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

What archives move?  Our new landlords have changed their plans, and we will not have to move our archives to a completely new location.  They will still need to use part of the space we're currently occupying, and to reconstruct much of our space, so there is likely to be a considerable amount of disruption.  However, considering the difficulty of finding a suitable new location, this is overall good news.


Saturday, November 1  Tri-States Train Show at the Port Jervis High School, 20 Route 209, 9am to 3 pm

Saturday, November 8 – O&W RHS Convention at the Meadowbrook Lodge. See flyer, below.

Friday, November 14 – M&NJ RHS meeting, Maybrook Railroad Museum

Friday, December 5 – O&W RHS Membership Meeting, Program by Tobe Carey, DVD, Railroads in the Catskills.

Friday, January 2, 2015 – O&W RHS Membership Meeting, Program White Pass & Yukon Railroad                                               

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/


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.



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.


See the Store page for availability...


See the Store page for availability...