NYCSHS Convention

Latest Update on the NYCSHS 2021


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The 50th Anniversary NYCSHS

Convention Has Been Moved to

May 14 – 16, 2021 in Cleveland

It will be at the Holiday Inn

Cleveland South.

If you have registered for the 2020 convention, you will be able to ask for a refund, or tell us to move your registration for the 2021 convention.  Refunds will be issue in full upon request, but please allow some time because multiple people working from home have to get the payment records and addresses together and the treasurer will have to produce a stack of checks.

Specific details  for the 2021 Convention will be announced once they are all worked out by the Society.

If you do not wish to have your registrations moved to the new dates, please contact Ralph Schiring at or 402-203-5931 and he will arrange for a refund.

If you wish to have your registrations moved to next year at the new date, please contact Ralph Schiring at or 402-203-5931

The Holiday Inn Cleveland South asks that you contact them to cancel your reservation for 2020 if you have already made them, or move or reserve your 2021 hotel room.   They can be reached at 216-524-8050.

We will be holding a belated 50th Anniversary celebration in our 51st year as a Society.  Don’t miss it.

Additional registration

information for the 2021

convention will be

released shortly.


NYCSHS Announces October 2020

Michigan City, IN Mini

October 17, 2020

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Looking to create virtual Mini

Watch for updates!!

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Michigan City, IN Public Library

100 4th Street

 Michigan City, IN

9:30 am – 4:30 pm CST




Jim Suhs, NYC’s Kankakee Branch

Kyle Coble, Scratch building models from photographs

Alex Schneider, Pullman Plan 2505 10 Compartment Observation and

    Plan 2540 8 Compartment Observation

Dave Mackay, NYC’s 19000 standard wood cabooses

Seth Lakin, Michigan City’s Railroads and modeling them circa 1960

Roundtable Discussion – If Time Permits


Registration fee is $35.00 to cover part of the cost of the event and a box lunch from Panera Bread. Non-members cost is $45.00


You can register by going to the Collinwood Shop at:

Or Download a form for registration and mail in to the address on the form.  To download the registration form:  Click Here


Since the meeting will be held in the public library we have not made any arrangements for a hotel.  However, there are a large number of moderately priced hotels in the area.

Blue Chip Casino is the closest rooms to the library, about 1/4 mile, its right downtown with excellent views of Lake Michigan, but its the most expensive room in town. Other hotels are 3.5/4 miles away on the south end of town off the expressway. Luckily all of these are right off the main north/south street in town. Heading north on Franklin St (US421) you will run into the library. Franklin St used to go all the way to the lake, but in the 60’s downtown redevelopment, closed Franklin St at 4th St. and the library built. If you kept driving north on Franklin, you would drive right into the front door of the library.

A list of hotels includes:

Hoiday Inn Express, 401 W Kieffer Road, Michigan City, IN, 219-243-8300

Quality Inn, 3801 Frontage Road, Michigan City, IN, 463-213-2998

Comfort Suites, 100 Kieffer Road, Michigan City, IN, 219-210-4384,

Baymount, 4128 South Franklin Street, Michigan City, IN, 219-210-4384

Micro Inn & Suites by Wyndham, 9834 W 400 N., Michigan City, In, 219-210-3430

Hampton Inn, 3674 Frontage Rd, Michigan City, IN, 219-814-4164

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, 3805 Frontage Rd, Michigan City, IN, 219-879-3600

The NYCSHS does not take any responsibility for the quality of these hotels.  We are only listing some in the area for your convenience.  This listing does not mean they we endorse these hotels over any other in the area. Hotel selection is up to the individual attendee.

Public transportation from Chicago:

Amtrak #350 Wolverine Service departs Chicago Union Station 7:20a arrives at Michigan City 8:27am. Library is a ¼ mile walk from Amtrak station (ex Michigan Central) a full fare coach is $10.00 and reservations are required. NICTD South Shore Line also serves Michigan City from Chicago Millennium Station but the first train (8:40 Chicago departure) does not arrive from Chicago until 10:20a. NICTD South Shore Line Michigan City 11th St Station is a 1/3 mile walk from library. Returning to Chicago, Amtrak does not offer service to Chicago in the afternoon/evening. South Shore trains depart Michigan City 11th St at 5:36p and 7:16p arriving at Chicago Millennium Station at 7:11p and 8:52p, full fare is $10.25 each way. Reservations are not required on South Shore Line trains. These schedules are pre Convid-19 service reductions.

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See you there!!!!

NYCSHS 50th Anniversary

Convention Status Update

(July 2020 Update – Moved to 2021 – See Above)

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As you are all aware, the current State and Federal efforts to combat the Covid-19 Virus outbreak have resulted in major upheaval of business and social affairs. This includes the planned 50th Anniversary Convention and Annual Meeting of our Society which has been moved to  May 14 through 16, 2021 at the Holiday Inn – Independence, Ohio.

Given the importance of our Golden Anniversary, your Board of Directors and Convention Committee collectively decided to reschedule this event as opposed to outright cancellation.

Because of the concern for the health of our members and the emergency situation resulting from the Covid-19, the Convention has moved to  May 14 through 16, 2021 at the Holiday Inn – Independence, Ohio.

All current registrations will be transferred to the new date. If you plan to attend the Convention in August you need to do nothing for your registrations. 

If you have not registered for the Convention and wish to do that you can do it in the Collinwood Shop by: Clicking Here

You may also download a registration form and mail it in with a check.  To download a registration form Click Here

If you do not wish to have your registrations moved to the new dates, please contact Ralph Schiring at or 402-203-5931 and he will arrange for a refund.

