“The Flour by Rail Legacy Project” is an effort by a group that is trying to help people to understand and relate to the significant history of Buffalo as a train town, or “bread-maker for the nation.” A stand-alone engine, with attached train cars, at an unexpected site along the waterfront would look sensational, and would help to tell the story of Buffalo and its railways. So we decided to proceed with the project.
The idea is recovering a real gold mine of WNY railroading and industrial history that was on the verge of being lost forever. As the initiative grew, the Flour-by-Rail Legacy Project was born.
As we began the project to restore the Buffalo Creek Railroad boxcar # 3424 that was located in Rochester, we found another distressed boxcar on the East Side of Buffalo – New York Central boxcar # 43819 – that is “ticking away” and presented a greater sense of urgency. So we are engaged in the project to stabilize and restore these cars.
These are the cars that moved milled flour from Buffalo to the entire eastern seaboard. This was when flour was king in Buffalo. At one point, there were thousands. Now, there are only a handful left. So our intent is to preserve and restore the cars for display at the Buffalo station.
Once we get this first car moved, we have a grant to move the second one (read: no fundraising).
To fully understand the project and perhaps donate some funds to the it, Click Here
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The New York Central System Historical Society announces the another book of the Central’s steam power triumvirate. This hard cover book completes the documentation of the New York Central’s Mohawk class, the L-3 and L-4 Mohawks.
Detailed history of the late Mohawk design of 1940, and the final L-4 design of 1942, using official railroad records and drawings, and profusely illustrated using an outstanding collection of high-quality photographs from the Society’s Collection and other collections, many previously unpublished
Over 300 pages and photographs, including a 32-page color section
Useful to modelers and historians
Written by Tom Gerbracht, NYCSHS Director
Limited production run, hard cover, using the best paper stock and outstanding photo reproduction, and sewn binding for permanency
Very limited quantity of numbered and signed copies available as a separate store item
The book describes and illustrates the original late Mohawk design, and the evolution of the basic design that resulted in the L-4 Mohawk, perhaps the best dual service two-cylinder steam locomotive design ever developed. Included is a separate section on late Mohawk tenders, one of the secrets of the Mohawk’s success. Oddities are identified, and the final days of late Mohawk operation are also fully documented, including last runs. The late Mohawk design is compared with contemporary steam designs used by other railroads in the Central’s service area.
Expected Delivery in early October 2020
All proceeds donated to the NYCSHS
MSRP $89.99 NYCSHS Members $71.99
Limited number of signed and numbered copies $250.00
Shipping is $10.00 for US buyers
Non-US buyers pay actual shipping costs
Ohio residents pay 8% Ohio Sales Tax
You can order the book directly from the Collinwood Shop by Clicking Here
The New York State Department of Transportation has broken ground on a $1.9 million project to remove the tracks between Tupper Lake and Lake Placid on the former Adirondack Railroad right-of-way, so it can be turned into a 34-mile shared-use path for hikers, bikers, cross country skiers, and snowmobilers.
A second project will start in coming weeks to rehabilitate the existing rails between Big Moose and Tupper Lake in order to create the longest scenic railway in the country, according to the state.
The rail trail and scenic railway are key components of the 2020 Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor Unit Management Plan, a blueprint for developing the 119-mile corridor meant to bolster tourism and recreation. The corridor follows the path of a rail line constructed in 1892, and operated continuously until 1972. The state bought the line and its right-of-way in 1974.
Under the project administered by the DOT, tracks will be removed from the northern portions of the line above Tupper Lake. The Adirondack Rail Trail will be constructed in their place to connect Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, and Tupper Lake. The corridor will have signs to help visitors interpret the history of the railway, the cultures of adjacent communities, and the surrounding natural resources.
The state Office of General Services is leading the trail’s design and working to ensure it will be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Once the trail is finished, the Department of Environmental Conservation will assume day-to-day management.
Construction is to begin in 2022 and will be completed in phases. The multi-use recreation trail is expected to be complete by the end of 2024.
According to the state, the $19.1 million project to rehabilitate the rails between Big Moose and Tupper Lake will allow the current scenic railway service – now operated by the Adirondack Railway Preservation Society under a use and occupancy permit from the state – to be extended 45 miles further into the Adirondacks.
Rail rehabilitation is expected to be complete by the end of 2021. Plans also call for the Tupper Lake Station to be redeveloped to serve as a terminus for rail operations.
This article is from the Times Union Newspaper by Tim Blydenburgh on Oct 22, 2020
This railroad was once part of the NYCS. For more info on the Adirondack Scenic Railroad:Click Here
The cover photo for this quarter’s edition is from Mark Sklar’s article about “3D printing a NYC Signal Bridge.” Charlie Crawford updates his layout after retirement in “Traveling in Time – From 1927 – 1952.” First time author for us, Michael Casatelli displays his “Depression Modern” NYC models. Bob Shaw in his “O-Gauge Model Railroading” column explains “Saving a Lionel 208 Locomotive.” Prolific modeler Seth Lakin finishes the “N Scale Architect’s NYC Lines West Station.” We share “A Little Old School Insanity” with Brian Scace as he builds a brass GP-20 in O-scale. Russ Briggs is “Building NYC Mark II, Flexi-Vans’ in the final article in this quarter’s edition. And you also get all of the regular features with “NYCSHS RPO,” “Extra Board,” “What’s New,” and “The Observation Car.” All in the October 2020 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!!
NYCSHS Modeler’s committee wanted to offer a custom decorated Accurail 3 bay hopper as a lot 824-H. The 824-H was built by General American in 1952 numbered NYC 904000-904999. The road number is homage to the society’s 50th anniversary and is authentic.
Two hopper kits built out by Seth Lakin, NYCSHS Modelers’ Committee Chair.
The art work is laid out directly over the top of the Builders photo of the hopper, so it should be just right. The end lettering is a touch smaller than in the photos, but it needed to be in order to print properly in that restricted amount of space.
These easy-to-build HO Scale plastic car kits feature a one-piece body with details molded in place. Decorated models feature authentic paint and lettering schemes with end reporting marks. In addition, the trucks feature nonmagnetic axles, and the coupler pockets accepts Kadee(R) No. 5 couplers. Also features exceptionally free-rolling wheels. Set of decals with six road numbers and 6 shop stencils are included with kit. Decals come with same paint color background as the car.
MSRP $31.63NYCSHS member price is $25.30 and that is 20% off MSRP.
Shipping is extra and Ohio residents must add 8% Ohio sales tax.