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ARRC Picnic is Sunday in Cuyahoga Falls

July 12, 2022

The annual Akron Railroad Club picnic will be held this Sunday (July 17) at Waterworks Park in Cuyahoga Falls at the Little Stone Shelter.

The park is located at 2025 Monroe Falls Avenue and is adjacent to the CSX New Castle Subdivision.

ARRC has reserved the shelter between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. It is located on the west end of the park, close to the dog park, children’s playground, boat launch, and to restrooms with running water.

Hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided by the club and grilled by Marty Surdyk, a.k.a. Chef Marté. He will fire up the grill around noon.

Also being provided will be some beverages and condiments. Members are asked to bring desserts, snacks, beverages, and/or covered dishes. Although there is no refrigeration the pavilion has ample electrical outlets for crock pots or roasters. However, you may need an extension cord.

Trees block the view of the CSX tracks from the pavilion, which is located north of the rails, but two photo locations are within two to three minutes of the park.

They include the Ohio Route 91 crossing to the east, which is especially good for eastbound trains in the morning, and the Bailey Road crossing to the west. The latter offers good morning views of eastbound trains and exceptional images of westbound trains in the mid-afternoon.

The next ARRC meeting will be held July 22 at the New Horizons Christian Church in Akron.

The program will be presented by Blaine Hayes, who will be showing images made during fan trips from the 1970s and 1980s.

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 to Hold July Meeting, Picnic

July 22, 2019

The Akron Railroad Club will hold its next meeting on Friday, July 26 at 8 p.m. at the New Horizons Christian Church at 290 Darrow Road in Akron.

Marty Surdyk will present a slide program that will be divided into two segments.

One segment will be titled I Miss Conrail and feature images made from the late 1980s into the 1990s in various locations on the Conrail network with many of them made in Ohio.

The second segment is titled It Was Memorable and focuses on photograph outings Marty has made over the past three decades, including the first run of a former Pennsylvania Railroad K4 steam locomotive after it was restored to operating condition and an incident in Galion, Ohio, in which two Conrail trains found themselves heading toward each other on the same track.

Marty described the program as “a little bit of everything and not much of anything, but it was memorable.”

It will include railfanning in a variety of weather conditions in numerous locations in the Midwest and Eastern United States. Sometimes it wasn’t the weather that Marty found challenging during those outings.

The ARRC also will be holding its annual summer picnic on Sunday, July 28 at the Kelsey Creek Shelter of Waterworks Park in Cuyahoga Falls.

The park is located next to the New Castle Subdivision of CSX between Bailey Road and Ohio Route 91.

The club will provide hamburgers and hot dogs and a limited number of beverages. Participants are asked to bring a covered dish, side dish and non alcoholic beverages.

The picnic will begin at noon.

Almost Setting a Dubious Record

July 30, 2018

Chef Martè, a.k.a. Marty Surdyk, places the first burger on the grill at the Akron Railroad Club’s 2018 picnic.

It was nearly a record-setting day for the Akron Railroad Club’s annual July picnic on Sunday and that was a good thing and a bad thing.

It was a good thing because the 10 trains we saw kept us from tying a dubious record of least trains seen during an ARRC picnic at Warwick Park in Clinton.

It was a bad thing because it was just one over the record for the lowest train count.

The record for least number of trains seen at Warwick Park during a picnic is nine, posted several years ago on what Bulletin editor Marty Surdyk described as “just one of those days.”

It also was a hot and humid day, Surdyk recalled.

The train count began at 8:45 a.m. when ARRC President Craig Sanders arrived and ended about 8:40 p.m. when he and Surdyk departed for home.

The first train, a westbound auto rack, was logged at 9:08 a.m. and the last one, an eastbound stack train, passing through at 7:52 p.m.

Between those were numerous long lulls, one of which lasted two hours and 22 minutes.

Auto rack traffic dominated the action with five of the 10 trains being predominantly auto racks and one of the two manifest freights that passed through having a cut of auto racks in its consist.

There were two purely intermodal trains, the Q137 and the Q016, but trains Q276, Q292 and Q216 all had blocks of stacked containers.

The pure auto rack trains were the Q299 and Q277. We also spotted manifest freights Q348 and Q369, both of which passed through within 22 minutes of each other.

The detector at Easton to the west counted 690 axles on the Q348. The crew of that train told the IO dispatcher that it would be dropping off its first 49 cars of stone at Ohio Junction and taking the rest of the train to New Castle, Pennsylvania.

Breaking the monotony of stacks and racks was the K182 coke train.

All of the trains featured CSX motive power with the lone except being a Norfolk Southern unit trailing on the Q137.

There have been reports of Southern Belles of Kansas City Southern making regular appearances on New Castle Subdivision trains, most often on the Q292. But there were no Belles for us today.

The local based at Warwick didn’t operate and neither did R.J. Corman. It was from a railroad perspective a rather quiet Sunday.

