2011 Meetings


2011 Meetings

  • Dec 2011 – Ed Koehler continued his in depth presentation on the abandoned New York, Ontario and Western Railway, tying in its small but important role in Long Island Rail Road history.
  • For our annual Modeler’s Night at the Nov. meeting, several chapter members displayed some of their personal favorite RR models.   Noted modeler, photographer and BNSF/Santa Fe fan, Ray Rhodes brought in a few of his BNSF/Santa Fe models in HO scale and gave a fantastic digital slideshow on the Santa Fe in Chicago in the 1960s.
  • Oct 2011 – Rail historian and photographer Rich Taylor gave an excellent digital slide show on the Lehigh and New England Railroad that was shut down October 31st, 1961 -50 years ago. He also discussed the history, facilities, and operations of this famous anthracite coal hauler.
  • Renowned rail photographer Matt Herson returned for our Sept. 2011 meeting and took us back to New England during the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s– “Railroading- New England Style”.
  • The presentation for the June meeting was given by chapter member John Iacono. He spotlighted the Central RR of NJ, or CNJ, as it once was.
  • The May 2011 meeting featured a special program by internationally known transportation photojournalist Joseph M. Calisi -he outlined the LIRR ESA (East Side Access) project which will bring the LIRR to Grand Central Terminal in a few years from now.
  • Past Prez Ben Young brightened up the April 2011 meeting with his 16mm footage from Canada in the ’50’s showing off tons of steam action during the final years.
  • Mark Sullivan gave a fine presentation at the March ’11 meeting which showcased a railfanning adventure he made out west to Idaho.
  • Past Chapter Prez Ed Koeler gave a fine presentation at the Feb ’11 meeting, highlighting the O&W- past and present. This was only Pt I- Pt II is scheduled for the Fall of this year.
  • The program for the Jan. 2011 Chapter meeting was given by member George Loy who has researched the LIRR Central Branch which connects with the Montauk Branch here in Babylon. He explored the Central Branch’s past history and present activity.