Our “New” New York Central System Historical Society Shipping Department





For many years our NYCSHS Secretary, Jim Suhs, has done all of the shipping of back issues and issues to new members of Central Headlights, all of the NYCSHS calendars, all books, DVDs, and much of our memorabilia.

We decided that we needed to move that function to our new Headquarters and give Jim a break after almost 45 years of providing this valuable service.

When we acquired the new Headquarters, it was our intention to move the shipping of all of our Collinwood Shop items to that facility.


To do that we have set up an office and storage at the Headquarters and recruited a volunteer, Bob Wasko, to be our Chief Shipping Agent.

Bob has done a wonderful job of getting things set up to receive all of the material that Jim has been storing in his basement. Bob has experience in shipping from his retirement career in a local UPS store and this has helped us greatly in setting up our facility.

In order to make the change over, Jim Suhs will take all of the material that he has and bring it to the 2017 NYCSHS Convention in Marlborough, MA for the Collinwood Shop set up there.

Following the Train Show on Sunday, May 7, he will transport all of the material to the Headquarters back in Middleburg Heights, OH.

He will arrive there on May 9 and he and Bob will move all of the material into the Shipping Department in the Headquarters. The following week, Mike Vescelus and I will arrive at the Headquarters to help Bob get all of the items organized, inventoried and priced.

Sometime around May 19, all of this should be completed and we will be back in business.

The models will continue to be shipped by Dave Mackay until near the end of 2017, when we will move that shipping to the Headquarters, as well.

This means that any item ordered from the Collinwood Shop between April 28 and May 19 will not be shipped until after May 19.


We are sorry for this brief inconvenience to our members during this time, but this new arrangement will make shipping much easier and convenient for our members.

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National Association of Timetable Collectors’ Latest Publication

The National Association Timetable Collectors has completed a three-issue article on the Big Four and Big Four Employee timetables.   The Timetable Collector editor sent copies of the issues to the NYCSHS for review.

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The issues are available for $10.00 postpaid each. All three issues (Nos. 151, 154, and 155) can be purchased for $27 postpaid.

Orders may be placed to:

Lee R. Meyers

Treasurer, NAOTC

P.O. Box 1266

Hendersonville, TN 37077-1266

An issue dealing with Big Four public timetables is planned for the future.

To view the National Association of Timetable Collectors (NAOTC) Click Here!!

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2nd Qtr. 2017 Central Headlight Mailing Soon


Photo-filled 2nd Quarter Central Headlight Will

Mail on May 10

Like railroad photos? Then you don’t want to miss the big, photo-filled 2nd Quarter issue of Central Headlight, the Society’s quarterly print magazine. Here’s what’s included:

  • Fifteen beautiful color photos of NYC L-2d 2933. Following a ten-year restoration, this classic NYC Mohawk will be unveiled at the Museum of Transportation near St. Louis on May 20. If you can’t be there, you’ll want to see these photos!
  • Twenty rare photos illustrating the full story of the 1957-1961 grade crossing elimination project at Pleasantville, New York on Central’s Harlem Division.
  • Twenty-six never-before published photos taken by veteran NYC general manager and photographer par excellence Jeremy Taylor. These steam-to-diesel transition-era photos, each printed half-page size, cover the NYCS from Massachusetts to Illinois and are knowledgably captioned by Mr. Taylor himself. If you model the NYC, you need to study these photos to get it right.
  • Four vintage photos illustrating NYC’s presence at Shelby, Ohio, the location of Phil Hastings’ famous photo of “The Mohawk that Refused to Abdicate.”
  • Six color photos illustrating the on-going restoration of NYC tavern-lounge car 41 in Cedar Park, Texas.
  • The full story of a day in the life of a New York Central track walker, as it was back in the 1940s.
  • Two memorable tail-end color photos of Michigan Central’s famous Twilight Limited, paused in flight at Jackson, Michigan.

This exciting issue is now being printed, and will mail to all members on May 10. If you are not a member, sign up NOW, and we will send you not only this photo-filled issue, but also our first-quarter issue, mailed to members in February. But do it TODAY to be on the mailing list!

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Don’t Miss Out on the Excitement!!!

Click Here to Join in the Collinwood Shop!!


Click Here for Membership Forms to Mail In!!

Central Headlight Editor and NYCHS President, Rich Stoving Had Some Time For Running his Railroad After Sending the Latest Edition Off to the Publisher

Coal Drag 1

Coal Drag 2

In an unusual move occasioned by a labor dispute, H-5q 1339 and F-12g 868 teamed up to lead a half-mile-long coal drag westward on New York Central’s Hudson Division.


4009 Approaching Breakneck Tunnel

Approaching Breakneck Tunnel

5451 approaching Bear Mountain Tunnel

Approaching Bear Mountain Tunnel

(All Photos by Rich)


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Save The Railroad – Adirondack Scenic Railroad

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To donate to help the cause click here: 

Adirondack Scenic Railroad



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2nd Qtr. 2017 NYCentral Modeler

The NYCSHS On-Line Modeling Magazine

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

2nd Qtr. 2017 NYCentral Modeler


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 July and October 2017 editions, and columns by President, Rich Stoving and NYCentral Modeler Editor, Noel Widdifield.

The articles begin with Part 2 of the “Saranac Branch of the NYC – Early 1950s”, by David Gallaway. Australian, David continues with an update on his continuing to build his layout and he provides many photos of some of his well-done building models.

Keith Taylor returns for another article providing us with a look at “The New York Central S-Class in Tinplate Form”.  He provides an interesting history of the icon of the NYC – the S-class modeled in the early 1900s by several manufacturers.

“The Early Car Shop” by Kyle Coble covers the “Big Four 36′ Standard Boxcar (1897 – 1901)” in his return to the NYCentral Modeler for another great article on one of the CCC&StL boxcars providing interesting background, great photos and accurate drawings of the car.

Manuel Duran-Duran and Larry Faulkner present another of the ongoing series from the “NYC Engineering Department” and “The Harmon Files”.  In this issue they provide background and 3D printing of the NYC Coalboxes and Shop Signs and State Line Markers.

Returning author, Dan Howard, tells us about how he conducts prototypical operations on his New Haven and New York Central layout.  This is the first of a two-part series on his concept of operations and execution of realistic railroad operations on his layout.


You will also read about the latest on the NYCSHS 2017 Convention, see many of the new exiting NYCS products to be found in the Collinwood Shop. And you will also see some of the products that will be available first at the convention and then in the Collinwood Shop after the convention.

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

Be sure to check out this latest edition.  We have some really informative articles for you!!

Click here to read.

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

Please note that there is an error in the price for the Accurail HO-Scale B&A 36′ Single Sheath Wood Boxcar on page 16 of the 2nd Qtr. 2017 NYCentral Modeler.

The correct price for this NYCSHS 2017 Convention car is $27.50 MSRP and $22.00 for NYCSHS members.  Massachusetts Sales tax will be added for cars purchased at the convention. 

After the convention the cars will be for sale in the Collinwood Shop for the same price but shipping will be added.  Ohio Sales tax will be added for Ohio residents.

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NYC Mohawk #2933


The Museum of Transportation in St. Louis  has finished the NYC Mohawk #2933. They are planning a public unveiling for both steam engines on May 20th. They also plan on having NS bring Wabash and/or NYC Heritage units. We will keep you posted on this event.

To read the full story on #2933 click here.

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1st Qtr. 2017 Issue of Central Headlight Mailed Today – February 6, 2017


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