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McKay Day Train Listed Posted

April 8, 2017

The train list for the 13th annual Akron Railroad club Dave McKay Day outing in Berea on April 1, 2017, has been posted. To view the list, click on the link below.


Listing of 2016 Train Shows Posted

December 31, 2015

The newest addition to the Akron Railroad Club blog is a listing of train shows scheduled in Ohio and nearby states during 2016. You can find that page at the top of the listing of Pages on the right side of the your screen or by going to

The listings are as accurate as we can make them. If you have a listing to contribute, send it to

Additional listings will be added as they become available.

Photos Posted of ARRC 2015 Picnic

August 24, 2015
Chef Marte revives the fire during the afternoon to get ready to serve up another round of burger and dogs.

Chef Marte revives the fire during the afternoon to get ready to serve up another round of burger and dogs.

A page of photographs has been posted on this site of the 2015 Akron Railroad Club summer picnic. To see the images, click on the link below. The picnic was held on July 26 at the Northeast Ohio Live Steamers club grounds near Lester, Ohio.

Vermilion Outing Photos, Article Posted

August 12, 2013
After a lot of driving around, we finally caught up with CNJ unit again, this time at Lake Breeze Road in Sheffield. It was the star of the Akron Railroad Club's outing in Vermilion on Sunday

After a lot of driving around, we finally caught up with CNJ unit again, this time at Lake Breeze Road in Sheffield. It was the star of the Akron Railroad Club’s outing in Vermilion on Sunday. (Photograph by Craig Sanders)

The Akron Railroad Club ventured to Vermilion on Sunday for a day of train watching and photography. The star attraction as the New Jersey Central heritage locomotive, which lead the 287 west from Buffalo, N.Y. We had to go to Avon Lake and Sheffield to get it, but we did. To read an article about the Vermilion outing and view a full gallery of photographs, click on the link below.

The Drama of Winter Photography

January 8, 2013




Take a close look at the two photographs posted above. Each features the same train and was taken at the same location. Both are good photographs. Yet what does one have that the other does not?

And while you are thinking about this, would a photograph taken at any other time of the year other than winter show as much as these photos?

Veteran photographer and Akron Railroad Club member Roger Durfee discusses these questions and more in an essay about why he loves winter photography. In fact it is his favorite season of the year. To read Roger’s essay, click on the link below.

Photographs by Roger Durfee

Indiana Weekends Two Decades Apart

October 4, 2012

An eastbound empty hopper train passes the North Findlay mast. The signals were installed many years ago by the Nickel Plate Road.

When I opened my email box early Thursday morning I was greeted with back-to-back messages from Akron Railroad Club members Roger Durfee and Todd Dillon with photographs from their respective trips to Indiana.

Roger had spent last weekend at an open house of the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society. The group is better known as the owners of Nickel Plate Road steam locomotive No. 765.

He had planned his trip to make it a NKP sojourn by following the former NKP mainline from Bellevue to New Haven, Ind., where the 765 is based.

Todd, on the other hand, dipped into his archives to recall a 1999 fall weekend that he spent in Indiana — a state in which he once lived — and came upon an obscure shortline then known as the Fulton County Railroad. It operated between Rochester and Argos, where it connected with the former NKP mainline now owned by Norfolk Southern.

This is a former Lake Erie & Western line that extended between Indianapolis and Michigan City, Ind. The LE&W later was absorbed by the Nickel Plate. Portions of this Michigan City-Indianapolis route have been abandoned, but much of it still exists. Indeed, the southern end of the route is used by another Nickel Plate Road steam locomotive, the 587, which is based at the Indiana Transportation Museuum in Noblesville.

To view a gallery of photographs from Roger’s trip, click on the link below.

To read Todd’s article and view a galley of photographs of his chase of the Fulton County Railroad’s Alco locomotive, click on the link below.

In the meantime, here is a sample of the photographs taken by Roger and Todd.

Article by Craig Sanders

Three volunteers hold their coal shovels high after a hard day of work.

The view out of the 765 fireman’s window looking down the boiler as a full moon rises in the east.

