4th Qtr. 2020 Central Headlight is in the Mail Today

4th Qtr. 2020 Central Headlight is in

the Mail Today

50th Anniversary Year


For those you have added the subscription for the digital Central

Headlight, you digital version has been sent to you today!!!!

Enjoy and thanks for being a member.  If you haven’t already, be sure to renew for 2021.  Since the COVID 19 cancelled many of our Anniversary Year activities, 2021 will be the year we celebrate our 50th Anniversary year.


Click Here To Renew or Join Online

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Not a current 2020 NYCSHS member.  You can order the 1st Qtr. 2020 NYCSHS 50th Anniversary historic and informative magazine from the NYCSHS Collinwood Shop:

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NYCSHS Announces Another New NYCS Book


The Books Are In The Mail to All Who


Ordered Them From Us In


the Collinwood Shop


You should have them soon.




If You Haven’t Ordered One –

Now is the Time!!!


The New York Central System Historical Society announces the another book of the Central’s steam power triumvirate. This hard cover book completes the documentation of the New York Central’s Mohawk class, the L-3 and L-4 Mohawks.

  • Detailed history of the late Mohawk design of 1940, and the final L-4 design of 1942, using official railroad records and drawings, and profusely illustrated using an outstanding collection of high-quality photographs from the Society’s Collection and other collections, many previously unpublished
  • Over 300 pages and photographs, including a 32-page color section
  • Informative captions
  • Useful to modelers and historians
  • Written by Tom Gerbracht, NYCSHS Director
  • Limited production run, hard cover, using the best paper stock and outstanding photo reproduction, and sewn binding for permanency
  • Very limited quantity of numbered and signed copies available as a separate store item

The book describes and illustrates the original late Mohawk design, and the evolution of the basic design that resulted in the L-4 Mohawk, perhaps the best dual service two-cylinder steam locomotive design ever developed. Included is a separate section on late Mohawk tenders, one of the secrets of the Mohawk’s success. Oddities are identified, and the final days of late Mohawk operation are also fully documented, including last runs. The late Mohawk design is compared with contemporary steam designs used by other railroads in the Central’s service area.

  • Expected Delivery in early October 2020
  • All proceeds donated to the NYCSHS
  • MSRP  $89.99 NYCSHS Members $71.99
  • Limited number of signed and numbered copies $250.00
  • Shipping is $10.00 for US buyers
  • Non-US buyers pay actual shipping costs
  • Ohio residents pay 8% Ohio Sales Tax

You can order the book directly from the Collinwood Shop by Clicking Here

You can download a form and mail it in with a check.  Click here to Download Order Form


Order One Today!!!





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Work Begins on the Former Adirondack Railroad

The New York State Department of Transportation has broken ground on a $1.9 million project to remove the tracks between Tupper Lake and Lake Placid on the former Adirondack Railroad right-of-way, so it can be turned into a 34-mile shared-use path for hikers, bikers, cross country skiers, and snowmobilers.

A second project will start in coming weeks to rehabilitate the existing rails between Big Moose and Tupper Lake in order to create the longest scenic railway in the country, according to the state.

The rail trail and scenic railway are key components of the 2020 Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor Unit Management Plan, a blueprint for developing the 119-mile corridor meant to bolster tourism and recreation. The corridor follows the path of a rail line constructed in 1892, and operated continuously until 1972. The state bought the line and its right-of-way in 1974.

Under the project administered by the DOT, tracks will be removed from the northern portions of the line above Tupper Lake. The Adirondack Rail Trail will be constructed in their place to connect Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, and Tupper Lake. The corridor will have signs to help visitors interpret the history of the railway, the cultures of adjacent communities, and the surrounding natural resources.
The state Office of General Services is leading the trail’s design and working to ensure it will be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Once the trail is finished, the Department of Environmental Conservation will assume day-to-day management. 
Construction is to begin in 2022 and will be completed in phases. The multi-use recreation trail is expected to be complete by the end of 2024. 
According to the state, the $19.1 million project to rehabilitate the rails between Big Moose and Tupper Lake will allow the current scenic railway service – now operated by the Adirondack Railway Preservation Society under a use and occupancy permit from the state – to be extended 45 miles further into the Adirondacks.

Rail rehabilitation is expected to be complete by the end of 2021. Plans also call for the Tupper Lake Station to be redeveloped to serve as a terminus for rail operations.

This article is from the Times Union Newspaper by Tim Blydenburgh on Oct 22, 2020

This railroad was once part of the NYCS.  For more info on the Adirondack Scenic Railroad:  Click Here



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NYCSHS Announces Virtual Mini on Nov 21

NYCSHS Announces Virtual Mini


November 21, 2020 – Noon – 4:00 pm

We are having a Virtual NYCSHS Modelers’ Mini on November 21, 2020. This is an online gathering of those members who love modeling the NYCS.
We  have presenters of NYCS modeling techniques and NYCS prototype information.

Presenters include:

  • Alex Schneider: Pullman compartment cars assigned to the NYC 

  • Jeff English: Around the Oval: NYC subsidiaries freight car lettering

  • Dave Mackay: NYC’s standard wood caboose

  • Seth Lakin: Lake Shore & Michigan Southern and Lake Erie & Western’s brick depots. 

Each presentation will begin 10 min after the conclusion of the previous presentation.

It will give us a chance to meet other NYCS modelers and discover ways to expand the modeling activities in the NYCSHS.

