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A Few ARRC Program ‘Surprises’ Revealed

August 26, 2021

One surprise of the program of the August Akron Railroad Club meeting was revealed this week in an email notice sent to members.

The images to be shown by Mike Costill at the Friday meeting (Aug. 27) were made by the late Jerry Jacobson.

Costill’s program is titled Surprise and will present images made during the period of the late 1950s to the early 1970s.

Among the highlights will be Nickel Plate steam across Ohio; the roundhouse of the Pennsylvania Railroad in Akron; and Denver & Rio Grande Western steam.

There will still be some surprises of images and railroads and places that have yet to be revealed.

The meeting begins at 8 p.m. in the fellowship hall of the New Horizon Christian Church, 290 Darrow Road, in Akron.

The club has also announced that the program at the Sept. 24 meeting will be presented by Mike Varga and the Oct. 23 meeting will be the annual members night in which members show images of their choosing.

‘Surprise’ in Store for ARRC August Meeting

August 23, 2021

Mike Costill will present a slide show of seldom seen images at the Aug. 27 meeting of the Akron Railroad Club.

Mike isn’t giving away too many clues about what attendees will see other than the images were made between the 1950s and 1970s. The program is appropriately titled Surprise.

Very few people have seen these images, he said.

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 Denny’s restaurant on Main Streets in Cuyahoga Falls for a late dinner, dessert or an early breakfast.

ARRC Program to Focus on Past 20 Years in Akron

July 19, 2021

Richard Antibus will review the past 20 years of railroad operations in Akron during the July 23 meeting of the Akron Railroad Club.

The slide show will focus in particular on the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

Rich said his program will show overall changes that have occurred over the past two decades, saying that things can change quickly.

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 Denny’s restaurant on Home Avenue in Cuyahoga Falls for a late dinner, dessert or an early breakfast.

The Aug. 27 meeting will feature a slide show by Mike Costill.

Preview of Tonight’s Program

June 25, 2021

The Akron Railroad Club will meet tonight at 8 p.m. in the fellowship hall of the New Horizons Christian Church.

It will be the club’s first in-person meeting in more than a year.

President Todd Dillon will present a digital program of images made during his travels in the past year between Ohio and Florida.

Here is a preview of Todd’s program. The top image shows Tampa streetcars at Ibor City, Florida, the middle image is a U.S. Sugar cane train at Clewiston, Florida, and the bottom image is CSX 1776 at Waycross, Georgia.

Photographs by Todd Dillon

ARRC Sets June Meeting, Longest Day Outing in Fostoria

June 21, 2021

The Akron Railroad Club will meet this Friday at 8 p.m. at the New Horizons Christian Church in Akron.

It will be the club’s first monthly meeting since February 2020.

Club President Todd Dillion will present a digital program titled Off the Beaten Path: Railfanning in the Era of COVID.

It will feature images of U.S. Sugar railroad operations in Florida, Tampa Bay trolleys and CSX tribute locomotives 911 (Spirit of our First Responders), 1776 (Spirit of the Armed Forces) and 3194 (Spirit of Law Enforcement).

The program will focus on Todd’s travels between Ohio and Florida.

The club will be having its annual longest day event on June 27 at the Iron Triangle RailPark in Fostoria.

Club members and their guests will spend the day watching and photographing trains on CSX and Norfolk Southern mainlines that pass through Fostoria.

The park is located within the “iron triangle” of the three rail lines.

As always, the event begins when the first member arrives and ends when the last one leaves.

ARRC Gets Approval to Resume Meetings

June 4, 2021

The Akron Railroad Club has received a high green to hold its monthly meetings.

Officials at the New Horizons Christian Church in Akron, where the club has been meeting since 2006, on Friday notified ARRC President Todd Dillon that the club could resume meeting in the church’s fellowship hall.

The next meeting is scheduled for June 25 at 8 p.m. with a digital program to be presented by Dillon titled Off the Beaten Path: Railfanning in the Era of COVID.

It will feature images of U.S. Sugar railroad operations in Florida, Tampa Bay trolleys and CSX tribute locomotives 911 (Spirit of our First Responders), 1776 (Spirit of the Armed Forces) and 3194 (Spirit of Law Enforcement).

The program will focus on Todd’s travels between Ohio and Florida.

Meeting attendees will not be required to wear a facial mask at the meeting, but should use good judgment and follow recommendations of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The ARRC last met in February 2020. Meetings were suspended the following month due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Future meetings have been set for July 23, Aug. 27 and Sept. 24, but no programs have been announced yet for those meetings.

ARRC Plans to Resume Meeting in June

May 21, 2021

The Akron Railroad Club plans to resume meeting in June with a program by club president Todd Dillon.

However, the announcement noted that plans to meet on June 25 are tentative because the New Horizons Christian Church, where the club meets, has not yet officially said the club could resume meeting there.

If the meeting is cancelled, an email notice will be sent to members.

Dillon’s digital program is titled Off the Beaten Path: Railfanning in the Era of COVID and will feature images of sugar plant railroad operations in Florida, Tampa Bay trolleys and CSX tribute locomotives 911 (Spirit of our First Responders), 1776 (Spirit of the Armed Forces) and 3194 (Spirit of Law Enforcement).

The program will focus on Todd’s travels between Ohio and Florida.

The ARRC last met in February 2020. Meetings were suspended the following month due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The May meeting has been cancelled but the ARRC will hold the annual Dave McKay Day in Berea on May 29. The club also plans to travel to Fostoria on June 27 for the annual longest day outing at the Iron Triangle Rail Park.

