Membership Benefits

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Enjoy the Benefits of a NYCSHS Membership

Be a part of the fastest growing, innovative and interesting railroad historic society in the world.  Take a look at all of the benefits of membership and then join us and enjoy the ride.

Are you a fan of the New York Central?  Are you interested in prototypical modeling?  Don’t go it alone! As a member of the New York Central System Historical Society, you will receive the Central Headlight, centralheadlight our quarterly, popularly acclaimed magazine, and can chat with other NYC fans and modelers on our NYCSHS members-only Yahoo Group. US Members receive this in hard copy as part of their memberships. Members from Canada & Mexico and Overseas receive this in digital form.

US members may obtain the digital version for an extra $15.00 per year.  Mexico and  Canada members may obtain the hard copy version by paying an additional $15.00 postage. Overseas members may obtain the hard copy version by paying an additional $31.00 postage.

You will also be able to attend our annual conventions, each providing two days of total NYC immersion. Untitled

You will benefit from the first-hand knowledge of former NYCS employees and from the expertise of NYC historians, researchers, modelers and writers who will help you with answers to questions about NYCS history, locos, rolling stock, structures, and operating practices. f96a8-nycshs_1q2010You will have access to many new NYCS models before they are offered to the public and at discounted prices.


You will be eligible for up to a 20% discount on any of the NYCS items in our “NYCSHS “Collinwood Shop’“. 


You have priority for  contribution of articles and photos to the acclaimed  NYCentral Modeler  

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To View The Magazine Click Here

You will have access to a large amount of research material on the NYCS to include history, reference material, photos, drawings, and a NYCSHS Members Yahoo Group where you can exchange information and ask questions with other NYCSHS members.


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The Society uses a powerful email tool (MailChimp) to update members on what is happening within the NYCSHS.  These timely emails will let you know the latest information about the Society events.



You will also be able to participate in our newly instituted survey of members.  We have begun to periodically send out surveys using a nationally recognized survey service called Survey Monkey.SurveyMonkeyLogo

The Society has a members’ only Groups IO page to allow NYCSHS members to communicate with each other about the NYCS.  It is an excellent resource for research and communication.

We have a NYCSHS Facebook page that is open to all, but members have the ability to provide factual answers to help attract other people to our Society.  439

Do it right! Join today!

2 Responses to Membership Benefits

  1. diane omolino says:

    how can I locate a NYC Railroad employee from 1926?

    • 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”.

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