Posts Tagged ‘Forest City Division of the Railroad Enthusiasts’

At Least the Picnic Stayed Dry

September 13, 2022

The annual picnic of the Forest City Division of the Railroad Enthusiasts was held on Sunday Aug. 21 at Colony Park in Hudson.

While it rained most places that day, the rains avoided Hudson. A local resident said that there is a city ordinance that prohibits rain on Sundays. I’m skeptical of that, but it could be true. It rained all the way to Hudson and stopped at the Hudson city line. On the way home, the rains started as soon as I got out of town.

For the eight hours I was at Colony Park no rain fell.

I was the first to arrive at 11:52 a.m. The picnic area was in good order and I began to set up. A westbound Norfolk Southern coal train passed as I entered town. I didn’t see the head end, just the last 20 or so cars.

As more members arrived, NS began to get busy. It seems earlier in the day train 15N had air problems on the single lining between CP Max and CP Drawbridge. NS was reworking the ballast on the No. 2 main. Trains were backed up on either side of town.

The train everyone, especially Jerry Jordak, wanted to see was one of the mail trains that had the Penn Centless heritage unit up front.

The Penn Central H unit passed by eastbound in the early afternoon.

After the early afternoon flurry of action things quieted down. A severe thunderstorm warning broke up the festivities around 6:45 p.m.

We packed up and most everyone left. A few diehards stayed a little longer to see one additional train. An eastbound tanker train was being led by an NS, Canadian National and former CitiRail combo. It passed about 7:45 p.m.

By the time I walked from the bridge to my car it was 7:52 p.m. Exactly eight hours from the time I got there.

Eighteen attended and, again, no rain fell.

Article by Marty Surdyk

Woods to Present Slides at Friday RRE Meeting

September 13, 2022

Don Woods will present a slide show at the September meeting of the Forest City Division of the Railroad Enthusiasts.

The meeting will begin at 8:15 p.m. on Friday at the Church of the Redeemer located at 23500 Ridge Road in Westlake.

The church is located a short distance east of Clague Road. Attendees should enter the church via the driveway on the east side of the building and proceed to a lighted parking lot. They should use the wide sidewalk to enter the building.

RRE Picnic to be Held Sunday in Hudson

August 15, 2022

The annual summer picnic of the Forest City Division of the Railroad Enthusiasts will held Sunday (Aug. 21) in Colony Park in Hudson.

The park is located next to the Cleveland Line of Norfolk Southern and a train watching and photography can be done from a pedestrian footbridge over the tracks.

The picnic will get underway at noon and run through dusk or the last person leaves. The club will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, buns and condiments. Attendees are asked to bring non-perishable side dishes and their own beverages. The picnic will conducted in the park’s pavilion.

RRE will not be holding a regular meeting this month. The next meeting will be Sept. 16 at the Church of the Redeemer in Westlake with the program to be announced. Election of officers for 2023 will also be conducted at the September meeting.

Wheeling Bookends to Bellevue Day

July 10, 2022

What does he mean by Bookends? Has he gone mad?

Actually, I thought it summed up quite well the annual Bellevue day of the Forest City Division of the Railroad Enthusiasts.

The first train of the day as sighted by member Steve LaConte at 7:35 a.m. was led by Wheeling & Lake Erie No.  7001 heading eastbound out of town toward Norwalk.

The last train sighted by member Marty Surdyk at 8:39 p.m. was W&LE 7016 and 7008 on an empty stone train heading to Parkertown.

In between W&LE trains, attendees saw 25 NS trains that featured locomotives of six of the seven Class 1 railroads (No CSX).

Yes, there was a lot of black, but the horse did provide one heritage unit and one special paint job during the day.

The Central of Georgia H unit was seen twice, coming into town on Homestead (Toledo) to Bellevue turn B45 at 11:39 a.m. on the lead and leaving town on the same train at 3:42 p.m. trailing.

The 18M, which comes off the Toledo District and goes south on the Sandusky District, had NS 4003 trailing, which is one of the gray and black DC to AC conversion units. It went past after a crew change at Klines at 10:48 a.m.

Foreign power leaders included Union Pacific No. 3045 leading 194 south on the Sandusky District at 4:36 p.m. and a pair of BNSFs on 195 heading into the yard at 6:25 p.m.

We also had a CN leader on ethanol train 6W4, which headed into town from Sandusky and left heading south toward Marion.

