MVRS Board Member Joe McDonough and his wife Carol are currently on the first part of a two-month sojourn in Portugal then Palma, Majorca, Spain. An apartment in the small fishing village of Fuseta in the southern province of Algarve
is their present “home away from home”. A pleasant three-hour trip from Lisbon on the Portuguese National Railroad (CP) brought them south. A local train station is also available for “rail fanning”. Look for more on this venture, with photos, in the next Waybill.

Member Doug Smock sent this note about his local short-line railroad along the photos he submitted to the 2018 calendar contest: The Fore River Railroad, which is owned by the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, operates on
a 2.7-mile-long line that runs from Quincy Point to the Greenbush Commuter Line in Braintree MA. The Fore River Railroad served one of the busiest manufacturing complexes in the country during World Wars I and II, carrying more than 750,000 tons of construction materials used to build U.S. Navy cruisers, battleships, destroyers and aircraft carriers, including the USS Lexington. Its work today is humbler, shipping Bay State Fertilizer for the MWRA and fatty acids for Twin Rivers Technologies, which receives palm and coconut oil via freighter.


Ellie Manning, MVRS Director, is a busy lady. She is also president of the HONS club, Helping Our Nobles Serve. A fund-raising fair in October meant HONS could present a $10,000 check to Aleppo Shriner’s Potentate, Ted Polonsky. Ellie says “a lot of work  went into that day and it sure made me proud”.


Nancy Roney, MVRS Recording Secretary, got away from it all with a trip to Florida where she visited the Kennedy Space Center.



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