The Danbury Railway Museum Needs Help To Save Two Historic NYCS Locomotives – You can do it!!!

The Danbury Railway Museum Needs Your Help!!!

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The Danbury Railway Museum Needs Your Help!!!

In June of 2013, the museum took ownership of two early American electric locomotives landlocked on Beacon Island in upstate New York. Beacon Island (no longer a real island) is situated just South of Albany, in Glenmont, right along the Hudson River. It’s home to a PSEG Natural Gas Power Plant, and neighbors The Port Of Albany, the port is just on the other side of Normans Kill.

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How You Can Help:

The project cost is estimated to be in the upwards of $160,000 for the move alone. Our museum has received pledges of financial support, but the true final cost is unknown at this time, especially when we factor the cosmetic restoration of the locomotives. In-kind donations in the form of headlights, and bells are also appreciated as many railroad employees and collectors are known to have saved many such items when the units were retired.

We have kept many aspects of this exciting project under wraps for some time as to not draw attention to their location, but feel overwhelmingly confident given developments in the last few months that now is the right time to pull back the curtain. Given our museum’s proximity to the New York Metropolitan area and established collection of commuter equipment, we are confident these pieces will feel at home in our railyard. We have been offered an unsecured loan by a very generous benefactor to move these two locomotives, we are of course expected to pay this back and will continue to work to do so after the move, during the restoration, and after they have been placed on display here in Danbury.

The technology pioneered by these locomotives is reminiscent of what’s happening in our country now, not only when it comes to electric automobiles, but also public transportation. This trend is only amplified by the purpose of the facility to be built where the locomotives lay now adjacent to the power plant.

We ask for your donation to help preserve Americas industrial heritage, help us understand the past better so that we may look forward, and help close the circle of life of the train that left Danbury and was rear ended 120 years ago in New York City.

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4th Qtr. 2022 NYCentral Modeler is Ready for Your Enjoyment

NYCentralModeler.4thQtr2022CoverThe cover photo for this quarter’s edition is from Chuck Beargie’s article “Trix NYCS Standard Caboose Upgrade”. Tom Long provides “The East Brookfield Depot in N-Scale”.  Bob Chapman tells us about “Kitbashing a NYC Postal Car”. The Tool Shop showcases some interesting new tools by Brian MarottaDennis Regan brings us the “St. Louis 2022 RPM Joe Rothwell continues his “O-scale Live Steam NYCS Hudson Chassis, Part 3”. Seth Lakin finishes with  “New York Central NW2 Switchers – Part 3”. Steve Lasher’s  “Steve’s Scrapbook” brings several of his models to share.  And you also get all the regular features with “NYCSHS RPO,” “Members Photos”, “Extra Board,” “What’s New,” and “The Observation Car.”  And you also get all the regular features with “NYCSHS RPO,” “Members Photos”, “Extra Board,” “What’s New,” and “The Observation Car.” All in the October 2022 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 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!!
 4th Qtr. 2022 Edition

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We Have The NYCS 20th Century Limited Red Carpet For You!!

NYC 20th Century Limited Carpet Introductory Sale
 Must be ordered by October 30, 2022
 Price will go up after that date!!!

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The 20th Century Limited was an express all-Pullman passenger train operated by the New York Central nightly from New York to Chicago. From 1938 until the last run in 1968, passengers walked down a crimson carpet to their waiting cars. This was only done for the departure from New York. Stretching from the observation car to the engine – the football field length rug was specially designed for the Century.

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This carpet is 34 1/2″ X 70″ and weighs 10.5 lbs.

Actual Photo of Carpet

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It Is Time To Register For The NYCSHS Mini Convention

It Is Time to Register for This NYCS Event!!

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The First NYCSHS Mini On September 24, 2022

Middleburg Heights, OH Crown Plaza Hotel

NYCSHS Members $20.00 Non-members $30.00

and NYCSHS Headquarters

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Presenters

8:30 am – 9:00 am       Opening Remarks and Welcome – Dave Mackay, NYCSHS President
9:00 am – 10:00 am – “My NYCS Layout” – Russ Weis
10:00 am – 11:00am – “NYCS Models” – Steve Lasher
11:00 am – 12:00 pm – “Modeling NYCS Passenger Trains in N-scale” – Tom Long
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm – Lunch
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm – “The Layout of a Lifetime” – Bill Feth
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm – “NYCS Slide Show in the Diesel Era” – Tom Gerbracht
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm – “Estate Planning for Model Railroaders & Railroadiana Collectors” – Frank Bongiovanni
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm – Visit the NYCSHS Headquarters & Collinwood Shop

 

Meeting starts at 8:30 am EDT and

presentations end at 4:30 pm

Collinwood Shop opens at 4:30 pm at NYCSHS Headquarters

& Surplus NYCSHS Archive Collection Items For Sale

Presentations are subject to change.We Need You!!!!

