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*November 1, 2018*


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 From the President

by Theresa E. Rylko

Thank you all for helping keep the MVRS on track by spreading the word. Please consider assisting on the various committees. Trip Team needs your help to keep the trips rolling. The Waybill needs to have your input to get the word out. If you have any contributions for Membero-Gram (maybe a picture of yourself enjoying one of the trips or a couple of sentences about a favorite trip) please send it in. Keep in touch with fellow travelers. We never publish telephone numbers or addresses. If you have any suggestions of how we might improve your enjoyment of the Waybill please let us know. This is your publication. If you want to receive a small stack of Waybills to pass out in your favorite spots please let me know and I will mail them out to you. As you travel along you might see an area which others might enjoy. Feel free to send some literature to the Trip Team to review for future visits.


From the Vice President

by Jeff Costello 


It doesn’t seem possible: it’s August and soon it will be fall. Mystic Valley Railway Society had an enjoyable summer. The trip team planned a three-day weekend trip to Shelburne VT. A pleasant and educational trip was enjoyed by the members. We visited the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory and learned how these cuddly toys are created and cared for, even after purchase. The Shelburne Museum covers 132,000 square feet of gallery and exhibition space with many unusual collectionsbeyond your imagination. If you have any interesting places or favorite restaurants that Mystic Valley Railway Society members might enjoy, we would appreciate your input – share your experiences with us. Who knows, you could see your favorite place in a future Waybill. In anticipation of the 2019 Amherst Railway Society Railroad Hobby Show, the trade-show coordinators are asking for donations of train-related items to sell during the show to railroad fans young and old. As always, we appreciate your input for future adventures. Enjoy your Summer!


From the Membership Chairman

by Nancy Jeanne Martin


Memberships continue to come in and Tracey puts it all on the computer and then passes the envelopes, new cards and letters on to me and I mail them out. We had a wonderful time in Vermont. I know I enjoyed the Shelburne Museum and seeing the car the MVRS donated money to the refurbishing of in memory of Russell. I had been to the museum years ago with my husband and son and enjoyed seeing it all again. We had an interesting tour of the Teddy Bear Museum and time to visit the gift shop. A number of people bought Teddy Bears of various sizes, or clothes for their Teddy Bears. A sad note: a friend of mine told me that Dennis Maltzman died recently. He was on the Vermont trip with us and had a great time, and I am glad we had that with him. We have lots of trips coming up including “A Step back in Time” where we will see many horses and carriages as they were driven in the gilded age. I am looking forward to “The Heart of the Berkshires” because I want to go back to the Norman Rockwell Museum. Come with us on the Turkey Train and celebrate Thanksgiving early as we ride along Lake Winnipesaukee.


From the Waybill Editor

by Roma Hertel

I’m happy to be including this Tracks We Have Crossed (page 3) about the June weekend trip to Shelburne VT. Reading an actual report from someone who was there puts flesh on the bones of the spiel written by each trip’s planner. I always urge Trip Team members to put as much detail as possible into these 70-80 words. Their job is to convince readers to invest good money and precious time taking a trip with the MVRS. Compiling an attractive trip requires a fine balance: perhaps a familiar place but at a different time of year, maybe a new attraction to cause a buzz. It could be a perennially popular holiday event such as Thanksgiving Dinner, or an erstwhile seasonal favorite like the Festival of Trees making a repeat appearance after a hiatus of a couple of years. Very often passengers are drawn by different aspects of the trip. The trick is to keep most people happy most of the time: a chance to browse the shops should have the counterpoint of an educational or technical opportunity, be it a museum visit or a train ride. While the meal is always a major attraction, there are other considerations. It’s reasonable to have a later return home on a light summer evening, winter weather can be downright nasty and darkness falls early so it makes sense to plan trips that don’t venture too far. Offering a mix of Saturday and Sunday trips makes sure we accommodate passengers’ real-life obligations and commitments. Similarly, I aim to include an interesting mix of articles in the Waybill. Member-oGram helps readers keep up on the latest news from friends and acquaintances. The columns from our elected officials showcase what they bring to the organization. From our regular contributors you can get a taste of the business of railroading at home and abroad. Whatever Dirk writes about appeals to his technical bent, triggered by either travels or reading. And I began this column by mentioning Tracks We Have Crossed, which is both a trip down memory lane for those who participated and a peek into a missed opportunity for those who couldn’t make it this time around. Perhaps you have a train-themed collection. Maybe you’d like to share travel experiences. Or did you work in the railroad industry? Is local history your thing? The chances are that our readership will be interested in what you have to say. If you’d like to write for the Waybill, then please send in your contribution.

