The New York Susquehanna & Western
Technical & Historical  Society Inc.
Mechanical Department                                                                      Updated 2/5/18

This page is about the functions of the Mechanical Department. For information on the current schedule of work sessions, please return to the home page.

BIG NEWS - See below



It all started here. After two years of rehabilitation, M-1's shakedown cruise, 9/12/92

M-1, (Budd 5006) built 5/50

Owned by URHS - leased by NYS&WT&HS

Status: Currently getting mechanical and interior repairs

M-2, (Budd 5007) built 5/50

Owned by NYS&WT&HS

Status: Vandalized, work will continue after M-1 is in service

M-4, (Budd 5108) built 10/50

Owned by NYS&WT&HS

Status: Was used for shop/storage area. Purchased from two of our members. To be refurbished as a trailer (cab car).

#142 on its first trip to Pincher's Point with ex-L.I.R.R. cars in tow , 10/31/10

Built 5/1989 Tang Shen Locomotive Works from a 1930's ALCO design

BDRV Track Update

Active track now 0.7 miles to reach Rieglesville station with 0.4 additional in service and 0.3 near ready, which would bring us to the north end of Rieglesville. An additional 5-6 hundred feet could reach the winery stop directly. Runaround track will start there and end before reaching original station. Track out of Milford has been extended to 1.8 miles in service and nearly a mile just south of Riegelsville has received a major rebuild, closing the gap between north and south ends though still a half mile needs to connect to the north active track.



With the close of the 2017 operating year, all attention is on the construction of a new and permanent shop facility. As the year ended, we acquired the property and opened up a temporary road to the construction site, later clearing and grading the site for the building contractor who began in March. The building will be able to house four coaches at one time. That is enough space to give proper care to our engine while allowing space for winter work on coaches to also happen. Once the building is erected, we will feature photos here of the progress. 142 is now in need of a 15-year inspection, making the building's need imperative now, before the work can be done. Stay tuned for updates.


Locomotive #18, (Plymouth) built 1938

18 ton industrial switcher with Cummins diesel (replaced gasoline engine in 1976 at Morris County Central RR), four speed reversible transmission and chain drive to both axles. Original owner - Drew Chemical, Boonton, NJ.

Status: A paint job awaits lettering (now green). First practical use was February 2018 and will serve for track work in the future.

Photo: M. Den Bleyker  

Locomotive 146, GE 45 ton

This engine is privately held and leased to the DRRE as the primary shop/yard switcher. 146 was successfully debuted for the public at Milford Alive day, September, 2016. In use for work trains as well.

All mechanical work is now based in Baer yard. Butler is no longer a Society facility.  We are currently in the process of creating a new, permanent shop facility to handle all the maintenance requirements of our fleet. The location to be announced but the deadline is October 2017

Work at Baer Yard generally starts 8:00 am Fridays to Sundays

(subject to change - check home page)

Please go to the home page and check "Upcoming Events" for work schedule updates. Contact Mechanical @ for directions or further information.

Note: Working conditions are subject to the rules of the railroad

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