The 3rd Qtr. 2018 Central Headlight was mailed out on August 10, 2018.
Look for yours soon.
We are having a NYCSHS Modelers’ Mini in Cleveland on September 22 at the NYCSHS Headquarters. This will be a one-day gathering of those members who love modeling the NYCS. And we already have several members who have indicated they will be there. You should be too!!!
We have presenters on NYCS modeling techniques, results of the modeling survey, challenges facing model manufacturers, NYCSHS model development successes and failures, a tour of the archive focusing on NYCS modeling. We will also be treated to a talk by past NYCSHS President, Rich Stoving, about his “final” model railroad, and a roundtable discussion session to gather ideas about how to increase participation in the modeling activities at the NYCSHS.
It gives us a chance to meet each other, bring some other potential members, and discover ways to expand the modeling activities in the NYCSHS.
If you are interested in joining us, go to the Collinwood Shop to register or download a registration form and mail it to us and let us know you are coming. We are charging a small $10.00 fee to cover the cost of your lunch. That can be paid in the Collinwood Shop or by check if you mail in the registration. Bring another NYCS modeler and you both get a free lunch.
The cover photo for this quarter’s edition is from Jim Kindraka’s article about building an S-Scale America RS-1 kit in brass. Jim Kehn completes his construction of a “Generic Big Four Tower – Part 2” in this edition. Former NYCSHS Director Hugh Guillaume tells us all about the HO-scale brass Hudsons from Mizuno. Continuing his list of N-scale construction articles, Tom Long tells us about his 19000-series caboose construction. In our regular feature, “O-Gauge Model Railroading,” Bob Shaw shares “Running a Trolley Line Down Main Street.” Prolific modeler Seth Lakin builds both of the NYC 19000 Lot 732 cabooses he worked with American Model Builders to produce as exclusive NYCSHS kits. Tom Gerbracht shares descriptions of five videos of his NYC Niagaras and a link to view them. And you also get all of the regular features with “NYCSHS RPO,” “Extra Board,” “What’s New,” and “The Observation Car.” All in the July 1, 2018 edition.
This hard cover book is the complete story of the New York Central’s famous Niagara type Steam Locomotives, written by NYCSHS Director and former President Tom Gerbracht, after several years of research and a lifelong history of information collection for these great locomotives. Tom gives a detailed history of this famous locomotive from the official Railroad Historical Record Cards and official NYC drawings. This book identifies the New York Central’s earliest attempt of a locomotive with a 4-8-4-wheel arrangement. The book covers the Niagara in all of its forms, including the original Niagara, the production Niagaras, and the poppet valve Niagara. There is a section describing the design changes made to Niagaras during their careers, and a chapter of the testing of the Niagaras, including correspondence from some of the test participants. Tom also reviews the design details for a divided drive successor to the Niagara, an engine that was never built. The PT tenders used by Niagaras are also included, including future plans for a “Super PT”. Extensive reference material is included. The book has over 275 pages and over 200 photographs, many previously unpublished, and includes a 32-page color section. Excellent for modelers.