Flight of the Century Campaign (August 21 Update)

 The Century has arrived at La Salle Street Station.
$60,000 Contributed 


  • Contributions from 211 individuals
  • Average contribution was $288.63
  • Campaign lasted 6 weeks from first appeal
  • Three $5,000 contributions
  • Seven $2,500 contributions
  • Nine $1,000 contributions
  • Total contributions $60,000

All donors will be identified by name and amount in the November 2016 issue of Central Headlight

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*   Donors who contributed at the $2,500 level will receive a full-size replica of a Mohawk headlight shelf number plate with NYCS oval, cast in aluminum.  Six authentic numbers are available.
**  Donors who contributed at the $5,000 level or over will receive a full-size replica of a Niagara number plate with NYC oval, cast in aluminum. Three authentic numbers are available.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for you to make a lasting contribution that will help to perpetuate the memory of the mighty New York Central System.  And remember, the NYCSHS is a Section 501.c.(3) organization, so your donation is tax deductible under IRS regulations, depending, of course, on your personal situation.  Further, if you work for or are retired from a company that offers matching contributions, please investigate to determine if your contribution can be matched by your company.  We will be pleased to assist you in identifying and completing the necessary forms for a funds match.
Please make your check or money order payable to NYCSHS and write Flight of the Century in the memo box or line.   Mail to:   Noel F. Widdifield, Treasurer
                                                                                      P.O. Box 328
                                                                                      Shady Side, MD 20764

Contact Noel at NYCSHS@verizon.net if you have a problem.
You can also make a donation through our on-line Collinwood Shop.  Go to www.nycshs.net and sign in.  Then drop down and click on the “Flight of the Century” category.  Move over and click on the “Flight of the Century Campaign Donation” item.  Follow the instructions to check out and donate.  Donations can be made by check, money order, credit card or PayPal.
Your support of the NYCSHS has never been more important than it is now.  Please join with your fellow members in making a substantial contribution that will enable us to complete a permanent home befitting the great railroad system we so dearly remember.

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Latest Issue of the Central Headlight was mailed August 10.

Pages from 2016Q3The New York Central System operated in eleven great states, and the big, 48-page 3rd Quarter Issue of Central Headlight will take you to four of those states with articles about Central’s operations in a small Ohio town; an attempt to rescue the first Hudson from the scrap line at Gardenville, New York; a look at rail crossing changes at Albion, Michigan; and a steam machinist’s memories of the roundhouse at Mattoon, Illinois. You’ll also visit Haldimand County, Ontario, Canada; and, really going far afield, you’ll get a close look at a very sizeable chunk of New York Central history found in Fairview, Oklahoma! All this, not to mention four color pages featuring our 2016 Annual Convention.

So this is an issue of Central Headlight that’s not to be missed, and if you are not yet a member, there’s no better time to join than right now. Why? Because it’s August! Beginning with this month, all new memberships will be for Year 2017. But we wouldn’t want you to have to wait until January to reap the benefits of membership. So you will receive the 3rd and 4th Quarter 2016 issues of our magazine as well as all four issues for 2017. That’s six great issues of our highly acclaimed magazine for the price of four. You can’t beat that. Join now!


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NYCentral Modeler Magazine

The NYCSHS On-Line Modeling Magazine

Published Quarterly to Provide a Publication Dedicated to Modeling of the NYCS.

3rd Qtr. 2016 NYCentral Modeler


This edition brings you some very
interesting articles and some
exciting features.

Click here to read.

You will find all the usual features in this quarter’s edition with lots of new model information, several interesting letters we have received and answered, the “Observation Car’ with previews of the October 2016 edition, and columns by President, Rich Stoving and Noel Widdifield.

The articles begin with the second in the series, “Modeling 2nd Sections of the Century in Post WW II Era” by Dave Staplin. Dave continues this set of articles telling us everything there is to know about this section of the NYCS’s 20th Century Limited.

Keith Taylor tells us an interesting story about the origin of his “Live Steam Hudson” and provides some excellent photos of this interesting model. Alan Schofield from Great Briton writes about his NYCS layout and also includes some really great photos of some of his modeling of the Harmon “substation” or tower in USA language.

One of our previous authors continues his tale on his “NYC’s Weehawken Terminal – Part 2” and show us how he brought water to his Hudson River terminal. We will see again some of his excellent models of the NYC’s tugs, barges and assorted other watercraft.

NYCSHS Director, Dave Mackay, spins a tale about his efforts in “Developing a Model for the NYCSHS. You will also see many photos of towers found along the River Division near his home. Dave is an excellent modeler and shares the story of one of the first structure models developed exclusively for the NYCSHS.

