The New York, Ontario and Western Railway (N.Y. O. & W.) was a regional railroad that operated from 1868 to 1957. The railroad ran from Weehawken, New Jersey to Cornwall on the Hudson River and then on to Oswego on Lake Ontario, with branches to Kingston, Port Jervis, Monticello, Delhi, Utica, Rome and Scranton. The railroad entered bankruptcy in 1937 due to lower passenger traffic (largely due to improved automobile roads), declining coal shipments and outdated equipment. The railroad never emerged from that bankruptcy, and was liquidated in 1957, becoming the first US Class I railroad to be abandoned.
The refurbished N.Y. O. & W. caboose #8487 (ex-Erie Railroad C110 / EL110 / CR46109) is part of an outdoor display located at the O. & W. Railway Museum at the hamlet of Roscoe in Sullivan County. The museum, located at a former auto garage, was founded in 1984 to help tell the story of the O. & W. and its impact on farming, tourism, hunting, fishing and community life.
The O. & W. Railway Museum, which was founded in 1984, is located at 7 Railroad Avenue in Roscoe, New York. It is generally open on the weekends from Memorial Day to Columbus Day. For more information about the O. & W. railroad and its history, please visit the Ontario & Western Historical Society website at www.nyow.org.