Robert Spaugh Railroad Collection Auction Announcement

Robert Spaugh Railroad Collection

Auction Announcement

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The catalog of items can be viewed at:

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NYCSHS has no connection with nor does it derive

any financial benefit from the auction.

We are posting this so that anyone interested from our membership is

aware of the opportunity to obtain some of the NYCS material for sale

at the auction.

Additional information may be obtained at the phone numbers listed

on the flyer above.

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Adirondack Scenic Railroad Needs Your Help

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2nd Qtr. 2018 NYCentral Modeler is Waiting for You

2nd Qtr. 2018 NYCentral Modeler is Waiting

for You to Read and Enjoy

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The cover photo for this quarter’s edition is from Jim Kehn’s “Modeling a Generic Big Four Tower” and the article is the first of a two-part series sharing Jim’s excellent modeling skills. For us Big Four fans it is a very informative article. Dick Craig tells his story of a “Good Outcome for a Treasured Layout” about giving away his O-gauge layout upon moving from his home.  Continuing his series on O-gauge modeling, Bob Shaw tells us about “Making 3 Custom Dwarf Signals”. “The Early Car Shop” editor, Kyle Coble shares is tale of how he “Scratch Build a Big Four Furniture Car”. Ed Enyedy gives us a glimpse of his layout that will be open for viewing at the 2018 NYCSHS Convention in “Modeling the Collinwood Powerhouse in HO-Scale”. Returning author, Tom Long’s article presents “Modeling a B&A RPO”. Prolific modeler, Seth Lakin, continues his series with “NYC SW-1 Switchers – Part 2”. And you also get all of the regular features with “NYCSHS RPO,” “Extra Board,” “What’s New,” and “The Observation Car.” All in the April 1, 2018 edition.

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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

Click Here

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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