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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.

WHAT'S   NEW

 

LATEST WEBSITE CHANGES:  

Bringing the website up to date again, with this page and the sales page (so far)


ARCHIVES:

Renovation work on our building is almost complete.  Along with the disruption for an entire year, we have had to vacate portions of our space, and move into other areas.  We are just now getting a handle on cleaning all the spaces, old and new, and setting up new shelving, etc in them.  Although the archives was only semi-functional for the last two months of 2015, we are back to almost full functionality, and will be fully functional very soon.

 

CALENDAR   OF   EVENTS

January 2016

Saturday and Sunday January 30th & 31st - Springfield Amherst Railway Society, Big E Expo Center, Springfield, MA, 10am to 5pm.

February 2016

Friday February 5th - O&WRHS Membership Meeting. Program by Doug Barberio NYO&W Diamonds, Junctions, Interchanges and Interlocking Towers, Cornwall to Crawford Jct.

Saturday February 6th - Program by Ray Kelly, Newburgh - Walden & Middletown - Goshen trolleys, Then & Now, 10am, Goshen School district building, 227 East Main St.

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

Sunday February 14th - Fishkill Model train and Railroad Hobby Show, Fishkill Recreation Center, 793 Route 52, Fishkill NY.  O&WRHS Sales table will be present.

March 2016

Friday March 4th - O&WRHS Membership Meeting. Program by Doug Barberio, NYO&W Diamonds, Junctions, Interchanges and Interlocking Towers, High View to Sidney.

Sunday March 6th - 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. For Information contact Mitchell Dakelman at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Monday March 14th - Ray Kelly will present the NYO&W Middletown Branch, Then and Now, 7pm at the Walden Library .

Sunday March 20th - Kingston Model Train and Railroad Show Murphy Midtown Center 467 Broadway, Kingston NY 10am - 4:00pm Adults $6.00 Children under 12 $1 O&WRHS Sales table will be present Additional information (845)-481-4198 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

April 2016

Friday April 1st - O&WRHS Membership Meeting. Program by Joe Senese on The O&W Port Jervis and Monticello Branches.

Friday April 8th - M&NJRHS meeting, 7:30 at the Maybrook Railroad Museum.

May 2016

Sunday May 1st - 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 May 6th - O&WRHS Membership Meeting. Program Meeting by Ray Kelly, Newburgh - Walden & Middletown - Goshen trolleys, Then & Now.

June 2016

Friday June 3rd - O&WRHS Membership Meeting. Program by Walter Conklin, Train Simulation on the Erie Railroad.

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

 

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 the Ontario Express Newsletter site at OntarioExpress.org.

 

OUR   LATEST   PUBLICATIONS

With more than 300 photographs, the 164 pages of this hardcover Observer publication are chock full of information about all aspects of the O&W and its customers in Walton, NY.  

It is available for $35 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.  

 

This collection of O&W model photos is sure to amaze you with their realism.

It is available for $10 at our sales table, as well as by mail order.  


This Observer publication covers two classes of O&W steam locomotives, the X and Y-2 classes.   Both were instrumental in making major changes to O&W freight operations.

It is available for $25 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. 

 

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. 

2013   OBSERVER

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