Welcome to the Ontario & Western Railway Historical Society website.  It is in the process of being updated and changed, with simpler navigation and added content.  

Besides this page being all new (see the new items, below), and various updates to other pages, we have an all new CONTACTS list and STORE page.  New content has been added, with more to follow.

The problems logging into the MEMBERS-ONLY page have been fixed.  It now works as usual.

For now, much of the website is a work in progress, and during the transition, some of the old content may be temporarily unavailable.  You may want to check back periodically as it progresses.


The building housing our archives, library, scanning, copying, sales, storage and office is being sold, so we will almost definitely have to move in the next several months (as of late February, the sale hasn't closed, but most likely will any day).  The prospective new owners will give us plenty of time to do the move (and likely a new location to move to). Besides looking for additional locations to possibly move to, we have been continuing the early preparations for the move that we started a while back.  They involve a lot of time-consuming work.  If you would like to help, please contact Jeff Otto (see Contacts page).

The Middletown Times Herald Record newspaper reported in December, 2013 that the Middletown Community Health Center (MCHC, owner of the O&W Middletown station) has been approved for a $500,000 state grant to help turn the station into its new center of health services in Middletown. 

As of mid February, 2014, the O&W Middletown station has been listed on the New York State Register of Historic Places, and the New York State Historic Preservation Officer has nominated it for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.  Hopefully, this, along with the above grant and their new availability of naming opportunities for different parts of the facility, will help raise the needed funds to restore the building.


Sunday March 23, Kingston Model Train and Railroad Show, Murphy Midtown Center 467 Broadway, Kingston NY 10am - 4:00pm  Additional information 845-481-4198 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Saturday & Sunday March 29-30, O&W Daze at the Oswego Railroad Museum, 56 West First St, Oswego NY, featuring displays and models plus artifacts of the O&W

Friday April 4, Membership Meeting, Program on the Lehigh and Hudson River Railroad by John Bazelewich 

Friday April 11, M&NJRHS meeting, 7:30pm at the Maybrook Railroad Museum 

Friday May 2, Membership Meeting, Program by Carl Ohlson 

Sunday May 4, 9th Annual Franklin Model & Toy Train Show, 9am to 3pm, sponsored by the Franklin Historical Society and the Sussex County RR Club to be held 9am – 3pm at the Littell Community Center near the intersection of Rt. 23 and Rt. 517, Franklin, NJ.  Info is available from John at 973-697-6539  

Friday June 6, Membership Meeting, Program by Mark Kennaugh on the Walton-Delhi Region 

Friday June 13, M&NJRHS meeting, 7:30pm at the Maybrook Railroad Museum 

Sunday July 27, 9am to 3pm, Middletown Railroad Day (set-up for vendors is at 7am) 

Friday September 5, Membership Meeting, Program TBA. 

Friday & Saturday September 12-13, The Erie Lackawanna Railway Historical Society Joint 2014 Convention with the O&WRHS at the Holiday Inn at Crystal Run Rd in Middletown. Programs will be from the ELHS, O&WRHS, M&NJRHS members and more. More details to follow. There will be a special room rate at the Holiday Inn for attendees. Mark your Calendars!  All aboard!                                                 

Notes concerning O&W RHS meetings: 

Meetings are held at the Middletown Senior Center, 62-70 W. Main St, at 7:30pm

Programs can change without notice, and for entertainment listed as “TBA” please check this site for updates -- or our discussion group: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/owrhs/info or FaceBook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/OWRHS/



President's message

Along the O&W - Then and Now, contributed by Ray Kelly

When a Switch makes a Junction, by John Taibi

O&W Ramblings No. 14 - by Mal Houck, What’s in a Herald?

How the Telegraph was First to Control Train Movements, contributed By Charles M. Breiner

O&W’s snow troubles 100 years ago

The Ontario Express newsletter is sent to all members.  It is not available for purchase, but new members receive the most recent three newsletter issues.


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