Another Exciting Steam Book From NYCSHS

NYCSHS Announces Another Professional


Know Thy Early Mohawks

By Tom Gerbracht


This hard cover book completely documents the New York Central’s early Mohawks, built in the period 1916 through 1930. The early Mohawks became the standard freight hauler on the railroad and lasted into 1957, the very end of the railroad’s steam operations. The Mohawk type locomotive was the third type of the famous New York Central steam triumvirate, consisting of Hudsons, Mohawks, and Niagaras. The large quantity of 600 Mohawks operated by the Central, and their long service life, requires two books to adequately describe and document the Mohawk type. The final book describing the triumvirate, consisting of “late” Mohawks, is on schedule for release in 2020.

Know Thy Early Mohawks describes the original landmark design and its evolution through the L-2D class of 1930. The design is compared with predecessor freight locomotives used by the Central and contemporary Mountain types used by other major railroads. The book contains over 200 high quality photographic images, many previously unpublished, and data, drawings, and documentation from the official New York Central files that will be useful to modelers and historians. A 32-page color section is included.

  • Detailed history of NYC Early Mohawks (1916 – 1930) from official Railroad Record Cards and official NYC drawings
  • Over 250 pages and 200 photographs, many previously unpublished, data, drawings and a 32-page color section
  • Written by Tom Gerbracht, NYCSHS director and former president
  • Hard cover with complete Early Mohawks’ history
  • Limited publication run
  • Very limited quantity of numbered and signed copies available as a separate store item

Expected Delivery by Christmas 2019

MSRP  $79.95 NYCSHS Members $63.96

Shipping is $10.00 for US buyers and Ohio residents pay 8% Ohio Sales Tax

Non-US buyers pay actual shipping costs

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Limited Edition Signed Copy

Members price & non-member price: $250 plus $10.00

S&H – Ohio residents add 8% Ohio Sales Tax ($20.96)

Also Available for order using the order form above or

in the Collinwood Shop


Click Here to order either online!


Click Here to download an order form to mail in!

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Empire State Express Campaign

Empire State Express Campaign

We have created a magnificent Archive and the

ESE Fund has Grown to Allow use to Continue the Job!

We have made great progress so far and we are so close to our goal. 

The Empire State Express Has Arrived

at Cleveland!

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The Empire State Express Has Arrived at Cleveland!!!

If you have donated, we thank you

for your contribution to this important activity.

We Made It!!

If you still wish to contribute to this important fund, the money

will be used to continue the activities at the NYCSHS archive.

We have so much to do and will continue to need funds to achieve

all of the activities we have on our Archive Strategic Plan

To Continue to Contribute You Can do it

Online or by Mail

Contribute On Line at:

Or Mail Your Contributions To:


P.O. Box 328

Shady Side,MD 20764

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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NYCSHS 50th Anniversary in 2020


I am pleased to kick off the New York Central System Historical Society’s upcoming 50th Anniversary year.  From a humble March 1970 beginning with a few employees passing the hat to get things started, we have grown to a worldwide membership of nearly 1,700 members.  We have much to celebrate as we seek to continue our mission to perpetuate the legacy of the New York Central System by acquiring and preserving its history, traditions, documents, and artifacts; and by disseminating accurate information and products consistent with good stewardship.

The first 50 years have been graced with many hard working members. They have created the attributes we enjoy so much today, starting with our fine quarterly historical publication, Central Headlight.  That is just the tip of the iceberg. For modelers, we offer the online NYCentral Modeler.  It is just one of the online offerings.  There is also our home page,, and our company store, the Collinwood Shop, at for those looking for NYC  models, books, apparel, memorabilia, many digital products and more.  We have our photo/map collection of over 40,000 images available on line and available for purchase as well.

We continue the tradition of having an annual meeting and Convention, which will be in Cleveland in 2020.  We are planning to make it extra special, as it is the place of our birth, and the home of our Headquarters.  There will be commemorative Collinwood Shop offerings and events, so check them out in the rest of this email.

Join us in reflecting back on and celebrating the last 50 years, and in looking forward to growing our future during our Golden Anniversary year!

David Mackay
NYCSHS President

What’s Ahead for the 50th Celebration

50th Anniversary Products

We have obtained a variety of new NYCS products to help you celebrate our 50th year of preserving the history, traditions, documents and artifacts of the NYCS. Check them out below.


