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Edited by Tom Trencansky, Dryden, NY
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   E-News39   February 29, 2012  

 



                 

 

      Amherst Railway Society train show with 22,000 attending!   Photo by Tom Trencansky

Hello Friends and Railfans:

Happy Leap Day.  This is that extra day that we all get every few years to catch up on everything we need to do.  Winter, . . it's been an interesting winter to date, no?   We've gone from our tradition of hosting a train photograph or train painting at the top of the page to one at the Amherst Show in January.  Who says "nobody" attends train shows anymore?  Over 22,000 in attendance and literally hundreds of displays in four buildings.  People like trains!  All aboard!!

Empire State Passenger Association offered a tremendous look at Amtrak across New York State at the recent rail marketing meeting held in Utica. Amtrak ridership looks good across the entire state and part of the meeting was to discuss  capturing some of those Amtrak passengers to detrain at stations and explore other NYS rail attractions.  Check out their website!  www.esparail.org 

FREE one-page calendar - Download a 2012 calendar featuring a D&H PA view:
                        www.newyorkrailroads.com/NYRcalendar.pdf 

NEW or modified  New York State websites associated with rail organizations, these will be added to the New York Railroad link pages within the next couple weeks:

Albany NTrak www.albanyntrak.org 
Amtrak in New York State www.newyorkrailroads.com/amtrak 
Cobleskill Locomotions Sports Bar www.newyorkrailroads.com/locomotions 
Conrail Historical Society www.thecrhs.org 
Delaware & Hudson Rwy www.newyorkrailroads.com/d&h
DL&W Railroad Historical Society www.dlwrrhs.org
Empire State Passenger Association www.esparail.org 
Erie Canal Village [Rome, NY]  www.newyorkrailroads.com/eriecanalvillage 
Finger Lakes Live Steamers www.fingerlakeslivesteamers.org 
Key Lock & Lantern www.klnl.org
Lake City Hobby [Geneva, NY] www.lakecityhobbies.com
Mount Beacon Incline Railway www.inclinerailway.org
Napanoch O&W Depot www.newyorkrailroads.com/napanochdepot
New York Central System Historical Society www.nycshs.org
New York State 40 & 8 Boxcar www.newyorkrailroads.com/fortyandeight
Niagara Railway Museum www.nfrm.ca
Railroads of NYS Route 28 www.newyorkrailroads.com/route28
Rochester Amtrak Station www.newyorkrailroads.com/rochesteramtrak
Rochester Genesee River High Falls www.newyorkrailroads.com/rochesterhighfalls 
Thendara Depot – Adirondack Scenic www.newyorkrailroads.com/thendaradepot 
Tonawanda Island Railroad www.newyorkrailroads.com/tonawandaisland
Utica, Chenango & Susquehanna Valley www.ucsvroute.com
Volunteer Railroaders Association www.vratrips.org
Wellsville, Addison & Galeton RR www.newyorkrailroads.com/wag 
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"Beyond New York Borders" interesting webs - these are listed by state to "grow" lists for other states.
American Rails [MEGA-site] www.american-rails.com/index.html 
Fletcher Granite [MA] www.fletchergranite.com 
Lake Shore Railway Historical Society [PA] www.grape-track.org 
Lorain & & West Virginia Railway [OH] www.lakeshorerailway.org
Maryland Midland Railfan's Guide [MD] www.railroadsignals.us/md/MMid/index.htm 
Walkersville Southern Railroad [MD] www.wsrr.org 

Thanks to readers that sent notes and suggestions.  The New York Railroads website continues to grow with more new links.  We still need to know about restored stations, hobby shops, local train shows & more.  This is a “participation” website, let us know what is missing!  

HISTORY, especially railroad history, is always around us.  Think you know a lot about New York Railroads??  Have you ever heard of the "Forty & Eight"?  Oneida County and Utica are home to New York State's preserved 40 & 8 boxcar.  Check out this piece of history at: www.newyorkrailroads.com/fortyandeight   Did you know that?

