Don’t Miss Out on John Ham’s New Book

From Gotham to the Berkshires

(New York Central’s Harlem Division)

By John Ham

If you enjoyed John’s Along the Old West Shore,

you will find this a very informative book

on the NYC Harlem Division.



From Gotham to The Berkshires – New York Central’s Harlem Division
The Story of the old New York & Harlem Railroad began way back in 1831 when New York City authorized construction of a horse-drawn streetcar system for Manhattan Island that evolved over the decades into a major commuter railroad connecting New York State’s upstate communities with the City.
This new book is not a detailed narrative of the New York Central’s Harlem Division, but rather a photographic look at the history of this railroad that was the driving force in developing the regions along the eastern border of New York State from New York City to the heart of the Berkshires in Massachusetts.
Several noted photographers and railroad historians have opened their collections to us and they are the major source of the nearly 600 photographs, maps and timetables that lie between the covers of this publication. These folks have literally saved the history of this under-publicized major railroad and we are proud to present their work within.
Expected Delivery 3rd Qtr. 2019
MSRP $64.95  NYCSHS Members’ Price $51.96 and that is 20% off MSRP!

Shipping is extra and Ohio residents pay 8% Ohio Sales Tax

Order Today as We Have Only a Limited Supply of These Books!!!!!

Click Here to Order

Be Sure to Sign In to Get The NYCSHS Discount


Also be sure to select the US orders option if you live in the USA


and the Non-US Option if you live outside the USA.


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How About a Ride in the Hickory Creek?

Ride the Hickory Creek for the

2019 NYCSHS Convention


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We are looking for expressions of interest in this for the 2019

Convention weekend.


All of this is depending on the OK from Amtrak for the car to run,

but here are the plans for now.


Train #                                          Depart                                                        Arrive

Thursday, May 30

Train # 281                          NYC Penn Station 10:20 am                         Buffalo   6:05 pm

Friday, May 31

Train # 280                          Niagara Falls  3:50 am    Buffalo 4:45 am  Albany  9:45 am

Train # 283                           Albany 4:00 pm                                             Buffalo 9:00 pm

Sunday, June 2

Train # 288                          Niagara Falls 3:00 pm  Buffalo 3:55pm     NYC Penn Midnight


Expected Costing

Price guesses are $700 Round trip Penn Station to Niagara Falls and back $700.00, $375.00 one way and Niagara Falls to Albany and back $300.00.  All prices subject to change.

If you are planning to be in Canada for any of this be sure to remember to bring your passport.

If you are interested in reserving a seat contact NYCSHS Director Shel Lustig at  or phone 440-823-7762 or Fax 216-241-4037


We hope to have this confirmed in a few weeks. If you are interested let us know as there are only 22 seats available and some have been spoken for already.


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1st Qtr 2019 Central Headlight is in the Mail

1st Qtr. 2019 Central Headlight is in the Mail

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The copies were mailed out on Feb 11.

Articles in This Edition

“NYCSHS Strategic Plan”

“Remembering the New England States

The NYC Photography of William ‘Cecil” Hommerding”

“Society Holds its First Mini Convention”

“New York Central Steel Flat Cars Part 2 – Special Purpose Cars”


And some other regular features


If you are not a member you can obtain a copy by going

to the NYCSHS online Collinwood Shop to purchase a




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The Latest on Damaged Ex-NYC #6721

The Latest on Damaged Ex-NYC #6721

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Those of us who attended the 2015 NYCSHS Convention in Utica, NY have fond memories of the little 0-6-0 switcher on display at the Utica Union Station.  It was damaged by a runaway hopper in July 2015.  You can view the latest on the loco and tender in the You Tube video provided by the Utica & Mohawk Valley Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society showing the tender being prepared to be trucked to Dunkirk, NY for repairs.  This is one of the few NYC locos and tenders still in existence.

Click Here to View


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The NYCSHS Archive Photo and ValMap Collection is Now Available to You

NYCSHS Announces!!!!

