1st Qtr 2019 Central Headlight is in the Mail

1st Qtr. 2019 Central Headlight is in the Mail

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The copies were mailed out on Feb 11.

Articles in This Edition

“NYCSHS Strategic Plan”

“Remembering the New England States

The NYC Photography of William ‘Cecil” Hommerding”

“Society Holds its First Mini Convention”

“New York Central Steel Flat Cars Part 2 – Special Purpose Cars”


And some other regular features


If you are not a member you can obtain a copy by going

to the NYCSHS online Collinwood Shop to purchase a

copy.  www.NYCSHS.net



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The Latest on Damaged Ex-NYC #6721

The Latest on Damaged Ex-NYC #6721

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Those of us who attended the 2015 NYCSHS Convention in Utica, NY have fond memories of the little 0-6-0 switcher on display at the Utica Union Station.  It was damaged by a runaway hopper in July 2015.  You can view the latest on the loco and tender in the You Tube video provided by the Utica & Mohawk Valley Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society showing the tender being prepared to be trucked to Dunkirk, NY for repairs.  This is one of the few NYC locos and tenders still in existence.

Click Here to View


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The NYCSHS Archive Photo and ValMap Collection is Now Available to You

NYCSHS Announces!!!!

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The Society Archive Photo Collection

Is Now Available to You

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First Three Photo CDs are Now

Available In The Collinwood Shop

These three CDs are the first of a series of NYCS photo CDs providing a collection of photos from the NYCSHS archives.  Each CD has between 150 and 225 photos of a series of locomotives from each of the builders that provided locomotives for the NYCS.

These first three photo CDs provide a imagery record of the minor locomotive builders for the NYCS.  They contain photos of some of the more interesting locomotive designs that ran on the NYCS.  Each CD provides coverage of each class of locomotive from that builder that ran on the NYCS. Check out the “Sharks,” Gravel Gerties,” and other unique locomotives of the NYCS.

These three CDs are just the beginning of this series and you can expect to find more of your favorite NYCS locomotives on upcoming releases.  They will include all of the steam and diesel locos that ran on the NYCS.  Once the locomotives CDs are all produced, we plan to continue the series with rolling stock and structures.

Start your collection of these photos today with these three unique locomotive builder photos.  All of the collections will include builders photos and action shots of the locos in everyday use.

Click Here to View the Photo CDs for Purchase!!!

We are also opening up the NYCSHS

Archive Photo Collection for you to

purchase individual photos.

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Here are four of the nearly 30,000 of images

available to purchase on the new

Photo & Val Map website.

To review and purchase the photo or Val Map

offerings from the NYCSHS follow the steps below:


  1. Review and select the photos you wish to purchase and copy the list onto something that will allow you to retrieve the listing once you get to the Collinwood Shop.
  2. Open the Collinwood Shop at www.NYCSHS.net.
  3. Log into your account using your password to obtain the member’s price.
  4. Click on the “NYCSHS Archive Products, Photos and Val Maps” CATEGORY on left side of the home page of the shop.
  5. Select the“Digital Photo” or “Digital Val Map” option.
  6. Copy your list of photos or Val Map images into the “List of Photos” box.
  7. Put the number of photos or Val Map images in the “Quantity” box.
  8. Check out as you would normally for any purchase in the Collinwood Shop.

In order to view and select the images you wish

to purchase, click here for the website.

Once you have selected the images you wish to

purchase, go to the Collinwood Shop to make your purchase. 


Images will be sent as PDFs by email.  Email is free and

we offer no other options. 

Click here to place your order after selecting the images.


You must place the order by including the image numbers and selecting the number of images you wish to purchase.

There is a Val Map and a Photo section on the site.  Be sure to read the instructions on how to use the website before you begin!!!

Click Here to Download and/or View the

Photo Website Instructions.



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Bring Back Buffalo Terminal’s Light Fixtures

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In the mid 1980’s to the early 1990’s, the Historic Buffalo Central Terminal was stripped of all its antique Art Deco light fixtures by its owner. Many of the light fixtures have been found all over the world. Last week, several light fixtures were found at the Rago Auction House in New Jersey. This is our opportunity to bring these historic light fixtures back home. I’m asking $21,000 to cover the costs of the lights and travel expenses. Any additional funds will be donated to the Central Terminal Restoration Corporation.

To donate to help save these Buffalo Terminal Light Fixtures  

Click Here

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1st Qtr. 2019 NYCentral Modeler is Posted for Your Reading Pleasure

Latest Modeling News from the NYCSHS


The cover photo for this quarter’s edition is from David Howarth’s continuing coverage if his “NYC West Shore River Divisions”. His article is followed by a visit where “NYC Shines at Chicagoland RPM” by Bob Chapman. Will Tajibnapis brings his second part of the “And Something Completely Different” to continue to amaze us with his NYC passenger car operations.  Bob Shaw brings us another article from his “O-Gauge Model Railroading” feature with “Making a Terrace Featuring Timplate Stations, Walkover and Waiting Platforms”. “NY & Hudson Valley Railroad in HO-Scale – Part 2 allows Vinny DeRobertis to finish his sharing of his beautiful HO-Scale layout. Brian Marotta returns after several years to bring us up to date on his recent almost disaster with “A Pipe Leak Leads to Scenery Work and More Water”.  And you also get all of the regular features with “NYCSHS RPO,” “Extra Board,” “What’s New,” and “The Observation Car.” All in the 1st Qtr. 2019 edition.

