2011 Picnic at Warwick Park
The burgers and hot dogs were hot and so was the weather during the annual Akron Railroad Club summer picnic at Warwick Park in Clinton on Sunday, July 24. CSX action on the New Castle Subdivision that skirts the edge of the park was not so hot for most of the day.
Still, the 30 ARRC members and friends who came out would have seen 17 trains pass by had any of them been present during the 13-and-a-half hours that the event lasted.
Rick Houck was first on the scene at 6:30 a.m. Most members did not begin arriving until close to the noon hour. Chef Marte fired up the grill at about 12:20 p.m. and served gourmet hamburgers and hot dogs through the day.
Rick also came to the rescue when it was apparent that we had plenty of chips and side dishes, but few deserts. He drove to a Giant Eagle store and returned with three apple pies and a package of chocolate chunk cookies from the bakery.
With temperatures in the upper 80s, it was quite warm. The high humidity didn’t help matters either. At times a breeze helped cool things off and the attendees spent most of the day in the shade of the park’s pavilion. In late afternoon, we began passing around the insect repellant to ward off gnats and other pests.
The CSX action was heaviest in early morning and around mid-afternoon. Ten of the 17 trains recorded were westbounds. The eastbounds were bunched at the beginning and end of the day. There was a six-hour gap between eastbounds at one point.
Nothing out of the ordinary passed by. The only “foreign” unit was an HLCX rent-a-wreck that had a sick-sounding horn. The traffic did feature some variety, though. Neither the Ohio Central nor R.J. Corman made an appearance. Neither railroad has scheduled trains to Warwick on Sundays in recent years. An OC train used to be a regular in the early to mid-afternoon hours, but since the Genesee and Wyoming took over the OC, the Sunday operation has been abolished and the weekend schedule moved to a night operation.
The train traffic fell far short of the record 21, but was well above the record low of nine.
We will be back to Warwick Park again, but for the 2012 picnic the officers are considering moving the picnic to the Glens Park in Bedford that is adjacent to the Norfolk Southern mainline between Cleveland and Pittsburgh. Situated next to Tim Lally Field, this location features a pavilion and ample parking. There is a higher density of train action on the Cleveland Line than there is on the CSX New Castle Sub.
Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders
Trains Seen at Clinton (Warwick Park) on July 24, 2011
6:57 a.m. CSX 7699 WB auto racks
7:26 CSX 405 EB intermodal (Q138)
7:36 CSX 7321 EB auto racks/mixed (Q226)
9:05 CSX 7500 WB manifest (Q375)
9:10 CSX 8558 EB auto racks/manifest (Q641)
10:01 CSX 7497 WB auto racks (Q253)
10:46 CSX 5339 WB ethanol
11:10 CSX 82 WB intermodal (Q135)
1:18 p.m. CSX 7903 WB auto racks (Q299)
2:05 CSX 7578 WB intermodal (Q137)
2:45 HLCX 7197 WB coke (K381)
3:01 CSX 234 WB coal hoppers
3:15 CSX 127 EB intermodal (Q136)
4:25 CSX 538 WB coal hoppers (E450)
4:37 CSX 8054 EB stone hoppers
6:37 CSX 2270 EB manifest (D750)
7:45 CSX 5408 EB manifest (Q394)