Contact Us

 Click on the director’s name for email address.

NYCSHS Directors and Officers for 2020 – 2021

President
Dave Mackay

Vice President

Sheldon Lustig

Secretary

James Suhs

    Treasurer

Noel F. Widdifield

Archivist

Joseph Epperson

Recording Secretary

Joe Burgess

NYCentral Modeler  Editor

Noel F. Widdifield

Membership Chair

John Cannizzaro

Collinwood Shopkeeper

Mike Vescelus

Directors At Large

Tom Gerbracht

Ralph C. Schiring

Frank Bongiovanni

Robert C. McQueen

Central Headlight Editor

Richard L. Stoving

Noel F. Widdifield  Webmaster

Directors Emeriti

Joseph P. Quinlivan

Richard Stoving

Dick Barrett 

Darwin Simonaitis

Information Contacts

Click on the director’s name for email address. Phone #s are listed below the name.

Dave Mackay – President

201-960-1873

Sheldon LustigVice President

440-823-7762

Jim Suhs – Secretary

815-588-1504

Noel Widdifield – Treasurer, Business Manager, Webmaster, Editor, NYCentral Modeler

703-407-3059

John Cannizzaro Membership Chair

201-693-3869

Mike Vescelus – Collinwood Shop

502-727-4524

Seth Lakin Modeling Committee Chair

219-477-0090

Joe Burgess – Recording Secretary/Convention Mentor

617-594-1031

Joseph EppersonArchivist

Tom GerbrachtEngineering Drawings

Frank Bongiovanni

440-734-4727

Robert C. McQueen – IT Committee Chair

908-303-1785

Ralph Schiring – NYCS Knowledge Coordinator – I can get you answers to your questions about the NYCS.

Rich Stoving – Editor, Central Headlight

570-724-7709

Richard Barrett 

Darwin Simonaitis Calendar



Please note we have no railroad employment records.
Contact the Railroad Retirement Board for more information on genealogy searches.



U.S. Railroad Retirement Board Pension Records

You can now search a free index of 1.5 million US Railroad Retirement Board pension records on the Midwest Genealogy Center (part of the Mid-Continent Public Library in Independence, Mo.) website.

The Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) administers a federal retirement benefits program similar to Social Security, but for railroad workers. The RRB index covers records from 1936 to the early 2000s . The program started in 1936, so these records don’t cover earlier railroad workers, or workers for local streetcar or interurban lines. Those who worked for railroads on a short-term or casual basis also might not have participated in the program.

Start your RRB index search on the Genealogy Quick Look website http://quicklook.midwestgenealogycenter.org/index.php—choose US Railroad Retirement Board from the Collection menu.

The results give you the last name and usually just a first initial, along with dates of birth and death (month and year for birth and death, and occasionally the day).  Once you find a relative, you can order copies of the pension records for about 80 cents per page from the National Archives Atlanta office. Use the provided link on the search results to Print This Page and then click on Submit Your Request, which gives instructions on how to request copies.

Before this index, you had to pay $27 to have RRB staff check their index to see if your ancestor was part of the retirement system. The Midwest Genealogy Center’s RRB index saves you the $27 and gives you the flexibility to do further research on potentially relevant search results.

This article was written by May Ann Boggs for the South Suburban Genealogical and Historical Society. The Midwest Genealogy Center at the Mid-Continent Public Library in Independence, MO has the index on their website. We thank all of them for allowing us to publish this article on our website.

http://quicklook.midwestgenealogycenter.org/index.php

Under the “Collection” title click on the dropdown to “U.S. Railroad Retirement Board”.

General Research Questions:
PLEASE NOTE: While we try to respond to all inquires, due to the overwhelming amount of mail received, our volunteers cannot possibly answer general inquiries in a timely manner. Please consider asking your historic or general interest question in one of the many friendly discussion groups, such as the New York Central Forum.

Official  Address (Do not send membership forms or money to this address)
New York Central System Historical Society, Inc.
P. O. Box 130
Gates Mills, OH 44040-0130

Membership Address (Please mail all membership forms and payments and address changes to this address)

New York Central System Historical Society, Inc.

P. O. Box 264

Emerson, NJ 07630

Treasurer Address

New York Central System Historical Society, Inc.

P.O. Box 328

Shady Side, MD 20764

To update your mailing address, phone number or email address click here to send an email to the Webmaster.

If you need to contact us you can click on one of the Board Member’s names and that will give you an email to contact us.  If you want to ask a general question you can contact us at:  NYCSHS@verizon.net

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