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May ARRC Program to Highlight CSX Locomotives

May 22, 2017

The program at the Akron Railroad Club meeting on May 26 will be a slide show by Jim Mastromatteo focusing on CSX locomotives of the early 1990s.

At the time, CSX was less than a decade removed from the merger of the Chessie System and Seaboard Systems and a lot of “heritage” motive power was still moving around the systems.

CSX also had some liveries in that era that have fallen by the wayside. Remember the “gray ghosts?”

The meeting will begin with a short business meeting 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.

Montana, Steam Focus of April ARRC Program

April 24, 2017

The program at the Akron Railroad Club meeting on April 28 will be a digital presentation by Edward Ribinskas that will feature railroading in Montana and steam locomotives in Pennsylvania.

In July 2016, Ed and his wife, Ursula, celebrated their 25th anniversary by taking Amtrak’s Empire Builder to Glacier National Park, where they stayed at the Izaak Walton Inn.

While there Ed captured BNSF freight operations as well as Amtrak trains against the backdrop of mountains and glaciers.

He and Ursula had made virtually the same trip in 1991 shortly after their wedding.

This segment of the program will also feature a few views made from the train en route.

Rounding out the program will be views of steam locomotives in action on the Everett Railroad and Reading Blue Mountain & Northern. Ed photographed those locomotive during a September 2016 journey to Pennsylvania.

The meeting will begin at 8 p.m. with a half-hour business meeting followed by the program at approximately 8:45 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.

Sanders to Present Program on Railroads of Michigan at ARRC Meeting on March 24

March 20, 2017

The program at the Akron Railroad Club meeting on March 24 will be a digital presentation by club President Craig Sanders titled The Railroads of Bluewater Michigan.

Known to many Ohioans as “that state up north,” Michigan is more than a yearly football game between two college rivals.

Bounded by four of the five Great Lakes, Michigan has abundant natural beauty, which Craig will touch upon during his program.

As for railroad operations, Michigan is home to a lot of railroads, although most of them have light to moderate traffic density.

Craig’s program will examine Amtrak operations, the hot spot of Durand, some ships and boats, steam locomotive excursions and more.

The program will include a visit to the Little River Railroad, the home of the nation’s smallest standard gauge Pacific steam locomotive. You’ll also catch a few glimpses of the 2009 steam festival held in Owosso and see Pere Marquette No. 1225 in action.

Rounding out the program will be views of some Michigan short lines and mainline action on Norfolk Southern, CSX and Canadian National.

The meeting will begin at 8 p.m. with a half-hour business meeting followed by the program at approximately 8:45 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.

We’re Having a Pizza Party on Feb. 25

February 20, 2017

The Akron Railroad Club’s February meeting will be the annual member’s night and pizza party. It will be held on Saturday, Feb. 25 in the social hall of the New Horizons Christian Church.

ARRC logoThere will be a $5 cover charge and doors will open at 5:30 p.m. The pizza will be furnished by Marcos with serving to begin at 6 p.m.

Sometime after 6:30 p.m. we’ll start the member presentations. There is no theme other than it should be railroad related.

We will have the club’s equipment to present slides, digital images or video. All of the club’s audio visual equipment will be available for use as needed.

We chose February for the member’s night because of a schedule conflict at the church for Feb. 24, the normal night of our February meeting.

The church wasn’t available that night because of a large youth group program. We could have Feb. 17, but the social hall wasn’t available on that date because it would be set up for a spaghetti supper the next day. We could meet that night but in a Sunday School room that could get crowded.

The third option was Saturday night on Feb. 25, which the officers elected to make the annual member’s night.

Mangold to Present at January ARRC Meeting

January 23, 2017

David Mangold will present a digital program at the January Akron Railroad Club meeting based on the theme The Past, Present and Future of Railroading.

ARRC logoThere will be images of railroad technology, Amtrak, Great Northern, the Milwaukee Road, modern day short lines, BNSF and Union Pacific.

The Jan. 27 meeting will begin at 8 p.m. with a half-hour business meeting followed by the program at approximately 8:45 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.

