NYC Mohawk 2933 Unveiling

The Museum of Transportation  in St. Louis, MO, unveiled and dedicated two restored steam engines over the weekend. Both restorations have been in progress for several years and now both are ready for public display.  Wabash 573 and New York Central Mohawk 2933.

(Ronald Godfeder Photo)

Several groups who participated in these restorations were available to answer questions and make presentations. The National Railway Historical Society, New York Central System Historical Society, Wabash Railroad Historical Society, Railway & Locomotive Historical Society.

Directors Jim Suhs, Darwin Simonaitis, former Director, Chuck Beargie and NYCSHS members Dennis Regan, and Bob Keeler represented the Society at the event.  Chuck spoke at the dedication.

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The NYCSHS contingent at the dedication.


Chuck Beargie speaking for the NYCSHS.  (Dennis Regan Photo)

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Bob Keeler and Chuck Beargie manning the NYCSHS booth.

NYC L-2d Class 4-8-2 #2933 will be on outdoor unobstructed display, along with
Wabash 2-6-0 #573, for the next month, great for viewing and photography.
After this display period, it will be moved under-cover, packed in with other
equipment, essentially inaccessible for decent viewing or photography.

If any NYCSHS members  plan a visit during the coming month, it is suggested
calling the museum to verify display situation.

Museum of Transportation
3015 Barrett Station Road
St. Louis, MO 63122

Some links to additional photos of the event.

Photos by David Huelsing

Photos by Steve Binning

St. Louis Museum of Transportation

Special thanks to all the donors and volunteers who supported both of these projects and made their preservation possible.

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New Collinwood Shop Shipping Agent

New Collinwood Shop Shipping Agent

For many years all of our shipping except models have been shipped by Jim Suhs from his Lockport, IL home’s basement.  Recently, we had the good fortune to add a NYCSHS long-time member volunteer to help us set up the shipping activities into our new NYCSHS Headquarters.

Our new Senior Shipping Agent, Bob Wasko has been working with directors Jim Suhs, Joe Epperson, Mike Vescelus, Dave Mackay and Noel Widdifield to activate the shipping activity in the Headquarters.

After Jim Suhs delivered all of the Collinwood Shop inventory to the Headquarters and Jim and Bob Wasko unloaded it, Bob completed inventorying and storing all of it in the newly created shipping department office.

Bob and Dave Mackay worked out all of the necessary details for shipping materials and software for mailing.  Mike Vescelus worked with Bob and directors’ wives, Patty Epperson, Karen Vescelus and Ann Widdifield to bar code label all of the material. Mike had spent that last three months working to set up a computer based capability for inventory and selling.  He transferred that capability to Bob for inventory tracking.

All of the activity to make the transfer came together and at about 10:00 am on May 16 Bob shipped out the first batch of store items to members who had purchased them through the Collinwood Shop.

Bob Wasko about to head out to the Berea Post Office to send out the first batch of shipments from the Collinwood Shop.

So we are in business with the new Shipping Department and Senior Shipping Agent for shipping of all Collinwood Shop purchase except models and calendars.  Jim Suhs will continue to ship current and past year calendars and Dave Mackay will continue to ship models.  Model shipments will be transferred to Bob later this year.We believe that this new location and agent will greatly improve our ability to get the goodies to our members more efficiently and quicker.

Bob Wasko is one of the latest NYCSHS members to volunteer to help us continue to improve our service to members.  We have recently added another three member volunteers to our growing number of NYCSHS volunteers.

Please take a look at the volunteer positions we need to fill and consider getting more involved with the exciting work that we are doing.

Work From Home and be Part of the NYCSHS Crew!!

Graphic Artist

We need a person who can provide computer graphic support to several activities within the Society.  Currently, we have one person who is very well qualified, but has a very full work schedule and is only able to provide periodic support.

The ideal person would have the ability to provide graphic support to the Archive activities, the Central Headlight, NYCentral Modeler, NYCSHS website, “Collinwood Shop”, and other activities as required.

All of this work could be done from home, with direction from the business manager.  The requirement is for someone with knowledge and experience with any of the commercial graphic software, such as Adobe Illustrator, Coral Draw, Photoshop, etc and the ability to create original drawings and graphics.

Duties would include but not be limited to:

  • Advise advertising chair on graphic strategies to reach a particular audience
  • Design graphics to deliver the desired message
  • Create images that support all NYCSHS activities
  • Develop graphics for product illustrations, logos, and websites
  • Select colors, images, text style, and layout
  • Work closely with the Business Manager, Membership Chair, editors of Central Headlight and NYCentral Modeler to develop needed graphics for production

If you are interested, please contact us at

Assistant Shipping Clerk in the Middleburg Heights, Ohio area.

