Posts Tagged ‘ARRC members night’

ARRC Member’s Night is Saturday

March 20, 2023

The annual Akron Railroad Club member’s night and pizza party will be held Saturday (March 25) at the New Horizons Christian Church. There will be no regular meeting this month.

There will be a $5 cover charge to attendees of the member’s night. The pizza will be served at 6:30 p.m. Doors will open at 5:45 p.m.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their favorite non-alcoholic beverages and snack items to share. The club will supply a limited supply of soft drinks and water.

Member’s night photo presentations should be limited to 10 to 12 minutes. Those showing slides should have them preloaded in slide trays. Digital images should be on a USB device.

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.

ARRC Pizza Party is Tonight

October 23, 2021

The Akron Railroad Club will hold its annual member’s night and pizza party tonight starting at 5:45 p.m.

The event is being held in the fellowship hall of the New Horizons Christian Church at 290 Darrow Road in Akron.

Pizza will be served at 6:30 p.m. with the member’s night programs getting underway at 7 p.m.

There is a $5 cover charge to dray the cost of the pizza and beverages. There will be no business meeting this month.

Those attending are encouraged to bring non alcoholic beverages and snacks to share.

Attendees who plan to show photographs should have their images ready to present on a USB drive. If showing slides, they should be pre-loaded in carousel trays.

Presentations should be limited to 10 to 12 minutes or about 35 to 45 images.

A notice sent to club members via email this week noted that the church requires facial masks to be worn inside the building except when eating food or drinking beverages.

ARRC Member’s Night Set for Oct. 23

October 18, 2021

After an absence of more than a year the Akron Railroad Club will be reviving its annual member’s night event.

It is slated for Saturday Oct. 23 at the club meeting site in the social hall of the New Horizons Christian Church in Akron at 290 Darrow Road.

Members are invited to show slides or digital images. Those presenting are asked to limit their program to 10 to 13 minutes or about 35 to 45 images.

As in the past there will be pizza and snacks to munch on before the programs begin.

There will be a $5 cover charge to cover the cost of the pizzas and some carbonated beverages and water.

Attendees are encouraged to bring non-alcoholic beverages and snacks such as pretzels and chips.

There will be no business meeting during the member’s night event.

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.

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 ( or acting Secretary Dave Kachinko at 440-537-6487 ( 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.

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 Hopes to Be Able to Meet in June

May 17, 2020

The Akron Railroad Club will not meet in May, but still hopes to conduct a meeting on June 26.

The club has not met since February due to social distancing restrictions imposed by the State of Ohio in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19.

The ARRC is awaiting notification by the New Horizons Christian Church as to the availability of the social hall where the club normally meets.

The church is closed during the pandemic and has been conducting its Sunday services online.

If the June meeting is held the program will be a slide show presented by Mike Costil titled Surprise.

It will consist of railroad images made between the late 1950s and early 1970s.

If the June meeting is canceled, the program may be rescheduled in July or August.

ARRC officers remain unsure if the club will be able to meet during the summer.

ARRC Moves Member’s Night Event to October

March 26, 2020

The Akron Railroad Club has moved its annual member’s night pizza party to October.

The event was to have been held this Saturday but was canceled in the wake of orders issued by the State of Ohio prohibiting larger group meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The new date for the member’s night is Oct. 24.

The club still at this time plans to hold its next meeting on April 24.

The program will be a slide show presented by Rick Varga featuring trains of CSX, Amtrak, Pittsburgh & Lake Erie, Conrail, and Chicago & North Western.

The images were created in the 1980s and 1990s.

34 Attend ARRC Member’s Night

April 2, 2018

Paul Woodring grabs a handful of pizza as Tom Goughnour checks out another pie during the Akron Railroad Club’s member’s night event held on March 31.

Thirty-four Akron Railroad Club members and guests munched on pizza and snacks, and watched 13 slide and digital programs last Saturday during the annual member’s night event.

They put away five pizzas from Marcos and two from Hungry Howie’s

The event was held in the social hall at the New Horizon’s Christian Church and attracted a few members who we have not seen in a long while.

ARRC President Craig Sanders led off the presentations with a digital program titled Off the Mainline. It was a tribute to regional and short-line railroads in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Among the roads featured were the Decatur Junction, Vandalia, Eastern Illinois, Indiana Northeastern, Great Lakes Central, Lake States, Adrian & Blissfield, Mid-Michigan Railroad, Elkhart & Western, Cleveland Commercial, Connotton Valley, Ohi-Rail, Ashland Railway, Buffalo Southern, Grand River Railroad, and the Western New York & Pennsylvania among others.

Edward Ribinskas highlighted 40 years of railfanning and photography with a presentation that was heavily focused on steam locomotives. Among the steamers he showed were Norfolk & Western 611 and 1218, Nickel Plate Road 765, Western Maryland 734, Milwaukee Road 261, Southern Pacific 4449, Pere Marquette 1225, Gettysburg 76, and locomotives at Steamtown, Cass, East Broad Top, and the Owosso train festival among others.

Interspersed in Ed’s program were images of Amtrak, the Bessemer & Lake Erie, Denver & Rio Grande Western, and VIA Rail Canada.

Todd Dillon’s program had a strong Norfolk Southern flavor, featuring trains that he has photographed in recent months at such places as Alliance, Leetonia, Altoona, Mingo Junction and various locations in Pennsylvania.

