Collection Facts

Extent: 
721 items
Dates of Original: 
c. 1960 - 2010
NYH Topic Area(s):

Historical Context

Since 1940, the Central New York Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society and its predecessor organization has restored and maintained two museums, and many railroad cars and locomotives. It has also put on events for the public, including an annual model train fair started in 1975, as well as numerous excursions on railroads and to various historic railroad sites. This archive shows the projects of the Chapter over the years and those people taking part in making it all possible. Because of the Chapter's activities, two former railroad stations were preserved, and cars and locomotives that might have been scrapped were saved.

Scope of Collection

These photographs document the labor involved and the resulting accomplishments of CNY Chapter members. The collection includes views of the station museum restorations at Martisco (Town of Camillus) and Central Square, N.Y. It also shows the restoration and operation of locomotives and rolling stock saved by the Chapter at Central Square, Martisco, and the NY State Fairgrounds. There are highlights from the Chapter-sponsored "Great New York State Model Train Fair" held each year at the New York State Fairgrounds near Syracuse, as well as volunteer service on the former Ontrack train service in Syracuse and New York Susquehanna & Western Railroad excursions through Central New York.