Norfolk Southern News - Hottest news this month concerned a new heritage program to Norfolk Southern.  They have committed to paint and operate a fleet of modern diesels in "retro"-style paint schemes, everything from painting a locomotive in New York Central and Pennsylvania RR color scheme to Erie, Lackawanna, CNJ and more.  Check out the information: 
Official NS press release: www.nscorp.com/nscportal/nscorp/Media/News%20Releases/2012/ns_heritage.html  
Color graphics of locomotives: www.nscorp.com/nscportal/nscorp/Media/images/heritage_images.html

Featured TRAIN SHOW – Sunday, MARCH 4 - Hudson Train & Toy Show at Columbia-Greene Community College, 4400 State Route 23, Hudson, NY 10am - 3pm.  Show benefits the Columbia-Greene Community Foundation.  Check it out!

Vintage Railroad Audio www.vintagerailroadaudio.com - New York railroading at its best!  Organizing rail information on New York State can have some pleasant surprises.  Searching for “all things rail” in the state led me to this website and some communication with its owner, Jay Winn from New Hartford, NY [Utica area].  Believe it or not, I had met Jay back in the early ‘70’s, nearly 40 years ago.  He has a fantastic collection of rail audio recordings and offers them for sale – check out his website.  I received one called ALCO Potpourri and was amazed by the quality and variety of the recordings.  You have to hear the first track as a D&H mechanic fires up a C-628 at the Binghamton enginehouse, amazing.  CD has D&H, CP, Adirondack Scenic, even a New York Central RS-1.  Sounds I recall from a time that I “wore a younger man’s clothes”.  Even better, in emailing, he offered to make a special New York Railroads Special Edition CD and offer it for a special price of $10/postpaid.  I checked out a sample – very nice!  Recordings include: PRR steam, D&H steam & diesel, NYC, Erie Limited, etc.  78 minutes of New York rail sounds! 

Susquehanna Valley Chapter, NRHS is celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2012 and will host a special event on Saturday, April 14th in Endwell, NY.  For more information, check out the schedule below.

Arcade & Attica RR has their 2012 schedule listed on a PDF file, click here to open or download it: A&A schedule [right click to download to your computer] 

SEND information.  This e-newsletter is generally only sent once per month..  Feel free to send dates for all train shows, future, even summer events across the state and we will get them listed early.  Remember, this information goes to more than 10,000 addresses.   Remember, the brand-new New York Railroads is up and running, offering connections to over 200 NYS rail-oriented organizations, hobby shops, railroads, museums and much more.  Maybe the site should be should be called "Rail New York".  And, keep this in mind, we have another 50+ organizations in which to pursue more information and tie them into the "spiderweb" of New York Railroads in the site.  Check it out.  [Always, . . open to new suggestions, sites, and corrections.]  Next E-News will be sent to everyone about March 27th, please send news and events for the listing to this editor before March 20th to be included.  As always, looking for your input, suggestions and comments.  Tom Trencansky

