ARRC to Hold July Meeting, Picnic

The Akron Railroad Club will hold its next meeting on Friday, July 26 at 8 p.m. at the New Horizons Christian Church at 290 Darrow Road in Akron.

Marty Surdyk will present a slide program that will be divided into two segments.

One segment will be titled I Miss Conrail and feature images made from the late 1980s into the 1990s in various locations on the Conrail network with many of them made in Ohio.

The second segment is titled It Was Memorable and focuses on photograph outings Marty has made over the past three decades, including the first run of a former Pennsylvania Railroad K4 steam locomotive after it was restored to operating condition and an incident in Galion, Ohio, in which two Conrail trains found themselves heading toward each other on the same track.

Marty described the program as “a little bit of everything and not much of anything, but it was memorable.”

It will include railfanning in a variety of weather conditions in numerous locations in the Midwest and Eastern United States. Sometimes it wasn’t the weather that Marty found challenging during those outings.

The ARRC also will be holding its annual summer picnic on Sunday, July 28 at the Kelsey Creek Shelter of Waterworks Park in Cuyahoga Falls.

The park is located next to the New Castle Subdivision of CSX between Bailey Road and Ohio Route 91.

The club will provide hamburgers and hot dogs and a limited number of beverages. Participants are asked to bring a covered dish, side dish and non alcoholic beverages.

The picnic will begin at noon.

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