ARRC Eyes Resuming Meetings in June

March 23, 2021

The Akron Railroad Club expects to resume meeting in June and will hold its first outing of 2021 over Memorial Day weekend.

The New Horizons Christian Church, where the club has met since January 2007, has resumed holding in-person services but is still working out its policies and procedures for groups to hold meetings using its facilities.

The ARRC last met in February 2020. Meetings have been suspended since then due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Club officers recently met to set the slate of activities for the year.

The first of those will be the annual Dave McKay Day in Berea on May 29.

Historically, McKay Day was held on the first Saturday in April until 2019 when it moved to the first Saturday in May.

Other events this year will include the longest day outing on June 27 in Fostoria at the Iron Triangle railfan park.

The summer picnic has been set for July 18 at Waterworks Park in Cuyahoga Falls and will be a joint event with the Forest City Division of the Railroad Enthusiasts.

The ARRC plans to wrap up its year with the end of year dinner in December at the New Era restaurant in Akron.

The end of year dinner and summer picnic were canceled last year due to the pandemic.

In an unrelated development, the RRE is eyeing May as its first in-person meeting since the pandemic began a year ago.

The RRE last met in March 2020 but has held virtual meetings online in January, February and March.

The group is considering having its April meeting in Berea as part of a day of railfanning there.

ARRC Cancels November Meeting

October 28, 2020

The Akron Railroad Club has canceled its Nov. 27 meeting due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

It marks the ninth monthly meeting the club has canceled this year due to the pandemic.

However, ARRC President Todd Dillon said the End of Year Dinner scheduled for Dec. 5 is still going to be held.

The dinner will be held at the New Era restaurant in Akron. Dillion will present a digital images program titled Off the Beaten Path.

Looking Back on ARRC Meetings of Oct. 23

October 23, 2020

It’s been a tough year for the Akron Railroad Club with the CVOID-19 pandemic having kept it from meeting since February.

Not even during World War II was the forerunner of the ARRC, the Eastern Ohio chapter of the National Railway Historical Society, unable to meet for months at a time.

Had these been normal times, the October meeting would have met tonight.

It would have been only the seventh time the ARRC met on Friday, Oct. 23 since shifting its monthly meetings to Fridays from Thursdays in the early 1980s.

In most years there are four Fridays in October, but this year there are five because the month began on a Thursday.

Those meetings were presided over by four presidents, Craig Sanders, Dave McKay, Marty Surdyk and Paul Woodring at three different venues.

Those included the community room of the First Federal Savings and Loan branch in Fairlawn (1981), the carriage house of the Summit County Historical Society (1987, 1992 and 1998), and the fellowship hall of the New Horizons Christian Church (2009 and 2015).

Each of the six meetings on Oct. 23 featured a different presenter.

In 2015, Todd Dillon presented a digital program titled Spooky Rails to the 33 in attendance.

The program featured Norfolk Southern heritage units, “spooky scenes” at the Northern Ohio Railway Museum, and Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 pulling excursions in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Some images were presented to music.

Todd brought a Halloween cake and candy that we ate so much of it that we skipped going to Eat ‘n Park for the after the meeting social.

In 2009, Don Woods presented a slide show focusing on the 1991 Sacramento Fail Fair at the California Railroad Museum.

Although I was president then, I missed the meeting due to having a flu-like illness.

Instead, Bulletin Editor Marty Surdyk presided, making it the third time he ran a Oct. 23 meeting. Two of those occurred when he was president (1992 and 1987).

Don’s program included images of Southern Pacific Daylight No. 4449 pulling a train of matching passenger cars in the Daylight livery through mountain passes, along rivers and through farmland from Portland, Oregon, to Sacramento, California. The after meeting social was held at Eat ‘n Park.

The meeting also saw future ARRC president Todd Dillon join the club.

The 1998 meeting drew 18 members and two guests to watch a program of slides and video presented by Clint Ensworth.

There were slides of live steam in Great Britain and video of Clint’s own Pittsburgh, Akron & Western railroad, which was dispatched by timetable and train orders.

The after meeting social was held at the Grapevine Café, which was formerly the Egg Castle.

Longtime ARRC members will remember the Egg Castle as the site of many post-meeting social gatherings. The pre-meeting dinner gathering also was held at the Grapevine Café.

In 1992, Dennis Romain presented a program about his western vacations in 1986 and 1991.

In 1987 the 32 attendees saw an hour-long video program presented by Tim Krogg that had music and narration.

The program summarized railroad activities in Cleveland, captured an excursion train bound for the Ohio State Fair in Columbus, had footage of Orrville Railroad Heritage Society trips pulled by NKP 765, and featured Pennsylvania Railroad K-4 No. 1361 pulling excursions in Pennsylvania.

I don’t have a copy of the Bulletin that contained the minutes for the 1981 meeting and then-ARRC president Paul Woodring does not remember who presented the program that night.

But he said he probably discussed the December banquet program, to be given by John B. Corns, who at the time was a company photographer for the Chessie System.

Paul also said he would have appointed a nominations committee to recommend a slate of candidates to become officers for 1982.

The pre-meeting dinner probably was held at the long defunct Huckleberry’s Restaurant on West Market Street. The after-meeting gathering was at Barnhill’s Ice Cream Parlor in the building that now houses the Fairlawn Panera Bread franchise.