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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 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 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.

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.