Two New NYCSHS DVDs Available Now

Two New NYCSHS DVDs Available Now

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New York Central Lines Magazine 1919 – 1932

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The NYC Lines Magazine was published by the railroad starting in February 1919 and continued until the final edition in October 1932. It was published monthly by, and distributed to the 100,000 officers and employees of the New York Central Railroad. It was a magazine devoted to the interests of the railroad workers, their families and the home communities. It contained articles about the railroad, the employees, and events that impacted the employees and the railroad. You will also find hundreds of ads that will give you understanding of the products shipped by and supplied to the NYC in that timeframe. It makes fascinating reading for anyone interested in the New York Central Railroad during those years that it was published.

This DVD contains all of the editions of the Magazine published. This is a complete set that was reproduced from scanned images of each page of every edition.   It is also searchable so that research is very easy.

This product is another of the wonderful historical documents produced by the NYCSHS archive volunteers.

Don’t miss out on this history of the NYC Lines as written by the company and for the NYC employees.

The MSPR is $79.00 and the NYCSHS members price is $63.20

and that is 20% off MSRP.

Shipping is free for US customers but Ohio residents

must pay 8% Ohio sales tax.

Non-US customers will pay actual cost of shipping.

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Click Here to Download a Order Form to Order by Mail.

NYCentral Modeler 2011 – 2018

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The NYCentral Modeler was introduced in 2011 as a free to all, online digital publication dedicated to the modeling of the NYCS. It is published quarterly and represents some very fine modeling of the NYCS by both NYCSHS members and non-members. It represents some of the finest NYCS modeling today.

This DVD provides all of the editions published up through 2018 and will be the first in many of the NYCentral Modeler DVDs that will be offered in the future.

In the past these magazines were available on this website for downloading and viewing.  We have removed all of the issues prior to this year and made those available on this DVD. 

We will still publish each edition quarterly on this website and the current editions will remain available until we publish the next DVD.

This DVD makes all of the editions from 2011 through 2018 available on a single DVD for research and your reading pleasure.

The MSPR is $36.95 and the NYCSHS members price is $29.56

and that is 20% off MSRP.

Shipping is free for US customers but Ohio residents must pay 8% Ohio sales tax.

Non-US customers will pay actual cost of shipping.

Click Here to Order in the Collinwood Shop


Click Here to Download a Order Form to Order by Mail.


Click Here for a listing of all issues and articles Of the NYCentral Modeler


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4th Quarter 2018 Central Headlight

4th Quarter 2018 Central Headlight

In the mail on November 14, 2018



A big, 48-page Fourth Quarter 2018 issue of Central Headlight will be mailed to all members in good standing on Wednesday, November 14.   It is an issue not to be missed.

If you like NYC diesels sporting the cigar-band logo of the 1960s, you’ll enjoy John Springer’s recollections of his frequent teenage visits to Chatham, New York. As the son of an NYC tower operator, the “Chatham boys” welcomed John, and his affection for many of them shows through in his writing.

You’ll also enjoy reading about J. W. Swanberg’s 1967 Shark hunt in the Cincinnati area, where half of NYC’s original fleet of the stylish Baldwins were still working in transfer service. The article is splendidly illustrated by the author’s superb color photography.

Roger Hinman’s treatise on New York Central’s vast fleet of general purpose flat cars will be of great interest to freight car historians as well as to NYC modelers. Largely illustrated by builder’s photos, general service flats constructed between 1899 to 1960 are discussed. A number of in-service photos display unique loads that would make excellent modeling projects.

Did you know that the NYC owned a B-25 bomber, decked out in the reverse of the company’s passenger locomotive cigar band paint scheme? Meet the man who purchased it and flew it, Don Wetzel, more famously known for the flight of the jet-powered M-497. Learn more about the fascinating career of this NYC superstar, who, as he put it, always “had a thing for things that moved.”

If you are not yet a member of the NYCSHS, the good news is that we have printed a limited number of extra copies of this outstanding issue just for you! Don’t miss out! Visit our on-line Collinwood Shop today and join as a member for 2019. We’ll send you a copy of this Fourth Quarter 2018 issue by first-class mail, and you will also receive all four of the 2019 issues of our magazine that will come automatically with your membership. That’s five issues for the price of four. Don’t delay. Act today!

You can join today in our Collinwood Shop by clicking here.


Or download a membership form and join by mail by clicking here.

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4th Qtr. 2018 NYCentral Modeler is Posted for Your Reading Pleasure

Latest Modeling News from the NYCSHS

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The cover photo for this quarter’s edition is from Vinny DeRobertis’s  “New York & Hudson Valley Railroad in HO-scale.” NYCSHS Director Dave Staplin tells us about “Dressing Up the Walthers’ 20th Century Baggage/RPO” in this edition.  Associate Editor Bob Shaw writes all about his “Grandfather’s 1917 Hamilton Railroad Watch” in this edition of “O-Gauge Model Railroading.” Continuing a three-part series on the NYC SW-1, Seth Lakin tells us about Phase III of that loco.  In our regular feature, “The Harmon Files,” Larry Faulkner shows us about “Modeling Harmon Area Telegraph & Transmission Poles.” Will Tajibnapis provides us with “And Now for Something Different.”  And you also get all of the regular features with “NYCSHS RPO,” “Extra Board,” “What’s New,” and “The Observation Car.” All in the October 1, 2018 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 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!!

