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We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give... Winston Churchill

Who we are

We are the New York Susquehanna & Western Technical & Historical Society Inc.

We are a 501 (c) (3) non profit corporation incorporated in the State of New Jersey. Our railroad is almost entirely operated by volunteers, in fact, we only  have one full time employee, our Chief Mechanical Engineer. The society is now over 25 years old, and has been active in all corners of the state. Since 2004 we have operated the Delaware River Railroad Excursions in Phillipsburg, New Jersey. The society also has a beautifully restored station in Maywood New Jersey. This division of our society is called the Maywood Station Historical Committee .

Because the society is so diverse, there are many areas where you may volunteer.  Our currently have over 400 members, one quarter of which are actively involved in the societies activities.

Points of interest

All skill levels from novice, to professional railroaders welcome!

  • The Steam program.

    Learn everything there is to know about the care and operation of a steam locomotive from polishing the locomotive to pulling the throttle there is a way for anyone with the drive and interest to get involved. No prior knowledge is necessary, but, pipe fitters, electricians, welders, boiler makers and mechanics are always in need! Click here to learn more about the Steam Program.

  • The Operations Department

    Our program enables our volunteers to advance through the hierarchy of the train crew. You can start as a Car Host, become a Trainmen, then advance to Conductor. Some choose to go into engine service rather than Conductor and become a Fireman, then Engineer. We will provide the education, you provide the motivation. Our program is a federally qualified  training program as regulated by the Federal railroad Administration and administered by our partner, the Black River and Western Railroad System. For more information click here.

  • The Mechanical Department.

    As you can imagine, it is quite a challenge keeping our antique equipment in top operating shape. From the locomotive, to the cars there is always work to be done. If you are a skilled craftsman or even if you are just interested in getting involved and learning a skill, join today!  For more information click here.

  • Maywood Station Museum

    If you are interested in the historical realm of railroading, most notably that of the New York Susquehanna & Western railroad, you may want to get involved with the Maywood Station Historical Committee. Maywood station is not only a beautifully restored NYS&W station but it also houses the  societies archives and a beautiful museum, open to the public on select dates. For more information click here.