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


Our new landlord has changed his plans, and we will not have to move our archives to a completely new location.  He 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, and that he has said that he will do what he can to minimize the disruption to us, this is overall very good news.

Renovation work has begun on our building, and will soon include our areas.  The Archives Committee is in the process of defining our needs and desires to present to the landlord.  There are lots of factors, including security, heating, electrical, shelving, and the logistics of the renovation work.


On Dec 11, the Governor of New York State announced $1.65 million in economic development funding for the Middletown Community Health Center to renovate the O&W station for their use as a health center.  That, along with previous funds they have raised, is a significant portion of the $8 million plus that they will need to complete the project.



Nov 29 through Dec 29, "Trains on Main", seventh year of this annual event in Livingston Manor.  Includes an exhibit of O&W and other railroad artifacts by Society member Charlie Irace at 65 Main St, an exhibit of old Lionel standard gauge trains at the Catskill Art Society, 48 Main St, and a Christmas train layout in the window at 46 Main St.  Best times to see the exhibits are are 11:00 - 6:00 Saturday, 12:00 - 3:00 Sunday, and 11:00 - 6:00 December 29th.   For more info, see: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Livingston-Manor-Chamber-of-Commerce/204317612944229/

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/





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...