 2012 New York Railroads Event Calendar

MARCH 2012

March 4 Hudson Train & Toy Show at Columbia-Greene Community College, 4400 State Route 23, Hudson, NY 10am - 3pm.  Show benefits the Columbia-Greene Community Foundation.  Check it out! 
March 4 Niagara Falls Model Railway Show, Optimist Park Hall, 4751 Dorchester Rd., Niagara Falls, ONT, Canada.  8,000 sq ft of vendors layouts and displays, benefits the Niagara Railway Museum www.nfrm.ca 
March 4-5 Greenberg's Train & Toy Show [Middletown] Orange County Fair area, 10am-4pm.  www.greenbergshows.com 
March 8 Susquehanna Valley Chapter NRHS monthly program meets at Vestal Library, Route 434, 7:30pm [always 2nd Thursday] www.trainweb.org/SVRHS
March 10-11 Greenberg's Train & Toy Show [Rochester] at Dome Center, 10am-4pm.  www.greenbergshows.com Check out the display by Twin Tiers NTRAK!
March 13 Cornell Railroad Historical Society & Cornell Chapter, NRHS monthly meetings at the History Center in downtown Ithaca, NY, 7pm. Program to help identify History Museum photographs.
[2nd Tuesday of month, except July & August]  www.lehighvalleyrr.com 
March 15 Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum & Rochester Chapter, NRHS 16mm AAR Promotional Films with Pete Gores, program at the VFW and 40 & 8 Post at 933 University Avenue in Rochester, program 7pm.  Info: www.rgvrm.org
March 21 Central New York Chapter, NRHS monthly meeting program is a presentation on “Train Festival 2011” in Rock Island, Illinois by Al Kallfelz beginning 7:30 PM at the Art and Home Center, New York Fairgrounds, State Fair Boulevard, Syracuse (Exit 7, Interstate Route 690).  Refreshments served after the program.  Monthly Program meetings are 7:30 PM on the third Wednesday of every month except July and August when there are no meetings.  www.cnynrhs.org
March 24-25 Marathon Maple Festival.  No train again this year BUT the Central New York Chapter, NRHS  will have displays and sales in the Marathon Train Depot both days.  Contact them for more information: www.cnynrhs.org
March 25 Kingston Model Train & Railroad Hobby Show, 10am-4pm, Murphy Midtown Center, 467 Broadway, Kingston.  Operating layouts, vendors, railroadiana, raffles, food & more.  While in the area, check out the Hurley Country Store [model trains].  Perhaps the Kingston Trolley Museum or Catskill Mountain will have something going on?  More info: kingstonmts@aol.com or 845-481-4198.
March 25 Great Batavia Spring Train Show at Batavia Downs Casino, presented by the Genesee Society of Model Engineers. More info: www.gsme.org 
March 25 RR Lines Train & Toy Show, Plattduetsche Park Restaurant, 1132 Hempstead Tpke, Franklin Square, NY 8am - 1pm, info [516] 486-6658.
March 31 Edgerton Model Railroad Club Open House, 41 Backus St., Rochester NY  11am - 2pm, free admission.  Future dates 4/28, 5/26, 6/30, 7/28, 8/25, 9/29 and 10/27. www.edgertonmodelrailroadclub.com 
March 31 Model Auction by the Southern Tier Model Railroad Club, Blue Dolphin Restaurant, Apalachin NY.  Drinks 6pm, dinner at 6;30, model auction after dinner.  Auction tables are viewable BEFORE dinner and reopened only AFTER dinner.  Club will admit visitors for auction after dinner.  Dinner reservation available through Dick Goodnough, [607] 754-2560.  rjgoodnough@hotmail.com
March 31 & April 1 Easter Bunny Express Trains on the Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley RR, 2pm departure, reservations recommended for all rides.  www.lrhs.com 
March 31 & April 1 Oswego Railroad Museum O&W Daze, a celebration for the New York Ontario & Western which was abandoned in 1957.  Info: www.oswegocounty.com/oswegorailroadmuseum.html 

APRIL EVENTS

April 7 Arcade & Attica Railroad Easter Peter Cottontail Express, geared for children, departures noon & 3pm, Additional information:  www.arcadeandatticarr.com 
April 7-8 Easter Bunny Express Trains on the Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley RR, 2pm departure, reservations recommended for all rides.  www.lrhs.com 
April 10 Cornell Railroad Historical Society & Cornell Chapter, NRHS monthly meetings at the History Center in downtown Ithaca, NY, 7pm. Program on track car excursions by Greg Dickinson.
[2nd Tuesday of month, except July & August]  www.lehighvalleyrr.com 
April 14 Susquehanna Valley Chapter, NRHS Chapter 50th Anniversary, all-day celebration to be held at Brothers 2 Restaurant in Endwell, NY.  50 years of railroading in the Binghamton area!  Programs will run from 9am to 4pm, include lunch and an evening dinner with special program by Dick Allen, author of the Morning Sun Book Trackside Around Binghamton 1960-1976.  Visit the chapter website for more information:  www.trainweb.org/SVRHS 
April 14-15 Oswego Railroad Museum Penn Central - Conrail Days, special displays honoring these fallen flags in New York State.  Info: www.oswegocounty.com/oswegorailroadmuseum.html 
April 15 Oneida Scale Model Railroad Show at Oneida Kallet Civic Center, Oneida to benefit St. John's Episcopal Church 10am - 3pm.  Vendors, displays, demonstrations, refreshments, free parking.
April 18 Central New York Chapter, NRHS monthly meeting program is a presentation on “Cass Scenic Railway” in West Virginia by Phil Edwards beginning 7:30 PM at the Art and Home Center, New York Fairgrounds, State Fair Boulevard, Syracuse (Exit 7, Interstate Route 690).  Refreshments served after the program.  Monthly Program meetings are 7:30 PM on the third Wednesday of every month except July and August when there are no meetings.  www.cnynrhs.org
April 15 Poughkeepsie Train & Hobby Expo at Gold's Gym, 258 Titusville Rd, Poughkeepsie.  Sponsored by the Kingston Model Railroad Club.  [845] 334-8233 or www.n3eyq.net/hvl/ 
April 27-29 Hadley - Lake Luzerne Maple in April Festival at the Saratoga & North Creek Rwy, weekend events, train rides and more.  Saturday schedule includes pancake breakfast, S&NC will tranport bikes to Thurman for bike ride back, etc.  More information as it becomes available or call Susan Wilder at [519] 696-4947.
April 28 Edgerton Model Railroad Club Open House, 41 Backus St., Rochester NY  11am - 2pm, free admission.  Future dates 5/26, 6/30, 7/28, 8/25, 9/29 and 10/27. www.edgertonmodelrailroadclub.com 
April 28-29 Lackawanna Railroad History Symposium, presented by the DL&W Railroad Historical Society, Cortland, NY, all-day seminars, evening dinner, open to non-members.  Info:  www.dlwrrhs.org  
April 28-29 Take the Planes to the Trains, a train show at the American Airpower Museum, Republic Airport, 1230 New Highway, Farmingdale, NY, hours Sat 11-4,Sun 11-3.  Operating layouts, vendors, modular displays & more.  Information: Trainville Hobby Shop, 516-433-4444 or www.trainville.com.

