Welcome to the Bristol S Gauge Railroaders!
The Bristol S Gauge Railroaders are dedicated to S scale (1/64 scale) model railroading. Formed in 1948, we believe we are the longest running S scale club in America! We are located in Eastern Massachusetts, and also have members in Southern Maine and New Hampshire.
Members are interested in most branches of S scale, including, but not limited to, Scale, Narrow Gauge (Sn3 and Sn2), Hi-Rail, and American Flyer operating and collecting. Our major goals are to learn from each other and have fun doing it.
New Members are Welcome! We are anxious to share the fun of building and operating S scale trains and layouts, as well as collecting trains and models. There is a Membership Application to join us, or if you have any questions about the club, or want to get a message to any member, please email me at email@example.com
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Amherst Railway Show - January 27-28, 2024
The Bristol Club had another successful train show attending the Amherst Railway Show in Springfield, MA Jan 26-28th, 2024. Record audience attendance saw our S-Gauge trains running all weekend.
George Reneris, a Pioneer Valley S club member, came both days to run a series of his animated cars. Both kids and adults really enjoyed the former rocket launcher car, that opened up to reveal a T-Rex dinosaur escaping! He also ran an artfully animated Jug Band rail car (5 guys moving while Beverly Hillbillies theme song played), a showroom display 50's hardtop convertible car with sound, a farm animal freight car with rooster sounds and a flatcar with large animated colored snowflake and melodies. Additionally, a Peanuts characters flat car with orange led lights displaying "Welcome Great Pumpkin" in a continuous loop. George demonstrated another fun building - his Wholesale Seafood shop. The roof has blue waves and rotating out of the waves were several fish, indicating the fish are so fresh they're leaping out of the place!
The Boucher Circus Train was on display. We had visitors who remembered Bill Boucher and others who loved seeing these colorful and cleverly crafted train cars. They were really amazed when they learned the cars were all scratch built.
Dale Hasenzahl and Tom Fuller ran our battery powered train, which was added last year. It worked very well at our coal dump section. Bob Haladyna and Tommy Robichaud brought in engines and cars to run. We received support from the local Pioneer Valley and Connecticut S-Gauge club members for set-up, teardown and some during the show.
Steve Allen, a Pioneer Valley club member, provided 5 detailed S buildings he had built - a gas station, a switch tower with men working inside, a small radio station tower, a loading dock labeled Clark's Depot, Siegerton Junction to remember former Bristol Club members Bill Clark and Rob Sieger.
Our camera car performed well and added to the enjoyment of the animation line-up. Layouts definitely add excitement to the entire show!
Click Amherst Show-2024 to see a few photos from the event.
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NEW B&M Quad Hoppers for Sale!
We're celebrating our 75th Year Anniversary milestone by offering B&M Quad Hopper cars featuring the "Minuteman" herald which are being produced by American Models. These car models will be available with three different car numbers (8000, 8248 and 8323). These numbers are from the March 1929 and February 1930 range from 8000-8999. The Original 1929 quad hoppers were later "re-shopped" with the "Minuteman" herald from the 1940's.
Each car number will be available in both scale and high-rail. Due to limited quantities, we reserve the right to fill orders for either one or two cars with car numbers of our choosing. Orders for three cars will receive all three car numbers.
Photo above is similar to production car.
OFFER GOOD WHILE SUPPLY LASTS
Click B&M Quad Hopper Order Form
to place your order NOW!
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It was a sunny day and the Steam trains were running at the Bristol S-Gaugers 75th Anniversary party on June 25, 2023. Thanks very much to our hosts for the event-The Waushakum Live Steamers in Holliston, MA. So many of their members showed up to give us all rides thru the woods on their extensive trackage. Our food truck was Smoking 51 which served up delicious BBQ food. Lorraine Chase brought the our 75th celebration cake with train decorations. Club members brought additional desserts for us to enjoy as well.
Greenberg Train Show at the Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington, MA on March 25th and 26th. We had a great surprise for attendees at the show. We set up William "Bill" Boucher's Royal 'S' Circus train cars.
It was also wonderful to visit with some of our former club members who were able to join in the celebration.
Just as we were folding up the last few chairs, and nearly all club members had left; we got the downpour predicted at end of the day! Click 75th Anniversary Party to see additional photos of the days events.
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These colorful and intricately created cars and wagons depict actual circus train cars and have moving pieces, such as folding out bleachers. Extremely delicate, we assigned two club members, Bill Chase and Tom Fuller to set them up for display.
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