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ARRC Officers Re-Elected for 2018

November 20, 2017

The current slate of Akron Railroad Club officers was re-elected to another term for calendar year 2018. They were elected by unanimous consent at the November meeting held last Friday.

Marty Surdyk is the senior member of the officer corps, having served as an ARRC officer since 1985. Surdyk, the editor of the Bulletin, was president between 1985 and 1992. He has been Bulletin editor since then. He joined the ARRC in April 1984.

Craig Sanders will be serving his 14th year as president. He joined the ARRC in August 2003.

Jim Mastromatteo will begin his third year as secretary and Paul Havasi will begin his second year as treasurer. Todd Dillon will begin his first full year as vice president.


Sanders to Appear at B&N Author Event

November 15, 2017

Akron Railroad Club President Craig Sanders will be participating in a local author exhibition on Saturday at the Barnes & Noble book store in Akron.

Sanders, whose book Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, was recently released by Fonthill Media, will be among 11 authors who will sign their books and discuss their work with B&N customers.

The authors will appear at tables on the upper level of the store located at 4015 Medina Road in the Fairlawn-Montrose area.

The B&N store has set up a Facebook page about the event:

Other authors and their books scheduled to be at the event are: Louise Richards, A Christmas Story a Day; Wes Locher, Unit 44; Anita Fox, Bobby’s Journeys…; Kristen Lepionka, The Last Place You Look; Mike & Janice Olszewski, Cleveland Radio Tales; Dave Bair, The Lasso; Carmen Williams, FitOverIt and That Too; Robert J. Roman, Ohio State Football: The Forgotten Dawn; Brendan Bowers, LeBron James vs The NBA; and Irv Korman, Antuan was Hear.

November ARRC eBulletin Examines 8-Year Life of the Last Amtrak Train to Serve Central Ohio

November 15, 2017

It has been 38 years since an Amtrak train last made a scheduled stop in Columbus or Dayton.

On paper that train, the New York/Washington-Kansas City National Limited should have been a success. It served 10 urban centers, the capitals of five states and crossed four Amtrak routes.

But trains don’t run on paper and the National Limited often led a tortured existence that it was unable to overcome when political pressures arose in the late 1980s to scale back the Amtrak network.

The cover story of the November 2017 eBulletin examines the life of Amtrak Nos. 30 and 31.

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Due to a technical glitch, some regular subscribers to the eBulletin failed to get their October issue. If you have missed an issue in the past two months, please let ARRC President Craig Sanders know via email and your email address will be reinstated to the subscriber list.

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.

Grant Receives R&LHS Research Fellowship

November 8, 2017

Akron Railroad Club member H. Roger Grant has been awarded a $2,500 research fellowship by the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society.

Grant, a history professor at Clemson University, will use his award to research a book-length study of the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad.

The project will explore the long, complicated history of the rail line made famous by the song Rock Island Line by Huddie “Leadbelly” Ledbetter.

Many contemporary railroad enthusiasts know the Rock Island as a bankrupt carrier that was among the few railroads not to join Amtrak in 1971. The Rock operated for nearly 130 before being liquidated.

Grant came to Clemson in 1996 from the University of Akron, where he had been teaching history since 1970. In 2006, Grant was awarded the Kathryn and Calhoun Lemon Professorship by Clemson.

Specializing in U.S. history, especially transportation history and American railroads, Grant has written or edited 33 academic books. His latest book, John W. Barriger III: Railroad Legend, will be published in Spring 2018 by Indiana University Press.

Also awarded a fellowship by R&LHS was Scott E. Randolph of Redlands, California.

Randolph graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in History and went on to receive his master’s from the University of Akron, and a Ph.D. from Purdue University.

He has taught at Purdue, Wyoming, and Armstrong Atlantic State Universities and in 2011 joined the faculty of the University of Redlands.

His areas of research include the culture of capitalism, the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, and transportation history with an emphasis on railways.

He is curator and associate archivist for the Erie Lackawanna Historical Society and editor for the Society for the History of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.

He will use his R&LHS grant to study a mostly forgotten, yet essential example of Progressive-era regulatory law, the 1913 Federal Valuation Act.

It was intended to establish a rational, scientific base-line for railroad rates. The law provided for a physical valuation of the assets of every common carrier railroad in the country.

Neither railroads nor their regulators possessed a systematic understanding of the cost of providing transportation and thus pricing and its regulation were effected largely ad hoc.

