The New York Susquehanna & Western
Technical & Historical  Society Inc.
Mechanical Department                                                                      Updated 1/30/17

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.



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 in service and 0.3 near ready, which brings us to the north end of Rieglesville. An additional 5-6 hundred feet will reach the winery directly. Runaround track will start there and end before reaching original station.


Normal procedure is 142 is in winter maintenance until Memorial Day weekend. Starting October 2017, this will be expanded to a 1472 day inspection, the most rigorous required.

M-1  Overhead lights restored.  Currently hosting a snack bar, when work proceeds sufficiently on a permanent snack car, the seats will be re-installed and other issues addressed.

#501 (snack car) Metal work finally started on the end platforms, the electrical system needs to be converted from 650 vdc to 220 vac and buss lines installed for power from another car. The bar needs to be moved from M-1 along with walls and other fixtures. Will probably host a gen-set eventually.

All coaches on the Bel-Del need body work and paint. Paint will match the 1940 scheme grey/maroon on bi-levels and 1942 scheme (all maroon) on LIRR cars. 500 got the paint but there are issues with the quality of the paint and needs to be redone

#33 Power Car now has a 1940 paint job of grey and maroon though it still needs a clear-coat and is in service as the bi-levels' HEP car. Bilevel 201 paint job to match has been started.

M-2&4: After mechanical/operational focus moved to Phillipsburg in 2004, M-2 work went on hiatus and the car got vandalized. Much of the work has to be repeated and parts replaced. Once M-1 is operational, more attention will be turned to either M-2 or M-4, the latter as possibly as a semi-trailer (cab car) and/or concession car.


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. Some electrical work remains.

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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