Steam, Early Diesels to be Featured at May 23 Program at the Akron Railroad Club Meeting

Akron Railroad Club members will be taking yet another journey to the West and back in time during the program at the May meeting on Friday.

Member Don Woods will be showing two trays of slides that he acquired from Tom Gildersleeve that show vintage images from such western railroads as the Southern Pacific, Denver & Rio Grande Western, Santa Fe and Union Pacific. There will also be images of the Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range Railway.

Most of the images are Kodachrome slides taken in the 1950s and earlier. The images feature steam locomotives in action as well as first generation diesels pulling freight and passenger trains in California, Colorado, Kansas and Minnesota.

We’ll get a glimpse of Rail Diesel Cars on the Missabe and doodlebugs on the UP in Kansas.

There will also be some action from the early 1980s of Santa Fe and SP freight, thus giving the show first and second generation Santa Fe Warbonnet action in California on Tehachapi Loop.

The Friday, May 23 ARRC meeting will begin at 8 p.m. with a half-hour business meeting followed by the program at approximately 8:45 p.m. The club meets at the New Horizons Christian Church, 290 Darrow Road, in Akron.

Some members gather at about 6 p.m. for dinner at Duffy’s Grill, 231 Darrow Road. Following the meeting, members meet at the Eat ‘n Park restaurant at Howe and Main streets in Cuyahoga Falls for a late dinner, dessert or an early breakfast.

Visitors are always welcome at Akron Railroad Club meetings.

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