We saw the Meadville Line (former Erie Lackawanna), the GoRail unit, and the Penn Central and Reading heritage locomotives.

Todd also threw in some Amtrak and Bessemer & Lake Erie action.

Bob Rohal introduced his program by saying it was a little of everything. It included CSX, Norfolk Southern, the Akron Barberton Cluster Railway and Ohio Central, all of it in Northeast Ohio.

Bob took us inside LTEX at McDonald, gave us an anatomy of a derailment with photos, and showed images made when he worked at Shelly Materials in Kent.

Blaine Hays has authored books on traction and it was a focal point of his program with vintage and modern images of what today are the rail lines of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority.

He also threw in some photographs of the Erie Lackawanna’s Cleveland-Youngstown commuter train, New York Central passenger trains in the 1960s, and the Conrail executive train.

But Blaine also had some steam locomotives, including former Grand Trunk Western 4070 when it was operating on the Cuyahoga Valley Line, now the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.

He told a story of how in 1969 a touring steam locomotive visited Cleveland Union Terminal.

Blaine asked his supervisor at Higbee’s Department Store if he would use his lunch hour to photograph the locomotive.

The supervisor said no but Blaine got his photographs anyway. Two weeks later he received a letter saying he had been fired by Higbee’s.

Dennis Taksar made a trip to the mid South to photograph the Paducah & Louisville Railroad in Kentucky. During that trip, he also stopped by the former Illinois Central Railroad shops in Paducah, which are still in operation under different ownership.

Dennis also showed us some action on Canadian National in Kentucky and Memphis on the former IC mainline between Chicago and New Orleans.

Among the Memphis attractions that Dennis showed were the “Pink House” in Memphis, which was once the home of Piggly Wiggly grocery store chain founder Clarence Saunders; the Beale Street nightclub b district, and boats on the Mississippi River.

There also was some BNSF action around Memphis and a few short line railroads in Kentucky and Tennessee to. Dennis even worked in the Casey Jones motel in Mississippi.

Tom Fritsch wrapped up the digital presentations by showing a variety of special Amtrak trains that have passed through Northeast Ohio over the years.

This included the publicity special that stopped in Akron in 1990 to promote the reroute of the Broadway Limited via Akron and Youngstown, the X2000 train, a Talgo train, and a turboliner train that ran a charter trip to Cleveland in 1995 from Columbus to coincide with the first playoff game in several years for the for the Cleveland Indians.

Tom also showed a commuter train demonstration project that operated in Cleveland several years ago using an Amtrak F40PH locomotive and Caltrans bi-level commuter cars.

Paul Woodring opened the slide presenters programs by showing a program titled Over, Under, Around and Through.

It was a potpourri of images made over the years in various locations of trains going, as the title suggested, over, under around or through something. That meant a lot of bridges and tunnels.

Among the sites we saw were CSX in Baltimore; a tunnel in Bellows Falls, Vermont; Nickel Plate Road 765 and Pere Marquette 1225; street running Dresden, Ohio; the Greenbrier Limited; the Atlantic City line used by New Jersey Transit and, at one time, Amtrak; Amtrak’s Capitol Limited, and Amtrak trains on the Northeast Corridor.

Paul showed a few images from ARRC longest day outings in Marion and Deshler and one image of a steam locomotive in China.

Bill Kubas took us to Sand Patch where we saw Amtrak’s Capitol Limited and various CSX trains. We also saw fellow ARRC member Don Woods.

Marty Surdyk showed slides from a program he had intended to give last year titled Things I Haven’t Seen for a While. It was a selection of images made at least decade or two ago.

This included Conrail in the Cleveland area, a diesel excursion train from Toledo to Bellevue on the NS Toledo District, a CSX RoadRailer train out of Cincinnati pulled by F units, and the RTA Waterfront line in Cleveland.

Marty said he recently calculated that since he began photographing trains in 1981 he has exposed 925 rolls of slide film making 33,300 slides.

Jim Mastromatteo’s program also had a “what I’ve done lately” theme. He kicked if off with a visit to the Detroit streetcar system known as the QLine.

He then returned to Northeast Ohio to show action on CSX, Norfolk Southern and the Wheeling & Lake Erie, most of it in Akron or Alliance.

Jim’s program wrapped with some NKP 765 action on the CVSR.

Mark Demaline opened his program with slides of airlines that don’t exist anymore. This included Braniff, Wright, and Western Pacific among others.

Many of the planes we saw are no longer in scheduled commercial service in the United States, including the supersonic Concorde.

Mark then switched to railroads, showing us some old Maryland Rail Commuter trains around Point of Rocks, Maryland. Related to that, he showed Chessie System freights passing the landmark Point of Rocks station where the former Baltimore & Ohio split into line going to Washington and Baltimore.

Also in Mark’s program was some action on B&O branch lines in Ohio, including the now abandoned line to Fairport Harbor via Painesville.

David Mangold, as is his “style,” assembled his program during the event. The good news is that none of the images were upside down or sideways. But to Dave’s chagrin he managed to get a couple of images backwards.

The program highlighted places where Dave has worked over the years, including Chicago, Missouri, Illinois, and Ohio.

Most of his Conrail images were made when he was working as a conductor for that carrier.

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.