Empire State Express Campaign

Empire State Express Campaign

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Map of the Empire State Express Campaign

The Empire State Express in only 10 miles from Cleveland.

$38,729.00 donated to date!!!

Need Another $1,271 to Reach Cleveland!!

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

Please consider a donation if you haven’t done so already.!!


Contribute On Line at:


Or Mail Your Contributions To:


P.O. Box 328

Shady Side,MD 20764

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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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We have created a magnificent Archive. Now it’s time to make it grow!

Please make your check or money order payable to NYCSHS and write Empire State Express Fund in the memo box or line.

Mail to:

Noel F. Widdifield, Treasurer, P.O. Box 328, Shady Side, MD 20764

You   can   also   make   a   donation   through   our   on-line Collinwood   Shop.     

Go   to www.nycshs.net and sign in.  

Then drop down and click on the “Contributions”  under “CATEGORY”.   Then move  down  and click  on  the  “Empire  State  Express  Fund  Donation” item.  Select the amount you wish to donate and follow the instructions to check out and donate. 

Donations can be made by check, money order, credit card or PayPal.

And remember, the NYCSHS is a Section 501.c.(3) organization, so your donation is tax deductible under IRS regulations, depending, of course, on your personal situation. Further, if you work for or are retired from a company that offers matching contributions, please investigate to determine if your contribution can be matched by your company. We will be pleased to assist you in identifying and completing the necessary forms for a funds match.

Your support of the NYCSHS has never been more important than it is now. Please join with your fellow members in making a substantial contribution that will enable us to expand and maintain our wonderful Archive.”





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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 Heavyweight Cars” – 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: https://nycshs.files.wordpress.com/2019/06/modelersminiregistrationform-1.pdf and print out and mail a registration form. Email to NYCSHS@verizon.net

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Adirondack Scenic Threatened Again

Adirondack Scenic Threatened Again

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Your Comments Needed

As you are probably aware, the NY State Dept of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is proposing another redefinition and potential use for the Remsen-Lake Placid travel corridor. (See “Draft Scope” listed below) As in the past, public comments are being accepted as part of the proposal process. I strongly encourage each of you to send your thoughts to the DEC (address below) expressing your disapproval of their change.
Note that the original 2016 Unit Management Plan, (UMP) successfully challenged by the railroad in 2017, was found to violate several laws. As a result, the DEC and Adirondack Park Agency (APA) have manufactured what many consider to be an end run on the judge’s decision. With this in mind, it is important that our voices be heard loudly with comments based in reason and logic.
Remember, this is not a contest about whose idea is best, but rather what is lawful and logical in terms of tourism and the health of the North Country and its visitors, including those who visit New York State from elsewhere.
Please take the time to comment on this issue and forward your comments to one of the following addresses.
Thank you,
Bill Branson
President, ARPS Board of Directors
DEC and DOT are accepting public comment until August 10. Written comments may be mailed to John Schmid, NYSDEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY, 12233-4254 or e-mail to adirondackpark@dec.ny.gov
Suggestion: Look over the “Draft Scope” below along with the Adirondack Daily Enterprise article to see points to address from the DEC plan. This will help you plan your response. – V. Sperrazza, ASR Newsletter Editor.
Further links:
DEC press release
Adirondack Daily Enterprise article “State previews rail-trail plan, takes comments”
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Your 3rd Qtr. 2019 NYCentral Modeler is Here!!

Latest Modeling News from the NYCSHS


The cover photo for this quarter’s edition is from Bob Chapman;  “A NYCS Day at Cincinnati Union Terminal”. Central Headlight editor, Rich Stoving provides the article on “Of Smoke, Mirrors and Some Bargain Basement Boxes”.  Rev. Roland F. Waters shares his construction of the Otis, IN passenger station. Associate Editor Bob Shaw explains “Saving a Lionel #2035 from the Scrap Yard.”  Ed Eynedy returns, building a “NYCS SM Tower in HO-Scale”. Former NYCSHS director, Hugh Guillaume, shows us some of his many “Freight Car Models from the Past”. “The Early Car Shop” editor, Kyle Coble produces a CCC&StL 1895 Flatcar from 3-D drawings
And you also get all of the regular features with “NYCSHS RPO,” “Extra Board,” “What’s New,” and “The Observation Car.” All in the July 1, 2019 edition.

If you haven’t been reading this NYCSHS magazine, you have been missing out on a lot of NYCS action.  Each edition contains five to seven articles covering different scales of NYCS modeling, a section reviewing all new NYCS models being offered by manufacturers for the quarter, letters and emails from members and readers, the latest news on models being offered by the NYCSHS at 20% discounts, and a variety of other information about modeling and happenings at the NYCSHS.

The magazine is free, and all you need to do to read or download it is to go to the NYCSHS website. To do that, go to www.NYCSHS.org. Then put your curser on the “Modeling Resources” button and drop down to the “NYCentral Modeler” tab.  Then just follow the instruction on the page.   ENJOY!!

Click Here to Read!!!!

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Ride the NYC Auburn Branch

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As a part of the Empire Junction 2019 NER/NMRA Convention in Syracuse, September 19-22, 2019, the Finger Lakes Railroad is offering a 6-hour trip on the former New York Central Auburn Branch, operated by Finger Lakes Railway. The trip will include a photo run-by and stop at the restored Martisco Station Museum of the CNY Chapter, NRHS. We are offering this trip to Society members and guests who are not registered for the Convention at $40.00 ($35.00 ages 5 – 15).


Tickets may be obtained at https://reg.planetreg.com/E223163341152410


This is not a NYCSHS sponsored event, but it

looks like a fun adventure!!!


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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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The NYCSHS 2019 Convention Was a Huge Success

Take a Look at the 2019 NYCSHS


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From registration to the end of the Train Show the

attendees had a wonderful time.

Here are some photos of some of the events


Attendees leave the train for the Mediana Train Museum.


Nothing like a train of lightning stripe cars!!


These beautiful E’s are just rusting away but they look great at the museum.

They attracted the attention of most of the attendees.

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The train layout was running NYC trains for us.  A very impressive layout and a great museum.


A grand old lady that is slowly falling apart, but the volunteers there are very busy trying to restore her to her previous grandeur.

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Some shots of the interior waiting room. You can’t help but be impressed with the faded beauty of this structure and the enormous job ahead of the preservation organization.

All of the above photos by Noel Widdifield.

The Wonderful Large Scale Railroad of Mike Leonard

was on display for the attendees on Friday afternoon.

  Take a look!!!


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All photos in this section by Nick Ariemma

At the convention your NYCSHS Business

Manager/Treasure and editor of the NYCentral Modeler

received a model he had purchased earlier this year.


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An Aristocraft RDC-3 modified with custom parts by Tom Ball of Forked River, NJ as a tribute to engineer pilot, Don Wetzel and the NYC Railroad.  Ownership of this 1/29-scale model passing from former NYCSHS director, Bill Strassner to Noel Widdifield. Noel purchased the model and Nick Ariemma brought it to the Convention for Noel and Bill.

It will go to start running on Noel’s 1/29-scale layout.  All involved had hoped that Don would be in attendance to see the model.


Watch this website for information about the 2020 50th Anniversary Convention in Cleveland.


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