Contact Us

 Click on the director’s name for email address.

NYCSHS Directors and Officers for 2020 – 2021

Dave Mackay

Vice President

Sheldon Lustig


James Suhs


Noel Widdifield


Joseph Epperson

Recording Secretary

John Cannazziro

NYCentral Modeler Editor

Noel Widdifield

Membership Chair

Paul Stoving

Collinwood Shop Manager

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


Sheldon LustigVice President


Jim Suhs – Secretary


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


John Cannizzaro – Recording Secretary


Mike Vescelus – Collinwood Shop


Seth Lakin Modeling Committee Chair


Paul Stoving Membership Chair


Joseph EppersonArchivist

Tom Gerbracht Engineering Drawings

Frank Bongiovanni

Robert C. McQueen – IT Committee Chair

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

Rich Stoving – Editor, Central Headlight


Richard Barrett – Emertis


Darwin Simonaitis

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—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.

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 0126

Oak Creek, WI 53154-0126

Treasurer Address

New York Central System Historical Society, Inc.

P.O. Box 1597

Leesburg, VA 20177-1597

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:


6 Responses to Contact Us

  1. Thomas DeStefano says:

    I am not sure if this is the correct place for the following question. My name is Tom DeStefano, NYCSHS #6786. I am considering modifying an HO Sunset (Samhongsa) NYC K-5 by removing the Elesco feedwater heater system. Staufer has a couple of photos in his books but I would be interested in a little more info if available for this modeling project as there is a fair amount of plumbing in that area. Any assistance would be appreciated. Thanks. Tom

  2. Chaim says:

    I found some lead seals along the Hudson River in nyc with markings for nycrr and nychrr. I was wondering what they might have been used for on the railroad. Thanks

  3. Walt Lankenau says:

    Has the Society published any articles on the steel bay window cabooses? If so would be interested in knowing pubication dates and how to purchase. — Walt Lankenau

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