The Ontario Express

Official Newsletter of the Ontario & Western Railway Historical Society, Inc.

SCRANTON –It’s not everyday you see a train off the tracks roaming through Scranton’s South Side.

A 1941 General Electric Diesel Locomotive is in the process of being moved from New Jersey to the Steamtown National Historic Site. Decades ago, it was used on the New York, Ontario and Western Roadway, more commonly known as the O & W.

“This was built for the O&W, the O & W used it to eliminate some steam engines. They had five of these,” said Norman Barrett, one of Steamtown’s volunteers.”I have a real passion for the O & W. When I was a young boy, the first time I was ever invited into a locomotive was an O&W . It led me to a career in railroading for 31 years.”

Crews spent Wednesday morning unloading the train engine off a flatbed and onto the tracks in Scranton.

Only two of the locomotives still exist, with the other being housed at a museum in Georgia.

The diesel engine will be housed at Steamtown. It’s being restored by its new owner, The Ontario and Western Historical Society.

Steamtown, along with the owner, hope to get the locomotive fully restored over the next couple of years and even possibly get it back into service.

“It means a lot,” commented Tim Kane of Scranton, “It means a lot to me because Scranton is a historic town, always was and always will be. We live by our past but we look to the future so that’s our anchor!”

The goal is to get the locomotive back into service at the Steamtown site in the next five years.

The O&W RHS, Inc. is a non profit organization.

Donations to help restore the Locomotive can be set to:

Ontario & Western Railway Historical Society, Inc.
PO Box 713
Middletown, NY 10940

Here is the link to the original article with the video

2017 Event Calendar
*This will include any meeting cancellations*

All O&WRHS Meeting are held at the Mulberry House Senior Center, 62-70 West Main Street, Middletown, NY

(Map showing the Location of the Senior Center is at the Bottom of This Page)

Saturday and Sunday, January 28th & 29th – Springfield Amherst Railway Society, Big E Expo Center, Springfield, MA, 10am to 5pm. O&W themed display in the Better Living Center Section 11. Catskill Model Railroad Club display layout close by.”

Friday February 3rd – O&WRHS Membership Meeting Program by Movie on the L&HR and the LNE Maybrook and Connecting Lines

Sunday Feb12th – Fishkill Train Show, 9 to 3 pm. Murphy Midtown Center 467 Broadway, Kingston, NY

Friday February 10th – M&NJRHS meeting 7:30 at the Maybrook Railroad Museum

Friday March 3rd – O&WRHS Membership Meeting Program by Bob McCue on the Erie’s Graham Line

Sunday March 5th – JCRHS Train Show at Mother Seton High School, Clark NJ 9 am to 3:30 pm Garden State Parkway exit 135 Sponsored by Jersey Central Chapter NRHS O&WRHS Sales table will be present. For Information contact Mitchell Dakelman at March 19th – Kingston Model Train and Railroad Show Murphy Midtown Center 467 Broadway, Kingston NY 10am – 4:00pm Adults $6.00 Children under 12 $1 O&WRHS Sales table will be present Additional information (845)-481-4198 or

Friday April 7th – O&WRHS Membership Program by TBA

Friday April 14th – M&NJRHS meeting 7:30 at the Maybrook Railroad Museum

Sunday April 23rd – Hawley Train Show, 9 AM to 3 PM. Hawley Fire Dept. 17 Columbus Ave Behind Post office Hawley Pa.

Friday May 5th – O&WRHS Membership Meeting Program Meeting by Bob Earle NYC Wallkill Valley Branch

Sunday, May 7th – Annual Franklin Model & Toy Train Show 9am to 3pm sponsored by the Franklin Historical Society and the Sussex County RR Club to be held at the Littell Community Center near the intersection of Rt. 23 and Rt. 517, Franklin, NJ. Info is available from John at 973-697-6539

Friday June 2nd – O&WRHS Membership Meeting Program by Bob Earle NYC Wallkill Valley Branch Part II

Friday June 9th – M&NJRHS meeting 7:30 at the Maybrook Railroad Museum


Sykes Motor Car Clinic


Modeling the O&W, No. 42 in a Series: O&W Archeology – Some visits to Hamilton


O&W accident at East Main Street, 6-25-32


Modeling the O&W No. 43 in a Series The Wreck of No. 70 at Luzon March 13, 1907


Meals in Middletown, Courtesy of the Seeholzer Boys


Modeling the O&W NO. 37 in a Series A quick tip from an “Engine Builder”

Microsoft Word - O&W ICC accident report article 9-28-37.doc

Accident on the New York, Ontario & Western Railway, Middletown, NY, Sept. 28, 1937


“The Great Timber Fleet” Part I


NYO&W coaling station at Middletown, NY


Great Stations of the New York, Ontario & Western

O&WRHS D&U Trip, September 12, 2015

All Photos Courtesy of George Shammas.


Mulberry House Senior Center

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Mulberry House Senior Center 41.445488, -74.423169

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