Three trains had distributed power. A double coal train running as 746 had two NS units up front, three in the middle and two more on the rear. It’s strange to see coal going south at Bellevue, after seeing coal going exclusively north for so many years.

Train 178 off the Sandusky District had three up front and three more in the middle, while its counterpart 179 had two up front and one in the middle.

For fans of smaller trains, the NS local that serves a customer west of the yard on the Toledo District went past at 4:56 p.m. with NS 3320 and one covered hopper. They came back at 7:03 p.m. with one covered hopper in tow.

I counted 12 attendees who came and went during the day. Steve LaConte and Bruce Gage were

the early birds, while yours truly kept watch until about 8:45 p.m.

Article by Marty Surdyk

RRE to See Shaker Rapids PCC Cars

July 10, 2022

The Forest City Division of the Railroad Enthusiasts will meet on Friday in Westlake.

The meeting will begin at approximately 8:15 p.m. at the Church of the Redeemer at 23500 Center Ridge Road.

The program will be given by Bram Bailey and show vintage images of Shaker Heights Rapid PCC transit cars.

The club also has announced plans for its annual summer picnic to be held on  Aug. 21 at Colony Park in Hudson.

The picnic area of the park is adjacent to the Cleveland Line of Norfolk Southern and a pedestrian overpass over the tracks is a short walk away.

NS trains in both directions can easily be photographed from that overpass.

RRE to Railfan in Bellevue on Saturday

June 13, 2022

The Forest City Division of the Railroad Enthusiasts will be holding an outing in Bellevue this month in place of its regular meeting.

The outing will be held at the Kemper Railfan Pavilion on Saturday and has no set time to begin or end.

As in the past, the event is considered to have begun when the first person arrives and ends when the last person leaves.

The pavilion is located between the NS Toledo and Sandusky district tracks and sees most of the Norfolk Southern and Wheeling & Lake Erie trains that operate in Bellevue.

The next meeting of the FCD-RRE will be July 15 with a program by Bram Bailey.

The club is undecided as to whether to hold a regular meeting in August or to instead conduct a picnic.

RRE to Meet Friday in Westlake

May 15, 2022

The Forest City Division of the Railroad Enthusiasts will meet on Friday (May 20) in Westlake.

The program will be presented by Michael Lytle and is titled The Moving Bridges in the Flats of Cleveland.

The meeting will begin at approximately 8:15 p.m. The meeting site is the Church of the Redeemer located at 23500 Center Ridge Road, a short distance east of Clague Road.

Attendees should use the sidewalk to enter the building from the parking lot behind the church.

Todten to Present at RRE Meeting on Friday

April 12, 2022

Bob Todten will present the program at the April 15 meeting of the Forest City Division of the Railroad Enthusiasts.

He will show a selection of images of locomotives built by Montreal Locomotive Works and Bombardier of Canada.

The meeting begins at approximately 8:15 p.m. on Friday at the Church of the Redeemer, 23500 Center Ridge Road in Westlake.

The club’s next meeting will be May 20. A program for that meeting has yet to be determined.

RRE also announced that by vote of the members at the March meeting the meeting date has been changed to the third Friday of the month.

There will be no meeting in June as the club plans to hold its annual outing to Bellevue.

RRE Sets Double Head Program for March 18

March 17, 2022

The program at the March 18 meeting of the Forest City Division of the Railroad Enthusiasts will be a double header.

Dennis Nehrenz will present photographs of the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie while Mark Demaline will show images of the Erie Lackawanna.

The meeting will begin at approximately 8:15 p.m. at the Church of the Redeemer, 23500 Center Ridge Road, in Westlake.

It will be the club’s first meeting at this site, which is located a short distance east of Clague Road.

RRE Finds New Meeting Location

March 4, 2022

The Forest City Division of the Railroad Enthusiasts in Cleveland has found a new meeting site.

Starting March 18, the club will meet at the Church of the Redeemer, 23500 Center Ridge Road, in Westlake.

The church is located just east of Clague Road on the north side of the street and is near the previous meeting site in a former police union hall.

The latter building has since been sold and the new owner is removing the meeting rooms as part of a renovation to transform the building into a printing business.

Still be decided is which Friday of the month the club will meet although the March meeting will be conducted on the third Friday.

The church had told the RRE it can meet on any Friday of the month but switching to the third Friday might enable the club to draw individuals who belong to model railroad clubs that meet on the second Friday of the month, which also traditionally has been the RRE’s meeting night.

A program has yet to be lined up for the RRE’s March meeting.