FUTURE EVENTS

May 5-6 Scale Model Show & Contest at the American Airpower Museum, Republic Airport, 1230 New Highway, Farmingdale, NY, hours Sat 9-5, Sun 9-3.  Presented by the Long Island Scale Model Society.  [note scale models may or may not include trains]  Info at www.lisms.org 
May 8 Cornell Railroad Historical Society & Cornell Chapter, NRHS monthly meetings at the History Center in downtown Ithaca, NY, 7pm. Program by New York historian Dick Palmer of CNY Chapter.
[2nd Tuesday of month, except July & August]  www.lehighvalleyrr.com 
May 12 Utica & Mohawk Valley Chapter NRHS, annual banquet, Utica
May 16 Central New York Chapter, NRHS monthly meeting program is a presentation on “Milk Trains” by Professor Pratt beginning 7:30 PM at the Art and Home Center, New York Fairgrounds, State Fair Boulevard, Syracuse (Exit 7, Interstate Route 690).  Refreshments served after the program.  Monthly Program meetings are 7:30 PM on the third Wednesday of every month except July and August when there are no meetings.  www.cnynrhs.org
May 19-20 Maine Railfan Charter Weekend - ride the Maine Eastern Railroad and 2-foot gauge Wiscasset Waterville & Farmington Railway, sponsored by HUB Division, NMRA, www.hubdiv.org 
May 26 Arcade & Attica RR opens the 2012 season with a "Memorial Day Remembrance", visit with Abe Lincoln and view the Union and Confederate troops, noon departure.  www.arcadeandatticarr.com 
May 26 Edgerton Model Railroad Club Open House, 41 Backus St., Rochester NY  11am - 2pm, free admission.  Future dates 6/30, 7/28, 8/25, 9/29 and 10/27. www.edgertonmodelrailroadclub.com 
May 26 Delaware & Ulster Railroad opens the 2012 season. Info at: www.durr.org 
June 7-10 Adirondack Live Steamers Meet - watch web for more information www.adirondacklivesteamers.org 
June 8 Niagara Frontier Chapter, NRHS meeting at Buffalo Central Terminal, 8pm [Friday evening].  Program by Tom Trencansky from the Cornell Railroad Historical Society [Ithaca, NY].  Chapter museum in North Tonawanda displays the Tonawanda Island locomotive and other regional artifacts, check out www.newyorkrailroads.com/tonawandaisland  Info on organizations?  See listing below.
June 9 Cornell Railroad Historical Society SPECIAL meeting.  Program by Cornell University alumnus Robert Archer, author of the book Lehigh Valley Railroad.  [tentative date]
June 18-24 National Convention NRHS – Cedar Rapids IA www.nrhs.com
June 22-23 Finger Lakes Live Steamers Open House, 302 Clyde-Marengo Road, Clyde, NY.  Hours 10am - 4pm each day.  www.fingerlakeslivesteamers.org 
July 14 Cornell Railroad Historical Society rail photography & picnic at Weedsport NY.
July 14 Flower City Model Train Show at Rochester Riverside Convention Center www.rrcc.com 
July 20-22 Syracuse Nationals Car Show with the Syracuse Mini Nationals for models.  GREAT event a the Syracuse New York State Fairgrounds.  Excellent opportunity to photograph old cars with extensive outdoor RAILROAD exhibits, created by the Central New York Chapter, NRHS  [www.cnynrhs.org]  Car show info: www.rightcoastcars.com
July 28 Finger Lakes Live Steamers Model Railroaders Run Day, 302 Clyde-Marengo Road, Clyde, NY.  Hours 10am - 4pm.  www.fingerlakeslivesteamers.org 
September 6-9 Adirondack Live Steamers Meet - watch web for more information www.adirondacklivesteamers.org 
September 6-9 Empire Junction 2012 Convention, Northeast Region NMRA, hosted by the Central New York Division. Layout Tours, clinics, operating sessions, modeling, contests and more.  Non-modeling events.  www.empirejunction.org
September 11 Cornell Railroad Historical Society & Cornell Chapter, NRHS monthly meetings at the History Center in downtown Ithaca, NY, 7pm. [2nd Tuesday of month, except July & August]  www.lehighvalleyrr.com 
September ?? Buffalo Central Terminal Train Show, operating layouts, sales, railroadiana, videos, refreshments, etc.  Buffalo Central Terminal, 495 Paderewski Drive, Buffalo [585] 889-4587, visit their website:  www.buffalocentralterminal.org
September 22-23 Finger Lakes Live Steamers Open House, 302 Clyde-Marengo Road, Clyde, NY.  Hours 10am - 4pm each day.  www.fingerlakeslivesteamers.org 
September 29-30 St. Lawrence Valley Model Train, Toy & Collectible Expo sponsored by Norwood Model Railroad Club at Massena Arena, Route 37 in Massena NY.  Saturday 10-5, Sunday 10-4 www.northnet.org/nmrcinc
October 12-13 North Creek Railroad Depot features D&H Railfair [tentative] tour a complete D&H facility including functional turntable, excursion trains [Saratoga & North Creek Railway], historic depot and museum and much more.
November 3-4 Great New York State Model Train Fair sponsored by Central New York Chapter, NRHS at the New York State Fairgrounds, Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm, www.cnynrhs.org  
December 2 Great Train Extravaganza, Empire State Plaza, Albany 10am to 4pm www.gtealbany.com  
 
