Posts Tagged ‘Akron Railroad Club meetings’

Florida Railroads Highlight August ARRC Program

August 19, 2018

Akron Railroad Club Vice President Todd Dillion will take those attending the August meeting on a tour of railroads in the Sunshine State.

He’ll show CSX operations at Plant City, Lakeland and Orlando, and even in Folkston, Georgia. Amtrak which uses CSX tracks, will be featured prominently.

We will also visit Conrad Yelvington, a stone industry much like Shelly Materials in Ohio. It has a variety of interesting motive power.

Also shown will be the Orlando & Northwestern a tourist railway based in Tavares, Florida, which has streamlined equipment from the 1950s and recently repainted Clinchfield No. 800.

The newest operation in Florida is Brightline, a passenger operation that is privately financed and now operating between Miami and West Palm Beach.

Brightline has plans to expand to Orlando by 2021 and then Tampa and eventually Jacksonville.

Lastly Todd’s program will take a look at the Florida East Coast Railway, which uses GE engines that run on LNG fuel.

It was a precision scheduled railroad before that term was thought of and implemented by the much larger CSX.

The meeting on Aug. 24 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.

Photographs by Todd Dillion

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50 Years of Steam July ARRC Program Topic

July 23, 2018

It was 50 years ago when Robert Todten of Cleveland began photographing steam locomotives.

The age of steam was long over with and the only  operating steam was in excursion service.

Since then, Bob has traveled widely to capture steam locomotives in Ohio and other states. He’s also captured steam working in China.

He photographed former Grand Trunk Western No. 4070 back in the days before it was owned and operated by the Midwest Railway Preservation Society on the Cuyahoga Valley Line, now the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.

He also photographed steam in the Norfolk Southern steam programs, including Nickel Plate Road No. 765.

Bob will present a slide show of his work at the July 27 Akron Railroad Club meeting.

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.

Rowlands to Present at June ARRC Meeting

June 18, 2018

Rick Rowlands will present the program at the June 22 meeting of the Akron Railroad Club.

Rick is heavily involved with preservation work and that will be the focus of his program.

Besides his own Mahoning Valley Industrial Heritage museum he does a lot of traveling to help move various engines.

Most recently he has been involved in prepping Nickel Plate Road No. 757 for its move to the Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum in Bellevue, from its current home in Pennsylvania.

Rick also hopes to be able to make a big announcement at the June ARRC meeting.

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.

Kachinko to Present May ARRC Program

May 22, 2018

Dave Kachinko will be giving his inaugural Akron Railroad Club program on Friday in two parts.

Part One is titled Escape from Colorado and will contain images from what was supposed to be his last road trip around Colorado in 1986.

The weekend trip found Dave visiting Phippsburg, Leadville, Winterpark and Canon City, Colorado, following the Denver & Rio Grande Western.

Part Two will contain 9 minutes and 23 seconds of video with music and is titled Curriculum Vitae. It contains a plethora of images that Dave has made over the past 47 years that will be presented in chronological order.

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.

April ARRC Program to Appeal to the Narrow (Gauge) Minded

April 24, 2018

The program at the April 27 meeting of the Akron Railroad Club will take us west to the narrow gauge railroads of Colorado and New Mexico.

Dennis Sautters will present a digital program featuring the Durango & Silverton and the Cumbres & Toltec lines.

The 3-foot gauge railroads are known for their spectacular scenery and close to authentic operations

The meeting begins at 8 p.m. with a half-hour business meeting followed by the program at 8:30 p.m. The club meets at the New Horizons Christian Church, 290 Darrow Road, in Akron.

Because of a rummage sale being held at the church this weekend, the meeting will be in Room 106 rather than in the basement social hall.

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 ARRC meetings and events.

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.

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.