Collinwood Shop will be open at the NYCSHS Headquarters following the end of the presentations.

Collinwood Shop Items &

Surplus NYCSHS Archive Collection Items For Sale

Books, Models & NYCS Material At Bargain Prices

You will need a reservation to attend and there will be a $20.00 fee for attendance. Lunch will be on your own at nearby restaurants.

Reservation can be made by downloading a registration form and mailing to

Ralph Schiring

16623 Oak Street

Omaha, NE 68130-2051

or in the Collinwood Shop at:

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Or Click Here to Download a

Registration Form and Mail In

Bring Your Models To Share At The Mini

We will have a table for displaying your models!!



Hotel Rooms Available at the

Crown Plaza Cleveland Airport

September 22, 23, & 24 at $109.00 per night

This is the same rate as the one scheduled a year ago!!!

Contact the hotel directly at 440-243-4040 and ask for the

“New York Central System Historical Society” room block and the code is NYS.

Special NYCSHS hotel rate only good

until September 8, 2022

Don’t Miss This Chance To Meet

With NYCS Fans And Modelers

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The BLI HO-Scale Hudsons Are Due Out In December 2022 and We Have Them To Order!!!

Screen Shot 2022-08-05 at 8.33.16 AMBroadway Limited Paragon 3 HO-Scale NYC Commodore Vanderbilt Hudson(#5344 Spoked Drivers, Paragon 4 Sound DC/DCC, Smoke)

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Broadway Limited Paragon 3 HO-Scale NYC Commodore Vanderbilt Hudson(#5344 Spoked Drivers, Paragon 4 Sound DC/DCC, Smoke)

In the summer of 1934, J-1e Hudson #5344 was pulled from service and sent to West Albany to be fitted with the first sheet metal shroud in America.    Painted gun-metal gray with aluminum trim, the locomotive was named “Commodore Vanderbilt”, after the successful US businessman who previously owned the NYC railroad.
 
Developed by the Case School of Applied Science, the shroud covered the locomotive and tender.  The shroud was not just for looks, but rather was well-planned and functional.  Hinged panels made maintenance points accessible, and a grilled recess on top of the cowling aided the updraft of smoke.  Two major benefits of streamlining were improved air flow and improved insulation.  Engineers estimate a 2% aid to air flow and the shell certainly minimizes heat loss. Unfortunately the disadvantages of increased weight and extra maintenance tended to outweigh the benefits.  

The Commodore Vanderbilt had her inaugural trip on February 19, 1935.  After working for about 8 months, she was sent to West Albany Shops for further improvements.  Boiler pressure was increased to 250 lbs, roller bearings were applied to the side rods, and disc drivers replaced the original spoked drivers.   #5344 maintained this appearance until July 1939, when she was returned to the shops again and given a shroud similar to the “Dreyfuss Hudsons”. 

 In this production, we are offering models of the Vandy Hudson in her original appearance with spoked drivers, and also in her later and longer-lasting appearance with roller-bearing siderods and disc drivers.   We will deliver the models ready to run on 18″ curves.  To accomplish this, we have removed two small pieces of shrouding at the front, and the locomotives will have a modified rear trailing truck.  The two shroud pieces and a prototypically accurate trailing truck are included in the box, and can be easily installed as desired.   Each of our Vandy Hudson models has a die cast boiler and tender body, and all models come with our Paragon4 DC/DCC Sound System with synchronized puffing smoke and integral GoPack capacitor.   

Model Features:

  • ALL-NEW Paragon4 Sound & Control System

  • Synchronized Puffing Smoke with Chuff Sound

  • Variable Puffing Smoke Intensity and timing

  • Integral DCC Decoder with Back EMF for Industry Best Slow Speed Operation in DC and DCC

  • Precision Drive Mechanism engineered for continuous heavy load towing and smooth slow speed operation

  • 5-Pole Can Motor with Skew Wound Armature

  • Heavy Die Cast Boiler, Tender Body, and Chassis for Increased Tractive Effort

  • Premium Caliber Painting with Authentic Paint Scheme

  • Prototypical Light Operation with Separately Controllable Headlight, Reverse Light, and Cab Light

  • Factory-installed Engineer and Fireman Figures

  • Prototypically Accurate Models for As-Delivered and In-Service Appearances

  • Many Separately Applied Details such as Handrails, Grab Irons, Ladders, Piping, Cab Glass, Whistle, Brass Bell, and Many Others

  • Equipped with Rubber Traction Tires for Increased Pulling Power

  • Recommended Minimum Radius:  18 inches

  • Accurate Prototypical Sounds for the NYC Commodore Vanderbilt Locomotive

Orders must be placed by 9/15/2022 

Shipping date December 2022
If you miss these they won’t be available again!!!
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A New NYCS Book Just For You!!!!!

You Don’t Want To Miss

This New & Exciting NYCS Book That

Will Soon Be On Its Way To The Printer

This book has 384 pages of interesting NYCS

photos, information and drawings. 

