From Grand Central To Albany

Take A Look!!!

From Grand Central to Albany –

New York Central’s Water Level


Over the years numerous books have been produced depicting trains along the old New York Central Main Line between New York City and Albany. Early ones dealt mainly with locomotive and equipment roster shots with some fine scenic views tossed in here and there. More recent publications deal with modern day diesel and electric trains and the photo quality in most are really good. Several fine books have been done recently regarding the days of Penn Central, Conrail, Amtrak, and the MTA.

The focus of this book on the Central’s “Glory Years” using a multitude of magnificent steam and early diesel photos taken along the Water Level Route by some of the most noted rail photographers of the 20th Century. Many of the images within have not previously been published and their original negatives and prints have been graciously loaned to the author by different Historical Societies and collectors to scan and present to readers on the pages within.

This 336 page volume contains not only superb New York Central photos, but images of connecting railroads and industries of all sorts that were served by the Central in one capacity or another. There are even mining railroads that we had known little about before doing our extensive research.

There are more than 650 images between the covers. We hope you will be taking this trip up the scenic Hudson Valley with us and enjoy it as much as we have.

Here are some member reviews!!

I think this is John Ham’s best book ever, and I have them all.  He has included many historical photographs I wouldn’t have thought existed, and he has included subjects, such as the Albany & Hudson Fast LIne, that I never knew about.  His coverage of some major on-line industries is also welcome.  This is a ‘must have” for anyone who cherishes the memory of the New York Central System. 

Rich Stoving, Wellsboro, PA

NYCSHS Director Emeritus, Editor, Central Headlight

“Having grown up on the west end of the system, I found this fantastic book to be full of interesting facts and pictures.  The picture quality is excellent.  I especially liked the layout by stations progressing from GCT to Albany.  If you don’t already own this terrific book, you should add it to your library.”

Mike Vescelus, Sellersburg, IN
NYCSHS Director

“A great new book! If you think there aren’t treasurers to come from the Society after the amazing “Know Thy” books and Rich Stoving bringing lost and unknown history to life, think again.  This is a book you can get lost in! Read it again and again.”
R. B. Phillips, Westford, MA

“The photographs in this book are outstanding and some of them have never been published before. Interesting details and photos of each station along the Hudson River are included and I found them fascinating as I have always been a Big Four fan and really never paid much attention to this area of the NYC before. John and his historians have done an excellent job of showcasing the stations, towns and action along this important line of the NYC. The list of photographers (many current and former NYCSHS members) is really impressive and the author has selected some of the best.  Don’t miss out on this book that is shipping now from the Collinwood Shop.”

Noel Widdifield, Leesburg, VA
NYCSHS Director

Click Here To Order in the Collinwood Shop

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MSRP $79.95  NYCSHS Members’ Price $59.96 

and that is 25% off MSRP!

Shipping is extra and Ohio residents pay 8% Ohio Sales Tax

The book is expected to be released in late October 2021!!

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