2009 Convention Hotel Update

A reminder to convention attendees that in order to get the Convention Rate advertised, reservations need to be made directly with the Geneva Lakefront Ramada. The phone number is (800) 990-0907 and you must mention the NYCSHS Convention. There is a wedding booked for the same weekend, so make your reservations early!

1946: Sleep Secrets of the Water Level Route

Let's begin with you!

"Before retiring, you've had a delicious, leisurely meal in the dining car... enjoyed refreshments and a quiet game or chat in the club lounge... then read yourself to sleep by your handy bed light."

A bed to dream of (and on)

"In this roomy, six-foot plus bed, you float off to sleep on a deep rubber-foam mattress that puts Grandma's "feather puff" to shame!"

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1946: Passenger's Choice for the Coach of Tomorrow

How New York Central's wartime travelers made post-war news!

"Fighters, service wives, business men... these were some of the wartime passengers New York Central asked to become its post-war plans committee. And how they responded! Thousands answered questionnaires telling what they wanted in future trains... choosing from newly developed ideas and from features no on latest Central coaches. The car visualized here reflects the choice of those passenger-planners. And now this wartime guidance is helping New York Central's designers and engineers plan new trains that will mean more jobs and finer travel in the years of peace ahead."

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2007 Annual Convention Photos

The 2007 NYCSHS Annual Convention was held in Niagara Falls, New York, and featured an excursion on the Falls Road Railroad (former NYC Falls Road) as one of its activities. Here are some photos and artifacts provided by Bill Strassner.

A section of the NYC 1944 Public Timetable - covering the Falls Road.
Collection of Bill Strassner

Medina, New York on the Falls Road back when. Collection of Bill Strassner

A postcard view of the once gorgeous Lockport, NY station on the Falls Road. After some years of private commercial use, it suffered a fire that destroyed it. Current owners are pushing for rebuilding and restoration. Collection of Bill Strassner

A postcard view of Medina, NY station on the Falls Road, note train order semaphore type signals. Collection of Bill Strassner

The crowd in front of the Buffalo Central Terminal listening to the history and ongoing restoration work. Photo by Bill Strassner

Convention Guest Speaker and noted railroad author Rush Loving (The Men Who Loved Trains) adjusts his camera as we tour the Falls. After reading his book, I invited Rush to our convention where he hosted a fascinating round table discussion about Al Perlman and the NYC into PC into CR and beyond. Photo by Bill Strassner

Former NYC employee and well know character Larry Baggerly inspects a VERY large scale NYC caboose model in the Vendors Room. Photo by Bill Strassner

From the vendor room at the 2007 NYCSHS Convention, long time Members Allen Hilborn and Larry Baggerly bracket the NYC maps that Allen sells to benefit our Society. On the table is a true and rare collectors item, a cast NYC BREWSTER (NY?) station sign. Photo by Bill Strassner

Exceptional and informative Hickory Creek Steward John Sanders uses and explains the J C Deagan Chime, as used onboard railroad dining cars back when. Photo by Bill Strassner

2009 Convention: Finger Lakes Railway Excursion

Please be prepared for all day trip. This ride will cover the former NYC Auburn Road, or as the railroad men called it, “The Old Road,” since it was the orginal NYC mainline. Trip will depart from Geneva at 8:00am, where we will travel by motorcoach to Canandaigua. We will board the train at Canandaigua and ride through to just outside Syacuse. Finger Lakes Railway will provide a snack car that will be stocked with light refreshments. The train will terminate opposite the New York Stat Fairgrounds, where you’ll have an opportunity to disembark and inspect the railroad equipment on display (maintained by Central New York Chapter NRHS). From the Fairgrounds, we will board buses for the return trip to Geneva, arriving in time for the Banquet.

2009 Convention and Hotel Activities

Convention Registration at Hotel

Friday Evening 7:00-10:00pm
- Model Clinics (TBA)
- Speakers/Photo Presentations (TBA)

- FGLK trip 8:00am-5:00pm
- Evening Banquet – 6:00-7:30pm
- Keynote Speaker (TBA) – 7:30pm
- Additional Presentations – follows keynote
- Annual Meeting of NYCSHS (open to membership or registered Convention attendees) – follows speaker

- Model Train Show at Hotel - 9:00-1:00
- Speaker Presentations (TBA) – 10:00-2:00
- Model Contest Judging

Registration Fee: NYCSHS Members (including family members and spouses) $95.00 for all activities, including Finger Lakes Railway excursion, Evening Banquet, and Train Show Admission. Non-members can register at $95.00 plus $35.00 extra. The extra fee covers membership in the Society for one year, including all rights and benefits, including a year of the Central Headlight. Late registration for NYCSHS members after March 1 is $110.00. Rooms are at the Ramada Lakefront in Geneva, NY. Rooms can be reserved at the special NYCSHS rate of $89.00, you must mention the NYCSHS Convention to get the rate. Early reservations are essential, only 70 rooms are reserved for us on a first come, first served basis. You are responsible for making your own reservations.

Alternate Lodging: Individuals interested in alternate lodging will have to make their own arrangements. Other hotels are available in Geneva, Canandaigua, Penn Yan, Waterloo, as well as Rochester and Syracuse.

Please make your hotel reservations as early as possible to ensure your space! More information posted as it becomes available.

2009 Convention Schedule Update

We are currently forming the tentative Convention Schedule for our 2009 Annual Meeting in Geneva, New York. As more details become available, such as confirmed speakers and presentations, we will post the information here. The Annual Meeting will be April 17-18-19. Schedule subject to change, please check back often.

Friday Afternoon: On-Your-Own Activities
Some admissions fees and preliminary permissions may apply.

1. Lehigh Valley Railroad Historical Society and Depot Museum
Shortsville NY

2. Central New York Chapter-NRHS: Martisco Depot Museum
Martisco NY

3. New York Museum of Transportation and the...

4. Rochester Chapter-NRHS: Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum
Industry, NY

5. Central New York Model Railroad Club and Historical Society
Elbridge/Skaneateles Junction, NY

6. Finger Lakes Railway (permission pending)
Geneva NY

7. Livonia Avon & Lakeville Railroad (permission pending)
Lakeville NY

8. Lake City Hobby
Geneva, NY

9. Despatch Junction Hobbies
East Rochester, NY

10. Central Hobby Supply
Syracuse, NY