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

NYSW #142

No. 142 was built in the Peoples Republic of China in 1989 by the TangShan Locomotive Works. Until 2000, TangShan was the last place in the world that made production steam engines. The locomotive resembles trains from an era long ago. The engine, with tender, weighs approximately 154 tons, including 13 tons of coal and 6,600 gallons of water. The engine is hand-fired, which means someone has to shovel coal into the firebox to keep the fire hot enough to make steam. No. 142 is 14'6" high, 10'8" wide, and with tender, 75'3" long.

Steam Locomotive Program

Chief Mechanical Officer-Steam

Gary  Matthews

Managing Trustee

Dave Hutsabaut

Originally, NYS&W was to receive a different engine from China....No. 141. But, while being shipped on the Norwegian freighter S.S. Braut, the vessel capsized in the Bay of Bengal (Indian Ocean). All of the vessel's cargo, including the 141, sank in 6,000 feet of water. To this day No. 141 remains at the bottom of the Bay. After sinking, the No. 142 was purchased from the Valley Railroad in Essex, Connecticut.

The NYSWTHS is always looking for more people to get involved. We have an active steam program which will teach you  from the ground up what you need to know. During the year we have classes on everything from railroad rules training to locomotive maintenance.

#142 runs every weekend from Memorial Day until the end of October on the Belvidere & Delaware railroad where we operate the line in partnership with the Black River & Western Railroad.

If you are not afraid of getting dirty, want to be involved with one of the very few active steam programs in the US, and want to bring an inanimate piece of steel to life, simply click here and send us a note and Dave will get in touch with you!

Featured member

“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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