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Slide Show to Highlight ARRC Meeting

September 23, 2021

A good old fashioned slide show is in store for the September meeting of the Akron Railroad Club on Friday.

Rick Varga will present Kodachrome slides made during the 1980s and 1990s. The program will include images of the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie, Conrail and CSX.

Varga, who recently retired after a career as an operating employee of Norfolk Southern, plans to emphasize in his program how CSX has changed over the years.

The club will meet on Friday (Sept. 24) at 8 p.m. at the New Horizons Christian Church, 290 Darrow Road, in Akron.

The meeting will begin with a short business meeting followed by the program at approximately 8:30 p.m.

Following the meeting, some members gather at the Denny’s restaurant on Main Street in Cuyahoga Falls for a late dinner, dessert or an early breakfast.

Next month the ARRC plans to hold its annual member’s night. It is set for Oct. 23, which is a Saturday.

Members who plan to show slides or digital images during member’s night or who simply plan to attend and watch the shows will be asked to indicate their interest on a signup sheet at the September meeting.

The ARRC officers said this would give the club an idea of how many pizzas to order for the event.

As in past years, member’s night attendees will pay a $5 cover charge to cover the cost of the pizzas and some carbonated beverages and water.

Attendees of the member’s night event are encouraged to bring non-alcoholic beverages and snacks such as pretzels and chips.

The officers said those planning to show slides or digital images should limit their program to 10 to 12 minutes, showing 35 to 45 images.

There will be no business meeting during the member’s night event. Those who are unable to sign up at the September meeting are asked to contact Vice President Bill Kubas at 330-928-7025 (bkuboose@gmail.com) or acting Secretary Dave Kachinko at 440-537-6487 (dkachinko@aol.com) to indicate they are coming.

Doors will open on member’s night at 5:45 p.m. with pizza being served at 6:30 p.m. Presentations are expected to begin about 7 p.m.

Preview of Tonight’s Program

June 25, 2021

The Akron Railroad Club will meet tonight at 8 p.m. in the fellowship hall of the New Horizons Christian Church.

It will be the club’s first in-person meeting in more than a year.

President Todd Dillon will present a digital program of images made during his travels in the past year between Ohio and Florida.

Here is a preview of Todd’s program. The top image shows Tampa streetcars at Ibor City, Florida, the middle image is a U.S. Sugar cane train at Clewiston, Florida, and the bottom image is CSX 1776 at Waycross, Georgia.

Photographs by Todd Dillon

ARRC Sets June Meeting, Longest Day Outing in Fostoria

June 21, 2021

The Akron Railroad Club will meet this Friday at 8 p.m. at the New Horizons Christian Church in Akron.

It will be the club’s first monthly meeting since February 2020.

Club President Todd Dillion will present a digital program titled Off the Beaten Path: Railfanning in the Era of COVID.

It will feature images of U.S. Sugar railroad operations in Florida, Tampa Bay trolleys and CSX tribute locomotives 911 (Spirit of our First Responders), 1776 (Spirit of the Armed Forces) and 3194 (Spirit of Law Enforcement).

The program will focus on Todd’s travels between Ohio and Florida.

The club will be having its annual longest day event on June 27 at the Iron Triangle RailPark in Fostoria.

Club members and their guests will spend the day watching and photographing trains on CSX and Norfolk Southern mainlines that pass through Fostoria.

The park is located within the “iron triangle” of the three rail lines.

As always, the event begins when the first member arrives and ends when the last one leaves.

ARRC Gets Approval to Resume Meetings

June 4, 2021

The Akron Railroad Club has received a high green to hold its monthly meetings.

Officials at the New Horizons Christian Church in Akron, where the club has been meeting since 2006, on Friday notified ARRC President Todd Dillon that the club could resume meeting in the church’s fellowship hall.

The next meeting is scheduled for June 25 at 8 p.m. with a digital program to be presented by Dillon titled Off the Beaten Path: Railfanning in the Era of COVID.

