A Trip Through The Catskill Mountains On The Delaware & Ulster

The Ontario & Western Railway Historical Society


A Trip Through The Catskill Mountains On The Delaware & Ulster

Saturday, September 12th 2015

Our trip will be headed by a Delaware & Hudson RS-36 and will leave Arkville, NY at 11:00 am sharp and will arrive at Roxbury, NY at approximately 12:15 pm. After a short layover at the beautiful Roxbury Depot, our train will then return to Arkville. During our 22 mile ride we will enjoy a sumptuous lunch aboard the D&U’s dining cars as we embrace the bucolic scenery of New York’s Catskill Mountains. A tour of the NYO&W

equipment including Bobber Caboose No. 8206 and NW-2 No. 116, will be provided by the Ulster & Delaware Railway Historical Society so please come early! Seating is limited to 110 passengers and will be offered on a first come first served basis. We have over 30 seats reserved and over 75 seats left so please send your payment promptly if you are interested. At this time the upper dome car is completely sold out and further seating will be at our discretion. No seats can be reserved until payment is received. Please make sure to choose your meal selection for each seat you reserve.

You can get a downloadable copy of the form via the Official O&WRHS Newsletter site at http://www.ontarioexpress.org

If you have any questions please e-mail Ron Vassallo at DU_Trip@ontarioexpress.org

June 11th Meeting – Tri-State Railway Historical Society

George Inness: The Lackawanna Valley


Presented by: Adrienne Baxter Bell, Ph.D.

Thursday, June 11, 2015, 7:00 PM, Monthly Meeting

Bickford Theater of the Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown, NJ 07960

 The June 11th meeting will feature Adrienne Baxter Bell, Ph.D. of Marymount Manhattan College. Professor Bell, a graduate of Columbia University has written extensively on George Inness, his life and work. Her scholarship centers on American art and cultural history from the pre-colonial period to the present.

George Inness established his reputation during the development of the ‘Hudson River School’, (America’s first true artistic movement). Known especially for the philosophical, social and spiritual influences in his work, including how industrialization impacted the agrarian lifestyle.

John Jay Phelps, (President of the DL&W Railroad), in 1855, commissioned Inness in 1855 to image the site of the railroad’s first roundhouse, in Scranton, PA. The product of this effort was “The Lackawanna Valley” now on display at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.).

Although the painting fell into obscurity during the artist’s lifetime, it has since become a notable American image and served to fuel discussions regarding social impacts in the nineteenth century. Please join us to learn more about George Inness and his painting.

Admission is free, open to the public. All are welcome!

Doors open at 7:00 PM, The meeting will begin at 7:15 p.m. The programs usually begin about 8:00 p.m. Light refreshments are often available. We will have a selection of books, videos and memorabilia for sale before the meeting. Visit us at facebook.com/tristaterail.org or the web: TRISTATERAIL.ORG



O&WRHS Calendar of Events: June 2015 – February 2016

The June 5th O&WRHS Meeting will have a presentation about the O&W’s Scranton Division by Walter Kierzkowski. Walt grew up in Jermyn and has extensive knowledge, not to mention some magnificent photos of this vital connection between the coal fields of Pa. to the energy hungry markets of New York and New England via the O&W’s elaborate and extensive system.

The Meeting is open to the public, you do not need to be an O&…WRHS Member. Doors open at 7:30, followed by a business meeting, short intermission and the show generally starts sometime around 8:30.

This is the last meeting until September which will be held on Friday September 4th. The program will be by one of our newest members Hans Segboer; The Program will be –“ The Erie Greenwood Lake Division, including the Ringwood Branch.”

O&WRHS Meeting are held at the Mulberry House Senior Center/aka Middletown Senior Center. 62-70, West Main Street, Middletown NY.

Saturday, June 13th – There will be a series of presentations on the Northern Division of the New York Ontario and Western Railway at the Chenango County Historical Society, 45 Rexford Street in Norwich, New York. Three presentations from Jeff Otto (Fulton), John Taibi (Northern Division Milk Trains) and Bob Earle (The Flying Diesel Corps.) will cover a variety of subjects sure to interest all. Come early and visit the museum, plus the nearby Northeast Classic Car Museum and the Bull Thistle Model Railroad Society. Presentations begin at 1:00 and conclude by 5:00 with breaks between each.

Sunday June 28th at 2:00 pm at the Community room of the Grahamsville Library (328 Main Street); — Starting with predecessor the New York and Oswego Midland in the late 1870’s, the New York, Ontario and Western served Ulster, Sullivan, and Delaware counties until its abandonment in 1957. Examined will be the town’s and industries it served along the route, major construction features, and impact on local tourism throughout its existence.

Sunday July 26th – O&WRHS Middletown Railroad Day, 10am to 4pm, Mulberry House Senior Center, Middletown, free admission. Presentation “The Harriman Incline Railway” By Alex Prizgintas, begins at 11 am.

Friday September 4th – O&WRHS Meeting Program by Hans Segboer; –“ The Erie Greenwood Lake Division, including the Ringwood Branch, which serviced the Ringwood Mines.”

