Know Thy Niagaras

Know Thy Niagaras


The book you have been waiting for!!!!!

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 The book has over 275 pages and over 200 photographs, many previously unpublished, and includes a 32-page color section.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.

  • MSRP $89.95 plus $6.50 S&H. (Shipping higher to Canada, Mexico, & Overseas – Contact us for shipping cost) – Ohio residents add 8% tax.

  • NYCSHS Members’ price $71.96 plus $6.50 S&H (20% off MSRP) – Ohio residents add 8% tax.

  • All proceeds go to the NYCSHS.

  • A very limited quantity of numbered and signed copies available at $250.  Also available here in the Collinwood Shop!!!

  • Expected Spring 2018 (Late April or May). Very limited run and no reprints.

Pre-order now in the Collinwood Shop

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Or Click Here for Order Form to Mail in with Check or Money Order and Mail to:


Know Thy Niagaras

P.O. Box 328

Shady Side, MD 20764


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NYCSHS 2018 Convention

2018 NYCSHS Convention in Cleveland, OH  May 4 – May 6, 2018


NYCSHS Members (including family members) $179.00 each for all activities including the Saturday evening banquet Non-members can register at $179.00 plus a fee of $44.00. The extra fee covers membership in the Society for one year, including all rights and benefits, along with one year of the Central Headlight.


Registration forms can be downloaded by clicking here.

You may also register in the Collinwood Shop by clicking here.

Hotel Rooms have been made available at the:

Holiday Inn Cleveland South

6001 Rockside Road
 Independence, OH 44131

Please call the hotel directly at 1-216-524-8050. Rooms can be reserved at the rate of $99.00 Single, Double or King plus 16.25% tax. Cut off date for a reservation is Tuesday, April 3, 2018. You are responsible for making your own reservations. They are not included in this registration.


Click Here to Register for the Convention in the Collinwood Shop


Click Here to Download Registration Form for 2018 Convention

2018 NYCSHS Convention T-Shirt

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Available in Collinwood Shop or at the Convention

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Kevin Keefe Article in Classic Trains Magazine

Kevin Keefe Article in Classic Trains Magazine

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The speaker at the 2018 NYCSHS Annual Meeting and Convention reminisces in an article about about the Niles, MI Michigan Central Station.  Click here to read!!



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1st Quarter 2018 Central Headlight is in the Mail on February 8.

Next Issue of Central Headlight Is In The Mail On February 8


If you’re a member of the NYCSHS, there’s some great  reading in store for you in the 1st Quarter 2018 issue of Central Headlight.  It is the most colorful issue ever. It was mailed to you on February 8, 2018. Members who have paid to received digital copies will also receive the digital issue on that date.

If you’re not a member, this would be a great time to join for 2018, because we have a whole year of issues coming with lots of exciting NYCS information and photos. Click here for the form or go to to join online.

Members are reminded that you need to renew your membership to continue receiving Central Headlight. You can do it on-line at today! Or you can click here for a renewal form.

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Buffalo & Susquehanna Symposium -August 11 & 12, 2018

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We are well into planning and preparations for another B&S Symposium. It will be held on August 11 & 12 (Sat. & Sun.) and hosted at the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum located on US Route 6, east of Coudersport. Mark your calendars now!

The format will be very similar to that Symposium we conducted last August at DuBois. If you attended that one, you will not be disappointed with this next gathering. We will have full access to the Museum which has recently been renovated into a beautiful facility honoring this once huge industry in the Commonwealth. Several meals and snacks will be provided as part of your fee. There are nearby motels to facilitate our stay in central Potter County. A new feature being planned are an on-site Catholic Mass and a Protestant Ceremony, each service honoring recently deceased employees of the Wellsville Addison & Galeton RR, a touching remembrance.

The Potter County Historical Society is presenting this Symposium and they will soon be issuing a brochure with the salient details you need to register. They and the Museum will also soon have notice of the meeting on their web sites. Don’t miss this one!

Best wishes from Grove City in western Penna……Mike Schleigh

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While the role of the Central interchanging with the WAG/B&O/B&S was small, it was huge for the Potter-Tioga County Region.

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1st Qtr. 2018 NYCentral Modeler is Ready for Your Enjoyment

1st Qtr. 2018 NYCentral Modeler is Ready for Your Enjoyment

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The cover photo for this quarter’s edition is from Bruce Ryan’s “NYC’s West Side Freight” and he tells us how he modeled it. Mark Sklar relates his efforts in “Building the NYCS Four-Track Main.” We hear about a structure model that we want to have offered in Ralph Schiring‘s “Potential Lines West Brick and Stone Station Model.” Tom Long presents “Modeling a Post-War Empire State Express J-3 in N-Scale.” Dan Howard offers, “Modeling the Taconic Division – Operations – Part 2.” Bob Shaw’s “Refurbishing Vintage Vehicles and Trucks” continues his regular column. And you also get all of the regular features with “NYCSHS RPO,” “Extra Board,” “What’s New,” and “The Observation Car.” All in the Jan 1, 2018 edition.

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



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Help the Adirondack Scenic Railroad

Dear Adirondack Scenic Railroad Supporter:

Thanks to you, over 70,000 passengers enjoyed a historic rail journey into the heart of the Adirondack Park, spending time with family and friends, witnessing one of the most beautiful areas of New York State.

A recent Polar Express passenger said, “It was a great experience for my kids (5 & 10 years) they both loved it. [We rode in] coach class [and] they had a blast. The trip there of over 2 hours [was] well worth it. [We] would recommend this to anyone even if you’re an adult, [it was] fun for the whole family! Definitely a special night with for [the kids] with many memories. Thanks very much to the staff!!”

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Brett, who rode a fall foliage trip in October said of the Railroad, “[It’s] a great operation from [the start at the] station, to the train and back. Great foliage up to Big Moose, this trip covers a great deal of distance for a scenic railroad by the way! Comfortable clean train [with] friendly staff who obviously really care about what they do. Good and quick lunch at the Big Moose, with the added bonus of supporting a local restaurant! Wouldn’t have thought to visit Utica without [the Railroad] and I’m now very glad I made the trip!”

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This past year has been incredibly successful for the Adirondack Scenic Railroad as the organization celebrated its 25th Anniversary, finished renovating coach #5488, completed clearing and brush cutting the out of service track from Big Moose to Tupper Lake, purchased two new passenger cars at auction, won a $1.5 million grant for equipment restoration, and won our court case challenging the State’s decision to rip up 34 miles of the 141 miles of track on which we operate.

Would you be willing to make a special year-end donation of $20, $50 or whatever you can afford to help us meet our goal of continuing to expand service to carry over 85,000 passengers next year? We simply can’t make these special memories without your support, which makes a real, lasting impact in the communities that the Adirondack Scenic Railroad serves.

Please click here to make your donation now. People of all ages and physical capabilities should have access to the most remote, beautiful areas of the Adirondack Park and New York State

Thank you for your continued support and friendship.

With gratitude:

Bethan Maher
Executive Director

Bill Branson
President of the Board of Directors

P.S. Today, we launched our 2017 Year-End Campaign. Our goal is to raise $25,000.We can not do it without your help. Will you make a gift of $20, $50, $100 or whatever you can afford to help us meet this goal? Click here to make your donation now!

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