They Are In The Mail

Know Thy Niagaras are Shipping

The report from the NYCSHS Shipping Agent, Bob Wasko, is that:

  • USPS has picked up our pre-sale orders for KTN.   
  • The 407 mail pieces weighed 1763 pounds.
  • Anyone who supplied an email in their order got a package notification today with the tracking number.




Photos by Patty Epperson.

The books are in the mail!!!!

There are six pre-sale customers with orders pending error resolution.

Five international orders are awaiting email reply with their phone numbers.


We still have some of the books left but they are going

fast.  Order now so you don’t miss out.


Click Here to Order!!!!

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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 The book has over 275 pages and over 200 photographs, many previously unpublished, and includes a 32-page color section.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!!!

  • Shipping NOW!!! 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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2nd Quarter 2018 Central Headlight

2nd Quarter 2018 Central Headlight

In the mail on May 11, 2018

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If you’re a member of the NYCSHS, there’s some great  reading in store for you in the 2nd Quarter 2018 issue of Central Headlight.  It is the most colorful issue ever. It was mailed to you on May 11, 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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2018 NYCSHS Convention Ends

The NYCSHS 2018 Convention Ends

in Cleveland, OH

Take a look at some of the activities that made the NYCSHS Convention a Success Again this Year!!!

Friday’s Happenings


Director Rich Stoving helped attendees sign in. Each registered Member received an NYCSHS logo messenger bag, along with a DVD of Big Four photos, and related Cleveland area historical information.

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D61_0441-NoelThe modeling display area was filling up with the “must see” masterpieces of our Members.

D61_0462-NoelThe first round of Presentations were well attended. Shel Lustig, NYCSHS Vice President, took a group on a tour of historic NYC towers.

Saturday’s Tours and Banquet

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Members get an early start as three buses wait to transport them to a day of railroad history.

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Bellevue Yard and Moorman Engine Service Facility.

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Enjoying the restored Bucyrus station and some live railroad action.

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AC Tower was opened to us, along with Marion’s Union Station, while we listened to the steel music of mile + long trains over the Marion diamonds.

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The Gallion station restoration efforts were on full display.

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Kevin Keefe  formerly of Trains Magazine (and a  NYCSHS member) focused his banquet night presentation on The Michigan Central.

Sunday’s Presentations and Other Events

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Rich Stoving presented a master class on NYC’s Pacifics. “Know Thy Pacifics”

drew a full house.

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Proto and HO scale modelers followed Set Lakin’s step-by-step presentation on building NYC’s 17700-17999 MC & CS cabooses.

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Mattoon, IL and the NYC’s Illinois Division were the focus of Craig Sanders’ well researched presentation.

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For the passenger car modelers, Dave Staplin’s presentation put the spotlight on “Modifying the Walther’s RPO”.
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There was plenty of activity at our new Headquarters/Archives, welcoming Conventioneers for a look at the activities and resources housed there. Director Ralph Schiring is seen in the above photo be interviewed on camera, as he talked about the benefits of Society membership.


The quiet Board Room at Headquarters was a fitting representation of the completion of another successful NYCSHS Convention.

All Photos by Nick Ariemma, NYCSHS Director

You can click on the link below and see a clip of part of one of the presentations, by Don Wezel.

Click here to view:

Click here to view second clip:

And now we can start looking forward to next year’s NYCSHS Convention in Buffalo, NY

May 31st – June 2nd at the Buffalo Marriott Niagara

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Additional information coming in the next couple of months!!!



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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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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

Click Here to Order


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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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