We are now accepting renewal and new applications for
the NYCSHS 2019 membership year.
The cover photo for this quarter’s edition is from Jim Kindraka’s article about building an S-Scale America RS-1 kit in brass. Jim Kehn completes his construction of a “Generic Big Four Tower – Part 2” in this edition. Former NYCSHS Director Hugh Guillaume tells us all about the HO-scale brass Hudsons from Mizuno. Continuing his list of N-scale construction articles, Tom Long tells us about his 19000-series caboose construction. In our regular feature, “O-Gauge Model Railroading,” Bob Shaw shares “Running a Trolley Line Down Main Street.” Prolific modeler Seth Lakin builds both of the NYC 19000 Lot 732 cabooses he worked with American Model Builders to produce as exclusive NYCSHS kits. Tom Gerbracht shares descriptions of five videos of his NYC Niagaras and a link to view them. 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, 2018 edition.
This hard cover book is the complete story of the New York Central’s famous Niagara type Steam Locomotives, written by NYCSHS Director and former President Tom Gerbracht, after several years of research and a lifelong history of information collection for these great locomotives. Tom gives a detailed history of this famous locomotive from the official Railroad Historical Record Cards and official NYC drawings. This book identifies the New York Central’s earliest attempt of a locomotive with a 4-8-4-wheel arrangement. The book covers the Niagara in all of its forms, including the original Niagara, the production Niagaras, and the poppet valve Niagara. There is a section describing the design changes made to Niagaras during their careers, and a chapter of the testing of the Niagaras, including correspondence from some of the test participants. Tom also reviews the design details for a divided drive successor to the Niagara, an engine that was never built. The PT tenders used by Niagaras are also included, including future plans for a “Super PT”. Extensive reference material is included. The book has over 275 pages and over 200 photographs, many previously unpublished, and includes a 32-page color section. Excellent for modelers.
If you’re a member of the NYCSHS, there’s some great reading in store for you in the 2nd Quarter 2018 issue of Central Headlight. It is the most colorful issue ever. It was mailed to you on May 11, 2018. Members who have paid to received digital copies will also receive the digital issue on that date.
If you’re not a member, this would be a great time to join for 2018, because we have a whole year of issues coming with lots of exciting NYCS information and photos. Click here for the form or go to www.nycshs.net to join online.
Director Rich Stoving helped attendees sign in. Each registered Member received an NYCSHS logo messenger bag, along with a DVD of Big Four photos, and related Cleveland area historical information.
Business was brisk in Collinwood Shop. Brian Kelly quickly found a model or two that he had been searching for.
The modeling display area was filling up with the “must see” masterpieces of our Members.
The first round of Presentations were well attended. Shel Lustig, NYCSHS Vice President, took a group on a tour of historic NYC towers.
Members get an early start as three buses wait to transport them to a day of railroad history.
Bellevue Yard and Moorman Engine Service Facility.
Enjoying the restored Bucyrus station and some live railroad action.
AC Tower was opened to us, along with Marion’s Union Station, while we listened to the steel music of mile + long trains over the Marion diamonds.
The Gallion station restoration efforts were on full display.
Kevin Keefe formerly of Trains Magazine (and a NYCSHS member) focused his banquet night presentation on The Michigan Central.
Rich Stoving presented a master class on NYC’s Pacifics. “Know Thy Pacifics”
drew a full house.
Proto and HO scale modelers followed Set Lakin’s step-by-step presentation on building NYC’s 17700-17999 MC & CS cabooses.
Mattoon, IL and the NYC’s Illinois Division were the focus of Craig Sanders’ well researched presentation.
The quiet Board Room at Headquarters was a fitting representation of the completion of another successful NYCSHS Convention.
All Photos by Nick Ariemma, NYCSHS Director
You can click on the link below and see a clip of part of one of the presentations, by Don Wezel.
Click here to view: https://goo.gl/hsHMKt
Click here to view second clip: https://goo.gl/csmVfj
May 31st – June 2nd at the Buffalo Marriott Niagara