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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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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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. 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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This Weekend’s 50th Anniversary Special

There was no American train more famous, nor one with more cachet than the NYC’s 20th Century Limited. For 65 years it was the pinnacle of rail travel, and numbered Presidents, business tycoons and the Hollywood elite among its regular passengers. The 20th Century defined Red Carpet Service. In the days preceding its last run, The New York Times dubbed it the train that was known for six and a half decades as “The World’s Greatest Train”.

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Loading the passengers for another run of the NYC 20th Century LimitedNYCSHS Collection.

The weekend of December 2nd and 3rd, 1967 was to see the last run of the 20th Century Limited and of all of the NYC’s named, inter-city trains. On Saturday, at 6:00 P.M., the half-full train left GCT, track 34 for the last time. Keeping with The Century’s tradition, carnations were given to men and perfume and flowers to women boarding the train. The next day, it arrived at LaSalle Street Station in Chicago with the observation car Hickory Creek carrying the markers. Once the passengers had detrained, The Century would become a notable chapter in railroad history.

That same day, the Central’s crack GCT to Buffalo train, The Empire State Express, lost its named train status and became simply a train number, another chapter in railroad history.

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NYCSHS Central Headlight cover.

Fast forward to Dec. 2, 2017, the 50th Anniversary of the last runs of these iconic NYC trains, and we find their memory being celebrated with Amtrak Empire Service Train #223 bringing history alive. NYC #3, the 1928 heavyweight observation car built as a private car for Harold Vanderbilt, the last member of the Vanderbilt family to run the Central, and which later carried the markers for the Empire State Express was coupled next- to-last in the Amfleet consist, with the original 1948 vintage Hickory Creek elegantly carrying the 20th Century Limited markers as she had done so often.

When Amtrak Engineer Steve Leunig drew Train # 233 from the Extra Board he wasn’t aware that his train would be anything other than the normal Penn Station to Rensselaer run. A 50th Anniversary Special never entered his mind. Through a series of Facebook Messenger notes, he shared, “I was unaware that today marked the anniversary of something so historic.

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I consider myself a casual railroad enthusiast, and I am very pleased to be a small part of commemorating such a historic event. I am an extra board employee, and just happened to line up for this job assignment today. I look forward to seeing you trackside this afternoon. While I wish I was running a lightning striped E8, the Phase III Empire Service P32 will have to do for today!”

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I caught The Anniversary Special as it was leaving Rhinecliff Station and splitting the original New York Central signals at CP89.

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The NYC #3 is owned by VarChandra, Inc. and operated by its president Lovett Smith.

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The Hickory Creek is owned by the United Railway Historical Society and is operated by Star Trak, Inc and its President, Scott Clauss. Scott is a NYCSHS member.

Photos & Text by Nick Ariemma, NYCSHS except as noted.


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More Good News From The Adirondack Scenic Railroad

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The two formerly Norfolk Southern (NS) passenger cars were acquired at an auction August 17 in Roanoke, Virginia arrived to our Utica yard at approximately 8:00am this morning! The cars will be put into service next week, on the Adirondack Christmas Train, November 24th and 25th, traveling to Thendara and providing service on the Santa Trains, as well.

The cars, along with 72 NS locomotives, were retired by NS in an orderly and anticipated plan to periodically freshen their fleet. The five coaches up for bid are in excellent condition and are AMTRAK certified for immediate service. The acquisition of two of these cars by ASR is recognition that the rail operation will continue to grow and therefore the purchase of additional rolling stock and the rehabilitation of existing equipment is needed. A New York State grant helped finance the purchase. Among other successful bidders, also for two cars, was the Alaska Railroad. Board president Bill Branson noted, “this purchase is the beginning of a long-term plan to upgrade and expand our service capabilities.”

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4th Quarter 2017 Central Headlight Is In the Mail November 6.

Next Issue of Central Headlight Is In The Mail

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If you’re a member of the NYCSHS, there’s some great holiday reading in store for you in the 4th Quarter issue of Central Headlight, as well as dozens of never-before published photos of your favorite railroad.  It was mailed to you on November 6. Members who have paid to received digital copies will also receive it on that date.

If you’re not a member, this would be a great time to join for 2018, because in addition to the four great 2018 issues you will receive with your membership, you will receive this final 2017 issue as a bonus. That’s five issues for the price of four!

Members are reminded that you need to renew your membership to continue receiving Central Headlight. You can do this using the handy membership renewal form that you will find inserted in the magazine, or better yet, you can do it on-line at www.nycshs.net today!


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The 4th Qtr. 2017 NYCentral Modeler is Ready to View

The 4th Qtr. 2017 NYCentral Modeler is Ready to View


The cover photo for this quarter’s edition is from Pete LaGuardia and he tells us about a “NYC Railroad Tug and Covered Barge.” Ed Enyedy models the “NYCS Collinwood Turntable in HO-scale.” Canadian modeler, Will Boyle, models a “NYC Hot Train.” Kyle Coble’s “The Early Car Shop” features “Using Sketchup for Modeling.” Bob Shaw’s “NYC O-Gauge Model Railroading” explains “Dressing Up a Lionel Grain Elevator.” HO-scale modeler, Roger Murphy, returns with “NYC’s Weehawken Terminal, Part 3.” Manuel Duran-Duran and Larry Faulkner show us how to build a “NYC&HRR Signal Tower.” And you also get all of the regular features with “NYCSHS RPO,” “Extra Board,” “What’s New” and “The Observation Car.” All in the Oct 1, 2017 edition.

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