Posts Tagged ‘Akron Railroad Club meetings’

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.

Sanders to Present Program on Railroads of Michigan at ARRC Meeting on March 24

March 20, 2017

The program at the Akron Railroad Club meeting on March 24 will be a digital presentation by club President Craig Sanders titled The Railroads of Bluewater Michigan.

Known to many Ohioans as “that state up north,” Michigan is more than a yearly football game between two college rivals.

Bounded by four of the five Great Lakes, Michigan has abundant natural beauty, which Craig will touch upon during his program.

As for railroad operations, Michigan is home to a lot of railroads, although most of them have light to moderate traffic density.

Craig’s program will examine Amtrak operations, the hot spot of Durand, some ships and boats, steam locomotive excursions and more.

The program will include a visit to the Little River Railroad, the home of the nation’s smallest standard gauge Pacific steam locomotive. You’ll also catch a few glimpses of the 2009 steam festival held in Owosso and see Pere Marquette No. 1225 in action.

Rounding out the program will be views of some Michigan short lines and mainline action on Norfolk Southern, CSX and Canadian National.

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.

Mangold to Present at January ARRC Meeting

January 23, 2017

David Mangold will present a digital program at the January Akron Railroad Club meeting based on the theme The Past, Present and Future of Railroading.

ARRC logoThere will be images of railroad technology, Amtrak, Great Northern, the Milwaukee Road, modern day short lines, BNSF and Union Pacific.

The Jan. 27 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.

November ARRC Meeting to Feature CVSR

November 14, 2016

Since it began operations as the Cuyahoga Valley Line in June 1975 with steam locomotive 4070, the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad has had a wide array of equipment.

ARRC logoKnown for its fleet of Alco locomotives, the CVSR has used numerous loaner or short-term units that ran for a brief time before vanishing.

At the November Akron Railroad Club meeting, Marty Surdyk and Craig Sanders will present a tag team program that will focus on the history on the CVSR fleet, seeking to show not just its mainstay motive power but some of the odd ball equipment that has graced the railroad over the years.

Marty began photographing the CVSR in 1983 when the 4070 was still pulling the trains and will show slides from his collection through 1997. Craig will pick up from there and illustrate the railroad through a presentation of digital images.

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.

Dillon to Present at October ARRC Meeting

October 24, 2016

The October meeting of the Akron Railroad Club will be held this Friday (Oct. 28).

ARRC logo 2Todd Dillon will present a digital program that will be similar to the presentation he gave at the October 2015 ARRC meeting.

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.

Woods to Present at Friday’s ARRC Meeting

September 27, 2016

Don Woods will present a slide show at the September meeting of the Akron Railroad Club that will take members to the mountains of West Virginia, Virginia and Pennsylvania.

ARRC logo 2The program will feature images that Don made during his annual autumn visit to Sand Patch on CSX and the Pocahontas District of Norfolk Southern.

Don and his fellow ARRC member and traveling companion Dave Shepherd have been traveling to this region of the country for many years.

Most of the program will show images that Don made in 2015.

Among the images that we can expect to see are N&W steam locomotive No. 611 pulling excursions in and around Roanoke, Virginia.

The meeting will begin at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30 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.

ARRC September Meeting Moved to New Date

September 14, 2016

Due to construction in the parking lot of the New Horizons Christian Church, the September meeting of the Akron Railroad Club has been moved back a week.

The Club will now meet on Friday, Sept. 30 at 8 p.m. at the church.

ARRC logoThe change was made after the church canceled all meetings set to be held there during the week of Sept. 19 due to the parking lot resurfacing and other work.

The program will still be presented by Don Woods. The paper edition of the ARRC Bulletin will be mailed the week of Sept. 18 but the eBulletin will not be distributed until the week of Sept. 26.

Members are also reminded of the picnic, weather permitting, that the ARRC will have at the Columbia Run Picnic area in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park on Sunday, Sept. 25, weather permitting.

The club will furnish hamburgers,  hot dogs and buns along with condiments. Members are encouraged to bring snacks, small side dishes and desert items.

The picnic hours will be noon to 3 p.m. The picnic site is adjacent to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad along Riverview Road south of Peninsula.

Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 will be making its final runs on the CVSR on Sept. 25.

We also need volunteers to staff the ARRC table at the Berea train show on Saturday, Oct. 1. Contact Marty Surdyk at surdkym@aol.com for further information or to volunteer.

June ARRC Program to Feature Video of GTW 4070, Ohio Central Steam Trips, Local Rail Views

June 20, 2016

Robert Farkas began photographing railroad operations in the 1960s and regular readers of the Akron Railroad Club blog have no doubt enjoyed seeing his images and reading his stories about his work.

ARRC logo 2Farkas, a long-time ARRC member, is also a videographer and he will show some of his video when he presents the program at the June 24 ARRC meeting.

His program is titled, Here, There, and Who Knows Where? It will be an hour long presentation on DVD of some of his best footage.

Included will be operations of former Grand Trunk Western steam locomotive No. 4070 on the Cuyahoga Valley Line – now known as the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad — and an Ohio Central fan trip with a dead battery DVD.

What’s that? You’ll have to come to the program to find out.

Bob also said he will show video of local railroad operations and, perhaps, give us a surprise or two.

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, Akron.

Following the meeting, some members gather at 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 Focus on Amtrak History

April 17, 2016

Amtrak will celebrate its 45th anniversary on May 1 and Akron Railroad Club President Craig Sanders will make that the focus of his program at the April 22 ARRC meeting.

Sanders, who rode his first Amtrak train in November 1972, will tell stories of his experiences with Amtrak as a passenger, photographer and historian.

ARRC logoHis presentation will show how Amtrak has changed over the years, particularly in terms of equipment and operations.

Sanders will draw upon his extensive collection of photographs, timetables and other Amtrak materials in presenting a digital program.

Over the years, Sanders has traveled on virtually every Amtrak route and ridden a few last runs.

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, Akron.

Following the meeting, some members gather at 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.