HOJACK is the definitive story of the historic and surviving contemporary lines of the Rome, Watertown & Ogdensburg Railroad and – after its 1891 acquisition by the New York Central & Hudson River Railroad – the RW&O Division. The word Hojack is a term of endearment that has always meant the RW&O railroad past, and even present lines.
At its height, the RW&O Division was comprised of just over 700 miles of trackage, which spanned the length and breadth of upstate New York. The RW&O railroad and division extended from the Adirondacks to the Niagara Escarpment, and from the Mohawk River Valley to the St. Lawrence River and on into Canada via Massena.
To satisfactorily present all of this, HOJACK is composed of 12 chapters, totaling 768 pages, upon which are displayed 1,392 images (266 color) – maps, black and white photographs, color photographs, drawings, and ephemera. Because of this, Authors Peter Gores and John Taibi, along with the assistance of David Link and Richard Palmer can authoritatively proclaim that HOJACK is a complete work regarding its presentation of historic fact and current presence supported by the above imagery.
This is a fascinating book about an extremely interesting part of the NYCS. The authors have produced over 55 books dealing with railroading’s history, mostly within New York State. We know what makes a book interesting and informative. HOJACK does this as well.
Banquet Guest Speaker
Co-author of the current NYCSHS book
Hojack – Remembering The RW&O
Railroad and Division
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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From Grand Central to Albany –
New York Central’s Water Level
Over the years numerous books have been produced depicting trains along the old New York Central Main Line between New York City and Albany. Early ones dealt mainly with locomotive and equipment roster shots with some fine scenic views tossed in here and there. More recent publications deal with modern day diesel and electric trains and the photo quality in most are really good. Several fine books have been done recently regarding the days of Penn Central, Conrail, Amtrak, and the MTA.
The focus of this book on the Central’s “Glory Years” using a multitude of magnificent steam and early diesel photos taken along the Water Level Route by some of the most noted rail photographers of the 20th Century. Many of the images within have not previously been published and their original negatives and prints have been graciously loaned to the author by different Historical Societies and collectors to scan and present to readers on the pages within.
This 336 page volume contains not only superb New York Central photos, but images of connecting railroads and industries of all sorts that were served by the Central in one capacity or another. There are even mining railroads that we had known little about before doing our extensive research.
There are more than 650 images between the covers. We hope you will be taking this trip up the scenic Hudson Valley with us and enjoy it as much as we have.
Here are some member reviews!!
I think this is John Ham’s best book ever, and I have them all. He has included many historical photographs I wouldn’t have thought existed, and he has included subjects, such as the Albany & Hudson Fast LIne, that I never knew about. His coverage of some major on-line industries is also welcome. This is a ‘must have” for anyone who cherishes the memory of the New York Central System.
Rich Stoving, Wellsboro, PA
NYCSHS Director Emeritus, Editor, Central Headlight
“Having grown up on the west end of the system, I found this fantastic book to be full of interesting facts and pictures. The picture quality is excellent. I especially liked the layout by stations progressing from GCT to Albany. If you don’t already own this terrific book, you should add it to your library.”
Mike Vescelus, Sellersburg, IN
“A great new book! If you think there aren’t treasurers to come from the Society after the amazing “Know Thy” books and Rich Stoving bringing lost and unknown history to life, think again. This is a book you can get lost in! Read it again and again.”
R. B. Phillips, Westford, MA
“The photographs in this book are outstanding and some of them have never been published before. Interesting details and photos of each station along the Hudson River are included and I found them fascinating as I have always been a Big Four fan and really never paid much attention to this area of the NYC before. John and his historians have done an excellent job of showcasing the stations, towns and action along this important line of the NYC. The list of photographers (many current and former NYCSHS members) is really impressive and the author has selected some of the best. Don’t miss out on this book that is shipping now from the Collinwood Shop.”
Noel Widdifield, Leesburg, VA
MSRP $79.95 NYCSHS Members’ Price $59.96
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The book is expected to be released in late October 2021!!
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2022 NYCSHS Calendar
The NYCSHS 2022 Calendar is now available with eleven color and three black & white photographs.
With our New York Central calendar for 2022, we’ve done more than to provide you with the days of the week, some historical dates, and some nice train pictures. We want to take you on a trip around the vast New York Central System with stunning photos that are evocative of the seasons. In February, you’ll sympathize with a South Bend operator as he hoops up orders to The Chicagoan in bitterly cold South Bend, Indiana; and in April you’ll see a conductor and rear brakeman conversing while their local freight pauses in still-chilly Hudson, Michigan. In July you’ll feel the heat of The Bronx as a P-motor wheels a two-car Empire Service train past what is left of Mott Haven; and in December you’ll be glad to be warm at home when you observe a classic Hudson departing nearly snowed-in Buffalo Central Terminal. Our calendar will also take you inside Harmon’s roundhouse as two Century-styled Hudsons are prepared for another westward voyage. And our two covers will help you to recollect the final years of the Age of Steam. All this from fine, high-resolution photos carefully selected from hundreds of candidates.
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Dining A La Pullman – The History of Pullman
Dining Service, 1866 – 1968
Following up on his successful sleeping “hotel” cars of the 1860s, George Pullman invented the first railroad dining car, starting a century-long tradition of the Pullman Company providing its passengers with restaurant-quality meals on rails. This is the first telling of the story of Pullman’s dining service, with colorful menus, tasteful china and silver, popular recipes, and extensive interviews with retired Pullman chefs and waiters who served opera singers, actors, businessmen, and even the President of the United States. Authors Mulligan, Tilp, and Zimmermann explore the history, equipment, food, and people that made this unique era of travel possible. Tilp also covers the story of his company’s 1968 purchase of the Pullman restaurant-sleeper Lotos Club and the subsequent restoration and operation of what remains the most authentically restored Pullman car in the United States. Recipes for numerous classic Pullman meals and a selection of complete, historic Pullman menus round out this definitive volume on Pullman’s culinary legacy.
Paperback – 172 Pages
The NYCSHS proudly presents the first in a series of layout tours featuring the modeling skills of NYCSHS members recreating the New York Central System in miniature. NYCS modeling is one of the ways that we can honor the memory of the New York Central over 50 years after it ceased to exist. Our membership consists of many retired NYCS employees, people who rode or watched the railroad in its glory days and more and more by those too young to have even seen it when it ran.
Our members model in every scale and in many ways, but many recreate portions of the railroad as it existed by realistically modeling a certain section of it and at specific time period. Rich Stoving has done this for a portion of the Hudson Division in the 1940s.
Some Scenes From Rich’s Layout Video
Rich’s Layout Drawing
Layout Drawing by Frank Knight
To view this first in the series of
NYCSHS Layout Tours