MTH HO-Scale 40′ Pacemaker Boxcar

Produced in two road numbers:

171853 (The year the NYC began)

172020 (The year of our 50th Anniversary)


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Label Pin                                              Beer Mug                                                   Coffee Cup


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50th Anniversary Hat in Lightning Stripe Black and Lightning Stripe Gray


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50th Anniversary Polo


All of these items are available in the Collinwood Shop and can be

viewed by Clicking Here

NYCSHS 2020 50th Anniversary Calendar



Click Here to View

NYCSHS  2020 50th Anniversary

Convention & Meeting


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Cleveland, Ohio – May 15 – 17, 2020

Holiday Inn Cleveland South 

6001 Rockside Road 

Independence, Ohio 44131

This is planned to be a real celebration of our 50 years of NYCS activities and fun as the planning is well underway for the 2020 event.  We return to our beginnings as a Society with this anniversary year celebration.  Watch for future announcements about all of the things we are planning to commemorate 50 years of NYCS history.  Sign up now and don’t miss out on this wonderful celebration.

Watch for an announcement of the details for the convention and

the convention and hotel registration opportunity soon.



Start early to celebrate by renewing your membership

for 2020.

Click here to download a renewal form for mail in renewals


Click here to download a new member form to join or provide to a friend


Click here to do either in the Collinwood Shop


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Help Restore NYC Steam to New York!!

Help Restore NYC Steam to New York!!

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3rd Qtr 2019 Central Headlight Coming Soon

3rd Qtr 2019 Central Headlight In the Mail

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Read these interesting NYCS articles in this edition!!

“2019 Buffalo Convention”

“Coat and Curves – The Story of the E&I, Part 2”

“Book Reviews”

“Visit Our Photo Archive”

“A Mile A Minute in 1850”

“Entertaining the Navy in World War II”

“NYCentral Modeler”

“Classified Ads”


And some other regular features.


In the mail on August 12!!


If you are not a member you can obtain a copy by going

to the NYCSHS online Collinwood Shop to purchase a


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Fight for Adirondack Scenic Continues

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To Continue to Help Save This Historic Railroad Send A Letter Today


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NYCSHS Announces September 2019 Mini

NYCSHS Announces September 2019 Mini

September 21, 2019

Cleveland Airport Crown Plaza

7230 Engle Road

Middleburg Heights, OH 44130


This is an opportunity for you to meet other NYCSHS modelers, bring some NYCS modeling friends, learn some new skills, understand what is available for modelers from the NYCSHS archives, and provide input to the NYCSHS modeling program. Last year’s Mini was a great success.


9:00 am – 9:30 am “Opening Remarks and Welcome” – Dave Mackay, NYCSHS President

9:30 am – 10:30 am – “Streamlined Steam Locomotives” – Rich Stoving

10:30 am – 11:30 am“Painting & Detailing NYC Diesels” – David Mackay

11:30 am – 12:30 pm – “AMB NYC Cabooses in HO- & N-scale” – Seth Lakin

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm – Lunch  – Several nearby restaurants.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm“NYC Modified Heavyweight Coaches” – Dave Staplin

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm – “NYCentral Modeler – You Can Contribute” – Noel Widdifield

3:30 pm – 4:30 pmRoundtable NYCSHS Modeling Discussion

4:30 pm – 6:00 pmVisit the NYCSHS Headquarters – “Archive Orientation – Using the NYCSHS Archive to Improve Your Modeling”

We are very excited about this event as it represents a chance for us to get to know you better and allows us to hear from you in person how we can continue to improve the support we provide to NYCSHS members who model the NYCS. The Collinwood Shop will be open at the end of the Mini for your buying pleasure.

We need for you to make a reservation for this event in the Collinwood Shop and pay the $20.00 fee to partially cover the cost of the Mini. Click here to make the reservation. You can also download the reservation form and mail it in with a check for the $20.00 by clicking here. Non-members are $30.00.

Hotel rooms will be available at the Cleveland Airport Crown Plaza on September 20 & 21 at NYCSHS discount rate of $119.00 and this includes a hot breakfast. Cutoff date for discount rate is August 24, 2019. Phone 440-243-4040 and make your hotel reservation today.  Click Here To Reserve a Room

You can also book a room directly using this link:  NYCSHS Mini Hotel Reservation

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Don’t miss out – go to: and print out and mail a registration form. Email to

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