The Erie Lackawanna Historical Society, Inc., a historical society dedicated to preserving and disseminating information about the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad, the Erie Railroad, the Erie Lackawanna Railway and related lines.
Our mission is for this web site to be a useful asset to our members as well as a valuable research and reference tool for those interested in the history of the DL&W, Erie and Erie Lackawanna.
Board of Directors
Board Of Directors
Michael J. Connor was born in Wellsville, New York (about 1,000 feet from the Main Line of the Erie Railroad, he notes). Returning from military duty his father joined the Erie Railroad and the family lived in such on-line communities as Avon NY, Leavittsburg and Kent OH, Port Jervis NY, Riverdale NJ, and Buffalo NY. Following high school Mike attended John Carroll University in Cleveland (University Heights) OH earning a BS in Transportation Economics. While in college he worked for the Buffalo Creek Railroad, the Erie Lackawanna (principally at Binghamton), and the New York Central. In grade and high school and college he was able to ride almost all EL passenger and several freight-only lines.
Following graduation he served as a Lieutenant with the U. S. Army Transportation Corps being assigned to the 714th Transportation Battalion (Railway Operating) (Steam and Diesel-Electric) in the Military Railway Service. Upon completing military service he returned to the Penn Central where he served as Trainmaster at Muncie IN and East St Louis IL and Supervisor of Locomotive Utilization at Indianapolis IN. He served Conrail in its Philadelphia “Blue Room” as Director of Light Density Lines voluntarily leaving in late 1983 to pursue opportunities in the creation of new short and regional lines.
From 1983 to late 1988 he served in the organization and operation of the Chicago, Central & Pacific Railroad as Vice-President. Coming east in 1988 he joined the Ohio Central Railroad System as Chief Operating Officer/Chief Marking Officer and, later, Vice-President. In early 2006 he came further east and joined the Livonia, Avon & Lakeville/Western New York & Pennsylvania system as Vice-President Operation and Maintenance serving in this or related roles through July 2008. He currently serves as a railroad consultant with projects in New York and Ohio.
He is the fourth generation in his family to serve the Erie or the EL. This and his own career have given him a deep respect for the accomplishments of the DL&W, Erie, and EL and a personal goal of seeing that their stories are made available to those who didn’t have the privilege of knowing these railroads first-hand. To accomplish this goal he researches and writes of DL&W, Erie, and EL matters and serves as Vice-President of the ELHS and as a member of the Archives Committee.
His professional experience absolutely convinces him that the Erie Lackawanna’s fate—inclusion of most of its assets in Conrail—was unnecessary and that an independent EL, possibly in association with some other bankrupt railroads, was both possible and desirable.
Michael is married to Colleen and they have three sons—Matthew, Andrew, and Thomas.
Paul was fortunate enough to be born and raised in an Erie Lackawanna town - Boonton, New Jersey, to be specific. He was lucky enough to experience the major shift of traffic (albeit short-lived) from the former Erie main to the DL&W side, and witnessed many freights, U34CH-powered commuter trains, and the ever-present Boonton Drill while growing up. It made a very strong impression on him. As he got older, he began to appreciate the history of the railroad and its Erie and DL&W predecessors, and most importantly, the varied motive power of the railroad. Paul has been a student of EL motive power for several decades.
Paul is an active HO scale modeler who is modeling the Erie Lackawanna Boonton Line between Croxton Yard and Port Morris, N.J. in the 1975 era. To further his desire for accuracy, he founded Prime Mover Decals in 1992 to create accurate decals for his modeling pursuits. Today, Paul continues to work with manufacturers in all scales to ensure the utmost accuracy in terms of lettering, details and decoration for EL, DL&W and Erie models as the ELHS' Modeling Liaison.
Paul is a Trustee at the Whippany Railway Museum, is a founding member of the Erie Lackawanna Dining Car Preservation Society, Editor of the ELHS "Extra Board" newsletter, and is the ELHS Motive Power Technical Advisor.
Stephen Timko was born in the city of Warren, OH and spent preschool on the west side where both the First and the Second Subdivision of the Erie could be viewed. After graduation from high school in 1965, Stephen "hired out" as an Extra Operator--Mahoning Division, working the following towers: BK (Meadville), XN (Shenango), VY and NK (Youngstown), P (Deforest) and SN Jct where the two districts crossed at Leavittsburg, OH. Other positions were filled from time to time; the Monitor's Job (message job to the CTD), agencies at Greenville PA, Hubbard, Garrettsville, Ravenna, and North Randall OH.
In 1967 Stephen answered the call to become a Train Dispatcher, working first on Jan 7, 1968 on the Fourth Subdivision (former Allegheny Division between Salamanca and Hornell). Additional duties came shortly thereafter under the title of Assistant Chief Train Dispatcher and Acting Chief Train Dispatcher.
With the advent of Conrail in 1976, Steve continued in the ACTD position until 1979 when Youngstown offices were combined, he then ran the former PRR main line from Conway to Crestline (and later to Ft. Wayne). In 1984 Steve was elevated to a management position as Supervisor of Operating Rules in Youngstown, and later in Pittsburgh. Other official positions "owned" prior to NS included Lead Trainmaster at Youngstown and Manager of Operations Planning in Pittsburgh. With NS, the OP department was abolished and Steve became Asst Superintendent--Train Operations for NS in Pittsburgh.
After taking a buyout in 2000, Steve was tapped by the investors of the newly-formed Western New York and Pennsylvania RR, LLC in Jamestown (Falconer), NY. After five years as Vice President & General Manager, Steve returned to the Pittsburgh area to do consulting work. In addition to operating Beaver Valley Rail, a railroad safety and operating consulting service for shortline railroads and industrial railroad operations, Steve has authored over 50 books for Morning Sun Books.
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