About the NYCSHS


The New York Central System Historical Society (NYCSHS) was organized in March 1970 by former New York Central employee Joseph P. Quinlivan. 

The NYCSHS is chartered as a non-profit corporation under the laws of the State of Ohio.

The mission of the NYCSHS is 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.
Your membership gets you four issues of the popularly acclaimed Central Headlight, the official publication of the NYCSHS. Only available to members, each issue contains a wealth of information each quarter. From steam to diesel (and electric), from freight to passenger, from branch line to mainline, and from the early days of Vanderbilt to the waning months of Young and Perlman, the Central Headlight covers it all.

For NYCS modelers, we publish a quarterly modeling magazine, the NYCentral Modeler that is free for all on our website under the dropdown menu button “Modeling Resources” on the front page.  You may read it online or download it to your computer.  It provides interesting articles about modeling the NYCS.

Our Annual Meetings are also an event not to be missed, focusing on the preservation of New York Central railroad history with informative speakers, presentations and tours. The Society also has many NYC reference books and drawings available for purchase. Membership is open to all, so don’t delay!

All aboard!

The New York Central System Historical Society is not affiliated with the trustees of the Penn Central Transportation Company, or any successor company.

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