NY ORGANIZATIONS Buffalo Central Terminal hosts irregular events at the station complex.  www.buffalocentralterminal.org 
Central New York Chapter NRHS monthly program at Art & Home Center, third Wednesday of the month except July & August, NYS Fairgrounds, 7pm.  Info: www.cnynrhs.org
  Cornell Railroad Historical Society & Cornell Chapter, NRHS monthly meetings at the History Center in downtown Ithaca, NY, 7pm. [2nd Tuesday of month, except July & August]  www.lehighvalleyrr.com 
Mohawk & Hudson Chapter NRHS [suspended operations?]
  Niagara Frontier Chapter, NRHS  Chapter programs are Friday evenings, 8pm at the DeGraff Community Center, 139 Division Street, North Tonawanda, NY.  
  Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum & Rochester Chapter, NRHS monthly program at the VFW and 40 & 8 Post at 933 University Avenue in Rochester, program 7pm.  Info: www.rgvrm.org
  Susquehanna Valley Chapter NRHS monthly program meets at Vestal Library, Route 434, 7:30pm [always 2nd Thursday] www.trainweb.org/SVRHS
  Utica & Mohawk Valley Chapter NRHS, monthly program at Zion Lutheran Church, 7pm, Utica. www.uticarometrains.org 
Western New York Railroad Historical Societywww.trainweb.org/wnyrhs 
   
  All information as accurate as possible at time of publication.  Verify via contact at organization website.

Old Depot Gallery - Artist's website.  Railroad Art by Robert Frascella.  Want to see some really nice images?  
Visit this site.  www.olddepotgallery.com 

This information comes from several sources and while it is as accurate as possible
 at the time this list was created, things can always change.  Thanks to the
 many individuals that have helped gather this information.

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