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.




100 Years Ago This Month


Renovation work on our building is going full force, including in our areas.  Although it is disruptive, the landlord has been very helpful to minimize the disruption.  The archives is still open for business -- just ignore all the dust and rubble as you first walk into the building.


On January 28, 2015, MidHudsonNews.com posted the following article:

O&W Station to be restored to authentic historic look

MIDDLETOWN – The Middletown Community Health Center is working toward securing permanent financing to convert the fire-damaged O&W Station in Middletown into new offices for their healthcare operation.

The organization has secured state and federal grants for the extensive renovation project and Middletown Mayor Joseph DeStefano said when completed, the building will be restored to its former glory.

“The financing requires them to restore it to (state historic preservation) standards, so the building will be as authentic as possible in order for them to qualify for that portion of state tax credits,” DeStefano said.

The Middletown Common Council has granted the health center an extension on their contract with the city, the current owner of the building, to give them more time to secure financing for the restoration.



Friday, February 6 – Membership meeting, program is Stone Arches, Rock Cuts and a Trip to the Summit. A brief history of Orange County’s Only incline railroad, by Alex Prizgintas.

Saturday, February 7  The Goshen Public Library and Historical Society will host The O&W Middletown Branch, Then and Now by Ray Kelly from 10 am to 12 pm at the Main St. School, Main St. Goshen.

Friday, February 13th  M&NJRHS meeting 7:30 at the Maybrook Railroad Museum.


Friday, March 6  Membership meeting, program is The Newburgh Branch by Robert McCue.

Sunday, March 15  JCRHS Train Show at Mother Seton High School, Clark NJ  9 am to 3:30 pm, Garden State Parkway exit 135. Sponsored by Jersey Central Chapter NRHS. O&WRHS Sales table will be present.

Sunday, March 22  Kingston Model Train and Railroad Show, Murphy Midtown Center, 467 Broadway, Kingston, 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.


Friday, April 3  Membership meeting, program is Lehigh and Hudson River Railway by Paul Miller.

Friday, April 10  M&NJRHS meeting 7:30 at the Maybrook Railroad Museum.


Friday, May 1  Membership meeting, program is D&RGW Narrow Gauge in the 21st Century by Ed Koehler.

Sunday, May 3rd  Annual Franklin Model & Toy Train Show, 9am to 3pm, sponsored by the Franklin Historical Society and the Sussex County RR Club to be held 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 5  Membership meeting. program is The O&W Scranton Division by Walter Kierzkowski.

Friday, June 12  M&NJRHS meeting 7:30 at the Maybrook Railroad Museum.


July Middletown Railroad Day.  Date TBA.


Friday, September 4  Membership meeting, program TBA.                                             


O&WRHS membership 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

Agent Fred Griswold -- Munnsville's favorite Son, by John Taibi

Of Agents, Produce, and Optimism, by Kenneth L. Hojnacki

The O&W -- Then and Now, by Ray Kelly

Historical Marker Commorates 'Flying Diesel Corps' by Richard Palmer

Wreck Clean-up; -- O&W Ramblings No.15 by Mal Houck

Photo of O&W employees who spoke at the the O&W RHS 2014 Convention

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.



While not a published directly by the O&W RHS, the exciting new DVD, "Rails to the Catskills", includes an excellent section about the O&W, and the Society did have a major part in its creation.  It is a wonderful production that features noted authors William F. Helmer, Bob Mohowski, and John M. Ham, along with many others, and has many photos and movie film segments about the O&W.  It not only fills the void created now that our own O&W DVD is no longer available, but adds a whole new video dimension.

It is a production by Tobe Carey, of Willow Mixed Media in Shokan, NY.  Tobe is a professional videographer, and the video makes his knowledge and skills very evident.  Here is a link to a trailer for the DVD:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2m1NEqZHhxU

The DVD is available for $20 at our sales table, as well as by mail order.  Note that for mail order sales orders between $10 and $50, please add $7 for shipping, and for totals over $50, please add $9. 


See the Store page for availability...