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ARRC Picnic Will be July 30 at Warwick Park

July 26, 2017

The Akron Railroad Club will again visit Warwick Park in Clinton for its annual picnic, which this year is Sunday July 30.

The club will provide hamburgers and hot dogs and the popular condiments. Members are asked to bring their own beverages, snacks, beans, and desserts.

Just remember, we will be outdoors without any refrigeration, so plan your dishes accordingly.

Manning the grill as always will be Master Grill Chef Martè.

In addition to the food and fellowship, we will be right next to the CSX New Castle Subdivision.

They may cooperate and run some trains. Our record for rail traffic at a picnic in Warwick is 21 moves. Our lowest total is nine.

The picnic will be held rain or shine. We do have cover, although in a heavy downpour with a lot of wind, there may not be enough cover.

Come for an hour, come for the day; just make sure you come to Warwick Park for the ARRC picnic.

In the July ARRC eBulletin

July 26, 2017

The July 2017 eBulletin visits the Northern Ohio Railway Museum. Last month NORM sold tickets to ride one of its trolley cars for the first time. It culminated a multi-year effort to create a demonstration track, which now extends 1,000 feet with plans to eventually extend it three miles.

Akron Railroad Club President Craig Sanders visited NORM earlier this month to check out the new operation.

Also in this month’s eBulletin is the latest railroad news and details about the upcoming ARRC picnic to be held July 30 at Warwick Park in Clinton.

To receive a copy or subscribe to the eBulletin, sent an email message to csanders429@aol.com. Individual copies or a subscription are free.

A reminder that this month’s ARRC meeting is Friday, July 28. The program will be presented by Ron McElrath and provide video of railroad operations in Cuba.

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.

Sanders Photograph Published in NRHS News

July 5, 2017

A photograph made by Akron Railroad Club President Craig Sanders and posted earlier on the ARRC blog has been published on Page 1 of the July issue of the National Railroad Historical Society newsletter.

The photograph was made in May in Peninsula and showed a long line of bicyclists waiting to board a Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad train.

The NRHS publishes a handful of paper newsletters during the year in black and white that it mails to its members. During most months, the newsletter is created in color and posted online and sent by email to NRHS members.

The July issue of the NRHS News also has a short article written by Sanders about the CVSR Bike Aboard! program.

Last Hour Trains

June 29, 2017

The last train of the day during the 2017 Akron Railroad Club’s longest day outing passes Wheeling Tower as it rumbles in off the Fostoria District.

We would not get shut out during the last hour of the ARRC longest day outing. This train from the Fostoria District made sure of it.

The Akron Railroad Club longest day outing to Bellevue was winding down. It was the last hour of the day and the crowd of about a dozen people had dwindled to just five of which four would have dinner at the Bob Evans restaurant in Norwalk once the train watching was done.

The last hour of a railfanning expedition has a distinctively different feel than the first hour.

When the day begins, you’re filled with optimism. Anything can happen. Who knows what we will see today?

By the last hour that optimism has given way to a hard-edged realism. Unless it has been one of those rare days where everything you touch has turned to gold, the realization has set in that those sighting you had thought possible at the start of the day are not going to materialize.

The best images of the day — whatever they might have been — have probably been made and now the best you can hope for is one last surprise or at least one last good photo before calling it quits.

We ended the day having not seen any NS heritage units. There had been a Wheeling & Lake Erie sighting and I was pleased with what I was able to get during an afternoon foray south of town on the NS Sandusky District.

We had decided to stick it out until 7 p.m. and then move on to Norwalk and dinner. Truth be told I would have been OK with going to dinner an hour earlier had that been the majority view.

Everything seemed quiet in Bellevue and there was no guarantee we would be seeing any trains.

But within that last hour a couple of manifest freights came in from the Fostoria District, so the longest day outing had a good outcome and we were able to make a last round of photographs.

ARRC Longest Day is Sunday in Bellevue

June 21, 2017

The Akron Railroad Club will use the Kemper Railfan Park in Bellevue for its base of operations for the 2017 longest day outing.

Although it has been less than two years since the Akron Railroad Club held an outing in Bellevue, the club’s last longest day outing there occurred on June 27, 2010.

