3rd Qtr 2019 Central Headlight Coming Soon

3rd Qtr 2019 Central Headlight In the Mail

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Read these interesting NYCS articles in this edition!!

“2019 Buffalo Convention”

“Coat and Curves – The Story of the E&I, Part 2”

“Book Reviews”

“Visit Our Photo Archive”

“A Mile A Minute in 1850”

“Entertaining the Navy in World War II”

“NYCentral Modeler”

“Classified Ads”


And some other regular features.


In the mail on August 12!!


If you are not a member you can obtain a copy by going

to the NYCSHS online Collinwood Shop to purchase a

copy.  www.NYCSHS.net

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Fight for Adirondack Scenic Continues

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To Continue to Help Save This Historic Railroad Send A Letter Today


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NYCSHS Announces September 2019 Mini

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 Modified Heavyweight Coaches” – 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

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

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Don’t miss out – go to: https://nycshs.files.wordpress.com/2019/06/modelersminiregistrationform-1.pdf and print out and mail a registration form. Email to NYCSHS@verizon.net

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Adirondack Scenic Threatened Again

Adirondack Scenic Threatened Again

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Your Comments Needed

As you are probably aware, the NY State Dept of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is proposing another redefinition and potential use for the Remsen-Lake Placid travel corridor. (See “Draft Scope” listed below) As in the past, public comments are being accepted as part of the proposal process. I strongly encourage each of you to send your thoughts to the DEC (address below) expressing your disapproval of their change.
Note that the original 2016 Unit Management Plan, (UMP) successfully challenged by the railroad in 2017, was found to violate several laws. As a result, the DEC and Adirondack Park Agency (APA) have manufactured what many consider to be an end run on the judge’s decision. With this in mind, it is important that our voices be heard loudly with comments based in reason and logic.
Remember, this is not a contest about whose idea is best, but rather what is lawful and logical in terms of tourism and the health of the North Country and its visitors, including those who visit New York State from elsewhere.
Please take the time to comment on this issue and forward your comments to one of the following addresses.
Thank you,
Bill Branson
President, ARPS Board of Directors
DEC and DOT are accepting public comment until August 10. Written comments may be mailed to John Schmid, NYSDEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY, 12233-4254 or e-mail to adirondackpark@dec.ny.gov
Suggestion: Look over the “Draft Scope” below along with the Adirondack Daily Enterprise article to see points to address from the DEC plan. This will help you plan your response. – V. Sperrazza, ASR Newsletter Editor.
Further links:
DEC press release
Adirondack Daily Enterprise article “State previews rail-trail plan, takes comments”
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Your 3rd Qtr. 2019 NYCentral Modeler is Here!!

Latest Modeling News from the NYCSHS


The cover photo for this quarter’s edition is from Bob Chapman;  “A NYCS Day at Cincinnati Union Terminal”. Central Headlight editor, Rich Stoving provides the article on “Of Smoke, Mirrors and Some Bargain Basement Boxes”.  Rev. Roland F. Waters shares his construction of the Otis, IN passenger station. Associate Editor Bob Shaw explains “Saving a Lionel #2035 from the Scrap Yard.”  Ed Eynedy returns, building a “NYCS SM Tower in HO-Scale”. Former NYCSHS director, Hugh Guillaume, shows us some of his many “Freight Car Models from the Past”. “The Early Car Shop” editor, Kyle Coble produces a CCC&StL 1895 Flatcar from 3-D drawings
And you also get all of the regular features with “NYCSHS RPO,” “Extra Board,” “What’s New,” and “The Observation Car.” All in the July 1, 2019 edition.

If you haven’t been reading this NYCSHS magazine, you have been missing out on a lot of NYCS action.  Each edition contains five to seven articles covering different scales of NYCS modeling, a section reviewing all new NYCS models being offered by manufacturers for the quarter, letters and emails from members and readers, the latest news on models being offered by the NYCSHS at 20% discounts, and a variety of other information about modeling and happenings at the NYCSHS.

The magazine is free, and all you need to do to read or download it is to go to the NYCSHS website. To do that, go to www.NYCSHS.org. Then put your curser on the “Modeling Resources” button and drop down to the “NYCentral Modeler” tab.  Then just follow the instruction on the page.   ENJOY!!

Click Here to Read!!!!

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Ride the NYC Auburn Branch

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As a part of the Empire Junction 2019 NER/NMRA Convention in Syracuse, September 19-22, 2019, the Finger Lakes Railroad is offering a 6-hour trip on the former New York Central Auburn Branch, operated by Finger Lakes Railway. The trip will include a photo run-by and stop at the restored Martisco Station Museum of the CNY Chapter, NRHS. We are offering this trip to Society members and guests who are not registered for the Convention at $40.00 ($35.00 ages 5 – 15).


Tickets may be obtained at https://reg.planetreg.com/E223163341152410


This is not a NYCSHS sponsored event, but it

looks like a fun adventure!!!


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The NYCSHS 2019 Convention Was a Huge Success

Take a Look at the 2019 NYCSHS


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From registration to the end of the Train Show the

attendees had a wonderful time.

Here are some photos of some of the events


Attendees leave the train for the Mediana Train Museum.


Nothing like a train of lightning stripe cars!!


These beautiful E’s are just rusting away but they look great at the museum.

They attracted the attention of most of the attendees.

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The train layout was running NYC trains for us.  A very impressive layout and a great museum.


A grand old lady that is slowly falling apart, but the volunteers there are very busy trying to restore her to her previous grandeur.

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Some shots of the interior waiting room. You can’t help but be impressed with the faded beauty of this structure and the enormous job ahead of the preservation organization.

All of the above photos by Noel Widdifield.

The Wonderful Large Scale Railroad of Mike Leonard

was on display for the attendees on Friday afternoon.

  Take a look!!!


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All photos in this section by Nick Ariemma

At the convention your NYCSHS Business

Manager/Treasure and editor of the NYCentral Modeler

received a model he had purchased earlier this year.


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An Aristocraft RDC-3 modified with custom parts by Tom Ball of Forked River, NJ as a tribute to engineer pilot, Don Wetzel and the NYC Railroad.  Ownership of this 1/29-scale model passing from former NYCSHS director, Bill Strassner to Noel Widdifield. Noel purchased the model and Nick Ariemma brought it to the Convention for Noel and Bill.

It will go to start running on Noel’s 1/29-scale layout.  All involved had hoped that Don would be in attendance to see the model.


Watch this website for information about the 2020 50th Anniversary Convention in Cleveland.


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