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About The

New York Susquehanna & Western Technical & Historical Society

Some historical society info

our goal is to operate a "living museum" preserving our rich railroading history

The Company

The New York Susquehanna & Western Technical & Historical Society Inc. was formed in the fall of 1988 by several longtime observers of the railroad who felt that there was a need for an organization to preserve the history of the Susquehanna, its ancestor corporations and the rich railroading history of New Jersey.
Since that time, the Society grew to over 500 members from 25 states and has at times had members in Canada, England, Germany and New Zealand. The society is incorporated in the state of New Jersey as a non-profit educational organization. It is also recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt organization, as defined in section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
The Society produces an annual color calendar as well as its newsletter the Susquehanna Reflector. Quarterly meetings are held in Rochelle Park, New Jersey, at the American Legion, except the July meeting and picnic in Phillipsburg, NJ.
The Society also takes an active role in community affairs; among them are the Children's Brain Tumor Foundation, and Operation Lifesaver. We are also members of the United Railroad Historical Society (URHS) and the Paulinskill Trail Committee as a furtherance of their endeavors.
A hallmark of the Society is its operations division, which began by restoring Budd Rail Diesel Car (RDC) M-1 to operating condition.
From that beginning, we would go on to own two more NYS&W RDCs, 3 locomotives and nine coaches as well as other equipment. In need of a permanent home to operate our trains, we joined in partnership with the Black River System in 2004 to operate the Delaware River Railroad Excursions. Revenue generated by this successful tourist operation is used to support further enhancements to the equipment, as well as other activities of the Society.


2017 Officers & Trustees:


President - John Stocker

Vice President & General Manager - Chris Cotty

Treasurer - Les Coleman

Secretary - Gus Aversa


Jon Andreasen

Don Chaudruc

Ilene Doran

Chuck Hoering

Mat Horning

Wayne Jennings

Ray Pinglora III

Gary Shea
John Stocker


become involved

We are all volunteers and would love to have you join us.


Our member volunteers come from many walks of life, from mechanics, to college professors to corporate executives, we all come together  "workin' on the railroad"


Some of our volunteers come from the railroad world, many do not. What we all have in common is our desire to learn more about history, railroading and life. You can come to us with no background in railroading at all and leave a train engineer. Many of our volunteers have gone on to be professional railroaders. Our training meets or exceeds that offered by the large railroads and is in compliance with all FRA regulations


We are committed to the preservation of history. Our Maywood Station division is the exemplification of historical restoration. Our goal is to preserve the rich history of railroading, specifically that of the New York Susquehanna & Western Railroad. We believe that it is crucial to pass on the knowledge and history of the "Steam Era" to the next generation.


At both the Phillipsburg railroad, and our Maywood Station Museum in Maywood, we are committed to the communities within which we reside. We work closely with other non profit groups for the betterment of the town and neighboring communities.

Our projects and areas of interest

From steam engines to museums, there is something for everyone!