Modeling the NYC During Pandemic Lock-Down

NYCSHS You Tube Videos

Modeling the NYC During the Pandemic Lock-Down

Episode II June – August 2020 

NYCSHS Member, Rob Bennett’s Solid Block Modeling is just one of the many NYC modeling projects discussed on this new You Tube video.

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Modeling the NYC During the Pandemic Lock-Down Episode I 

NYCSHS Director, Noel Widdifield’s Large Scale NYCS Layout is one of themodeling projects featured in this You Tube video.

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Classic Trains Columnist Kevin P. Keefe Article on NYCSHS “Know Thy” Book Series

“New York Central’s Steam Legacy Is In Good Hands”

By Kevin P. Keefe

Classic Train Columnist & NYCSHS Member

Read this blog about the four “Know Thy” books by NYCSHS Director, Tom Gerbracht

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NYCSHS Announces Another New NYCS Book

 

Expected Shipping Early October 2020

Another Great Book Coming From 

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Expected Shipping Early October 2020

 

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outstanding collection of high-quality photographs from the Society’s Collection and other collections, many previously unpublished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
  • Informative captions
  • 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

You can download a form and mail it in with a check.  Click here to Download Order Form

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New York Transit Museum

One of our members sent this to us and there are some interesting

NYCS related items.  Look through the information below and if you

are interested go to the bottom of the page and click on the link shown

there to go to the site of the New York Transit Museum.

The links on the graphic shown below do not work.

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To view this with the links click here: https://mailchi.mp/nyct/2020-3-187046?e=a00b344838

 

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NYCSHS New Exclusive HO-Scale Hopper Model

NYCSHS Exclusive

Accurail NYC 3-Bay Hopper (Lot 824-H)

40’8″ All Steel Self-Clearing Offset Hopper Kit

 

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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.

904409 PB033082 824-H

Features:
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 $31.63 NYCSHS member price is $25.30 and that is 20% off MSRP.
Shipping is extra and Ohio residents must add 8% Ohio sales tax.
Currently being shipped to us on August 4, 2020

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NYCSHS Member and Archive Volunteer Talks About Train Watching

NYCSHS Member and Archive Volunteer

Talks About Train Watching

 

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Excerpts from Idea Stream Video

Author Dennis Knowles

Interview for PBS Cleveland, Ohio TV station WVIZ for a web interview
on train watching in Berea, Ohio.

The Berea Union Depot was established in 1876 to provide passenger and freight service for the city’s growing sandstone-based economy. It was home to one of the largest sandstone quarries in the world. Rail service was key to shipping it and other materials.

“Lumber, steel, coal, coke, grain, there was a ton of stuff that was shipped all over the country. It used to go by steam ship, but it was a lot more economical to send it by train than on a boat,” Kurilec said.

In 1958, the depot ceased operations, and the building was sold in 1980. Today it’s the Berea Depot Restaurant. Railfans park at the far end of one of its two parking lots peering down the tracks and listening for horns signaling the approach of the next train. Train watching isn’t an expensive hobby. Some simply sit and watch, while others invest in binoculars, cameras, notepads and scanners.

“They get railroad frequencies, so you can know what’s happening any special movement that’s going to be happening,” Kurilec said.

“Some of the guys record the train number and the direction. Some of the young kids are taking video. Now that may not seem important, but when those diesels are gone 20 years from now and there’s something else, it’s like the steam engine, it’s very important to document this stuff historically,” he said.

Watch the whole video and listen to Joe explain about why watching trains is so fascinating to so many people.  Learn a little NYCS history as well.

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Idea Stream video!!

 

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3rd Qtr. 2020 Central Headlight is in the Mail Today

3rd Qtr. 2020 Central Headlight is in

the Mail Today

50th Anniversary Year

 

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Enjoy and thanks for being a member.  If you haven’t already, be sure to renew for 2021.  Since the COVID 19 cancelled many of our Anniversary Year activities, 2021 will be the year we celebrate our 50th Anniversary year.

 

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Not a current 2020 NYCSHS member.  You can order the 1st Qtr. 2020 NYCSHS 50th Anniversary historic and informative magazine from the NYCSHS Collinwood Shop:

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It is also time to start thinking about renewing for 2021.

 

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Don’t miss out on all of the excitement in

2021 at the NYCSHS

 

Join or Renew Now!!!

 

Renew or Join OnlineClick Here

 

Download a Renewal Form Click Here

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NYCSHS Announces the Albany, NY Mini Cancelled

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NYCSHS Announces December 2020

Albany, NY Mini – Cancelled

December 5, 2020

Holiday Inn Express Wolf Road

16 Wolf Road, Albany, NY 12205

7:30 am – 5:00 pm EST

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The Corona Virus Situation Has Required That We

Cancel!!!

 

Refunds will be issued to those who registered and

ordered lunches!!

 

Watch for information about a virtual Mini to replace

the Michigan City and Albany Minis




 

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NYCSHS Michigan City, IN Mini

The Michigan City, IN Mini has been cancelled

due to the Covid 19 Situation

 

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We are working to see if we can set up a virtual Mini

in the near future.

Stand by for updates!!!

 




Cancelled!!!!!!!