There is no registration fee and members and non-members are invited to join.  Please sign up so we can send you the detailed information with the link to join a day or two before the event.

To register online for the event

Click Here

To send an Email to attend:


Be sure to Include Your Name and Email Address

Join US For Our Very First

Virtual Mini







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Latest Edition of the NYCentral Modeler (4th Qtr. 2020)


Latest Edition of the NYCentral Modeler

(4th Qtr. 2020)

The cover photo for this quarter’s edition is from Mark Sklar’s article about “3D printing a NYC Signal Bridge.” Charlie Crawford updates his layout after retirement in “Traveling in Time – From 1927 – 1952.” First time author for us, Michael Casatelli displays his “Depression Modern” NYC models. Bob Shaw in his “O-Gauge Model Railroading” column explains “Saving a Lionel 208 Locomotive.” Prolific modeler Seth Lakin finishes the “N Scale Architect’s NYC Lines West Station.” We share “A Little Old School Insanity” with Brian Scace as he builds a brass GP-20 in O-scale. Russ Briggs is “Building NYC Mark II, Flexi-Vans’ in the final article in this quarter’s edition. 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 2020 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 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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Modeling the NYC During Pandemic Lock-Down

NYCSHS You Tube Videos

Modeling the NYC During the Pandemic Lock-Down

Episode II June – August 2020 

NYCSHS Member, Rob Bennett’s Solid Block Modeling is just one of the many NYC modeling projects discussed on this new You Tube video.

Click Here to View

Modeling the NYC During the Pandemic Lock-Down Episode I 

NYCSHS Director, Noel Widdifield’s Large Scale NYCS Layout is one of themodeling projects featured in this You Tube video.

Click Here to View

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Classic Trains Columnist Kevin P. Keefe Article on NYCSHS “Know Thy” Book Series

“New York Central’s Steam Legacy Is In Good Hands”

By Kevin P. Keefe

Classic Train Columnist & NYCSHS Member

Read this blog about the four “Know Thy” books by NYCSHS Director, Tom Gerbracht

Click Here to Read The Article

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New York Transit Museum

One of our members sent this to us and there are some interesting

NYCS related items.  Look through the information below and if you

are interested go to the bottom of the page and click on the link shown

there to go to the site of the New York Transit Museum.

The links on the graphic shown below do not work.

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To view this with the links click here: https://mailchi.mp/nyct/2020-3-187046?e=a00b344838


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NYCSHS New Exclusive HO-Scale Hopper Model

NYCSHS Exclusive

Accurail NYC 3-Bay Hopper (Lot 824-H)

40’8″ All Steel Self-Clearing Offset Hopper Kit



NYCSHS Modeler’s committee  wanted to offer a custom decorated Accurail 3 bay hopper as a lot 824-H. The 824-H was built by General American in 1952 numbered NYC 904000-904999.  The road number is homage to the society’s 50th anniversary and is authentic.

Two hopper kits built out by Seth Lakin, NYCSHS Modelers’ Committee Chair.

904409 PB033082 824-H

The art work is laid out directly over the top of the Builders photo of the hopper, so it should be just right. The end lettering is a touch smaller than in the photos, but it needed to be in order to print properly in that restricted amount of space.
These easy-to-build HO Scale plastic car kits feature a one-piece body with details molded in place. Decorated models feature authentic paint and lettering schemes with end reporting marks. In addition, the trucks feature nonmagnetic axles, and the coupler pockets accepts Kadee(R) No. 5 couplers. Also features exceptionally free-rolling wheels. Set of decals with six road numbers and 6 shop stencils are included with kit. Decals come with same paint color background as the car.
MSRP $31.63 NYCSHS member price is $25.30 and that is 20% off MSRP.
Shipping is extra and Ohio residents must add 8% Ohio sales tax.
Currently being shipped to us on August 4, 2020

To View Click Here

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NYCSHS Member and Archive Volunteer Talks About Train Watching

NYCSHS Member and Archive Volunteer

Talks About Train Watching


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Excerpts from Idea Stream Video

Author Dennis Knowles

Interview for PBS Cleveland, Ohio TV station WVIZ for a web interview
on train watching in Berea, Ohio.

The Berea Union Depot was established in 1876 to provide passenger and freight service for the city’s growing sandstone-based economy. It was home to one of the largest sandstone quarries in the world. Rail service was key to shipping it and other materials.

“Lumber, steel, coal, coke, grain, there was a ton of stuff that was shipped all over the country. It used to go by steam ship, but it was a lot more economical to send it by train than on a boat,” Kurilec said.

In 1958, the depot ceased operations, and the building was sold in 1980. Today it’s the Berea Depot Restaurant. Railfans park at the far end of one of its two parking lots peering down the tracks and listening for horns signaling the approach of the next train. Train watching isn’t an expensive hobby. Some simply sit and watch, while others invest in binoculars, cameras, notepads and scanners.

“They get railroad frequencies, so you can know what’s happening any special movement that’s going to be happening,” Kurilec said.

“Some of the guys record the train number and the direction. Some of the young kids are taking video. Now that may not seem important, but when those diesels are gone 20 years from now and there’s something else, it’s like the steam engine, it’s very important to document this stuff historically,” he said.

Watch the whole video and listen to Joe explain about why watching trains is so fascinating to so many people.  Learn a little NYCS history as well.

Click here to go to the

Idea Stream video!!


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