About the NKPHTS

Corporate Address:
NKPHTS, Inc., PO Box 583, Ansonia, OH 45303-0583 

Mailing Address:
NKPHTS, Inc., Post Office Box 9, North Hampton, OH 45349-0009 


The Nickel Plate Road Historical & Technical Society, Inc. is dedicated to preserving and promoting the memory of the New York, Chicago, & St. Louis Railroad Company - the Nickel Plate Road. 

The purpose of the NKPHTS is to maintain an association of persons interested in the former New York, Chicago & St. Louis Railroad (Nickel Plate Road), and to obtain, preserve, and distribute information and material related to the former Nickel Plate Road, its predecessors, and lessees. It shall be the intent of the corporation to promote, support, and preserve the historic legacy of the Nickel Plate Road through the creation of programs designed to be of benefit and service to its members, as well as to assist qualified, non-profit museums, libraries, rail groups, and historical organizations, either financially or technically, in the preservation, conservation, and/or collection of material, equipment, and memorabilia relating to the railroad and its predecessors. 

NKPHTS Chapter Information
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NameLocationMore InfoContact Person
Buffalo Division ChapterBuffalo, NY John T. Slater
Hoosier Division ChapterIndianapolis, IN Roger Esker
Wheeling & Lake Erie "Iron Cross" District ChapterBrewster, OHClick HereJoseph B. Immler
Illinois and Western Indiana "Westerner" District ChapterSt. Charles, IL Art Lemke
Chesapeake Division ChapterGlen Burnie, MD Eric Payne

Our History

The Nickel Plate Road Historical & Technical Society, Inc. was formed in Lafayette, Indiana, in 1966. The NKPHTS was incorporated in the state of Ohio in 1972 as a nonprofit, non-stock corporation organized for educational purposes. We are recognized as a 501(c)(3) organization by the Internal Revenue Service, so all contributions of material and money are tax deductible. Information on donating money and materials to the NKPHTS may be found here

The NKPHTS publishes the quarterly Nickel Plate Road Magazine devoted to the history of the Nickel Plate Road, Lake Erie & Western, Wheeling & Lake Erie, and the Toledo, St. Louis & Western (Clover Leaf) railroads. Included from time to time are articles on the current status of Nickel Plate facilities and rolling stock, and other railroads' joint operation with the Nickel Plate. The color magazine is printed on high-quality paper and generously illustrated with photos and maps. The Society publishes two eZines; the monthly E-List Newsletter, which provides timely information on Society news and events, Nickel Plate related news, new NKP model products, website updates, and more; and the Nickel Plate Road Modeler's Notebook, that presents topical material to the Society's modelers in all modeling scales, areas of interest, and levels of ability, and to explore the world of Nickel Plate Road models and modeling with photos, how-to-articles, reviews, and news of new NKP products. 

For over thirty-five years the NKPHTS has published an annual calendar with fourteen high-quality photographs of the NKP, TStL&W, LE&W, and W&LE railroads. 

From time to time the Society has embarked on a limited run offering of a special project. These have included timetable reprints, lithographs, books, and scale models. 

The staff of the Nickel Plate Road Historical & Technical Society is all volunteer and its business is conducted largely by mail and email. The membership has an opportunity to meet each year at our annual Convention, which is held in a Nickel Plate city. These meetings include displays, model railroad tours, swap and sale tables, slide, movie and video sessions, and tours of rail facilities. A general business meeting and banquet are the highlights of these weekends, where the Society's officers are elected and important business is handled. 

To download a brochure about the NKPHTS and history of the Nickel Plate Road, please click here