If you haven’t been reading this NYCSHS magazine, you have been missing out on a lot of NYCS action.  Each edition contains five to seven articles covering different scales of NYCS modeling, a section reviewing all new NYCS models being offered by manufacturers for the quarter, letters and emails from members and readers, the latest news on models being offered by the NYCSHS at 20% discounts, and a variety of other information about modeling and happenings at the NYCSHS.

The magazine is free, and all you need to do to read or download it is to go to the NYCSHS website. To do that, go to www.NYCSHS.org. Then put your curser on the “Modeling Resources” button and drop down to the “NYCentral Modeler” tab.  Then just follow the instruction on the page.   ENJOY!!

Or just click here to read.




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Two New NYCSHS DVDs Available Now

Two New NYCSHS DVDs Available Now

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New York Central Lines Magazine 1919 – 1932

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The NYC Lines Magazine was published by the railroad starting in February 1919 and continued until the final edition in October 1932. It was published monthly by, and distributed to the 100,000 officers and employees of the New York Central Railroad. It was a magazine devoted to the interests of the railroad workers, their families and the home communities. It contained articles about the railroad, the employees, and events that impacted the employees and the railroad. You will also find hundreds of ads that will give you understanding of the products shipped by and supplied to the NYC in that timeframe. It makes fascinating reading for anyone interested in the New York Central Railroad during those years that it was published.

This DVD contains all of the editions of the Magazine published. This is a complete set that was reproduced from scanned images of each page of every edition.   It is also searchable so that research is very easy.

This product is another of the wonderful historical documents produced by the NYCSHS archive volunteers.

Don’t miss out on this history of the NYC Lines as written by the company and for the NYC employees.

The MSPR is $79.00 and the NYCSHS members price is $63.20

and that is 20% off MSRP.

Shipping is free for US customers but Ohio residents

must pay 8% Ohio sales tax.

Non-US customers will pay actual cost of shipping.

Click Here to Order in the Collinwood Shop


Click Here to Download a Order Form to Order by Mail.

NYCentral Modeler 2011 – 2018

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The NYCentral Modeler was introduced in 2011 as a free to all, online digital publication dedicated to the modeling of the NYCS. It is published quarterly and represents some very fine modeling of the NYCS by both NYCSHS members and non-members. It represents some of the finest NYCS modeling today.

This DVD provides all of the editions published up through 2018 and will be the first in many of the NYCentral Modeler DVDs that will be offered in the future.

In the past these magazines were available on this website for downloading and viewing.  We have removed all of the issues prior to this year and made those available on this DVD. 

We will still publish each edition quarterly on this website and the current editions will remain available until we publish the next DVD.

This DVD makes all of the editions from 2011 through 2018 available on a single DVD for research and your reading pleasure.

The MSPR is $36.95 and the NYCSHS members price is $29.56

and that is 20% off MSRP.

Shipping is free for US customers but Ohio residents must pay 8% Ohio sales tax.

Non-US customers will pay actual cost of shipping.

Click Here to Order in the Collinwood Shop


Click Here to Download a Order Form to Order by Mail.


Click Here for a listing of all issues and articles Of the NYCentral Modeler


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4th Quarter 2018 Central Headlight

4th Quarter 2018 Central Headlight

In the mail on November 14, 2018



A big, 48-page Fourth Quarter 2018 issue of Central Headlight will be mailed to all members in good standing on Wednesday, November 14.   It is an issue not to be missed.

If you like NYC diesels sporting the cigar-band logo of the 1960s, you’ll enjoy John Springer’s recollections of his frequent teenage visits to Chatham, New York. As the son of an NYC tower operator, the “Chatham boys” welcomed John, and his affection for many of them shows through in his writing.

You’ll also enjoy reading about J. W. Swanberg’s 1967 Shark hunt in the Cincinnati area, where half of NYC’s original fleet of the stylish Baldwins were still working in transfer service. The article is splendidly illustrated by the author’s superb color photography.

Roger Hinman’s treatise on New York Central’s vast fleet of general purpose flat cars will be of great interest to freight car historians as well as to NYC modelers. Largely illustrated by builder’s photos, general service flats constructed between 1899 to 1960 are discussed. A number of in-service photos display unique loads that would make excellent modeling projects.

Did you know that the NYC owned a B-25 bomber, decked out in the reverse of the company’s passenger locomotive cigar band paint scheme? Meet the man who purchased it and flew it, Don Wetzel, more famously known for the flight of the jet-powered M-497. Learn more about the fascinating career of this NYC superstar, who, as he put it, always “had a thing for things that moved.”

If you are not yet a member of the NYCSHS, the good news is that we have printed a limited number of extra copies of this outstanding issue just for you! Don’t miss out! Visit our on-line Collinwood Shop today and join as a member for 2019. We’ll send you a copy of this Fourth Quarter 2018 issue by first-class mail, and you will also receive all four of the 2019 issues of our magazine that will come automatically with your membership. That’s five issues for the price of four. Don’t delay. Act today!

You can join today in our Collinwood Shop by clicking here.


Or download a membership form and join by mail by clicking here.

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