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Coal Trains Featured at June 24 ARRC Meeting

June 20, 2022

The Akron Railroad Club will see a program on western coal trains at its June 24 meeting.

Mark Demaline of Westlake will show photographs he made during a 1995 trip to the Powder River Basin of Wyoming.

It was a time, he said, when coal was still king and the railroads serving the region were still expanding lines and operations in anticipation of a bright future. “Just about everyone thought the boom would last for generations into the future,” Demaline said.

The program will show trains of Union Pacific, Burlington Northern, and Chicago & North Western. It also will show some of the mines that they served.

The meeting will begin at 8 p.m. in the social hall of the New Horizons Christian Church, 290 Darrow Road, in Akron.

After the business meeting the program will get underway at approximately 8:30 p.m.

ARRC Longest Day Outing to be in Ravenna

June 20, 2022

The Akron Railroad Club’s annual longest day outing will be held this year in Ravenna.

The outing on Sunday, June 26 will feature trains on the Cleveland Line of Norfolk Southern and the New Castle Subdivision of CSX. The NS tracks cross over CSX in Ravenna on a bridge.

Attendees will observe the action at Diamond Street, Lake Street and other points nearby.

Some members plan to have breakfast that morning at Megan’s Family Restaurant at 266 W. Main St. in Ravenna.

The Ravenna outing is a first for the ARRC. Previous longest day outings have been held in Alliance, Bellevue, Marion, Fostoria and Deshler.

ARRC May Program Features Michigan Railroads

May 23, 2022

The Akron Railroad Club will kick off the Memorial Day weekend with a program on Michigan railroads at its May meeting on Friday.

Brian Szemon will present digital images of Michigan railroads spanning an area south of Interstate 96 from Grand Rapids to Detroit.

This will include trains traveling lines formerly operated by the Chesapeake & Ohio (former Pere Marquette), and Canadian National (former Grand Trunk Western’s Flint Subdivision. Also shown will be operations on the Great Lakes Central.

Brian is an Andover resident who has been railfanning since childhood and recalls trips to Conneaut during his younger years.

The meeting will begin at 8 p.m. in the social hall of the New Horizons Christian Church, 290 Darrow Road, in Akron.

After the business meeting the program will get underway at approximately 8:30 p.m.

Bowler to Present at April ARRC Meeting

April 18, 2022

Peter Bowler will present a three-part program at the April 25 meeting of the Akron Railroad .

He will open with digital images made on the 35 miles of the east end of the BNSF Seligman Subdivision between Flagstaff and Canyon Diablo.

The second and third parts will focus on Chinese railroad operations. This will include some low- light images of Chinese standard gauge steam from Sandaoling and video of the scenic Jiayang narrow gauge and Sandaoling standard gauge railroads.

The club meeting will begin at 8 p.m. in the social hall of the New Horizons Christian Church, 290 Darrow Road, in Akron.

After the business meeting the program will get underway at approximately 8:30 p.m.

ARRC’s Annual Pizza Party is Saturday

March 21, 2022

The Akron Railroad Club will hold its annual member’s night and pizza party on Saturday (March 26) in the social hall of the New Horizons Christian Church, 290 Darrow Road, in Akron.

Doors will open at 5:45 p.m. and pizza will be served starting at 6:30 p.m. Presentations will get underway at approximately 7 p.m.

There will be no business meeting this month. Attendees will be asked to pay a $5 cover charge to defray the cost of the pizza.

Attendees are also encouraged to bring their favorite non-alcoholic beverages and pretzels or potato chips. A limited supply of soft drinks and water will be provided.

Those presenting are asked to limit their presentations to 35 to 45 images or about a 10 to 12 minute presentation.

Digital images should be contained on a USB device while slides should be contained in a Kodak carousel tray.

Presenters should RSVP to indicate they are presenting by contacting David Kachinko at 440-537-6487, or dkachinko@aol.com; or Bill Kubus at 330-858-2685 or bkuboose@gmail.com.

ARRC Program to Feature Amtrak Tribute

February 21, 2022

Ron McElrath will pay tribute to 50 years of Amtrak operations during the February Akron Railroad Club meeting.

The club will meet at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26 at the New Horizons Christian Church, 290 Darrow Road, in Akron.

The video program titled Amtrak at 50 will present in chronological order a timeline of events from Amtrak’s inception to the near present.

Ron will also feature footage made aboard Amtrak trains from the 1970s to the 2000s emphasizing system improvements across all regions of the United States and especially in Ohio. There will be interviews of various Amtrak officials included in the program.

Club members are also reminded that 2022 dues are due and can be paid at the February meeting. Dues are $16 per for the calendar year.

Mangold to Present January ARRC Program

January 24, 2022

David Mangold will present a program focused largely on the Rocky Mountaineer’s operations in Colorado as part of the January Akron Railroad Club meeting.