Saturday September 12th at 11 am; — O&W Lunch Train on the Delaware and Ulster Railroad. O&W NW-2 No. 116 and Bobber Caboose 8206 will be on display. See Full Flyer with more info. and pricing on Page 3.

Friday September 18th – M&NJ RHS meeting, Maybrook Railroad Museum (Date moved back one week).

Sunday, Sept. 27th – Lehigh Valley Chapter NRHS 39th Annual Railroadiana and Model RR Show and Sale, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM; — GREAT NEW LOCATION! At the Charles Chrin Community Center 4100 Green Pond Road, Easton, PA 18045, Admission $4, under 12 free, info – Pete Terp at trolleys@ptd.net or 610-824-7730

Friday October 2nd – O&WRHS Membership Meeting; — “Stone Arches, Rock Cuts and a Trip to the Summit.” A brief history of Orange County’s only inclined funicular, by Alex Prizgintas.

Sunday October 18th – Kingston Show, Murphy Midtown Center, Kingston, NY, 10am to 4pm.

Saturday October 24th – Tri- States Train Show at the Port Jervis High School #20 Route 209; 10 am to 4 pm. Admission $5 Children free. Call Jack Youchah at 845-651-7872 for more information. Proceeds to Benefit the Tri-States Railway Museum, Port Jervis, N.Y.

Friday November 13th – M&NJ RHS meeting, Maybrook Railroad Museum.

Saturday November 14th – O&WRHS Annual Convention and Banquet. Location: Meadowbrook Lodge. The theme of the 2015 convention will be NYO&W Northern Division. Programs to be announced. Directions, specifics and times will be in a promotional flyer, registration and dinner form to be mailed to all members, and available for pick-up at Middletown Railroad Day on July 26, 2015 at the Mulberry House Senior Center.

Friday December 4th – Membership Program “Local Railroading” by Bob Thamsen. Sunday, December 6th – Train Show, The Egg – Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 10 am to 4 pm.

Friday January 8th 2016 – O&WRHS Membership Program by Carl Ohlson “Lanterns & Globes Part II.”

Saturday and Sunday, January 30th & 31st 2016 – Amherst Railway Society Railroad Hobby Show at the Eastern States Expo Center – The “Big E” Springfield, Massachusetts.

Friday February 5th 2016 – O&WRHS Membership Program by Walter Conklin “The Erie Railroad.”

Programs can change without notice and for entertainment listed as “TBA” please check the O&WRHS Website http://www.nyow.org/ for updates or our discussion group for https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/owrhs/conversations/messages and facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/OWRHS for more details.

Help Staff Waldwick Tower May 30 for Transportation History Day

NW Bergen History Day: Traveling the Highways and Byways Wagons, Carriages, Bicycles, Trains, and Automobiles

With just a few weeks to go I need to ask more seriously if you can help us out with staffing the tower for this event. This is a big deal with over 100 visitors expected during the day and a chance to get a financial contribution for the effort. The Northwest Bergen History Coalition is operating a tour of about 15 historical sites in Bergen County.

The tour is from 10AM to 4 PM and if we can get a few folks to take an hour or 2 it will not be a big burden for anyone. So far I have only one definite committed person. If you know other railfans who can help us please invite them to contact me.

We will have some material to hand out and brief notes to help you explain the details of the building in the event you are not already well acquainted with them.

Curt Springstead

May 14th Meeting – Tri-State Railway Historical Society

The Morristown and Erie Railway: 1952 – 1982

Presented by: Rudy Garbely

Thursday, May 14, 2015 Monthly Meeting

At the Bickford Theater of the Morris Museum 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown, NJ 07960


The May 14th meeting will feature Rudy Garbely, Tri-State’s newest Director. Rudy’s presentation kicks off the release of his latest book “Morristown & Erie, Vol. 2 – Service Is Our Business, 1952-1982”. The Morristown & Erie is a local 120-year-old New Jersey short-line that has always been a fan favorite. With Alco Century diesels still plying its rails today, the railroad has a long history and a unique charm. Prior to the M&E acquiring their familiar red Alco Centuries, the railroad dieselized in 1952 with first-generation Alco switchers.

 Rudy’s presentation explores the early diesel era of the railroad from 1952 through 1982. Topics will include M&E motive power, daily operations, the Morris County Central’s excursion trains in Whippany, and the railroad’s forays into locomotive rebuilding. The presentation will be comprised entirely of photos that are NOT in the book. This will be a rare opportunity to see these photos.

Rudy holds a degree in American history from Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA. He is employed by the Morristown & Erie Railway, and handles marketing and public relations. He also handles the planning, logistics, and marketing for the M&E’s passenger excursions. Rudy is an accomplished author and publisher, and owns The Garbely Publishing Company, which focuses on professional railroad history books written by Rudy and other authors. He is involved in our website and with the restoration of CNJ boxcar 24165. Orders for the book will be taken during the evening.

Admission is free, open to the public. All are welcome!

 Doors open at 7:00 PM, The meeting will begin at 7:15 p.m. The programs usually begin about 8:00 p.m. Light refreshments are often available. We will have a selection of books, videos and memorabilia for sale before the meeting. Visit us at facebook.com/tristaterail.org or the web: TRISTATERAIL.ORG