The New York Susquehanna & Western
Technical & Historical  Society Inc.

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 Operations                   Martin Den Bleykler , Safety Instructor & Crew trainer



That means we don't just have a collection of static railroad equipment; we run it so the public can experience what life was like before the automotive/highway glut that ruined much of public transportation. And we're one of the few groups running steam, after over half a century of railroad dieselization.

Want To Be A Conductor?

Its easy. Our members who wish to operate trains become employees of the Black River System. We have a fully qualified training program - no prior experience is required. You can become qualified and receive training as trainman, conductor,fireman and even engineer*. Just want to be around trains? There are also many "ground" jobs during special events where you can help.

 The NYS&WT&HS operations department is responsible for the planning and operation of the Society's very successful Bel-Del operation in Phillipsburg, NJ. Our experience goes back to 1990 and includes events like "Steam On The Susquehanna" trips in the fall. This trip originated at "Susquehanna Transfer" in North Bergen and wound through the New Jersey Countryside to the historic Baird's Farm in Warwick New York. Our experience led to the permanent operation in Phillipsburg started in 2004.

With a permanent operation, each job must always be filled. Our needs are as follows:

Easter Bunny train ride - An engineer, a conductor and at least 4 trainmen the weekend and the day before Easter

Steam trips from May to October - An engineer (steam), a conductor and at least two trainmen

Thomas the Tank Engine - Two engineers (one a pilot), two conductors and a minimum 6 trainmen for two, three-day weekends. Also ground crew

Polar Express - An engineer, a conductor, a brakeman and at least 6 trainmen for weekends between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Also ground crew and extra concession help.

Planned: An engineer (railcar) and conductor for Fridays July to Labor Day

If you are interested in working on our trips or in helping in ANY WAY, please contact us and we will contact you with information about safety and training classes. Just fill out the form below and I will call you as soon as possible.


In order to work on our trips you must be a Society member, over the age of 18 and  be qualified within the rules of the railroad.

* Each position is a step on a ladder, achieved through participation, time in grade and the proper training and testing.

Not a member? Click Application.doc  or the "Join" button in the left tab.

“Snow with a sunset”
Greg and Frank as usual!
Hank, Greg, Devin
John Oct. 29,2011
Don and Gary Oct. 29,2011
Oct. 29, 2011
Don C. working on 3254
Steaming into Mine Station
The moon over Easton from Lehigh Junction one cold winter night.
Easton Lights
The moon setting over Easton one cold winter night.
A rare shot of 142 departing Lehigh Junction on a snowy Saturday afternoon. Oct 29, 2011
A rare shot of 142 departing Lehigh Junction on a snowy Saturday afternoon. Oct 29, 2011
Greg Smokey Ruch
M-1 leaving Butler for Croxton, and eventually to Phillipsburg.
M-1 in Allentown Yard. 8-8-11 @ 4:30 PM
M-1 in Allentown Yard in the consist with other cars due to go up the Portland Secondary. 8-8-11 @ 4:30 PM.
M-1 in Allentown Yard. 8-8-11 @ 4:30 PM
M-1 in Allentown Yard. 8-8-11 @ 4:30 PM
M-1 in Allentown Yard. 8-8-11 @ 4:30 PM
The finished product. The bricks with curved ends are edge bricks.
Waiting for the bricks to set up.
Making bricks for 142's firebox. The material has the consistency of damp sand.
The plastic lining protects the mold and makes removing the finished bricks easier.
Even the molds to make the bricks had to be made in house.
Molds used to form the edge bricks.
A little HELP here!
Clearing up the RofW!
KB & John
I wonder what's in here!
Easter Train 2011, look at all those eggs!!!
Easter Trains 2011
Catching up on Safety Rules!
Making sure Rule Books are up to date
What's my next class?
Are we done yet!
Stewie keeping an eye on Martin as he works on the gift car electric
Loving the ice!
Loving the seas!
Loving the slopes!
Loving the sand!
Looking beautiful, out in the sun for the first time!
All finished, with lettering applied.
Top coat on the opposite side of the car.
Finally the top coat has been applied!
The ends of the cars were painted black.
All primed and ready for a top coat.
The installation of new window gaskets was critical to the stabilization of the car.
The roof was completely sanded down, primed and a new silver paint applied.
Sanding and body work under way.
New window gaskets have been installed and body work is under way.
All done, the interior is complete.
The seats are being installed!
The carpet is installed and the seat frames are going back in!
A beautiful new commercial grade carpet is being installed.
The rotten sections have been replaced!
Removing and replacing the damaged portions of the floor.
The sub floor was rotten and needed to be removed and replaced. Water had been leaking in from the old window gaskets.
Here you can see the condition of the floor after the seats were removed.
The rubber floor needed to be removed!
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