The outing was memorable for being cut short in late afternoon by a major thunderstorm.

We retreated to the Bob Evans restaurant in Norwalk for dinner and were greeted with a rainbow upon leaving. By then the storm had moved on.

Much has changed since the last ARRC longest day in Bellevue. The NS motive power fleet has grown more colorful with the addition of 20 heritage locomotives paying tribute to NS predecessor railroad.

The Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum has added a railfan park on Monroe Street inside the NS mini plant, and the yard has been enlarged and named after former NS President and CEO Charles “Wick” Moorman.

With any luck we will be able to bag an NS heritage locomotive and maybe a train or two on the Wheeling & Lake Erie, which also comes into Bellevue.

Foreign power from Union Pacific, BNSF and Canadian National makes regular appearances in Bellevue.

It’s a given that there will be a lot of trains throughout the day. But we won’t be seeing the RoadRailer trains that we saw in 2010 and high-hood diesels, once a common sight in Bellevue, are pretty much gone.

Also gone are the Nickel Plate Road-style block signals on the Fostoria District, the Pennsylvania Railroad position light signals on the Sandusky District and the searchlight signals on the Toledo District. They’ve all been replaced by Safetrans signals.

The traffic mix will be mostly merchandise freight and auto rack trains. Some intermodal trains run on the Sandusky District, many of which take a connection between the Sandusky and Fostoria districts near Slaughterhouse Road on the south side of town.

As with other ARRC longest day events, it begins when the first person arrives and ends when the last person leaves.

The Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum will be open between noon and 4 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors (age 60 and older) and $5 for children (ages 5 to 12).

A portion of the museum’s collection, though, can be seen for free. This includes some locomotives and rolling stock.

Those still around at the end of the day will likely gather somewhere for dinner before heading home.

Maybe it will be the Bob Evans in Norwalk or somewhere else. It remains to be seen.

The focal point of the day will be the Kemper Railfan Park. It features a pavilion with tables and is strategically located to see most rail traffic in and out of Bellevue.

Parking along Monroe Street at the park is limited, so you might have to park across the tracks in a large gravel lot.

Also be advised that there are no restroom facilities at the railfan park.

As for food, there is a pizza shop (Pizza House West) within walking distance that is said by some railfans to be good. Subway has a shop at 301 East Main Street and there are a variety of restaurants in town including the standard fast food joints of McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Pizza Hut, East of Chicago Pizza, Marco’s Pizza, Burger King and Taco Bell.

Local establishments include Bone Boy’s BBQ The Smokehouse, Pizza Wheel, Twin Lakes Restaurant, Jenny’s Amsden House Restaurant, Happy Garden, Fontana’s Italian Eatery, Casa Mexicana, Little Italy Pizza, and Long Way Home Family Restaurant.

June eBulletin Features Bellevue

June 20, 2017

With the Akron Railroad Club poised to visit Bellevue this month for its annual longest day outing, the cover feature in the June issue of the ARRC eBulletin focuses on the hear of Norfolk Southern in Ohio.

Once a junction of four railroads, Bellevue has lost one of those railroad lines and is now dominated by one company. But it is one of those railroad towns that has seen its importance grow rather than diminish over the years.

To obtain a copy of the June 2017 issue of the eBulletin or to subscribe, send an email message to ARRC President Craig Sanders at csanders429@aol.com

Single issues and a subscription are free.

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.

Forgotten Photograph, Not Forgotten Man

May 27, 2017

I ran across this photograph recently while clearing out an electronic file folder on my computer.

The image was made in August 2014 in Amherst during a picnic of the Forest City Division of the Railroad Enthusiasts, a Cleveland-based group.

You probably recognize the man making a photo as the late Tim Krogg, who served as secretary of the ARRC between 1989 and his death in March 2015.

This westbound Norfolk Southern train was among the last that he photographed. I don’t know how active Tim was in photographing while trackside, but I get the impression he didn’t make photographs very often.

Maybe this is the last train he photographed. It is likely the last image made of him photographing a train.

We’ve never had a practice in the ARRC of paying tribute to our deceased members aside from the annual Dave McKay Day outing in Berea in April.

Memorial Day is approaching and it’s a time to remember those who have gone before us.