About Us

The New York Susquehanna & Western Technical & Historical Society Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation. Our goal is to preserve the rich railroading history of our country, and most notably that of the New York Susquehanna & Western railroad.

 
   

The New York Susquehanna & Western Technical & Historical Society Inc. 

SILVER ANNIVERSARY

*1988-2013*

 

The New York Susquehanna & Western Technical & Historical Society Inc. was formed in the fall of 1988 by several longtime observers of the railroad who felt that there was a need for an organization to preserve the history of the Susquehanna, its ancestor corporations and the rich railroading history of New Jersey.

Since that time, the Society grew to over 500 members from 25 states and has at times had members in Canada, England, Germany and New Zealand. The society is incorporated in the state of New Jersey as a non-profit educational organization. It is also recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt organization, as defined in section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

The Society produces an annual color calendar as well as its newsletter the Susquehanna Reflector. Bi-monthly meetings are held in Maywood, New Jersey, at the Maywood Public Library except the July meeting and picnic in Phillipsburg, NJ.

The Society also takes an active role in community affairs; among them are the Children's Brain Tumor Foundation, and Operation Lifesaver. We are also members of the United Railroad Historical Society (URHS) and the Paulinskill Train committee as a furtherance of their endeavors.

A hallmark of the Society is its operations division, which began by restoring Budd Rail Diesel Car (RDC) M-1 to operating condition. This car has been active as an educational tool as well as a resource available for promoting the NYS&W Railway, the Society itself, and attractions adjacent to the railroad.

      The Susquehanna used the RDC's for its Paterson NJ to Time Square (New York City) service. The service established, which didn't physically run into New York City (ran to Susquehanna Transfer near North Bergen NJ, connecting with a shuttle to the Port Authority Bus Terminal), was 10 minutes faster than the competing Inter-City Bus, and 30 minutes faster than the Erie Hudson Ferry.

By 1958, the Susquehanna was into a decline that would not be reversed until 1980. After a petition to end all passenger service, the Public Utilities commission allowed the NYS&W to end RDC service on January 12th of 1958. The RDC's were then sold to the Central Railroad of New Jersey (CNJ) in April of 1958. The ex-NYS&W Budds were renumbered 558-561, and joined several other Budds already owned by the CNJ. The M-1 and her sister Budd cars frequently ran through to Phillipsburg. Following the demise of the CNJ in 1976, the car became property of the New Jersey Department of Transportation, and later New Jersey Transit. The M-1 ended its career on lease to the MBTA, the Boston area commuter agency, as a non-powered coach in February of 1988.

At this point the car was set aside for eventual inclusion in the New Jersey Transportation Museum. After receiving the car on long-term lease from the United Rail Historical Society (URHS) in August of 1989, the NYS&W T&HS began its project to restore the M-1 back to as delivered appearance. The car made its first return back to service when it ran under its own power September 12, 1992. At that time, over $30,000 and 30,000 man-hours went into restoring the M-1.

From that beginning, we would go on to own two more NYS&W RDCs, 3 locomotives and nine coaches as well as other equipment. In need of a permanent home to operate our trains, we joined in partnership with the Black River System in 2004 to operate the Delaware River Railroad Excursions. Revenue generated by this successful tourist operation is used to support further enhancements to the equipment, as well as other activities of the Society.

 

     

Your Current Administration (2014):

PRESIDENT John Stocker.

VICE PRESIDENT Chris Cotty

TREASURER Les Coleman

SECRETARY 

MECHANICAL DEPT. CHAIRMEN Martin Den Bleyker

URHS DELEGATE Bob Wyatt and Wayne Nilsen

MEMBERSHIP Martin Den Bleyker

TRUSTEES

Martin Den Bleyker

Dave Hutsebaut

Wayne Jennings

Ed Kaminski

John Stocker

Bill Tierney?

Nick Zisa

 

   

 

   

Welcome

Welcome to the New York Susquehanna & Western Technical & Historical Society and The Delaware River Railroad Excursions...

President

John Stocker