Dave McKay Day Outing is Saturday

The annual Akron Railroad Club outing to Berea in memory of the late Dave McKay will be this Saturday. Come early and stay late as we enjoy the action on Norfolk Southern and CSX rolling through one of the premier railfan hot spots in Ohio.

Between them, the two railroads put more than  100 trains a day through Berea in any given 24 hour period. If we’re lucky we might also the Wheeling & Lake Erie train that uses both railroads to and from Cleveland en route to Campbell Road Yard.

Amtrak has four daily trains through Berea, although all of them are scheduled to pass through during the darkness hours. But those who come around dawn might catch an Amtrak train if it is running excessively late.

Thus far no Norfolk Southern heritage units have passed through Berea on a McKay Day. Perhaps this year we will break that streak of futility. We are due.

At the end of the day, several ARRC members plan to have dinner at the nearby Berea Union Depot Taverne. The restaurant is housed in the former Big Four passenger station. Of course we’ll require a table by the windows so we can further follow the train action.

The annual McKay Day outing to Berea is always held on the first Saturday of April. McKay served as ARRC president for 12 years, the longest tenure of any club president. He died in late December 2004 shortly after he stepped down as president.

See you at Berea on Saturday.

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