It will feature images of U.S. Sugar railroad operations in Florida, Tampa Bay trolleys and CSX tribute locomotives 911 (Spirit of our First Responders), 1776 (Spirit of the Armed Forces) and 3194 (Spirit of Law Enforcement).

The program will focus on Todd’s travels between Ohio and Florida.

Meeting attendees will not be required to wear a facial mask at the meeting, but should use good judgment and follow recommendations of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The ARRC last met in February 2020. Meetings were suspended the following month due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Future meetings have been set for July 23, Aug. 27 and Sept. 24, but no programs have been announced yet for those meetings.

ARRC Eyes Resuming Meetings in June

March 23, 2021

The Akron Railroad Club expects to resume meeting in June and will hold its first outing of 2021 over Memorial Day weekend.

The New Horizons Christian Church, where the club has met since January 2007, has resumed holding in-person services but is still working out its policies and procedures for groups to hold meetings using its facilities.

The ARRC last met in February 2020. Meetings have been suspended since then due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Club officers recently met to set the slate of activities for the year.

The first of those will be the annual Dave McKay Day in Berea on May 29.

Historically, McKay Day was held on the first Saturday in April until 2019 when it moved to the first Saturday in May.

Other events this year will include the longest day outing on June 27 in Fostoria at the Iron Triangle railfan park.

The summer picnic has been set for July 18 at Waterworks Park in Cuyahoga Falls and will be a joint event with the Forest City Division of the Railroad Enthusiasts.

The ARRC plans to wrap up its year with the end of year dinner in December at the New Era restaurant in Akron.

The end of year dinner and summer picnic were canceled last year due to the pandemic.

In an unrelated development, the RRE is eyeing May as its first in-person meeting since the pandemic began a year ago.

The RRE last met in March 2020 but has held virtual meetings online in January, February and March.

The group is considering having its April meeting in Berea as part of a day of railfanning there.

ARRC Cancels January, February Meetings

January 3, 2021

Thus far 2021 is looking a lot thus far like 2020 for the Akron Railroad Club.

President Todd Dillon said today that the January and February 2021 meetings have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If the club is able to meet in March it will have been more than a full calendar year since it last met.

The club last met in February 2020. Since then its only events have been a longest day outing to Alliance and the Dave McKay Day outing in Brerea.

ARRC Cancels November Meeting

October 28, 2020

The Akron Railroad Club has canceled its Nov. 27 meeting due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

It marks the ninth monthly meeting the club has canceled this year due to the pandemic.

However, ARRC President Todd Dillon said the End of Year Dinner scheduled for Dec. 5 is still going to be held.

The dinner will be held at the New Era restaurant in Akron. Dillion will present a digital images program titled Off the Beaten Path.

Looking Back on ARRC Meetings of Oct. 23

October 23, 2020

It’s been a tough year for the Akron Railroad Club with the CVOID-19 pandemic having kept it from meeting since February.

Not even during World War II was the forerunner of the ARRC, the Eastern Ohio chapter of the National Railway Historical Society, unable to meet for months at a time.

Had these been normal times, the October meeting would have met tonight.

It would have been only the seventh time the ARRC met on Friday, Oct. 23 since shifting its monthly meetings to Fridays from Thursdays in the early 1980s.

In most years there are four Fridays in October, but this year there are five because the month began on a Thursday.

Those meetings were presided over by four presidents, Craig Sanders, Dave McKay, Marty Surdyk and Paul Woodring at three different venues.

Those included the community room of the First Federal Savings and Loan branch in Fairlawn (1981), the carriage house of the Summit County Historical Society (1987, 1992 and 1998), and the fellowship hall of the New Horizons Christian Church (2009 and 2015).

Each of the six meetings on Oct. 23 featured a different presenter.

In 2015, Todd Dillon presented a digital program titled Spooky Rails to the 33 in attendance.