In part because of its seemingly irrational basis, rate-making was central to the “Railroad Problem” that permeated political discourse into the 1930s.

Sanders to be at Buckeye Book Fair on Saturday

November 1, 2017

Akron Railroad Club President Craig Sanders will be appearing at the 30th Buckeye Book Fair to be held this Saturday (Nov. 4) at Fisher Auditorium in Wooster, Ohio.

Sanders will be among the 100 authors who will be signing their books and speaking about their work. He will have copies of his most recent book, Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, as well as Akron Railroads (2016), Cleveland Mainline Railroads, Canton Area Railroads, and Akron Railroads (2007)

The event opens at 9:30 a.m. and closes at 4 p.m. Admission is $2.

Four author presentations have been planned for the auditorium. Between 11 a.m. and noon, Jeffrey Ebbeler will conduct a draw-along.

Between noon and 1 p.m., author Mary Kay Carson will discuss her book Mission to Pluto. James Willis will talk about Central Ohio Legends & Lore between 1 and 2 p.m., while Ian Adams will discuss his book Ohio in Photographs between 2 and 3 p.m.

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Sanders to do Book Signing in Westlake

October 27, 2017

Akron Railroad Club President Craig Sanders will be signing his new book Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad on Sunday between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble book store at Crocker Park in Westlake, Ohio.

The book store is located at 198 Crocker Park Boulevard

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad was released earlier this month by Fonthill Media and is being marketed by Arcadia Publishing.

It features 175 photographs of which all but three are in color. Most of the images were contributed by Akron Railroad Club.

The book uses text and photographs to tell the story of the CVSR from its launch in June 1975 as the Cuyahoga Valley Line.

Sanders is also scheduled to do a book signing on Nov. 18 at the Akron Barnes & Noble store between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Sanders’ CVSR Book Released by Fonthill Media

October 26, 2017

A book featuring the history of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad that was written by Akron Railroad Club President Craig Sanders has been released.

Although the book was published by Fonthill Media, it is being marketed by Arcadia Publishing.

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad features 175 photographs of which all but three are in color.

Photographs for the book were contributed by Akron Railroad Club members Peter Bowler, Marty Surdyk, Robert Farkas, Paul Woodring, Mark Demaline, Edward Ribinskas, Jim Mastromatteo and Tom Fritch.

Other photographs were contributed by Jim Semon, Robert Todten and Jerry Jordak.

The book uses text and photographs to tell the story of the CVSR from its launch in June 1975 as the Cuyahoga Valley Line operating with former Grand Trunk Western steam locomotive No. 4070.

Virtually every locomotive used by the railroad during its 42-year history is shown in the book.

There is also a history of the line and an overview of its operations by the Baltimore & Ohio before it was purchased by the National Park Service in 1987.

Program on Southern Railway in the South Will Highlight ARRC End of Year Dinner Program on December 2

October 25, 2017

Southern train No. 159, photographed at Faber, Virginia, in November 1984.

Southern Served the South is the title of a slide program that Akron Railroad Club member Mark Demaline will present at the ARRC’s end of year dinner on Dec. 2.

The event will be held at the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s restaurant at 3732 Darrow Road in Stow.

The program will feature Southern Railway freight, passenger and steam excursion action between the late 1970s and late 1980s from the Washington D.C., area, through Virginia, the Carolinas, Georgia and Northern Florida.

The end of year dinner is limited to 32 attendees due to the small size of the meeting room in which it is held.

Tickets to the event are free and may be obtained by contacting Marty Surdyk at

The tickets will also be available for distribution at the Nov. 17 ARRC meeting.

The end of year dinner will begin with a cocktail hour at 5:30 p.m. and we’ll be ordering from the menu at about 6 p.m.

Payment for drinks and meals is individual settlement.

In the October 2017 ARRC eBulletin

October 24, 2017

The October 2017 issue of the Akron Railroad Club eBulletin is now out and the cover story features a look at the New Castle Subdivision of CSX.

Akron’s mainline railroad features a moderate level of traffic and can be notorious for being feast or famine, and sometimes both, for those who venture trackside to observe and photograph its operations.

Originally the primary route to Chicago of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, the New Castle Sub today is part of a Chicago-Middle Atlantic route for CSX.

The eBulletin also has railroad industry news and the thoughts of editor Craig Sanders about what he learned as the author of eight books on railroad history.

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