McKay Day Featured Plenty of Variety

Dave Mangold gives a greeting from NS 15N passing through Olmsted Falls. (Photograph by Richard Thompson)

Variety was the order of the day at the sixth annual Akron Railroad Club Dave McKay Day at Berea on Saturday, April 3. It was hot and cold then hot again. And that was just the weather. The train action was pretty varied, too.

Members saw 67 trains over a nearly 12-hour period. Twice three trains were in the area at one time. Junior members Richard Thompson and Cody Zamostny were the first to arrive, shortly before 6 a.m. Ron McElrath showed up shortly thereafter. They were treated to a flurry of 13 trains in the first hour and a half.

By noon, Norfolk Southern and CSX had put 30 trains through Berea. Traffic dried up for about 45 minutes at mid-day before picking up to a steady pace throughout the afternoon.

One of the highlights of the afternoon was when ARRC member David Mangold came through Berea just before 2:30 at the throttle of the 15N. Mangold, who attended a part of the McKay day in late morning, had a 1 p.m. call at Rockport Yard. His train was ready to leave the yard a half-hour later, but had some switching to do.

Not long after 2 p.m., the 15N got the OK from the Cleveland Terminal Dispatcher to head west. Mangold and his conductor were to take the train to Elkhart, Indiana.

In all, 14 ARRC members turned during the day, which is set aside to honor McKay, who served as ARRC president between 1993 and 2004. McKay died in late December 2004 and the ARRC helped raise money to purchase a plaque that was placed at Berea in his honor.

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