1st Qtr 2017 NYCentral Modeler Is Here

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You will find all the usual features in this quarter’s edition with lots of new model information, several interesting letters we have received and answered, the “Observation Car’ with previews of the January 2017 edition, and columns by President, Rich Stoving and NYCentral Modeler Editor, Noel Widdifield.

NYCSHS members Bob Keeler and Dennis Regan return to the Annual St. Louis Railroad Phototype Models convention and bring us coverage of the event and looks of photos of NYCS modeling.
Dean Apostal tells us how he painted and weathered some of the Westerfield stock cars we have for sale in the Collinwood Shop.

Bob Shaw, NYCentral Modeler assistant proof editor, continues to share his unique modeling of the NYCS with “Adding a Turntable & Roundhouse – Big Hits”.  Bob uses his excellent O-gauge modeling skills to add some interesting features to his layout.

Long-time NYCSHS member, Carl Sardaro tells us about “Modifying an O-Scale FM C-Liner” as he greatly improves an old AMC/Rivarossi model.

In this issue Noel Widdifield, NYCentral Modeler editor, provides two articles to help you write and article and take more professional photos for the magazine. He also adds a short article on doing an article quickly. There are even some checklists/outlines to help you.

Of course, you will find all of the regular features included. Read about the authors in “Extra Board”, new NYCS products in “What’s New” and “Some other Thoughts” shares many of the new products available in the Collinwood Shop at big discounts for members.

There are even forms to renew your membership for 2017 and registration for the NYCSHS 2017 Convention in Marlborough, MA in May.
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Be sure to check out this latest edition.  We have some really informative articles for you!!

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Next Issue of Central Headlight Will Mail on November 11

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Most NYC enthusiasts will recall that the inaugural runs of Central’s streamlined Empire State Express occurred on December 7, 1941, a day that all Americans remember as Pearl Harbor Day. To be sure, there was scant coverage of those first runs of streamlined Nos. 50 and 51 in the press, as the United States declared war on Imperial Japan on the following day.

In recognition of the 75th Anniversary of both events, the principal article in our November issue discusses the events that led New York Central to develop the 1941 Empire, provides details of its construction and appearance, and gives some details about its first runs. Written by rail historian John C. Dahl, the article is profusely illustrated, and should be welcomed by all who are interested in passenger train operations.

The lead article, “Moving a Mountain,” discusses the complex logistics involved in moving our archives to our new Headquarters, while providing a few glimpses of the facility as it appeared on moving day. Other articles recall operations at Tower NW on the Harlem side of the Electric Division, look at small-town freight operations on the Norwalk Branch, and explain how an elderly Pacific found her feet on some very slippery rails. Wrapping up the issue in the holiday spirit, the last article provides a colorful look at some of New York Central’s classic Christmas-themed magazine advertising.

This big, 48-page issue should be in members’ hands well in time for some great holiday reading. If you’re not a member, join now for 2017. You’ll receive a copy of this final 2016 issue as a bonus!



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4th Qtr. 2016 NYCentral Modeler

The NYCSHS On-Line Modeling Magazine

Published Quarterly to Provide a Publication Dedicated to Modeling of the NYCS.

4th Qtr. 2016 NYCentral Modeler

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You will find all the usual features in this quarter’s edition with lots of new model information, several interesting letters we have received and answered, the “Observation Car’ with previews of the January 2017 edition, and columns by President, Rich Stoving and NYCentral Modeler Editor, Noel Widdifield.

The articles begin with a very interesting model developed by Dan Apostal.  He models a hot box on a freight car and you will see a video of it in action.

Dave Mackay, NYCSHS director and chair of the NYCSHS Modelers Committee, returns with a short very visual article on “Modeling NYCS Depots with the Woodward Station Kit” that we offer in the Collinwood Shop.

One of our previous authors, Bob Shaw, continues to share his unique modeling of the NYCS with “Making Good Looking, One-of-a Kind Freight Cars”.  It is always interesting to see what Bob comes up with using his excellent O-gauge modeling skills.

Dan Howard brings us a tale about modeling “NYC and New Haven in the Shadows of the Taconics”.  He blends the NYCS and the New Haven railroads into a very interesting and profession layout.

In the series, “Modeling 2nd Sections of the Century in Post WW II Era, Part 3” by Dave Staplin, he continues this set of articles telling us everything there is to know about this section of the NYCS’s 20th Century Limited.

In another of the regular features by Larry Faulkner and Manuel Duran-Duran will will see the first NYCSHS O-scale exclusive offering of a NYCS Branchline switch cabin.  Larry tells us how to build this unique O-scale model.  He also includes the HO-scale model that is currently on sale in the Collinwood Shop. And Manuel provides the history and excellent scale drawings of the “New York Central System Standard Mile Post.

Finally, David Howarth shares his fifth in the series on his “New York Central West Shore in O-scale” from Australia.  He even runs one of his trains for us and tells us about the challenges of building such a very large layout.

You will also read about the latest on the NYCS 19000 caboose from TrueLine Trains and hear about the “Flight of the Century” campaign that has been so successful.

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Be sure to check out this latest edition.  We have some really informative articles for you!!

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2017 NYCSHS Calendar is Here

Buy your 2017 NYCSHS Calendar Now!!!

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These calendars contain 12 great photos in each yearly offering.  They represent a wonderful collection of photos from the glory days of the New York Central System.  Each month has important historical events listed on the days that they occurred.  Select the calendar you want in the box above.

