It Is Time to Register for This NYCS Event!!
The First NYCSHS Mini On September 24, 2022
Middleburg Heights, OH Crown Plaza Hotel
NYCSHS Members $20.00 Non-members $30.00
and NYCSHS Headquarters
The Commodore Vanderbilt had her inaugural trip on February 19, 1935. After working for about 8 months, she was sent to West Albany Shops for further improvements. Boiler pressure was increased to 250 lbs, roller bearings were applied to the side rods, and disc drivers replaced the original spoked drivers. #5344 maintained this appearance until July 1939, when she was returned to the shops again and given a shroud similar to the “Dreyfuss Hudsons”.
In this production, we are offering models of the Vandy Hudson in her original appearance with spoked drivers, and also in her later and longer-lasting appearance with roller-bearing siderods and disc drivers. We will deliver the models ready to run on 18″ curves. To accomplish this, we have removed two small pieces of shrouding at the front, and the locomotives will have a modified rear trailing truck. The two shroud pieces and a prototypically accurate trailing truck are included in the box, and can be easily installed as desired. Each of our Vandy Hudson models has a die cast boiler and tender body, and all models come with our Paragon4 DC/DCC Sound System with synchronized puffing smoke and integral GoPack capacitor.
ALL-NEW Paragon4 Sound & Control System
Synchronized Puffing Smoke with Chuff Sound
Variable Puffing Smoke Intensity and timing
Integral DCC Decoder with Back EMF for Industry Best Slow Speed Operation in DC and DCC
Precision Drive Mechanism engineered for continuous heavy load towing and smooth slow speed operation
5-Pole Can Motor with Skew Wound Armature
Heavy Die Cast Boiler, Tender Body, and Chassis for Increased Tractive Effort
Premium Caliber Painting with Authentic Paint Scheme
Prototypical Light Operation with Separately Controllable Headlight, Reverse Light, and Cab Light
Factory-installed Engineer and Fireman Figures
Prototypically Accurate Models for As-Delivered and In-Service Appearances
Many Separately Applied Details such as Handrails, Grab Irons, Ladders, Piping, Cab Glass, Whistle, Brass Bell, and Many Others
Equipped with Rubber Traction Tires for Increased Pulling Power
Recommended Minimum Radius: 18 inches
Accurate Prototypical Sounds for the NYC Commodore Vanderbilt Locomotive
The focus of this book is on the New York Central’s “Glory Years” using a multitude of fine steam and early diesel photos taken along the Water Level Route by some of the most noted rail photographers of the 20th Century using their original negatives and prints that have been graciously loaned to the author by different historical societies and collectors.
This 384-page volume contains not only superb New York Central photos, but images of the Central’s Branch Lines, other connecting railroads, and industries that were served by the Central in one capacity or another. There are more than 650 images between the covers. We hope you will take this journey along the scenic Mohawk Valley with us and enjoy it as much as we have in offering this book.
Mr. Taibi is a well respected railroad historian, author and enthusiast. People have said of his talks, “It’s a joy to listen to a man who’s so passionate about his work and so good at it and a master of Power-Point presentations.” He is a retired postal worker from Long Island, who developed a love affair with the old Ontario and Western railroad so much that he purchased and refurbished the old O&W station in Munnsville,NY and now resides there with his wife, Barbara. He has authored 120 articles and over ten books on the history of railroads in central New York State, with a predominance of his work focused on the New York, Ontario and Western Railway. His most recent books published by the NYCSHS include Silver Rails – Through the Heart of the Park and the Hojack book. Mr. Taibi not only covers the railroad itself but the region and the affects that the railroad has had on it and its people. His publications are noted as being well researched with many pictures to aid the understanding.
Covid 19 protocol will be dictated by NY state regulations at the time of the convention. Albany county is currently a level “Low – Green” area.
HOJACK is the definitive story of the historic and surviving contemporary lines of the Rome, Watertown & Ogdensburg Railroad and – after its 1891 acquisition by the New York Central & Hudson River Railroad – the RW&O Division. The word Hojack is a term of endearment that has always meant the RW&O railroad past, and even present lines.
At its height, the RW&O Division was comprised of just over 700 miles of trackage, which spanned the length and breadth of upstate New York. The RW&O railroad and division extended from the Adirondacks to the Niagara Escarpment, and from the Mohawk River Valley to the St. Lawrence River and on into Canada via Massena.
To satisfactorily present all of this, HOJACK is composed of 12 chapters, totaling 768 pages, upon which are displayed 1,392 images (266 color) – maps, black and white photographs, color photographs, drawings, and ephemera. Because of this, Authors Peter Gores and John Taibi, along with the assistance of David Link and Richard Palmer can authoritatively proclaim that HOJACK is a complete work regarding its presentation of historic fact and current presence supported by the above imagery.
This is a fascinating book about an extremely interesting part of the NYCS. The authors have produced over 55 books dealing with railroading’s history, mostly within New York State. We know what makes a book interesting and informative. HOJACK does this as well.
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The book is expected to be released in late October 2021!!