Finally, Seth Lakin returns with another article for us. This one is not about his modeling but about an elusive piece of rolling stock that many NYCS models are not aware. Read about the “NYC’s Diesel Fuel Tank Cars” and see photos of these only 50 cars that the NYC owned.

You will also read about the results form the NYCSHS fourth “Modeling Survey” and hear about the new NYCSHS “Headquarters” and the “Flight of the Century” campaign that was kicked off this month.

Don’t miss out!!        Read it now at Click here to read.

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Noel Widdifield

Editor, NYCentral Modeler


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NYCS Book Sale

NYCS Book Sale

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We have a large selection of brand new books for

you to buy at NYCSHS discounted prices.

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Two new books with lots of NYCS action:  New York Central Power  for $47.96 and Railroad Town, Jackson Michigan for $13.00 for NYCSHS members. Shipping extra and 8% Ohio sales tax for Ohio residents.


Know Thy Hudsons is Sold Out!!!! Thank you to all who purchased this exciting book.

 Books on DVD

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 Trains’ 20th Century Limited for $23.99 for members, plus shipping and handling.  NYCS Diesel Locomotives for $27.00 for members and NYCS Signal Department for $10.00 for members with shipping included.  Ohio residents must pay 8% Ohio sales tax.

And a brand new DVD shown for the first time at

the 2016 NYCSHS Convention.

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Just go to the NYCSHS Collinwood

Shop to order!!



Click Here

Don’t forget to sign in to get the NYCSHS discounts.

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NYCSHS Releases a New and Exciting Book

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NYCSHS Announces an Exciting New Book

Know Thy Hudsons

By Thomas R. Gerbracht

The book has sold out.  Thank you to all of you who purchased the book and for supporting the NYCSHS.


This hard cover book is the complete story of the NYC Hudson by subclass, written by NYCSHS Director and former President Tom Gerbracht, after several years of research into the most famous NYC steam locomotives. Tom gives the detailed history of the NYC Hudson from official railroad record cards and drawings. The book covers all of the locomotives in the Hudson class, including the Boston & Albany J-2s, the Dreyfuss and Empire State streamlined locos, and of the tenders used by Hudsons. Extensive detailed reference material is included. The book has over 250 pages and 200 photographs, many previously unpublished, with 32 of them in color. Excellent for modelers.


  • Summaries from official railroad records for 118 Hudson locomotives
  • Engines by subclass, including the B&A Hudsons
  • A section on Dreyfuss and Empire State Express streamlined engines
  • A section on Hudson tenders
  • Many Hudson “oddities”
  • Hudsons being tested, run, and in the shops
  • Hudsons’ final runs
  • Detailed drawings for the modeler, including Paint and Lettering Drawings
  • Even the “The Hudson that never was…”


 Click Here to See Some Wonderful Know Thy Hudson O-Scale Two-Rail Videos of Tom Gerbracht’s Layout.


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Next Issue of Central Headlight Will Mail on May 6

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What do apples, automobiles, homecomings, and a glacial deposit of sand have in common?  Each plays an important role in one of the four major features appearing in the next issue of Central Headlight. But what do they all have to do with the New York Central System? You’ll have to read the magazine to find out.

And what’s a Conrail locomotive doing on the cover? Discover why it’s really a “Horse in a Different Color.”

The Second Quarter (May) issue of Central Headlight, featuring expanded color coverage, will mail to all members of the NYCSHS on May 6. Digital copies will be emailed on the same day to members who subscribe to this service.

If you are not a member, you don’t want to miss this issue. Join up now, and we will also send you a copy of our highly acclaimed First Quarter (February) issue.



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2016 NYCSHS Convention Planned

2016 NYCSHS Convention in Itasca, IL

May 13th – May 15th 2016



NYCSHS Members (including family members)  $179.00 each for all activities including the Saturday evening banquet Non-members can register at $179.00 plus a fee of $39.00. The extra fee covers membership in the Society for one year, including all rights and benefits, along with one year of the Central Headlight.

Registration forms can be downloaded by clicking here.

You may also register and pay in the “Collinwood Shop” by clicking here.

Hotel Rooms are available at the Westin Chicago Northwest Hotel. Please call the Hotel directly at 1-888-627-8510.  The Reserved Rooms Rate for the NYCSHS Convention  are available until April 21, 2016. You must mention the NYCSHS Convention to receive the special rate.  Early reservations are essential and are only available until April 21, 2016. The special rate is available  for 3 days prior and 3 days after the Convention. Reservations will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis.  Don’t delay.  You are responsible for making your own hotel reservations. They are not included in this registration for the Convention.

 For Additional Details Click Here!!

Jim Suhs, NYCSHS Director, is the committee chair.

For further information contact:


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