The program featured Norfolk Southern heritage units, “spooky scenes” at the Northern Ohio Railway Museum, and Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 pulling excursions in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Some images were presented to music.

Todd brought a Halloween cake and candy that we ate so much of it that we skipped going to Eat ‘n Park for the after the meeting social.

In 2009, Don Woods presented a slide show focusing on the 1991 Sacramento Fail Fair at the California Railroad Museum.

Although I was president then, I missed the meeting due to having a flu-like illness.

Instead, Bulletin Editor Marty Surdyk presided, making it the third time he ran a Oct. 23 meeting. Two of those occurred when he was president (1992 and 1987).

Don’s program included images of Southern Pacific Daylight No. 4449 pulling a train of matching passenger cars in the Daylight livery through mountain passes, along rivers and through farmland from Portland, Oregon, to Sacramento, California. The after meeting social was held at Eat ‘n Park.

The meeting also saw future ARRC president Todd Dillon join the club.

The 1998 meeting drew 18 members and two guests to watch a program of slides and video presented by Clint Ensworth.

There were slides of live steam in Great Britain and video of Clint’s own Pittsburgh, Akron & Western railroad, which was dispatched by timetable and train orders.

The after meeting social was held at the Grapevine Café, which was formerly the Egg Castle.

Longtime ARRC members will remember the Egg Castle as the site of many post-meeting social gatherings. The pre-meeting dinner gathering also was held at the Grapevine Café.

In 1992, Dennis Romain presented a program about his western vacations in 1986 and 1991.

In 1987 the 32 attendees saw an hour-long video program presented by Tim Krogg that had music and narration.

The program summarized railroad activities in Cleveland, captured an excursion train bound for the Ohio State Fair in Columbus, had footage of Orrville Railroad Heritage Society trips pulled by NKP 765, and featured Pennsylvania Railroad K-4 No. 1361 pulling excursions in Pennsylvania.

I don’t have a copy of the Bulletin that contained the minutes for the 1981 meeting and then-ARRC president Paul Woodring does not remember who presented the program that night.

But he said he probably discussed the December banquet program, to be given by John B. Corns, who at the time was a company photographer for the Chessie System.

Paul also said he would have appointed a nominations committee to recommend a slate of candidates to become officers for 1982.

The pre-meeting dinner probably was held at the long defunct Huckleberry’s Restaurant on West Market Street. The after-meeting gathering was at Barnhill’s Ice Cream Parlor in the building that now houses the Fairlawn Panera Bread franchise.

ARRC Cancels September, October Meetings

September 8, 2020

The Akron Railroad Club has canceled its September and October meetings due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Sept. 25 meeting was to have featured a slide show presented by Don Woods.

The Oct. 24 meeting was to have been the club’s annual member’s night with a theme of “off the beaten path.”

Members were to show photographs while eating pizza and other snacks. That event originally had been scheduled to be held in March but was postponed due to the onset of the pandemic.

The ARRC has not met since February although it has held railfan outings in Alliance and Berea.

ARRC President Todd Dillon said the Nov. 27 meeting with a program to be presented by Chris Lantz is still on.

Likewise the club is still planning to hold its annual end of year dinner at the New Era restaurant in Akron on Dec. 5.

However, Dillon said both events are subject to being canceled depending on the state of the pandemic at that time.

ARRC Cancels July, August Meetings

July 8, 2020

The Akron Railroad Club has canceled its July and August meetings.

The cancellations were prompted after the New Horizons Christian Church, where the club meets, decided to remain closed until mid September.

Programs for both monthly meetings had yet to be announced. The ARRC last held a monthly meeting in February.

ARRC also plans to hold a second Dave McKay Day outing in Berea on Aug. 1.

The original McKay Day had been set for the first Saturday in May, but it was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, an unofficial McKay Day gathering was held that day.

The fate of the annual ARRC July picnic has yet to be decided. Officers are expected to make a decision later this week on whether to hold the picnic.

Traditionally, the picnic has been held on the Sunday following the July meeting.