NYCSHS Announces October 2020

Michigan City, IN Mini

October 17, 2020

Michigan City, IN Public Library

100 4th Street

 Michigan City, IN

9:30 am – 4:30 pm CST

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Presenters;

Jim Suhs, NYC’s Kankakee Branch

Kyle Coble, Scratch building models from photographs

Alex Schneider, Pullman Plan 2505 10 Compartment Observation and

     Plan 2540 8 Compartment Observation

Dave Mackay, NYC’s 19000 series wood cabooses

Seth Lakin, Michigan City’s Railroads and modeling them circa 1960

Roundtable Discussion – If Time Permits

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Registration fee is $35.00 to cover part of the cost of the event and a box lunch from Panera Bread. Non-members cost is $45.00

You can register by going to the Collinwood Shop at: https://nycshs.3dcartstores.com/Convention-Registration_c_23.html

Or Download a form for registration and mail in to the address on the form.  To download the registration form:  Click Here

Since the meeting will be held in the public library we have not made any arrangements for a hotel.  However, there are a large number of moderately priced hotels in the area.

Blue Chip Casino is the closest rooms to the library, about 1/4 mile, its right downtown with excellent views of Lake Michigan, but its the most expensive room in town. Other hotels are 3.5/4 miles away on the south end of town off the expressway. Luckily all of these are right off the main north/south street in town. Heading north on Franklin St (US421) you will run into the library. Franklin St used to go all the way to the lake, but in the 60’s downtown redevelopment, closed Franklin St at 4th St. and the library built. If you kept driving north on Franklin, you would drive right into the front door of the library.

A list of hotels includes:

Hoiday Inn Express, 401 W Kieffer Road, Michigan City, IN, 219-243-8300

Quality Inn, 3801 Frontage Road, Michigan City, IN, 463-213-2998

Comfort Suites, 100 Kieffer Road, Michigan City, IN, 219-210-4384,

Baymount, 4128 South Franklin Street, Michigan City, IN, 219-210-4384

Micro Inn & Suites by Wyndham, 9834 W 400 N., Michigan City, In, 219-210-3430

Hampton Inn, 3674 Frontage Rd, Michigan City, IN, 219-814-4164

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, 3805 Frontage Rd, Michigan City, IN, 219-879-3600

The NYCSHS does not take any responsibility for the quality of these hotels.  We are only listing some in the area for your convenience.  This listing does not mean they we endorse these hotels over any other in the area. Hotel selection is up to the individual attendee.

Public transportation from Chicago:

Amtrak #350 Wolverine Service departs Chicago Union Station 7:20a arrives at Michigan City 8:27am. Library is a ¼ mile walk from Amtrak station (ex Michigan Central) full fare coach is $10.00 and reservations are required. NICTD South Shore Line also serves Michigan City from Chicago Millennium Station but the first train (8:40 Chicago departure) does not arrive from Chicago until 10:20a. NICTD South Shore Line Michigan City 11th St Station is a 1/3 mile walk from library. Returning to Chicago, Amtrak does not offer service to Chicago in the afternoon/evening. South Shore trains depart Michigan City 11th St at 5:36p and 7:16p arriving at Chicago Millennium Station at 7:11p and 8:52p, full fare is $10.25 each way. Reservations are not required on South Shore Line trains. These schedules are pre Convid-19 service reductions.

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Latest Edition of the NYCentral Modeler (3rd Qtr. 2020)

Latest Edition of the NYCentral Modeler (3rd Qtr. 2020)

Ready for You to Enjoy!!!

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The cover photo for this quarter’s edition is from Noel Widdifield, The Inevitable Day.” Stan Madyda shows us his modeling skills inStan’s Promise of Things to Come.”  Tom Long returns withNYCS Passenger Cars in N-Scale.” Rich Stoving shares his layout building in “Scenicking Spurious Tunnel.” Ed Enyedy shows us what might have been at the 2020 convention in “It Was a 2020 Convention Layout.” Bob Shaw tells us about “Rerouting My Water Level Route #2.” Seth Lakin reports on “Modifying N Scale Architect’s NYC Lines West Station.” Steve Lasher recounts “Bringing Up Baby (Face).” And you also get all of the regular features with “NYCSHS RPO,” “NYCSHS Models” featuring photos from our members, “Extra Board,” “What’s New,” “The RPO,” and “The Observation Car.All in the July 2020 edition.

This online NYCSHS magazine is available quarterly on the NYCS website.  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.

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!!

Click Here to Read!!!!!

Publishing this magazine continues to be a major challenge each quarter as I receive very few articles for publication. I spend as much time trying to find modelers to write articles as I do focused on the publishing of the magazine. In our recent NYCSHS Modelers Survey, we received over 600 responses to the survey indicating that the respondents modeled the NYCS. If you model the NYC, please contact me to let me help you display your modeling to the rest of the readers.  Writing an article is not very hard and we can help you do it.  Without article contributions, we cannot publish the magazine.  We really need your help with this, if you enjoy reading the NYCentral Modeler each quarter.  Take a couple of minutes and send me an email and let us help you display your modeling or collecting talent to our readers.  Contact me at: NYCSHS@verizon.net

 

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