If you live in the Cleveland area, the NYCSHS needs some help as we continue to move critical functions into our new Headquarters building in Middleburg Heights, Ohio.We need a  volunteer willing to spend a few hours each week to back up the NYCSHS Shipping Clerk in shipping items we sell in the Collinwood Shop. We plan to complete the move of shipping activity to the Headquarters in mid-May.  We already have a volunteer for the senior shipping clerk position and he is heavily engaged in setting up this activity in the Headquarters, but he needs a back up.

Being a back up means being available when the chief clerk is not available and consists of purchasing packaging supplies and mailing material, preparing the books, DVDs, calendars and Central Headlights purchased online in the Collingwood Shop, before mailing the material out to the members who have ordered them. This position is for back up only and training will be provided by the chief clerk on how to do all of these things.

We estimate that these tasks will require about four to six hours a week spread over a couple of days when the chief clerk cannot preform the duties. We would like to sign up a volunteer to have backup coverage for the tasks.

This volunteer position of “NYCSHS Assistant Shipping Agent” would allow you to give support to our organization in a very critical mission area for us.

You would be working in the area of our archive and would be able to interact with our Archive Volunteer Crew in the facility. Most of them are in the facility several days each week, so you would not be there alone.

The NYCSHS Needs You in the Archive Crew!!

We  need long-term help with continuing to organize and preserve the archive material that we have collected over the past 46 years.  No prior experience is necessary, and we can use your help now. We will provide the training you will need and you will have fun while you learn.

You will be joining an experienced team who have been working with the archives for some time and are a great bunch of people to work with.

If you are willing to volunteer for any of these very important position, please send an email to or call Noel Widdifield at 703-407-3059 who will explain all of the details of what is involved.

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Unveiling of Restored NYCS #2933

Join us Saturday, May 20th when The Museum of

Transportation will host a restoration unveiling for the

New York Central #2933 and the Wabash #573 at

10:00 a.m. under the Roberts’ Pavilion.

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Coby Ellison, Museum Curator, puts the final touches on the NYC #2933 (using data provided by NYCSHS).

New York Central L-2d Mohawk 2933 was built by the American Locomotive Company (Alco) at Schenectady, New York in November, 1929, for the Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati & St. Louis (Big Four) RR as #6233. She was renumbered to NYC 2933 in 1936. She and the other 299 members of the L-2 Mohawk family were gutsy, no-frills freight engines. They served nearly all the lines of the New York Central System through the lean years of the Great Depression, through the war years, and right up to the end of steam. She was officially retired in August 1957, being the last of the Big Four L-2d Mohawks to be retired. She may have been used at Selkirk, New York, to supply steam heat after retirement. She was donated, along with a New York electric locomotive, S-2 113, to the Museum of Transportation by NYC President Alfred Perlman on June 13, 1963.

The restoration of the New York Central L-2d Mohawk 2933 took over 10 years.

Wabash 573 is a 2-6-0 Mogul type freight locomotive built by the Rhode Island Locomotive Works in 1899. Number 573 weighs 215,825 lbs. It has 64” drive wheels and 19” by 28” cylinders. Five of these Moguls were built for the Wabash Railroad. Even though Wabash claimed to be completely dieselized in 1953, it maintained two of the steam powered Moguls on a small branch line in Keokuk Illinois; due to a small bridge that could not support the weight of a diesel. The engine maintained a slight celebrity status among steam fans, and appeared several times in Trains Magazine in 1954-1955. Number 573 was donated to the St. Louis Museum of Transportation in 1955 by the Wabash Railroad.

If you are attending, please park in Parking Lot 2. The service gate by the ‘Function Junction Pavilion’ will be open for closer access to the rail yard. The Function Junction Pavilion is the blue canopy immediately to the south side of the Parking Lot 2 parking area. The gates open at 9:00 and the ceremony begins at 10 am.

Make a day of your visit! You can also:

– visit the 9th Annual Pumpers & Pistons Show, from 9 am – 3 pm, at the Museum of Transportation. Hosted by The Gateway Fire Historical Society and The American Truck Historical Society.

– Ride the miniature train and handcars and the historic Museum trolleys.

– Enjoy lunch…   The St. Louis Cardinals’ Food Truck will be on-site from 11 am – 1:30 pm.
314-965-6212 or 314-965-6885

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Our “New” New York Central System Historical Society Shipping Department





For many years our NYCSHS Secretary, Jim Suhs, has done all of the shipping of back issues and issues to new members of Central Headlights, all of the NYCSHS calendars, all books, DVDs, and much of our memorabilia.

We decided that we needed to move that function to our new Headquarters and give Jim a break after almost 45 years of providing this valuable service.

