Empire State Express Campaign

Empire State Express Campaign

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Map of the Empire State Express Campaign

The Express is Running

May 18 – Ten Miles East of Rochester, NY.

Now over half way there!!!!

$22,650.00 donated to date!!!

Since the NYCSHS Treasurer is going out of the country,

the next map update will be after the Convention in


Donations should continue as we are making great

progress but still have a ways to go!!


ESE Fund Resize

The focus for the “Empire State Express” funds will be on furthering the Society’s mission of making information available.  The funds will be used for:

  • Continuing the scanning of historical materials  – computers, scanners and paying for scanning we cannot do.
  • Maintaining and improving the IT system- Expand the IT system for new users at the archive, add additional website capability, obtain additional contract IT support,  add secure backup in a cloud based system – continue to add features and applications to the existing system.
  • Acquisition of new materials – This is for the purchase of NYCS photos, maps and other memorabilia that is determined to be important to our history.
  • Expanding the library – Adding reference material and improving the database to make retrieval of library references
  • Displaying object collections, such as models, china, silver and memorabilia – Purchase of display cabinets for the object collections
  • Coordinating with other railway historical societies – Offering material not associated with the NYCS that we have acquired through donations to other societies.  – Shipping and postage to do this
  • Expanding the help which we provide to members, historians, authors and model makers. – Adding applications, databases and security that make it easier to do research in the archive.
  • Support of other NYC related historical activities. – Providing general support to other NYC related activities in the form of grants and support.

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We have created a magnificent Archive. Now it’s time to make it grow!

Please make your check or money order payable to NYCSHS and write Empire State Express Fund in the memo box or line.

Mail to:

Noel F. Widdifield, Treasurer, P.O. Box 328, Shady Side, MD 20764

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 “Contributions”  under “CATEGORY”.   Then move  down  and click  on  the  “Empire  State  Express  Fund  Donation” item.  Select the amount you wish to donate and follow the instructions to check out and donate. 

Donations can be made by check, money order, credit card or PayPal.

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.

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 expand and maintain our wonderful Archive.”





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NYCSHS 2019 Convention is Sold Out

NYCSHS 2019 Convention is Sold Out!!!

No More Registrations for the Convention

are Available!!!


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An Exciting New Book From the NYCSHS

Silver Rails

Through the Heart of the Park

New York Central Railroad’s Adirondack Division

By John Taibi

With Peter Gores and David Link

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This book celebrates the past operation of the New York Central’s Adirondack Division (as well as portions of the Ogdensburg and Ottawa Divisions) and the current service being provided by the Adirondack Scenic Railroad into, through, and out of the Adirondack Park.

During railroading’s historic times, the New York Central and its forebears maintained service over 271.09 miles from Herkimer and Utica to Remsen, and on to Tupper Lake and Lake Clear junctions, Lake Placid, Malone, and Adirondack Junction from which Montreal was reached via the Canadian Pacific Railway. The present ASRR schedules provide for trains to run over only about a third of the Central’s lengthy territory, yet, the Park has remained the formidable constant, maintaining its vast forests, breathtaking mountains, and powerful waterways for rail travelers to admire and contemplate today as was done yesterday.

This book is a comprehensive history of the

Adirondack Division of the New York Central Railroad.


Table of Contents
Adirondack Division Chronology- page 2
The Fleur-de-lis- page 4
Preface- page 6
Historical Capsule- page 12
On the Road- page 20
Track Maintenance Sections- page 129
Water, Please!- page 209
The Station’s Life- page 249
Cross Roads- page 471
Industrial Revolution- page 535
A Soldier’s Journey- page 645
Post War- page 665
State Ownership- page 687
Adirondack Division Ready Reference- page 735
Acknowledgements- page 764
Index- page 768
Bibliography- page 771

The book provides 800 pages of history of the railroad, towns, industries, and people found along the Adirondack Division of the New York Central.

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The book contains over 1720 images of the Adirondack Division

with 442 of them in color.

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Published by the NYCSHS with all proceeds going to the Society

as a donation by John Taibi.


Click Here to Order From Collinwood Shop


Click Here to Download Order Form for Mail In Orders


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Dealer Inquires Welcome at NYCSHS@verizon.net



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Latest Modeling News from the NYCSHS

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The cover photo for this quarter’s edition is from Tom Long’s  “Modeling ¾ Lightning Stripe FA/FB in N-Scale”.” NYCSHS member Stan Madyda demonstrates “Building the AMB Woodward Station Kit”.  NYCSHS Director, Nick Ariemma takes us to the “Amherst Railway Society –The Big Show”. Associate Editor Bob Shaw urges us to consider “Restoration – You Can Do It” in this edition of “O-Gauge Model Railroading.” Author Tom Bailey returns with another how-to article on “A Heavyweight Combine in HO-Scale’. NYCSHS member, Dean Apostal and NYCSHS Director Dave Staplin tell us about “Modeling a NYC Air Conditioned Coach – Circa 1941”. And you also get all of the regular features with “NYCSHS RPO,” “Extra Board,” “What’s New,” and “The Observation Car.” All in the Apri 1, 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 www.NYCSHS.org. 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!!

Click Here to Read!!!!


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How About a Ride in the Hickory Creek?

Ride the Hickory Creek for the

2019 NYCSHS Convention

This trip has been cancelled as Amtrak

has not given permission for it to run.

Sorry, but blame Amtrak!!!!


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

Convention weekend.



This trip has been cancelled as Amtrak

has not given permission for it to run.



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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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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

copy.  www.NYCSHS.net



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