Posts Tagged ‘Akron Railroad Club meetings’

Sanders to Present January ARRC Program

January 22, 2018

The program at the Jan. 26 meeting of the Akron Railroad Club will be a digital presentation by club President Craig Sanders titled Leave Some Things Behind.

Craig will be moving out of Northeast Ohio late this year or in early 2019 and this is likely to be his final feature-length program at an ARRC meeting.

He will show some of his favorite images of the qualities that define railroads and their operations in Northeast Ohio that he’ll miss after he moves to central Indiana. It will be part walk down memory lane, part interpretation of a place he’s called home for 25 years, and part opportunity to show some of his best and favorite images.

Many things define Northeast Ohio but chief among them is Lake Erie. It was an obstacle that railroad builders had to circumvent in the 19th century and continues to be a defining factor of railroad operations and life in this region.

Ohio’s Great Lake is fed by a number of rivers that railroads had to bridge when they weren’t following their banks.

Lake Erie also is a machine for snow and clouds and those will figure prominently in Craig’s program.

The program will be similar in focus to one that Craig gave at the October 2010 ARRC meeting titled Rummaging Around My Backyard: A Photographer’s Journey.

In that program Craig described Northeast Ohio as a transition territory between the mountains of Pennsylvania to the east and the Midwest prairies to the west. He’ll focus on that this month, too.

Some of what Craig is leaving behind is phenomenon that we’ve all had to leave behind, including Conrail, Ohio Central steam trains, excursion trains on the Wheeling & Lake Erie, and memories of events and moments that can no longer be duplicated in quite the same way.

The meeting will begin with a short business session at 8 p.m. followed by the program at approximately 8:30 p.m. The club meets at the New Horizons Christian Church, 290 Darrow Road, in Akron.

Following the meeting, some members gather 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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Woods Has November ARRC Program

November 13, 2017

Don Woods will present a slide program at the Nov. 17 Akron Railroad Club meeting this Friday.

The meeting will also serve as the club’s annual meeting and officers will be elected for calendar year 2018.

Tickets will be available at the meeting for the ARRC end of year dinner to be held Dec. 2 at Beef ‘O’ Brady’s restaurant in Stow. The program at the dinner will be given by Mark Demaline and is titled Southern Served the South.

The meeting will begin with a short business session at 8 p.m. followed by the program at approximately 8:30 p.m. The club meets at the New Horizons Christian Church, 290 Darrow Road, in Akron.

Following the meeting, some members gather 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.

Bowler to Give Wide-Ranging Program

October 23, 2017

Peter Bowler will present a digital program at the October Akron Railroad Club meeting on Friday (Oct. 27) that will take us far and wide.

The show will be done in segments with the first those titled “Southern Swing” and covering a trip to Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia chasing steam, plus a visit to the North Carolina Transportation Museum at Spencer.

There will be a couple video clips of Norfolk & Western steam locomotive 611 inserted for fun and sound.

The second show will be a series of the best of Peter’s China trip steam videos that he ran out of time to show at the December 2015 end of year dinner.

The meeting will begin with a short business session at 8 p.m. followed by the program at approximately 8:30 p.m. The club meets at the New Horizons Christian Church, 290 Darrow Road, in Akron.

Following the meeting, some members gather 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.

Dillon to Present at Next ARRC Meeting

September 18, 2017

Todd Dillon will present a digital program at the September Akron Railroad Club meeting on Friday (Sept. 22).

Dillon, who was appointed vice president earlier this year, will feature images made on the Fort Wayne Line of Norfolk Southern.

It’s a former Pennsylvania Railroad mainline so we can expect to see the NS Pennsy heritage locomotive on the ex-PRR rails.

Todd’s program will also feature images that play on the theme of water.

The meeting will begin with a short business meeting at 8 p.m. followed by the program at approximately 8:30 p.m. The club meets at the New Horizons Christian Church, 290 Darrow Road, in Akron.

Following the meeting, some members gather 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.

Durfee to Take Us to Nebraska’s Sand Hills

August 20, 2017

Roger Durfee will present a program titled A Sandhills Journey at the August 25 Akron Railroad Club meeting.

The digital program will feature a look through some of Roger’s several trips along Nebraska Route 2 between Grand Island and Alliance, Nebraska, that often parallels the BNSF.

