Tea & Talk – Railroads and Railroading in the Berkshires

August 9, 2022 @ 4:00 pm
$35, $30 for members or with advance reservation, $22 for students 22 and under

Pieter Lips, a conductor and locomotive engineer, and past vice president for the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum, will speak at Ventfort Hall on Tuesday, August 9, at 4 pm. A tea will follow his presentation.

Pieter will present a short history of railroad development in the United Kingdom and the USA and discuss the need for improved transportation for the shipping of Berkshire products. He will talk about why the railroads built their lines where they did along with a chronology of Berkshire railroads from the 1830’s to present, including: Hudson and Berkshire, Stockbridge and Pittsfield, New York and Harlem, Troy and Boston. Some anecdotes about “the Cottagers” use of the railroad and accommodations made for them by the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad with information about the Lenox and Stockbridge Stations will also be included.

Pieter has been owner and President of WordWorks Advertising in Pittsfield, MA for more than 20 years and an adjunct professor of graphic design for three years at Berkshire Community College as well as past vice president of the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum, in Lenox, Mass. He is currently qualified as conductor and locomotive engineer for the museum.

Tickets are $30 for members and with advance reservation; $35 day of; $22 for students 22 and under. Reservations are required as seats are limited. Walk-ins accommodated as space allows. For reservations call us at (413) 637-3206. Please note that all tickets are nonrefundable and non-exchangeable. Proof of vaccination and ID are required. The historical mansion is located at 104 Walker Street in Lenox. The summer series of Tea & Talks is sponsored in part by board member Lucille Landa and William Landa.