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The First NYCSHS “Mini” was a Great Success


This year the Society decided to hold a mini-convention in our Headquarters in Middleburg Heights, OH. For several years members have been asking that we hold some kind of smaller activity in various parts of the NYCS territory so that those who cannot attend the annual convention might be able to come to one of these. The idea was to minimize the cost of attendance and move the location around the territory. This year’s Mini was an answer to that request.

We decided to focus on modeling for the first “Mini” because that is where we are now getting most of our new members. Fewer new members are those who were once employees of the NYCS or even saw or rode the railroad. Of course we will continue to provide activities and publications for those fans and employees, but it appears that those who model the NYCS are and will continue to be in the majority.

So our first event in this series was a big success with almost forty people arriving at the Headquarters on Saturday, September 22. They were met there by some of the NYCSHS Board and their wives and welcomed to the Headquarters for a daylong event filled with activities focused on NYCS modeling.

The day began with a welcome from President Dave Mackay. It was followed by a presentation by Noel Widdifield, Business Manager/Treasurer, on “Results of the Modeler’s Survey 2018, Challenges Faced by Model Manufacturers, and NYCSHS Successes and Failures in Developing NYCS Models”.

Dave Mackay then returned to talk about “Modeling NYCS Heavyweight Coaches”.

Lunch and time for checking our the many modeling items for sale in the Collinwood Shop were next up and enjoyed by all who attended.

After we dragged the participants back into the room away from the Collinwood Shop offerings, Past President, Rich Stoving presented “My Last Layout” featuring great photos of his very accurate NYC layout.

Next up, Dave Nethery presented “Using the NYCSHS Archive to Improve Your NYCS Modeling”. This talk included a detailed tour of what the Archive has to offer and what the volunteers are doing to continue to expand the digital and hard copy holdings there.

Finally, Noel Widdifield, Dave Mackay, Dave Nethery, Mike Vescelus, and Bob Wasko moderated a roundtable NYCSHS discussion at which the attendees were encouraged to make suggestions on how to improve the NYCSHS modeling program.

Photos from Modelers’ Mini (Photos by Noel & Joe Kurilec)

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Jeff Koncal’s wife, Cecilia, baked an enormous amount of desserts for the event. They were enjoyed by all, and many goodies were taken along for the drive back home.

This event was the first of many of these “Mini” meetings, and it was a great success. They only negative comment we heard was that the seats were too hard. We received a very large number of positive comments so we believe that this kind of events will be very popular with our members in the near future.

If you would be interested in leading such an event in your area, please contact us. We will provide lots of support to you. All you need to do is find a place to hold the event, obtain speakers on any NYCS subject, arrange for food, and led the event. We will provide you with all the support you need and will mentor you through your first event. We will set up the registration and collect the money, provide you with the means to pay for any expenses used to advertise the event for you, and mentor you through your first event.

If you would be interested in setting up a “Mini” in your area, contact us at and let us help you get started.

This is your chance to set up a NYCSHS “Mini” in your area so that

NYCSHS members can meet and learn about the NYCSHS locally.

We are here to help and support you in doing this.  These “Minis”

are designed to allow you to get to know members in your area who

share our love of the NYCS.

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2019 NYCSHS Calendar Released

2019 NYCSHS Calendar Released

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NYCSHS 2019 Calendar. This calendar contains 15 great photos including 7 in color. The calendars represent a wonderful collection of photos from the glory days of the New York Central System. Each month has important historical events listed on the days that they occurred. Select the calendar you want in the box above. Price $16.00. Ohio residents add Ohio state sales tax. Shipping included for US only. Non-US orders have shipping added.

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Or send a check for $16.00 plus $1.28 Ohio sales tax if you are a Ohio resident to:


2019 Calendar

17038 Roosevelt Ave.

Lockport, IL 60441-4734

You may download an order form by clicking here!!!


Non-US orders must be through the Collinwood Shop



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3rd Qtr. 2018 Central Headlight

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The 3rd Qtr. 2018 Central Headlight was mailed out on August 10, 2018.

Look for yours soon.


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Major Model Railroad Manufacture News

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In a recent news release, Model Railroader wrote:

“In late July Affa Technology Ltd., a Hong Kong-based manufacturer of model trains, radio-controlled toys, scale cars, and other items, announced it had closed. Some of the model railroad manufacturers impacted by this news include American Z Line, Atlas Model Railroad Co., Bowser, ExactRail, Fox Valley Models, InterMountain Railway Co., Trainworx, and Wheels of Time. Several firms shared the news through e-mail, websites, and social media.”
We recommend that you consult individual manufacturer’s websites to keep up to date on plans for their models.

NYCSHS Modelers’ Committee


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