As for the picnic itself, approximately 30 ARRC members and guests munched on hamburgers and hot dogs along with chips, cookies, pie, brownies, deviled eggs, baked beans and some raw vegetables.

There were a lot of stories told and past good times shared beneath the pavilion of the park.

As always Chef Martè manned the grill and arranged for the burgers, buns, condiments and drinks. Most members had departed by 4 p.m. as things wound down.

The weather was partly sunny, but pleasant. Rain was reported in the Akron area and we saw some dark clouds, but it remained dry in Clinton.

Alethea Rantanes checks out the snacks and desserts during the ARRC picnic on Sunday.

From left to right Bob Farkas, Denny Romain and Bill Kubas sit and wait for the burgers and hot dogs to be grilled during the ARRC picnic, held at Warwick Park.

Tom Ward fills his plate at the buffet tables as Rick Houk (back to camera) dresses his burger.

Todd Dillon (seated) and Paul Woodring review images on Todd’s smart phone during the ARRC picnic.

The engineer of the Q016 gives us a wave as his train passes Warwick Park during the 2018 ARRC picnic. It would be the last train of the day that any ARRC member saw on the day in Clinton.

Last Day for Steam in the Valley 2016

September 25, 2016

Nickel Plate Road No. 767 is smoking it up as it gets underway for the second trip of the day on Saturday, Sept. 24 from Rockside Road. The view is from the East Pleasant Valley Road bridge.

Nickel Plate Road No. 767 is smoking it up as it gets underway for the second trip of the day on Saturday, Sept. 24 from Rockside Road. The view is from the East Pleasant Valley Road bridge.

Nickel Plate Road No. 765, operating as NKP 767 will be back in action today and the Akron Railroad Club is going to have a picnic to celebrate.

Chef Marte (a.k.a. Marty Surdyk) will be serving up hamburgers and hot dogs at the Valley Picnic Area between noon and 3 p.m. It is located south of Peninsula on the west side of Riverview Road along the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad tracks.

NKP 767 will be pulling trips out of Akron departing at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. It will be the last weekend for steam excursions behind the 767 this year on the CVSR.

Photograph by Craig Sanders

Where Did You Say the ARRC Picnic on Sunday is Going to be Held? We’re Glad That You Asked

September 20, 2016

OK, this is going to be embarrassing, but we’ve been giving out inaccurate information about the site of the Sunday, Sept. 25 Akron Railroad Club picnic in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

ARRC logoWe’re having the event to watch Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765, which is operating this month as NKP 767 on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.

The problem is that although we’ve describing the correct location of the picnic site, we’ve been giving out the wrong name.

The name was incorrect on the ARRC blog when the picnic was announced and it is incorrect in the September 2016 issue of the Bulletin that club members will receive in the mail this week.

The Bulletin and the blog have incorrectly identified the site as the Columbia Run picnic area. There is such a place, but it is located north of Boston Mill.

The site where the picnic is actually going to be held is the Valley Picnic Area, which is located along Riverview Road south of Peninsula but north of the diagonal crossing of the CVSR tracks with Riverview.

The name has been corrected in all references to the picnic now on the ARRC blog.

The Valley Picnic area is located on the west side of Riverview Road. There is a sign marking the location.

Picnic hours are still noon to 3 p.m. If you get there around 11:30 a.m., you will be able to see the NKP 767 and its train passing by southbound on the return to Akron Northside station with the morning excursion trip.

The next passage of the NKP 767 will be around 1:40 p.m. when it heads northbound with the afternoon trip that is due out of Akron at 1 p.m. That trip will return southbound shortly after 3:35 p.m.

This picnic will be a shorter and less involved version of the traditional July picnic. We had a surplus of hot dogs and hamburgers left over from that picnic and Marty intends to clear out his freezer by firing up the grill.

The club will furnish buns and condiments, but members are asked to bring snacks, side dishes and desert items.

Be forewarned that parking at the picnic site is limited. If a horde of people show up at once, you might have a tough time finding a place to park your vehicle.

ARRC September Meeting Moved to New Date

September 14, 2016

Due to construction in the parking lot of the New Horizons Christian Church, the September meeting of the Akron Railroad Club has been moved back a week.

The Club will now meet on Friday, Sept. 30 at 8 p.m. at the church.

ARRC logoThe change was made after the church canceled all meetings set to be held there during the week of Sept. 19 due to the parking lot resurfacing and other work.

The program will still be presented by Don Woods. The paper edition of the ARRC Bulletin will be mailed the week of Sept. 18 but the eBulletin will not be distributed until the week of Sept. 26.

Members are also reminded of the picnic, weather permitting, that the ARRC will have at the Columbia Run Picnic area in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park on Sunday, Sept. 25, weather permitting.

The club will furnish hamburgers,  hot dogs and buns along with condiments. Members are encouraged to bring snacks, small side dishes and desert items.

