Posts Tagged ‘ARRC 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.

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Its Pizza Party Time for the ARRC

March 28, 2018

The annual Akron Railroad Club member’s night event will be held this Saturday (March 31), which means we’re throwing a pizza party and inviting members to show us some of their railroad photographs.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. at the club meeting site at the New Horizons Christian Church in Akron.

Pizza will be delivered at about 6 p.m. and the slide shows will start at approximately 6:30 p.m.

It will be an open projector format with presenters signing up to show 36 to 50 images with any railroad-related content. In short, pick your own theme.

The club’s slide projector and digital projector will both be available. Digital presenters should bring their images on a USB device.

A slide stacker will be available for the convenience of those showing slides or you can bring them in your own carousel slide tray.

There will be a $6 cover charge to cover the costs of the pizza, snacks and beverages. The pizza this year will be ordered from two establishments, Marcos and Hungry Howie’s.

Members are encouraged to bring snacks and drinks to share.

There will not be a business meeting this month. Club matters will be addressed at the April ARRC meeting.

Surdyk to Present February ARRC Program

February 19, 2018

Marty Surdyk will present a slide program titled The Power of Four at the Feb. 23 Akron Railroad Club.

He said one impetus of the program was how often he hears railfans complain that railfanning in the 21st century is boring because the trains “all look alike with six axle wide cab locomotives on every train.”

It wasn’t too many years ago when four axle locomotives ruled the rails. Some four axle motive power plies the rails today, but their numbers are dwindling. Marty’s program will feature a collection of images that won’t leave you feeling “six.”

He dipped into his slide collection to find four-axle units working in locations from Colorado to Toronto and points in-between, including Cleveland, Akron, Youngstown, Bellevue and other familiar locations.

Most of the images to be shown were made in the 1980s and 1990s.

Marty will show units of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, Norfolk Southern, early CSX, Conrail, Denver & Rio Grande Western, Grand Trunk Western, Amtrak, Tioga Central, Canadian National, Metra, Toronto GO Transit, VIA Rail Canada and the Santa Fe, among others.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.