Miss the Erie Lackawanna? You Gotta See this Program

April 2, 2012

Who and what was conductor George Rush waving goodbye to in this 1976 scene in Akron? Watch Roger's Durfee's tribute to the memory of Erie Lackawanna and decide for yourself.

If you have a passion for the late Erie Lackawanna, then you’ve got to see Roger’s Durfee’s music and images tribute to the EL. A link to the 3-minute program is provided at the bottom of this paragraph.

Roger has written a commentary that explains how and why he put the program together. You can read that by clicking on the link below.

Blogmaster Craig Sanders provides his own interpretation of the program and what he saw in it. To read his comments, click on the link below.

What Would We Do Without Marty?

September 1, 2009

At the August Akron Railroad Club meeting, Bulletin editor Marty Surdyk received a well-deserved round of applause in appreciation of his work in getting the newsletter out on time as well as for his serving as grillmaster at the July picnic. That got ARRC President Craig Sanders to thinking about just what Marty means to the club.

His conclusion is that Marty is the most important club member because of the various roles that he performs, many of which have been taken for granted for years. Without Marty there probably wouldn’t be a picnic and there might not continue to be a Bulletin, either.

To be successful, every organization needs a guy like Marty, who does many things, many of which occur behind the scenes. Replacing what Marty does for the ARRC would not be easy.

Club Needs to do More to Record its Members, Outings

May 27, 2009

The Akron Railroad Club will mark its 75th anniversary in 2011. ARRC President Craig Sanders thinks it would be nice to do a program featuring images of club members and outings. Goodness knows there have been many. Like any organization, the ARRC has had its share of characters and stories about guys whose reputations have grown to legendary proportions.

Aside from stories passed down from generation to generation, the only other record that these guys ever existed and what they did for the ARRC are in photographs. Yet there seem to be few of these in existence.

Just recently, a few members were talking about how no one seems to have a good photograph of the late David McKay, who served as ARRC president for 12 years before stepping down in December 2004. Dave died that same month so we can’t photograph him now.

In his latest column in “President’s Corner,” Sanders writes that club members could and must do a better job of recording each other during our meetings, outings and banquets. It is too late to go back and make images of past members who aren’t here anymore. Nor can we recreate past events.

We can and must do a better job of documenting through photographs our present members and activities. It is going to take a presence of mind to do this that we don’t now seem to have.

We also can scour our collections for photographs taken of members during club outings. I ran across some of these images while doing Akron Railroads, yet I sense that there is more out there then I was able to turn up. It is going to take some work, but surely members must have taken a photograph here and there of club members during an event.

As these photographs begin to turn up, we can start putting them into a collection to be used to present a history of the members of the ARRC over the past seven decades when we light 75 candles in another two years. It should be a fun night as we tell stories about each other and the good times we’ve had along the way.

Welcome to the Akron Railroad Club Blog

March 2, 2009
The photo line is ready to capture an eastbound Norfolk Southern manifest freight with BNSF motive power during the July 2012 Akron Railroad Club picnic.

The photo line is ready to capture an eastbound Norfolk Southern manifest freight with BNSF motive power during the July 2012 Akron Railroad Club picnic in Bedford.

The Akron Railroad Club has about 80 members who meet monthly in Akron, Ohio, to share their passion for railroad operations and history.  On this blog you will find information about our meetings, activities, how to join us, and news about railroads and railroad oriented organizations.

ARRC logoOn the feature pages you will find information about popular Ohio railfan hotspots within a few hours drive from Akron, stories about railfan outings, trip reports and information about railroad operations and radio frequencies.

Many features are amply illustrated with photographs.  Take a look around and enjoy yourself. There is always something new to read so come back often.

Better yet, come to one of our monthly meetings or join us at one of our many events. We look forward to meeting you and joining us. Dues are $16 yearly and include a subscription to the monthly newsletter, the Bulletin. We meet on the fourth Friday of the month at New Horizons Christian Church, 290 Darrow Road in Akron. Visitors are always welcome at our meetings.

Next Meeting: November 16. Program by Don Woods.

Next Activity: December 1. End of Year Dinner.