars but I never did. Instead there were public trackless buses which use electrical wires on the roof. I did not have the same interest in these buses that I had with streetcars.

I remember one day, Mr. Abraham Cohen, who was a deaf teacher at my school teaching woodwork and math, took me and other students to Boston. He drove his wagon. He wanted to purchase brass pieces for furniture at a hardware store near the North Station. I was excited and surprised to see that Boston had live running oldfashioned streetcars. I remember seeing an elevated, shining yellow trolley, above street level, very near North station.

Mr. Cohen took us into the store. Students learned how to use different tools but all I wanted to study were streetcars. After a few minutes, I decided to walk outside to look up at the elevated track trolley. Mr. Cohen found me and asked, “Why are you looking at the trolley?” I responded that I was surprised that Boston still uses trolleys. He said, “So what?!”

We went back into the shop but I could not focus on the tools. I had become trolleyminded. I fell in love with trolleys that day and meandered back outside to stare at the trolleys. Mr. Cohen told me to get back in the shop, but I told him I needed to see another trolley. Once the next trolley arrived at the North Station Mr. Cohen told me that I had seen enough trolleys for the day, and became frustrated with my distraction. I had not seen enough trolleys but, disappointed, did what I was told.

When I got my first car, I drove to see Boston Trolley. I remembered that I drove on Huntington Avenue. I stopped because the trolley approached me from corner. The trolley driver, who was around fifty years old and wore white, waved his hand at me. It meant he wanted me to go ahead.

When I moved in Newton Highlands I took the trolley (Green line) to Boston and returned home almost every day for many years. I was comfortable to ride it. When my friend took me to a restaurant in Brookline, the street had a trolley line. I looked at the trolley passing the window many times. I cannot control looking at it.

In December 2012, I received the Train Magazine. I was surprised that the article said, “America Streetcar Renaissance.” I was very glad to read it because of the newly expanded train system that stretches throughout this country. Currently, the US has a lot of road construction, rising gasoline prices, increasing traffic congestion, and parking problems. I believe that a better streetcar infrastructure in this country will reduce many of these issues. Streetcars would reduce traffic and would reduce parking issues.

In June 2014, I joined the Catholic Deaf Senior group tour of the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine. It is one of the largest trolley museums in the world. When we arrived, we entered a large dining room.

A conductor told us all about the history of trolleys and first trolley museum. He said, the Seashore Trolley Museum is the largest trolley Museum in the world. After his lecture, the conductor asked if we had any question. I shot my hand straight in the air. I spoke briefly about my love of all things trolley. He said that I would be a perfect fit to work at the Museum and told me I should move to Kennebunk. I asked if he truly meant what he said, “Should I move to Maine?” He said nothing.

After I retired from United States Postal Service I always boarded the train at the North Station and often ran into a conductor named John. He is a train and trolley fan like myself. He told me that he had worked in a trolley Museum in Maine. He also showed me his laptop computer. We often talked about trains and trolleys. I told him about Zurich, Switzerland which has a lot of old trams. They are cute because of their thin shape and the number on top. He agreed.

Around the year 1980 I visited Toronto, Canada, which has old trolleys. I was surprised this city has 11 route lines. The trolley system was a style called: Presidential Conference Committee (PCC) streetcar, first built in the 1930s. PCC can be used anywhere in the world. PCC cars have been running many years because they are durable and last. I rode the Toronto trolley several times. I would like to move to Maine. However, Massachusetts has better public transportation than Maine.

In 2015, I went to the senior center. There I met a lady who used to live in Maine and she told me about the lackluster senior services for Mainers.

This past winter 2016, I met another woman who was a retired veterans’ nurse. She said she has homes in both Maine and Massachusetts. I told her about the rumors that Maine has poor services for seniors. She responded, “You are right – no senior services. I live in a small town. There are 1,300+ in Washington, Maine. Last winter there were no open grocery stores, no gas stations, no restaurants, and I had to shovel almost every day. It was a very hard winter.” She also added: “This summer they opened a small store in town but it is very expensive. I usually drive to Union, Maine about eight miles away. In winter, I would use [the local store] because I can walk there.”

She wrote another letter and said, there is a lot of property for sale in Maine. I think the winter last year made a lot of people wish they did not live in Maine. She mentioned that her house is an old Cape, built 1838, but she fixed it up. She also mentioned that she will try and sell her property and then move to Massachusetts for better senior services.

That is why I might to stay in Massachusetts. I think, I was born in the trolley.


April 1, 2016 – March 31, 2017


President - Theresa E. Rylko (Tracey)
Vice President - Jeffrey Costello (Jeff)
Treasurer - Judy Berson-Hoyt
Recording Secretary - Nancy Roney
Lillian Garvey
Eleanor Manning
William Manning
Nancy Martin
Joseph McDonough
Marcia Pennington

Positions They Fill:
Roma Hertel - Button Maker
Dr. Dirk Hertel - Photography/Calendar
Billy Manning - Mailing Chairperson
Ellie Manning - Membership Chairperson
Sally Avjian & Ellie Manning-
Trip Team (Planning Trips and Social Event Co-Chairs)

Roma Hertel – Waybill Editor
Dan Ouellette - Web Master/Computer
Joe McDonough & Jeff Costello – Trade Show Coordinators
Jeff Costello – Communications Radios/Defibrillators
Marcia Pennington & Jeff Costello – Boutique
Mary & Jay Verner – Waybill Mailing Coordinators
Albert W. Avjian - Treasurer, Emeritus
Sally M. Avjian - Recording Secretary, Emeritus


You will see many of these volunteers as tour leaders on your trips.

It takes a team effort to have a successful volunteer organization. Please share your talents as a volunteer with MVRS and be

rewarded by seeing your work in action.  Call 617-361-4445 and a volunteer form will be sent to you.



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Winter 2015   Summer 2015     Spring 2015     

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