The Maywood Station Historical Committee (MSHC) division of the New York, Susquehanna & Western Technical & Historical Society operates the Maywood Station Museum and is chartered as a tax-exempt, 501(c)3 non-profit, educational and historical organization with a mission to preserve our railroad and cultural heritage through restoration and preservation, historical awareness, archiving and interpretation, museum open houses, meetings and special events.
The MSHC was formed
on May 29, 2002 by volunteers who
wanted to save the 1872-built New
York, Susquehanna & Western (NYS&W)
railroad station at 269 Maywood
Avenue, Maywood, New Jersey after it
became public that the Borough of
Maywood had signed a demolition
order against the historic building.
The last regular NYS&W passenger
trains ceased in 1966 and the tracks
in front of the station have been
freight-only ever since. The station
had languished from years of
disrepair since it was last used by
the Veterans of Foreign Wars as a
meeting hall in the early 1990's.
Over the next decade, the NYS&W made
numerous attempts to lease the
station but the town and railroad
could not come to an agreement on
its final use. More
New York Susquehanna & Western
Technical & Historical Society Inc.
was formed in the fall of 1988 by
several longtime observers of the
railroad who felt that there was a
need for an organization to preserve
the history of the "Susquehanna, its
ancestor corporations and the rich
railroading history of New Jersey.
Since that time, the Society has grown to over 550 members. The society is incorporated in the state of New Jersey as a non-profit educational organization. It is also recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt organization, as defined in section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
The Society produces an annual all-color calendar as well as its own magazine, the "Susquehanna Reflector". Bi-monthly meetings are held at the Maywood Public Library in Maywood, New Jersey
The Society also takes an active roll in community affairs - among them are the Children's Brain Tumor Foundation; and Operation Lifesaver; as well as is a member of the United Railroad Historical Society (URHS); and the Paulinskill Trail Committee, as a furtherance of its endeavors.
A hallmark of the Society is its operations division, which has restored Budd Rail Diesel Car (RDC) M-1 to operating condition. This car has been active as an educational tool as well as a resource available for promoting the NYS&W Railway, the Society itself, and attractions adjacent to the railroad. Revenue generated by the M-1 will be used to support further enhancements to the car, as well as other activities of the Society.