The Holiday Inn Cleveland South asks that you contact them to move or cancel your room reservations if you have already made them.  If you have not yet made reservations for rooms at the hotel you should do that now. They can be reached at 216-524-8050.  Mention Railroad Historical Society to obtain the convention room rate.




New York Central System Historical Society

2020 Convention & Meeting

Cleveland, Ohio – August 28 -30

Holiday Inn Cleveland South

6001 Rockside Road

Independence, Ohio 44131




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Click Here to Make Your Convention Registration

online in the Collinwood Shop.


Click Here to Download a registrations from to mail in.


NYCSHS 2020 Convention

Noel Widdifield, Treasurer

P.O. Box 328

Shady Side, MD 20764


Hotel rooms will be available at the Holiday Inn Cleveland South $99.00 plus 16.5% tax per night including breakfast??. To qualify for this reduced rate hotel reservations must be made prior to April 13, 2020.   Website for hotel is:

Reservations should be made at 216-524-8050, Ext. 298 and ask for a room in the New York Central System Historical Society block.

Now is the time for you to think about the  2020 NYCSHS Convention.  Planning continues and the committee has some wonderful treats in store for you to make this one of the greatest Conventions yet. This is our 50th Anniversary year so we have some big things in store for you at the convention.

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NYCSHS All Scale Train Show

Free Admission/ Free Parking

Sunday, May 17, 2020

At the Convention Hotel

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Dealers Welcome


Click Here for Dealer Table Registration Form

Tables only $25.00 each.

Or Contact Sam Shumaker for more info;

See Sam’s contact information just above!!!

NYCSHS 50th Anniversary

2020 Convention T-Shirt


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                                      Front                                                           Back


These come in short sleeve, long sleeve, and long sleeve

with pocket.


They can be picked up at the convention to avoid

shipping costs or we will ship them to you.


Click Here

Order them through the Collinwood Shop

NYCSHS Announces September 2019 Mini

September 21, 2019

Cleveland Airport Crown Plaza

7230 Engle Road

Middleburg Heights, OH 44130


This is an opportunity for you to meet other NYCSHS modelers, bring some NYCS modeling friends, learn some new skills, understand what is available for modelers from the NYCSHS archives, and provide input to the NYCSHS modeling program. Last year’s Mini was a great success.


9:00 am – 9:30 am “Opening Remarks and Welcome” – Dave Mackay, NYCSHS President

9:30 am – 10:30 am – “Streamlined Steam Locomotives” – Rich Stoving

10:30 am – 11:30 am“Painting & Detailing NYC Diesels” – David Mackay

11:30 am – 12:30 pm – “AMB NYC Cabooses in HO- & N-scale” – Seth Lakin

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm – Lunch  – Several nearby restaurants.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm“NYC Heavyweight Cars” – Dave Staplin

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm – “NYCentral Modeler – You Can Contribute” – Noel Widdifield

3:30 pm – 4:30 pmRoundtable NYCSHS Modeling Discussion

4:30 pm – 6:00 pmVisit the NYCSHS Headquarters – “Archive Orientation – Using the NYCSHS Archive to Improve Your Modeling”

We are very excited about this event as it represents a chance for us to get to know you better and allows us to hear from you in person how we can continue to improve the support we provide to NYCSHS members who model the NYCS. The Collinwood Shop will be open at the end of the Mini for your buying pleasure.

We need for you to make a reservation for this event in the Collinwood Shop and pay the $20.00 fee to partially cover the cost of the Mini. Click here to make the reservation. You can also download the reservation form and mail it in with a check for the $20.00 by clicking here. Non-members are $30.00.

Hotel rooms will be available at the Cleveland Airport Crown Plaza on September 20 & 21 at NYCSHS discount rate of $119.00 and this includes a hot breakfast. Cutoff date for discount rate is August 24, 2019. Phone 440-243-4040 and make your hotel reservation today.   Click Here to Reserve a Room 

The hotel is a 3-minute drive from the Headquarters.

You can also book a room directly using this link:  NYCSHS Mini Hotel Reservation

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Don’t miss out – go to: and print out and mail a registration form. Email to

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We still have the NYCSHS 2019 Convention T-Shirts!!!

All who ordered the shirts to be picked up at the

Convention will receive the shirts in the mail. All shirts

will be shipped week of June 9, 2019.




Available in long and short sleeves and long sleeve with pockets. You

may purchase them in the Collinwood Shop or at the Convention.


Click Here to View and Don’t Forget to

Sign in to get the NYCSHS Members’ Discount.


Also Available – NYCSHS Logo Pocket Polos


An enduring favorite, our comfortable classic pocket polo is anything but ordinary. With superior wrinkle and shrink resistance, a silky soft hand and an incredible range of styles, sizes and colors, it’s a first-rate choice for the NYCSHS members.
• 5-ounce, 65/35 poly/cotton pique • Flat knit collar and cuffs • Metal buttons with dyed-to-match plastic rims • Double-needle armhole seams and hem • Side vents.

Order them here and pick them up at the convention at our “Collinwood Shop” store that will be set up in the convention halls.  They are available for pre-order only by sending an email to

Don’t forget to include your name, address and phone number in the email order.  Be sure to specify the size.  They come in sizes S,M,L, XL, XXL, XXXL and XXXXL.  The cost is  $25.00 for S – XL and $28.00 for XXL – XXXL and $30.00 for XXXXL.  Shipping costs ae extra.  Ohio residents subject to 8% Ohio sales tax.

Click here to order!!

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