Price is $14.00. Ohio residents add $1.12 per calendar for Ohio state sales tax.  Shipping included for US only. Non-US orders will have shipping added.

To order your calendar go to the Collinwood Shop and place your order:

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Flight of the Century Campaign (August 21 Update)

 The Century has arrived at La Salle Street Station.
$60,000 Contributed 

60000

  • Contributions from 211 individuals
  • Average contribution was $288.63
  • Campaign lasted 6 weeks from first appeal
  • Three $5,000 contributions
  • Seven $2,500 contributions
  • Nine $1,000 contributions
  • Total contributions $60,000

All donors will be identified by name and amount in the November 2016 issue of Central Headlight

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*   Donors who contributed at the $2,500 level will receive a full-size replica of a Mohawk headlight shelf number plate with NYCS oval, cast in aluminum.  Six authentic numbers are available.
 
**  Donors who contributed at the $5,000 level or over will receive a full-size replica of a Niagara number plate with NYC oval, cast in aluminum. Three authentic numbers are available.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for you to make a lasting contribution that will help to perpetuate the memory of the mighty New York Central System.  And remember, the NYCSHS is a Section 501.c.(3) organization, so your donation is tax deductible under IRS regulations, depending, of course, on your personal situation.  Further, if you work for or are retired from a company that offers matching contributions, please investigate to determine if your contribution can be matched by your company.  We will be pleased to assist you in identifying and completing the necessary forms for a funds match.
 
Please make your check or money order payable to NYCSHS and write Flight of the Century in the memo box or line.   Mail to:   Noel F. Widdifield, Treasurer
                                                                                      P.O. Box 328
                                                                                      Shady Side, MD 20764

Contact Noel at NYCSHS@verizon.net if you have a problem.
 
You can also make a donation through our on-line Collinwood Shop.  Go to www.nycshs.net and sign in.  Then drop down and click on the “Flight of the Century” category.  Move over and click on the “Flight of the Century Campaign Donation” item.  Follow the instructions to check out and donate.  Donations can be made by check, money order, credit card or PayPal.
 
Your support of the NYCSHS has never been more important than it is now.  Please join with your fellow members in making a substantial contribution that will enable us to complete a permanent home befitting the great railroad system we so dearly remember.

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Latest Issue of the Central Headlight was mailed August 10.

Pages from 2016Q3The New York Central System operated in eleven great states, and the big, 48-page 3rd Quarter Issue of Central Headlight will take you to four of those states with articles about Central’s operations in a small Ohio town; an attempt to rescue the first Hudson from the scrap line at Gardenville, New York; a look at rail crossing changes at Albion, Michigan; and a steam machinist’s memories of the roundhouse at Mattoon, Illinois. You’ll also visit Haldimand County, Ontario, Canada; and, really going far afield, you’ll get a close look at a very sizeable chunk of New York Central history found in Fairview, Oklahoma! All this, not to mention four color pages featuring our 2016 Annual Convention.

So this is an issue of Central Headlight that’s not to be missed, and if you are not yet a member, there’s no better time to join than right now. Why? Because it’s August! Beginning with this month, all new memberships will be for Year 2017. But we wouldn’t want you to have to wait until January to reap the benefits of membership. So you will receive the 3rd and 4th Quarter 2016 issues of our magazine as well as all four issues for 2017. That’s six great issues of our highly acclaimed magazine for the price of four. You can’t beat that. Join now!

 

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NYCentral Modeler Magazine

The NYCSHS On-Line Modeling Magazine

Published Quarterly to Provide a Publication Dedicated to Modeling of the NYCS.

3rd Qtr. 2016 NYCentral Modeler

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This edition brings you some very
interesting articles and some
exciting features.

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You will find all the usual features in this quarter’s edition with lots of new model information, several interesting letters we have received and answered, the “Observation Car’ with previews of the October 2016 edition, and columns by President, Rich Stoving and Noel Widdifield.

The articles begin with the second in the series, “Modeling 2nd Sections of the Century in Post WW II Era” by Dave Staplin. Dave continues this set of articles telling us everything there is to know about this section of the NYCS’s 20th Century Limited.

Keith Taylor tells us an interesting story about the origin of his “Live Steam Hudson” and provides some excellent photos of this interesting model. Alan Schofield from Great Briton writes about his NYCS layout and also includes some really great photos of some of his modeling of the Harmon “substation” or tower in USA language.

One of our previous authors continues his tale on his “NYC’s Weehawken Terminal – Part 2” and show us how he brought water to his Hudson River terminal. We will see again some of his excellent models of the NYC’s tugs, barges and assorted other watercraft.

NYCSHS Director, Dave Mackay, spins a tale about his efforts in “Developing a Model for the NYCSHS. You will also see many photos of towers found along the River Division near his home. Dave is an excellent modeler and shares the story of one of the first structure models developed exclusively for the NYCSHS.

Finally, Seth Lakin returns with another article for us. This one is not about his modeling but about an elusive piece of rolling stock that many NYCS models are not aware. Read about the “NYC’s Diesel Fuel Tank Cars” and see photos of these only 50 cars that the NYC owned.

You will also read about the results form the NYCSHS fourth “Modeling Survey” and hear about the new NYCSHS “Headquarters” and the “Flight of the Century” campaign that was kicked off this month.

Don’t miss out!!        Read it now at Click here to read.

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Noel Widdifield

Editor, NYCentral Modeler

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