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The Society Archive Photo Collection

Is Now Available to You

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First Three Photo CDs are Now

Available In The Collinwood Shop

These three CDs are the first of a series of NYCS photo CDs providing a collection of photos from the NYCSHS archives.  Each CD has between 150 and 225 photos of a series of locomotives from each of the builders that provided locomotives for the NYCS.

These first three photo CDs provide a imagery record of the minor locomotive builders for the NYCS.  They contain photos of some of the more interesting locomotive designs that ran on the NYCS.  Each CD provides coverage of each class of locomotive from that builder that ran on the NYCS. Check out the “Sharks,” Gravel Gerties,” and other unique locomotives of the NYCS.

These three CDs are just the beginning of this series and you can expect to find more of your favorite NYCS locomotives on upcoming releases.  They will include all of the steam and diesel locos that ran on the NYCS.  Once the locomotives CDs are all produced, we plan to continue the series with rolling stock and structures.

Start your collection of these photos today with these three unique locomotive builder photos.  All of the collections will include builders photos and action shots of the locos in everyday use.

Click Here to View the Photo CDs for Purchase!!!

We are also opening up the NYCSHS

Archive Photo Collection for you to

purchase individual photos.

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Here are four of the nearly 30,000 of images

available to purchase on the new

Photo & Val Map website.

To review and purchase the photo or Val Map

offerings from the NYCSHS follow the steps below:


  1. Review and select the photos you wish to purchase and copy the list onto something that will allow you to retrieve the listing once you get to the Collinwood Shop.
  2. Open the Collinwood Shop at
  3. Log into your account using your password to obtain the member’s price.
  4. Click on the “NYCSHS Archive Products, Photos and Val Maps” CATEGORY on left side of the home page of the shop.
  5. Select the“Digital Photo” or “Digital Val Map” option.
  6. Copy your list of photos or Val Map images into the “List of Photos” box.
  7. Put the number of photos or Val Map images in the “Quantity” box.
  8. Check out as you would normally for any purchase in the Collinwood Shop.

In order to view and select the images you wish

to purchase, click here for the website.

Once you have selected the images you wish to

purchase, go to the Collinwood Shop to make your purchase. 


Images will be sent as PDFs by email.  Email is free and

we offer no other options. 

Click here to place your order after selecting the images.


You must place the order by including the image numbers and selecting the number of images you wish to purchase.

There is a Val Map and a Photo section on the site.  Be sure to read the instructions on how to use the website before you begin!!!

Click Here to Download and/or View the

Photo Website Instructions.



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Bring Back Buffalo Terminal’s Light Fixtures

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In the mid 1980’s to the early 1990’s, the Historic Buffalo Central Terminal was stripped of all its antique Art Deco light fixtures by its owner. Many of the light fixtures have been found all over the world. Last week, several light fixtures were found at the Rago Auction House in New Jersey. This is our opportunity to bring these historic light fixtures back home. I’m asking $21,000 to cover the costs of the lights and travel expenses. Any additional funds will be donated to the Central Terminal Restoration Corporation.

To donate to help save these Buffalo Terminal Light Fixtures  

Click Here

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1st Qtr. 2019 NYCentral Modeler is Posted for Your Reading Pleasure

Latest Modeling News from the NYCSHS


The cover photo for this quarter’s edition is from David Howarth’s continuing coverage if his “NYC West Shore River Divisions”. His article is followed by a visit where “NYC Shines at Chicagoland RPM” by Bob Chapman. Will Tajibnapis brings his second part of the “And Something Completely Different” to continue to amaze us with his NYC passenger car operations.  Bob Shaw brings us another article from his “O-Gauge Model Railroading” feature with “Making a Terrace Featuring Timplate Stations, Walkover and Waiting Platforms”. “NY & Hudson Valley Railroad in HO-Scale – Part 2 allows Vinny DeRobertis to finish his sharing of his beautiful HO-Scale layout. Brian Marotta returns after several years to bring us up to date on his recent almost disaster with “A Pipe Leak Leads to Scenery Work and More Water”.  And you also get all of the regular features with “NYCSHS RPO,” “Extra Board,” “What’s New,” and “The Observation Car.” All in the 1st Qtr. 2019 edition.

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 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 just click here to read.




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