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Durfee Used as Source in Airship Story

June 29, 2018

Wingfoot Three rolls out of the hangar at Wingfoot Lake for the first time.

Akron Railroad Club member Roger Durfee was quoted this week in a news story in the Akron Beacon Journal about the first flight of Wingfoot Three.

Durfee was at Goodyear’s Wingfoot Lake base when the semi-rigid air ship lifted off for the first time at 8:55 a.m. last Monday.

He was quoted in the story as saying that seeing the first flight was pretty cool.

Durfee told reporter Jim Mackinnon that his interest in air ships goes back to when his parents would take him to watch blimps and then go get ice cream.

Durfee is a member of the Northeast Ohio Blimp Spotters and has photographed the Goodyear airships multiple times over the years, sometimes even working a train into the image.

The story was picked up by various newspapers in Ohio, including The Plain Dealer and Columbus Dispatch.

Wingfoot Three will a familiar sight in the skies of Northeast Ohio because it will be based at the Goodyear facility in Suffield Township in Portage County.

It is the last of three New Technology that German manufacturer Zeppelin built for Goodyear.

Wingfoot One is based in Florida whereas Wingfoot Two is based in California.

An Autumn Outing to Wingfoot Lake

February 2, 2017

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Like many accomplished railroad photographers, Roger Durfee likes to point his camera at more than just trains. He also has photograph interests in people, blimps, musicians and landscapes.

Last fall his made a visit to Wingfood Lake State Park, which overlooks the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company airship base.

He was drawn there to photograph Wingfoot Two, the current blimp based in Akron. But while there he also recorded other sights, including the autumn foliage some folks who caught a big fish.

Photographs by Roger Durfee

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Getting Reacquainted With the Railroads of Akron on a Gorgeous Autumn Sunday Railfan Outing

November 27, 2016
A Wheeling & Lake Erie stone train takes head room on the trestle spanning the valley of the Ohio & Erie Canal.

A Wheeling & Lake Erie stone train takes head room on the trestle spanning the valley of the Ohio & Erie Canal.

Good things happen when you go out on an autumn railfan outing with Roger Durfee.

I met up with my fellow Akron Railroad Club member in early November on a Sunday morning for some autumn railfanning around Akron.

We’ve done this in the past and I’ve come back with some very good autumn foliage images of trains images, some of the best I’ve made.

We had a plan of sorts that we didn’t quite wind up fully implementing because events kept interfering.

We didn’t know when we set out that morning that we’d have the opportunity to photograph three Wheeling & Lake Erie trains.

I’ve long said that I usually wind up getting the W&LE when I’m out looking for something else and that is what happened on this day.

Aside from capturing the W&LE, we also inspected the current state of affairs at Voris Street, found that the Amtrak station in Amtrak hasn’t changed much since the rail passenger carrier left Akron more than a decade ago, and took the time to visit the former AC&Y Building in downtown Akron.

We also stopped by Northside Station on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad to photograph a departing National Park Scenic train and visited Wingfoot Lake State Park to catch the arrival of Wingfoot Two on a flight from Columbus where it had helped TV cover the Ohio State-Nebraska football game on a Saturday night.

As mentioned in another post, we also visited Akron Junction to check out how things have changed there with CSX removing most of the tracks on the Valley Line level.

En route to Akron Junction we stopped so I could photograph the former Erie bridge over North Forge Street. The names of the cities that the Erie served have faded away, but the Erie herald is still prominent.

Did I mention that we caught CSX intermodal train Q137 at Market Street?

All in all, it was, as Roger remarked as it was winding down, a well-rounded day.

Here is a selection of photographs showing what we landed.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

The first stop on our Sunday outing was the Gorge Metropark to photograph the remains of the bridge that once carried the Northern Ohio Traction & Light Company interurban cars across the Cuyahoga River.

The first stop on our Sunday outing was the Gorge Metropark to photograph the remains of the bridge that once carried the Northern Ohio Traction & Light Company interurban cars across the Cuyahoga River.

The CVSR National Park Scenic departs Akron station, which has been decorated for the Polar Express trains.

The CVSR National Park Scenic departs Akron station, which has been decorated for the Polar Express trains.

Here comes the Q137 past the site of the second Akron Union Depot. That is Perkins Street in the background.

Here comes the Q137 past the site of the second Akron Union Depot. That is Perkins Street in the background.

Shadows from a billboard creep over the lead unit of westbound Q137 as it approaches Market Street.

Shadows from a billboard creep over the lead unit of westbound Q137 as it approaches Market Street.

The last railroad to use this bridge was Conrail, but the Erie heritage is still quite visible.

The last railroad to use this bridge was Conrail, but the Erie heritage is still quite visible.

There are fewer tracks at Akron Junction now, but the coaling tower still stands.

There are fewer tracks at Akron Junction now, but the coaling tower still stands.

Moving out onto the trestle built decades ago by the Akron, Canton & Youngstown.

Moving out onto the trestle built decades ago by the Akron, Canton & Youngstown.

Contrary to appearances, this W&LE stone train is making a backup move on the CSX New Castle Sub.

Contrary to appearances, this W&LE stone train is making a backup move on the CSX New Castle Sub.

Catching this ABC transfer job approaching Voris Street was an unexpected bonus.

Catching this ABC transfer job approaching Voris Street was an unexpected bonus.