When we acquired the new Headquarters, it was our intention to move the shipping of all of our Collinwood Shop items to that facility.


To do that we have set up an office and storage at the Headquarters and recruited a volunteer, Bob Wasko, to be our Chief Shipping Agent.

Bob has done a wonderful job of getting things set up to receive all of the material that Jim has been storing in his basement. Bob has experience in shipping from his retirement career in a local UPS store and this has helped us greatly in setting up our facility.

In order to make the change over, Jim Suhs will take all of the material that he has and bring it to the 2017 NYCSHS Convention in Marlborough, MA for the Collinwood Shop set up there.

Following the Train Show on Sunday, May 7, he will transport all of the material to the Headquarters back in Middleburg Heights, OH.

He will arrive there on May 9 and he and Bob will move all of the material into the Shipping Department in the Headquarters. The following week, Mike Vescelus and I will arrive at the Headquarters to help Bob get all of the items organized, inventoried and priced.

Sometime around May 19, all of this should be completed and we will be back in business.

The models will continue to be shipped by Dave Mackay until near the end of 2017, when we will move that shipping to the Headquarters, as well.

This means that any item ordered from the Collinwood Shop between April 28 and May 19 will not be shipped until after May 19.


We are sorry for this brief inconvenience to our members during this time, but this new arrangement will make shipping much easier and convenient for our members.

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National Association of Timetable Collectors’ Latest Publication

The National Association Timetable Collectors has completed a three-issue article on the Big Four and Big Four Employee timetables.   The Timetable Collector editor sent copies of the issues to the NYCSHS for review.

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The issues are available for $10.00 postpaid each. All three issues (Nos. 151, 154, and 155) can be purchased for $27 postpaid.

Orders may be placed to:

Lee R. Meyers

Treasurer, NAOTC

P.O. Box 1266

Hendersonville, TN 37077-1266

An issue dealing with Big Four public timetables is planned for the future.

To view the National Association of Timetable Collectors (NAOTC) Click Here!!

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2nd Qtr. 2017 Central Headlight Mailing Soon


Photo-filled 2nd Quarter Central Headlight Will

Mail on May 10

Like railroad photos? Then you don’t want to miss the big, photo-filled 2nd Quarter issue of Central Headlight, the Society’s quarterly print magazine. Here’s what’s included:

  • Fifteen beautiful color photos of NYC L-2d 2933. Following a ten-year restoration, this classic NYC Mohawk will be unveiled at the Museum of Transportation near St. Louis on May 20. If you can’t be there, you’ll want to see these photos!
  • Twenty rare photos illustrating the full story of the 1957-1961 grade crossing elimination project at Pleasantville, New York on Central’s Harlem Division.
  • Twenty-six never-before published photos taken by veteran NYC general manager and photographer par excellence Jeremy Taylor. These steam-to-diesel transition-era photos, each printed half-page size, cover the NYCS from Massachusetts to Illinois and are knowledgably captioned by Mr. Taylor himself. If you model the NYC, you need to study these photos to get it right.
  • Four vintage photos illustrating NYC’s presence at Shelby, Ohio, the location of Phil Hastings’ famous photo of “The Mohawk that Refused to Abdicate.”
  • Six color photos illustrating the on-going restoration of NYC tavern-lounge car 41 in Cedar Park, Texas.
  • The full story of a day in the life of a New York Central track walker, as it was back in the 1940s.
  • Two memorable tail-end color photos of Michigan Central’s famous Twilight Limited, paused in flight at Jackson, Michigan.

This exciting issue is now being printed, and will mail to all members on May 10. If you are not a member, sign up NOW, and we will send you not only this photo-filled issue, but also our first-quarter issue, mailed to members in February. But do it TODAY to be on the mailing list!

Not a Member of the Exciting NYCSHS

Don’t Miss Out on the Excitement!!!

Click Here to Join in the Collinwood Shop!!


Click Here for Membership Forms to Mail In!!

Central Headlight Editor and NYCHS President, Rich Stoving Had Some Time For Running his Railroad After Sending the Latest Edition Off to the Publisher

Coal Drag 1

Coal Drag 2

In an unusual move occasioned by a labor dispute, H-5q 1339 and F-12g 868 teamed up to lead a half-mile-long coal drag westward on New York Central’s Hudson Division.


4009 Approaching Breakneck Tunnel

Approaching Breakneck Tunnel

5451 approaching Bear Mountain Tunnel

Approaching Bear Mountain Tunnel

(All Photos by Rich)


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Save The Railroad – Adirondack Scenic Railroad

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To donate to help the cause click here: 

Adirondack Scenic Railroad



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