Archive for September, 2009

Amtrak Superdome Makes Brief Appearance

September 24, 2009

Akron Railroad Club member Jeff Troutman reported that Amtrak Superdome car No. 10031 was on the rear of Wednesday’s (Sept. 23, 2009)  eastbound Lake Shore Limited as it cruised through Northeast Ohio en route to New York and Boston.

No. 10031 was to be dropped off at Albany-Rensselaer where it will be running the Adirondack for six weeks this fall. The car, which is the only dome car left on the Amtrak roster, will be assigned to the Adirondack between Albany and Montreal between October 1 and November 10.

Orginally built for service on the pre-Amtrak Empire Builder, No. 10031 is normally based on the West Coast and used in charter service. It seldom operates east of the Rocky Mountains, Amtrak said in a news release.

The car left Los Angeles on September 19 on the Southwest Chief for Chicago.

Jeff also reported that two private cars were on the rear of Thursday’s eastbound Lake Shore Limited. They were a former California Zephyr car and a round-ended observation car that carried a “The Chief” drumhead.

Last month ARRC members spotted former Frisco sleeper Cimarron River on the rear of No. 48 near North East, Pennsylvania, during the overnight outing there.

C&O Steam Locomotive To Stay in Dennison

September 24, 2009

A Tuscarawas County judge has ruled that a former Chesapeake & Ohio steam locomotive will remain where it is in Dennison. Judge Edward O’Farrell determined that the Dennison Railroad Depot Museum has clear title to No. 2700, a Kanawha type locomotive that was built in the 1940s.

The ruling came in a dispute with Nick Kallas, executive director of the Illinois Railway Museum, who purchased No. 2700, but never took possession of it. At the time, the locomotive was located on Timken Company property in Canton. Timken took possession of the locomotive after the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway announced plans to reconfigure its tracks in that area. Timken based its action on the locomotive being abandoned property.

Timken offered the locomotive to the Dennison museum with the stipulation that if the museum refused the offer the locomotive would be scrapped. The museum and Timken sent certified letters to Kallas informing him of their intentions, but he never responded. The C&O steamer has been in Dennison for the past 10 years.

The Dennison museum, which is housed in a former Pennsylvania Railroad passenger depot, has received a grant to fund restoration work on No. 2700, which will remain at the museum on static display. That work is expected to begin next year.

In an interview with the Times-Reporter of New Philadelphia, museum executive director Wendy Zucal said the museum is glad that the locomotive will remain there. “We plan to put it in a place of honor as a showcase at the east end of Dennison,” she said.

What Would We Do Without Marty?

September 1, 2009

At the August Akron Railroad Club meeting, Bulletin editor Marty Surdyk received a well-deserved round of applause in appreciation of his work in getting the newsletter out on time as well as for his serving as grillmaster at the July picnic. That got ARRC President Craig Sanders to thinking about just what Marty means to the club.

His conclusion is that Marty is the most important club member because of the various roles that he performs, many of which have been taken for granted for years. Without Marty there probably wouldn’t be a picnic and there might not continue to be a Bulletin, either.

To be successful, every organization needs a guy like Marty, who does many things, many of which occur behind the scenes. Replacing what Marty does for the ARRC would not be easy.