Crossing Voris Street, which is, tehnically, closed to vehicle traffic.

Crossing Voris Street, which is, tehnically, closed to vehicle traffic.

It took longer than we expected, but the ABC transfer job finally showed up in southeast Akron near Goodyear Boulevard.

It took longer than we expected, but the ABC transfer job finally showed up in southeast Akron near Goodyear Boulevard.

Another view of the ABC job as it returns to Brittain Yard.

Another view of the ABC job as it returns to Brittain Yard.

We waited until early afternoon to photograph at Rock Cut Siding the stone train we had seen earlier in the day.

We waited until early afternoon to photograph at Rock Cut Siding the stone train we had seen earlier in the day.

Here comes the third W&LE train of the day, but contrary to a post on Facebook it did not have a pair of "tiger stripes" for motive power.

Here comes the third W&LE train of the day, but contrary to a post on Facebook it did not have a pair of “tiger stripes” for motive power.

Cruising along the hedges along North Street near East High School.

Cruising along the hedges along North Street near East High School.

Wingfoot Two touches down at its base near Suffield across Wingfoot Lake as seen from Wingfoot Lake State Park.

Wingfoot Two touches down at its base near Suffield across Wingfoot Lake as seen from Wingfoot Lake State Park.

 

Above Akron on a ‘Manned Drone’ Flight

July 12, 2016
Looking westward while flying over Brittain Yard. That is Interstate 76 to the left snaking into town.

Looking westward while flying over Brittain Yard. That is Interstate 76 to the left snaking into town.

On July 2 I took a “manned drone” flight in a 1943 vintage Stearman biplane.

The main objective was to get photos of the airships in town, specifically Wingfoot One at the Suffield base and the MetLife Snoopy Two blimp moored at Akron-Fulton Airport and in for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament at Firestone Country Club in Akron.

I did manage a quick flyover of the Wheeling & Lake Erie’s former Akron, Canton & Youngstown yard that’s near the Akron Railroad Club meeting location. I’ve included two views of the rail yard in this report.

I got lucky with Wingfoot One lifting off after we had made a couple circles around the Wingfoot Lake hanger. In the air dock photo, note the small MetLife ship out where the giant rigid airships Akron and Macon once moored.

We flew right over the MetLife blimp on our takeoff.

The last photo is my ride that morning. It was a great way to fly.

Article and Photographs by Roger Durfee

Zooming in on the locomotive service facility at W&LE's Brittain Yard.

Zooming in on the locomotive service facility at W&LE’s Brittain Yard.

Spotting the Met Life blimp while taking off from Akron Fulton Airport.

Spotting the Met Life blimp while taking off from Akron-Fulton Airport.

The iconic air dock at Akron Fulton AIrport.

The iconic air dock at Akron-Fulton Airport.

Circling around the Goodyear hangar at Suffield.

Circling around the Goodyear hangar at Wingfoot Lake.

Wingfoot One takes flight.

Wingfoot One takes flight over Wingfoot Lake.

My ride for the day.

My ride for the day.

Recent Sights In NS Rockport Yard

March 26, 2016

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Roger Durfee has been busy recording some odds and ends that he spotted in Rockport Yard in Cleveland.

In the top photograph is Horizon Rail SD9 No. 343, a former Nickel Plate Road unit delivered in 1957. Note the electronic bell in the old real bell mount. The unit was headed for the West Third Street roundhouse.

Cuyahoga Valley SW1200 No. 1281 was brought up from the CWRO, destination unknown.

SPSX No. 14797 is shown with some Erie Lackawanna lettering that was reapplied a few years ago.

And then there is this from March 12 out at Wingfoot Lake with Goodyear’s newest airship being brought out for the first time.

The Wheeling & Lake Erie sent a train north on the Cleveland Subdivision, allowing this combo shot of two of my favorite transportation subjects.

Photographs by Roger Durfee

More Akron Airship Weekend Action

August 6, 2013
W&LE No. 6315 (ex-Wisconsin Central) glides over Wingfoot Lake as the “Spirit of Goodyear” prepares for takeoff over at the hanger.

W&LE No. 6315 (ex-Wisconsin Central) glides over Wingfoot Lake as the “Spirit of Goodyear” prepares for takeoff over at the hanger.

It was a lighter than air weekend around Akron this past weekend. I managed to catch two blimp/train photos. While out photographing the Met Life and Budweiser airships on Saturday, I also kept tabs on railroad activity.

The scanner came to life with the DS in Brewster giving a Wheeling & Lake Erie southbound railroad from ACY Junction in Mogadore to Canton Junction in Canton.

I broke away from the two blimps and headed for Wingfoot Lake. I had seen the Goodyear airship N3A Spirit of Goodyear out the day before, so I was hoping it would be on the outside mast and in view of the passing train.

Track work on the Cleveland Subdivision has upped speeds on the line, but I made it with a few minutes to spare.

Sure enough the Goodyear ship was out so I set up for the train on the causeway with the blimp in the background. It wasn’t the best lighting conditions, but it was a rather rare opportunity to catch the two modes of transportation together. After the train photo I made a quick visit over at the hanger to watch the ship take off.

Article and Photographs by Roger Durfee

The moment of separation at the nose cone.

The moment of separation at the nose cone.

 Up up and away!

Up up and away!