The club will meet at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28 at the New Horizons Christian Church, 290 Darrow Road, in Akron.

Mangold worked as a locomotive engineer last year on the Rocky Mountaineer, which operated west from Denver through the Rocky Mountains on tracks also used by Amtrak’s California Zephyr.

He will share his experiences of being a crew member as well as provide some history of the service, describe the scenery along the train’s route, and give details about the equipment used.

Also during his program, Mangold will show images of tourist railroad operations in Colorado’s Royal Gorge Canyon, and discuss Union Pacific and BNSF freight train operations in the region.

The program will follow the ARRC’s monthly business meeting. After the program, some members are expected to have a post-meeting social hour at the Applebee’s Grill + Bar on Howe Avenue in Cuyahoga Falls.

In other ARRC news, club members during the November 2021 meeting re-elected four of the five incumbent officers including Todd Dillon, president; Bill Kubas, vice president; Paul Havasi, treasurer; and Ronald McElrath, newsletter editor.

David Kachinko was elected secretary. He had been serving as acting secretary for much of 2021 in place of Jim Mastrommateo, who later died on Nov. 14 after a long illness.

It was the first election of officers since 2019. The ARRC did not meet for most of 2020 and much of the first half of 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Club members are also reminded that 2022 dues are due and can be paid at the January meeting. Dues are $16 per for the calendar year.

ARRC Sets Early 2022 Program Slate

January 6, 2022

The Akron Railroad Club has announced its program slate for the first three months of 2022.

The Jan. 28 meeting will feature a program by David Mangold, a long-time railroader and ARRC member who recently worked as a locomotive engineer on the Rocky Mountaineer in Colorado.

Mangold also has worked for Amtrak, Conrail, Norfolk Southern and Canadian National among other companies.

The Feb. 25 meeting will feature video from Ron McElrath reviewing Amtrak operations over the past 50 years.

McElrath operates a video company known as Revelation Video and has released a two-hour program titled Amtrak 50.

He was to have presented his program at the November ARRC meeting but that fell through due to a schedule conflict.

In March, the ARRC will hold its annual member’s night and pizza party on Saturday, March 26. The event is normally held in March but moved to October in 2021 due to meeting cancellations prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

All meetings are held at the New Horizons Christian Church in Akron at 290 Darrow Road.

The January and February meetings will begin at 8 p.m. while the March meeting will start at 5:30 p.m.

There will be a $5 cover charge for the member’s night event to defray the cost of pizzas and beverages.

Mastromatteo Service Set for Dec. 21

December 12, 2021

A memorial service for James John “Jim” Mastromatteo will be held Dec. 21 at 1 p.m. at Spring Grove Cemetery Chapel, 785 E. Washington St., in Medina.

Mr. Mastromatteo, a long-time Akron Railroad Club member and former club secretary, died Nov. 14 of heart failure.

He was born May 25, 1961, in Ravenna, the son of Frank and Norma (nee Presley) Mastromatteo.

Mr. Mastromatteo is survived by a half-brother, half-brother, John (Patricia) Firby of Diamond, Ohio; and two nieces and nephews, Heather (Jim) Young of Lake Milton, Edward (Chrissy) Firby of Lordstown; and Scott David Firby of Southern Pines, North Carolina.

Arrangements are being handled by Newcomer Funeral Home of Akron.

ARRC End of Year Dinner is Saturday

November 29, 2021

The Akron Railroad Club will hold its final event of 2021 on Saturday when it conducts the annual end of year dinner.

The event will be held at the New Era restaurant at 10 Massillon Road on the east side of Akron.

It will begin with a cocktail hour starting at 5 p.m. with dinner orders being taken between 5:45 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Attendees will order from the restaurant’s menu and are responsible for paying for all food and beverages that they consume and a gratuity for the server. The ARRC is not collecting any money for the event.

The restaurant’s menu can be viewed at www.thenerarestaurant.com

The program will be digital images presented by Jerry Jordak of Macedonia. His program is titled A Railfan’s Life: My Life Trackside Behind the Camera.

Jerry has traveled extensively over the years, particularly in North East Ohio and the Eastern United States.

Many of the images he is likely to present were made during an annual trip he makes with two friends in the fall in connection with attending the Penn Central Historical Society convention.

Known as the “bogus adventure,” the trio explores the railroads in the region where the convention is being held.

Jerry has presented to the ARRC in the past, including a program at the December 2010 banquet focusing on his travels to document railroads that run parallel to or intersect U.S. Route 66 between Chicago and Los Angeles.

He also has presented at Summerail and his photographs have appeared in various railfan magazines and books.

Due to limited seating in the banquet room of the New Era restaurant, the end of year dinner will be limited to 40 attendees.

Reservations can be made by contacting Bill Kubas (330-928-7025 or bkuboose@gmail.com) or David Kachinko (440-537-6487 or dkachinko@aol.com)