From the MVRS Legal Counsel

by Brad Pinta

As an owner of either a start-up or existing small company, there exists a minefield of problems and issues that are critical to avoid if you are going to not only be a viable entity, but to survive in the competitive marketplace. Obviously, you need to consult with an experienced legal counsel competent in the area of business law so that you can be appropriately represented and most importantly properly protected. In Massachusetts, there exists a variety of types of corporate structures within which a business should be organized and operated. By way of example, there are the standard “C” type entities along with so-called Limited Liability Companies (referred to as “LLC” organizations). And in either of these types of entities, the stockholder or the member can elect to be taxed as a Sub-chapter “S” entity. In terms of the daily operations of any particular company, certain matters such as the tracking of cash flow, financing of operations, billing protocols and the general marketing of the business on the social media are critical to its ultimate success. Moreover, are those persons who performed the services for the company considered employees or subcontractors and have those workers signed noncompetition agreements and/or non-solicitation agreements? Does the company regularly maintain personnel files and policies against sexual harassment in the workplace? In regard to issues relating to the premises on which the company operates its enterprise, is there a written lease, and if so, does that lease contain an option to extend the tenure of the lease term? Does the lease have a personal guaranty and if some type of a default scenario develops, is there a curative provision such that an automatic eviction of the company can be avoided?

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The Angels Flight in the City of Angels

by Dirk Hertel

This May we stayed in Downtown Los Angeles for a conference. One evening we found a tourist information office with two enthusiastic workers and left with the recommendation, accompanied by a street map, to explore the Angels Flight Railway. Passing by the Central Library, a magnificent 1926 edifice crowned by a tower with a mosaic pyramid roof, we climbed the Bunker Hill Steps then crossed W 4th St and S Grand Ave to reach California Plaza. There our eyes were caught by a small orange station building in the distinctive Beaux-Arts architectural style. From there we were rewarded with a sweeping view eastward over the city and some steeply descending railway tracks on a concrete trestle.
The Angels Flight Railway is a funicular, an incline railway, with two cars connected by a steel cable that, at the upper station, runs through an electrically powered pulley. Thus the cars are counterbalanced to minimize the force needed to move them: when one goes up, the other comes down. The upper and lower sections of track have three equidistant rails, the width between the wheels apart. One car always travels on the left, the other always on the right. The center rail is shared by both cars, but only on the upper and lower ends of the line. Remember that if one car is at the upper end then the other is at the lower end. In the middle-section, halfway between the top and the bottom, the outer rails bulge outwards and the center rail splits into two, so the tracks swing out into two separate lines with just enough clearance for the two cars to pass. From the lower station the technically inclined can inspect the wheels, cable and brakes coming into view as the cars slowly ascend and descend the trestle. With only 4 wheels on fixed axles, these make themselves heard by a fair amount of screeching, rumbling and grinding at the tight turnouts.
The Angels Flight Railway is part of LA’s public transport system and as such accepts the LA Metro Tap Card. Cardholders pay 50 cents one-way, otherwise the fare is $1. Each of the two original cars, named Sinai and Olivet, has been restored to its 1901 splendor with a clerestory roof, beautiful wood paneling, wooden seats and brass fittings. Floors and seats are stepped like in a theater. Passengers enter and exit the cars from the ends, a clever idea that eliminates the need for platforms. The lower station is a mere arch with gates but still matches the upper in color and grand architectural style. Nearby bronze plaques commemorate the railway’s history. One, erected by the Native Daughters of the Golden West in 1952, informs that the “Angel’s Flight Railway” was “built in 1901 by Colonel J. W. Eddie (1832-1914), lawyer, engineer and friend of President Lincoln.” It took only 5 months to build what is “said to be the world’s shortest incorporated railway,” 315 feet long on a 33% grade. On its opening day, December 31, 1901, the railway carried more than 2,000 people up and down Bunker Hill. According to the text the demand did not let up: “It is estimated that the Angel’s Flight has carried more passengers per mile than any other railway in the world, over a hundred million in its first fifty years (averaging more than 5,500 per day). This incline railway is a public utility, operating under a franchise granted by the City of Los Angeles.” In 1962, after the railway had changed hands five times, the city’s Cultural Heritage Board took the precaution of declaring the railway to be Los Angeles Historic Monument No 4 because of plans for urban renewal that were to raze and redevelop the Bunker Hill area. The same year the city’s redevelopment agency forced a sale of the railway to the city which then hired a new operator who continued running it until it was shut down and dismantled in May 1969. The designation as Historic Monument turned out to be a wise move: the city had to promise restoration at an unspecified future date, and the two cars, station building, arch, machinery and other artifacts went into storage rather than to the scrap yard. It took 27 years and intense campaigning by advocacy groups for the restoration to become reality. The new site is located half a block south from the old, with a slightly shorter line of 299 feet on a 33% incline. In 2001 an accident, caused by a tragic combination of gear and emergency brake failures, shut the railway down for almost 10 years. A derailment in 2013 caused another 4-year shutdown. After extensive safety upgrades that included redesigned brakes and wheels, the Angels Flight Railway reopened on August 31, 2017. Popular not only with tourists and commuters but also movie directors, it has featured in more than 20 movies since it opened in 1901.


One page 8, the listing for the "CHICAGO" TRIBUTE BAND AT THE LOG CABIN gives an incorrect date

The correct date is Sunday OCTOBER 28th

We appologies for any incovenience.


April 1, 2018 – March 31, 2019

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
Nancy Jeanne Martin - 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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