176th anniversary of the opening of the Western Railroad,
now CSX Boston Line.
Massive parade, Civil War, Blacksmith demos,
and early Irish railroad re-enactors.
‘Dress up your bike’ and ‘dress up your pet’ contests.
Live music all afternoon,
train show & craft fair,
1840's railroad station museum,
named a ‘Hidden Gem’
by U Mass, in Historically Listed downtown.
'one-lung' steam & gas engine demos, tractors,
Model ‘T’s, and classic cars,
duck race, petting zoo, bounce house.
number of 1920's-era freight cars,
including wooden caboose,
and 'Children's Boxcar' on display.
Large scale locomotives and rolling stock
from the Pioneer Valley Live Steamers,
Guided mineral collection tour at Hamilton Memorial Library
Chester Historical Society at the ‘Old Jail’ will be open.
Hike to the first American cluster of stone arch RR bridges
on Massachusetts' first Wild & Scenic River,
tour a working granite quarry and archeological stone works,
historic displays, food & more!
More info: (413)
354-7878 or P O Box 743,
Chester, MA 01011-0743.
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Rent a piece of History
estimate puts us at 18+ years of offering a truly unique camping experience in
our 1919 wooden caboose at Chester Station. One thing lacking during all those
years has been a set of original cushions for the wooden bunks.
This came to an end on Thursday, 7/30/15, when Alden Dreyer and Sally Wetherbee,
associated with the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum
www.SFTM.org generously donated and delivered
a set of three (out of four needed) on behalf of the Trolley Museum. This is a
red letter day in the history of Chester Caboose Camping. The cushions cleaned
Originally donated to the SFTM by George (Skip) Ford, the cushions fit none of
the equipment in Shelburne Falls. George has become a benefactor of the Chester
Railway museum and tipped us off to the existence of our long-coveted cushions.
We offer many and sincere thanks to George, Alden, Sally, Sam Bartlett
President, and the members of the SFTM for helping to make the experience of out
guests more comfortable and authentic. Pictured are Sally and Alden in the
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The Chester Foundation is a non-profit organization made up of volunteers to run
The Chester Railway Station museum and event venue.
We welcome volunteers to help out with the
events held and the upkeep of this magnificent historic building.
The Westfield Beneath the
Chester Foundation is offering a series of affordably priced limited and open
edition watercolor prints by renowned artist, Steve Hamlin of Huntington of the
magnificent Keystone Arches of Chester, Middlefield and Becket. A portion of
each sale is being generously donated by Hamlin to the Foundation for the upkeep
of the Chester Railway Station on Prospect St. in Chester.
413.354.7878 for more information.
Got us some pretty good publicity, and floated some of the
Historic Landmark reasoning by the experts, when TRAINS magazine,
the 'bible' for fans and members of the industry alike, printed my attached
letter to the editor in response to a recent article.
Also proud to say they printed it as written with no edits,
only added the name and date of the article referenced
Last weekend I met a cool dog.....and his owner.
A visitors account with excellent
photos taken during his visit.
Maggie the Saw Horse was again a thrill for the kids.
Train Viewing on the Stations Back Deck.
A Real Treat for Everyone was this Spectacular Layout.
Senator Michael Knapik and Dave Pierce.
Every Day Entertainment.
The Raffle Drawing.
Coming and Going.
Thank you for supporting the great town of
Santa and Mrs. Claus came to town...
Sunday December 11th
So we decided to have a
Christmas Party here at the Depot.
The Hobo Harvest Dinner was a complete success. We were overwhelmed with the success and want to thank everyone who made this possible.
To all our generous supporters:
This is a message of deep gratitude for those volunteers and members who contributed to the overwhelming success of the Hobo Harvest Dinner, either by preparing, serving, washing, or generally running around crazy, and those who helped to provide bodies for the overflowing seats. You all made the event a huge fundraising success for the station, and the board and myself are very grateful.
It's wonderful to see folks come together in these uncertain times, forget their cares for a bit, and exhibit all that makes perpetually resilient small town America so endearing.
Many thanks to all and please pass it on,
Lucy has a new Dress
Chester FD rescued the grinding train by pumping them some water near the station.
Come join us all season long for a trip down the Chester Railroad memory lane at our 1840's restored Depot and Museum with rolling stock including an early steam engine, two boxcars you can enter with museum articles to study, a Baker's Chocolate tanker, our Blue Caboose kitchen with two cook stoves available for parties, a campout wooden caboose available for sleepovers and a small rail work car.
A full wrap-around deck encompasses the depot with a large stage at one end for concerts, speeches or just to have a relaxing picnic.
There is no charge to visit the depot museum and a modest fee to rent the facility. We do encourage donations to help support the stations existance. You will not believe what you will find at our treasured historic building and museum.
Study our web site and discover more of what we have to offer.
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Local Seasonal Activities:
Climb the ridges in Chester to get a different perspective of the Railroad, the valley and the station.
The Newman Marsh trail in the Chester Blandford state forest presents a
fabulous view of the railroad looking to the west!
Trailhead: Park at Sanderson Falls parking lot off of route 20 in Chester, trail starts 1/4 mile up Sanderson Brook Road. Total loop is about 2 miles.
First Mountain Railroad
Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving at the station.
Everyone had a chance to visit with
Santa & Onia Claus
Mr. & Mrs. Claus then had to get back to the workshop to be sure the work is completed in time for delivery December 25th.
Friends of the Keystone Arches, Inc. is announcing they have gotten permission from MA Dept. of Fisheries & Wildlife to build a short trail along Walker Brook in Chester on the JJ Kelly Conservation Area. It will follow about a mile of roadbed of the Chester & Becket Railroad a one-time granite hauler, past a wooden trestle and remnants of the Hampden Emery Plant to a nice overlook of the brook atop a granite bridge abutment.
The Chester & Becket Trail and the Keystone Arch Bridges Trail will be the only two formal trails on DFW land in the Western District. Trails are usually the province of the Dept. of Conservation & Recreation. The success of the Arch Trail weighed favorably in the decision. The trail is in the early developmental stage, but it’s never too early to hear from interested volunteers. Please visit: www.KeystoneArches.com write: P O Box 276, Huntington, MA 01050 or call: (413) 354-7752.
"The Chester Foundation equipment rests under a blanket of snow awaiting summer visitors."
"Chester Foundation volunteers reach out to railfans at the Big E Train Show, sponsored by the Amherst Railway Society.