The rail line is a heavy-duty line that funnels mostly coal out of the Powder River basin. “I’ve returned to this area several times over the past few years as I enjoy the sometimes desolate scenery, a nice two lane road with minimal traffic, and a constant parade of trains,” Roger said about his program.

The meeting will begin with a short business meeting at 8 p.m. followed by the program at approximately 8:30 p.m. The club meets at the New Horizons Christian Church, 290 Darrow Road, in Akron.

Following the meeting, some members gather 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.

Railroads of Cuba To Be Featured at July ARRC Meeting

July 24, 2017

Ron McElrath has traveled the globe in search of railroad operations. He will present a program at the July 28 Akron Railroad Club meeting that focuses on railroads in Cuba.

His program will open with a 10 minute lecture about railroad operations on the island in the Caribbean.

Then he will show about 40 minutes of video that he made during a visit there recently.

The meeting will begin with a short business meeting at 8 p.m. followed by the program at approximately 8:30 p.m. The club meets at the New Horizons Christian Church, 290 Darrow Road, in Akron.

Members are reminded that the Roundhouse Rubble silent auction will also be held at the July meeting. Bidding will begin before the meeting and resume after the program ends.

Following the meeting, some members gather 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.

W&LE Focus of June ARRC Program

June 19, 2017

Matt Arnold will be presenting the program at the June 23 meeting of the Akron Railroad Club, a presentation that will focus on the Wheeling & Lake Erie in east central Ohio with brief coverage of a couple other short lines railroads as they relate to the W&LE.

The digital program will open with photographs in Brewster, then cover the W&LE’s Rook, River, Brewster, Cleveland and Akron subdivisions.

The meeting will begin with a short business meeting at 8 p.m. followed by the program at approximately 8:30 p.m. The club meets at the New Horizons Christian Church, 290 Darrow Road, in Akron.

Following the meeting, some members gather 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.

Arnold to Present June ARRC Program

June 3, 2017

Matt Arnold will be presenting the program at the June 23 meeting of the Akron Railroad Club. He will replace Ron McElrath, who was scheduled to present but had to cancel due to a schedule conflict.

Ron will instead present a short program at the July 28 program, which will be the night of the roundhouse rubble silent auction.

Matt’s program at the June meeting will focus on Wheeling & Lake Erie operations in east central Ohio with brief coverage of a couple other short lines railroads as they relate to the W&LE.

The digital program will open with photographs in Brewster, then cover the W&LE’s Rook, River, Brewster, Cleveland and Akron subdivisions.

A graduate of Tuscarawas Valley High School, Matt is currently studying photojournalism at Kent State University. He works as an operator at The Wooster Brush Company and lives in Bolivar.

Matt’s photographs can be found on Flickr and Trainorders.com, as well as at a W&LE Facebook page that he oversees.

May ARRC Program to Highlight CSX Locomotives

May 22, 2017

The program at the Akron Railroad Club meeting on May 26 will be a slide show by Jim Mastromatteo focusing on CSX locomotives of the early 1990s.

At the time, CSX was less than a decade removed from the merger of the Chessie System and Seaboard Systems and a lot of “heritage” motive power was still moving around the systems.

CSX also had some liveries in that era that have fallen by the wayside. Remember the “gray ghosts?”

The meeting will begin with a short business meeting followed by the program at approximately 8:30 p.m. The club meets at the New Horizons Christian Church, 290 Darrow Road, in Akron.

Following the meeting, some members gather 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.

Montana, Steam Focus of April ARRC Program

April 24, 2017

The program at the Akron Railroad Club meeting on April 28 will be a digital presentation by Edward Ribinskas that will feature railroading in Montana and steam locomotives in Pennsylvania.

In July 2016, Ed and his wife, Ursula, celebrated their 25th anniversary by taking Amtrak’s Empire Builder to Glacier National Park, where they stayed at the Izaak Walton Inn.

While there Ed captured BNSF freight operations as well as Amtrak trains against the backdrop of mountains and glaciers.

He and Ursula had made virtually the same trip in 1991 shortly after their wedding.

This segment of the program will also feature a few views made from the train en route.

Rounding out the program will be views of steam locomotives in action on the Everett Railroad and Reading Blue Mountain & Northern. Ed photographed those locomotive during a September 2016 journey to Pennsylvania.

The 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.

Following the meeting, some members gather 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.