The picnic hours will be noon to 3 p.m. The picnic site is adjacent to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad along Riverview Road south of Peninsula.

Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 will be making its final runs on the CVSR on Sept. 25.

We also need volunteers to staff the ARRC table at the Berea train show on Saturday, Oct. 1. Contact Marty Surdyk at for further information or to volunteer.

ARRC to Have Picnic to Fete NKP 767

September 12, 2016

Nickel Plate Road No. 767, a.k.a. NKP 765, is coming to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad this week for a two week stay and the ARRC will have a picnic as part of the activities.

ARRC logoWeather permitting, the picnic will be held from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25 at the Valley picnic area along Riverview Road south of Peninsula in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. This site is on the west side of the road and north of the diagonal crossing of the CVSR tracks with Riverview Road.

You’ll be able to munch on hot dogs and hamburgers expertly prepared by Chef Marte and watch and photograph the 767 and its train as it passes by on the nearby CVSR tracks.

We had a large inventory of burgers and hot dogs left over from our summer picnic so this a way to do a two-for-one.

The club will furnish buns for the hot dogs and hamburgers, but will not have any other side dishes or snacks. Attendees are encouraged to bring those.

Keep in mind that the hours for this picnic are limited. It is primarily intended to provide lunch or a snack.

This message has been corrected to provide the correct name of the picnic site.

Picnic Ties Record with 21 CSX Trains

July 25, 2016

Marty places the first burger on the grill.

Marty places the first burger on the grill.

Don Woods gets the first two burger with J. Gary Dillon not far behind.

Don Woods gets the first two burger with J. Gary Dillon not far behind.

We stayed dry, but there was heavy rain for a while as a storm passed through Clinton.

We stayed dry under the pavilion, but there was heavy rain for a while as a storm passed through Clinton.

I would have never expected that we would tie the record for most trains seen during an Akron Railroad Club picnic at Warwick Park in Clinton.

But we did indeed do that last Sunday by logging 21 trains. Of course, our record covered a period of time of more than 16 hours and was helped by Rick Houck arriving at the park at 4 a.m. and Club President Craig Sanders and Bulletin Editor Marty Surdyk staying until 8:30 p.m.

Rick saw four trains before the next ARRC member arrived but also had to endure a lull of nearly four hours. No trains passed by Warwick Park between 6:30 a.m. and 10:16 a.m.

But once the drought ended, it was nearly non-stop trains with four westbounds and two eastbounds over the next two hours.

Chef Martè fired up the grill at 12:25 p.m. and was serving the first burger about a half-hour later.

By the time he killed the fire that evening Chef Martè had served 22 ARRC members and guests.

We had just started to eat when a storm swept through. It produced little in the way of thunder and lightning, but it did dump some heavy rain at times.

Sunday was a hot and sticky day so there were times when the wind accompanying the storm felt like air conditioning.

For some picnic attendees, the highlight of the day was catching the Pennsylvania Railroad heritage locomotive leading Norfolk Southern train 12V on the Fort Wayne Line in Massillon.

Four ARRC members caught NS 8102 passing the Pennsy position light signals at CP Mace from the Cherry Road NW bridge.

The mix of CSX traffic was typical of the New Castle Subdivision with nine manifest freights, four auto racks, four intermodal trains, three coal trains and a Herzog ballast train. The traffic direction was 11 westbounds and 10 eastbounds.

Just one of those 21 trains had any foreign power. The lone interloper was a Union Pacific unit on a late-day westbound auto rack train.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

We’re Having a Picnic on Sunday at Warwick Park

July 20, 2016

Akron Railroad Club members Paul Woodring (right) and Bob Rohal load up their plates at a table at the 2014 picnic at Warwick Park.

Akron Railroad Club members Paul Woodring (right) and Bob Rohal load up their plates at a table at the 2014 picnic at Warwick Park.

Burgers, hot dogs and trains are in store for those who venture to Warwick Park in Clinton on July 24 for the annual Akron Railroad Club picnic.

Chef Martè will fire up the grill at high noon and be serving throughout the day.

ARRC logo 2The club will furnish hamburgers, hot dogs, buns and condiments. A limited number of cold beverages will be provided.

Picnic attendees are asked to bring one or more items, which could include covered dishes, veggies, snacks or desserts.

There is no refrigeration available so food items should be capable of being out in the elements for several hours without spoiling.

Those coming to the picnic are also encouraged to bring their own non-alcoholic beverages.

As in the past, the ARRC has reserved the pavilion at Warwick Park, which is located at the end of Chippewa Street just beyond the crossing of the CSX New Castle Subdivision tracks.

The park is adjacent to the tracks so we should see trains passing through during the day.

How many trains that we see will depend on how long you stay and what traffic that CSX runs.

Previous ARRC picnics at Warwick Park have lasted until dusk.