It is a must for any true NYCS fan or modeler.

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Don’t miss out on this book!! 

When they are gone, they are gone!!

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Written and published by John Ham.

Over the past two decades, author John Ham has produced several books about the New York Central Railroad in New York State. His most recent publication was the book about the Central’s Hudson’s Division entitled From Grand Central to Albany.

The focus of this book is on the New York Central’s “Glory Years” using a  multitude of  fine steam and early diesel photos taken along the Water Level Route by some of the most noted rail photographers of the 20th Century using their original negatives and prints that have been graciously loaned to the author by dif­ferent historical societies and collectors.

This 384-page volume contains not only superb New York Central photos, but images of the Central’s Branch Lines, other  connecting railroads, and industries that were served by the Central in one capacity or another. There are more than 650 images between the covers. We hope you will take this journey along the sce­nic Mohawk Valley with us and enjoy it as much as we have in offering this book.

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3rd Qtr. 2022 NYCentral Modeler is Ready for Your Enjoyment

3rdQtr2022Cover1The cover photo for this quarter’s edition is from Seth Lakin’s article “NYC NW2 Switchers – Part 2”. Tom Long provides “Modeling an ACF Baggage/Coach in N-Scale”.  Jeff Mann tells us about “Building a NYCS 4’ X 6’ Layout”. The Tool Shop showcases an interesting new tool by Brian MarottaHank Falken, age 98, creates a NYC Big four Caboose in F-Scale”. Chuck Beargie continues his “Modeling a Small Midwestern Town Along a NYC Branchline, Part 4”. Thomas Lange shares “Modeling The Highline on a Budget”. Phil Darkins explains “What Lies Beneath”. Nick Ariemma snaps “2022 Convention Photos”. And you also get all the regular features with “NYCSHS RPO,” “Members Photos”, “Extra Board,” “What’s New,” and “The Observation Car.” All in the July 2022 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 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!!
 3rd Qtr. 2022 Edition

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It Is Almost Here!!!

It Was A Great Convention

If you weren’t there, we are sorry you missed it!!!!

 

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Banquet Guest Speaker

John Taibi

Co-author of the current NYCSHS book

Hojack – Remembering The RW&O

Railroad and Division

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Mr. Taibi is a well respected railroad historian, author and enthusiast. People have said of his talks, “It’s a joy to listen to a man who’s so passionate about his work and so good at it and a master of Power-Point presentations.” He is a retired postal worker from Long Island, who developed a love affair with the old Ontario and Western railroad so much that he purchased and refurbished the old O&W station in Munnsville,NY and now resides there with his wife, Barbara.  He has authored 120 articles and over ten books on the history of railroads in central New York State, with a predominance of his work focused on the New York, Ontario and Western Railway. His most recent books published by the NYCSHS include Silver Rails – Through the Heart of the Park and the Hojack book. Mr. Taibi not only covers the railroad itself but the region and the affects that the railroad has had on it and its people. His publications are noted as being well researched with many pictures to aid the understanding.

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Click Here For A Registration Form to Mail In & Pay by Check

Covid 19 protocol will be dictated by NY state regulations at the time of the convention. Albany county is currently a level “Low – Green” area.

Don’t Miss This Chance To Meet

With NYCS Fans And Modelers

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Train Show Is Free Admission and Free Parking

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2nd Qtr. 2022 NYCentral Modeler is Ready for Your Enjoyment

NYCentralModeler2ndQtr2022CoverThe cover photo for this quarter’s edition is from Steve Lasher’s article “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow”. Charlie Crawford provides “Upgrading an Atlas/Kato RS3”.  The NYCSHS receives Jim Welsh’s collection donation. Seth Lakin begins a three-part series on “NYC NW2 Switchers”. “The Tool Shop” showcases a couple of interesting new tools.  Joe Rothwell continues his “O-Scale Live Steam NYCS Hudson Chassis, Part 2”. Bob Chapman shares “Building Westerfield’s 70-Ton USRA Hopper”. William Botkin “Modeling A NYC 60’ Heavyweight Baggage Car”. And you also get all the regular features with “NYCSHS RPO,” “Members Photos”, “Extra Board,” “What’s New,” and “The Observation Car.” All in the April 2022 edition.

The layout depicted on page 128 of this issue labeled as Andy Claremont’s Bellview & Schenectady Railroad is in fact  Andy’s Rutland layout.  Don Kloss’s Bellview & Schenectady Railroad is not pictured but will be open for tours on Friday, May 13 from the convention.

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 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!!
 2nd Qtr. 2022 Edition

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Interesting Locos From The NYCS Past Are Finally Saved

Pieces Of NYCS History

Rusting NYCS Original S-1 Prototype and the only

remaining NYCS T-motor to finally be moved!!

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After years of worry by NYCS fans and historians, these locos, owned by the Danbury Railway Museum are going to be moved and preserved.

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