November ARRC Meeting to Feature CVSR

November 14, 2016

Since it began operations as the Cuyahoga Valley Line in June 1975 with steam locomotive 4070, the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad has had a wide array of equipment.

ARRC logoKnown for its fleet of Alco locomotives, the CVSR has used numerous loaner or short-term units that ran for a brief time before vanishing.

At the November Akron Railroad Club meeting, Marty Surdyk and Craig Sanders will present a tag team program that will focus on the history on the CVSR fleet, seeking to show not just its mainstay motive power but some of the odd ball equipment that has graced the railroad over the years.

Marty began photographing the CVSR in 1983 when the 4070 was still pulling the trains and will show slides from his collection through 1997. Craig will pick up from there and illustrate the railroad through a presentation of digital images.

The meeting will begin at 8 p.m. with a half-hour business meeting followed by the program at approximately 8:45 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 October ARRC Meeting

October 24, 2016

The October meeting of the Akron Railroad Club will be held this Friday (Oct. 28).

ARRC logo 2Todd Dillon will present a digital program that will be similar to the presentation he gave at the October 2015 ARRC meeting.

The meeting will begin at 8 p.m. with a half-hour business meeting followed by the program at approximately 8:45 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 to Present at Friday’s ARRC Meeting

September 27, 2016

Don Woods will present a slide show at the September meeting of the Akron Railroad Club that will take members to the mountains of West Virginia, Virginia and Pennsylvania.

ARRC logo 2The program will feature images that Don made during his annual autumn visit to Sand Patch on CSX and the Pocahontas District of Norfolk Southern.

Don and his fellow ARRC member and traveling companion Dave Shepherd have been traveling to this region of the country for many years.

Most of the program will show images that Don made in 2015.

Among the images that we can expect to see are N&W steam locomotive No. 611 pulling excursions in and around Roanoke, Virginia.

The meeting will begin at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30 with a half-hour business meeting followed by the program at approximately 8:45 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.

Woodring to Show ‘Best of Rest’ at ARRC Meeting

August 22, 2016

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Paul Woodring will present a slide show titled “The Best of the Rest” at the August Akron Railroad Club meeting.

The program will feature a range of geographic locations and railroad operations across time.

Paul plans to draw from his collection of images made in Northern Ohio (mostly from the 1980s), Amtrak and CSX in the East, a trip to China that he made in 1987, trips to Canada in the early 1980’s, scenes from a few NRHS conventions in the 1990s, and a trip to Colorado in 2009

He said that each image will stand on its own as a good image and he’ll present some stories to go with many of the photographs.

“So [it] probably won’t be one of my bigger shows in terms of total number of images,” he said.

As a preview of his program, Paul sent along one of his favorite images from the Cedar Point & Lake Erie Railroad that was made around 1980-1981 of Mogul No. 3, Albert, which has long since been retired to display on the Frontier Trail.

It is shown waiting to depart the main station in better days, pulling one of the original trains, which has since been sold to Santa Claus Land in Indiana.

In the background is the former Frontier Lift sky ride, which was removed over 20 years ago.

The meeting will begin at 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 26 with a half-hour business meeting followed by the program at approximately 8:45 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.

July ARRC Meeting to Feature Silent Auction of the Book Collection of the Late William Surdyk

July 27, 2016

The July 29 Akron Railroad meeting will feature a silent auction of the book collection of the late William J. Surdyk.

There will be 232 books available upon which club members and guests can place bids.

ARRC logo 2The bidding will begin at 7 p.m. and continue until the business meeting begins at 8 p.m. when the bidding will recess for the meeting and program. Bidding will resume at the conclusion of the program, which is being presented by Todd Vander Sluis.

A time limit will be set at that point for the bidding to end and winning bidders to be cashed out.

Terms are cash or check. No credit cards are accepted. Bids must be placed in even dollars and the minimum bid of most books will be $1.

Those books that have considerable value in the collector’s market will have higher minimum bids. Those minimum bids will be shown on the bidding sheet for that book.

Come early and bring some extra cash to the July ARRC meeting because you just might find something that you can’t go home without.