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Best of the Rest (From the Picnic)

September 21, 2017

To borrow a line used by Paul Woodring to title a couple of his programs at Akron Railroad Club meetings, here are the best of the rest of the photographs that I made during the ARRC picnic this past Sunday.

I ended up spending all day at the picnic site, which is located along Riverview Road south of Peninsula in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

I didn’t do any chasing of the Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765. Sometimes, it’s nice to let the steam locomotive come to you. And it did, four times.

The regular National Park Scenic train of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad also passed by three times. So I photographed it, too.

So here are the best of the rest of my images from last Sunday.

FPA-4 No. 6771 wears its snazzy livery and pulled the Scenic northward during the weekend.

The first of two southbound passages of the Scenic past the Valley Picnic Area in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

The second of two southbound runs of the Scenic.

The Scenic heads north for the final time of the day. About 20 minutes later the steam train would come charging north behind it.

Passengers in the Saint Lucie Sound look us over as their train rolls northbound in the afternoon. NKP 765 was trailing at this point, not pulling the train.



Wonderful Day for a Picnic and Steam

September 18, 2017

The photo line is out as Nickel Plate Road No. 765 passes the Valley Picnic Area en route back to Akron with the first excursion of the day.

It was a perfect day for a picnic. Under sunny skies with temperatures in the upper 70s, 17 Akron Railroad Club members and guests descended on the Valley Picnic Area in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park to watch Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 pass by four times as it carried excursionists out of Akron on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.

The Berkshire locomotive built in Lima, Ohio, performed flawlessly and cameras were out to record its passage.

At least one ARRC member, Vice President Emeritus J. Gary Dillon, was aboard the train, riding in car 165 on the afternoon trip with his niece Lisa.

As always, Chef Martè fired up the grill and served up hamburgers and hot dogs.

It was the second time the ARRC has held a September picnic in the CVNP in conjunction with a visit by the 765.

Last year we also held a picnic at the same location when the 765 was operating as the 767. Attendance at that picnic was 27 and may have been boosted by the novelty factor of NKP 765 operating with a different number.

We observed that there didn’t seem to be quite as many photographers out chasing the 765 as there had been last year or in some previous years.

To be sure, there were still a lot of people in the park with cameras. But the posse chasing 765 along Riverview Road as the steam train passed by wasn’t as long as in previous years and we didn’t recognize anyone we knew.

However, the steam trains appeared to be well patronized and as in past years the premium seats in the open window and dome cars were sold out.

Between runs of the steam train we also observed the passage of the regular CVSR train, the National Park Scenic, three times.

It had FPA-4 No. 6771 on the north end and Alco C424 No. 4241 on the south end. Most of the CVSR’s feature cars were on the steam train so the Scenic had an abbreviated consist that included a caboose.

For the record the steam train had RS18u No. 1822 on its north end.

If you missed the 765 this past weekend, it will be pulling another slate of trips on Sept. 23 out of Rockside Road station and on Sept. 24 out of Akron.

The Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society is paying tribute to the late Jerry Joe Jacobson, a lifetime ARRC member, by placing his name beneath the cab widows on both sides of the 765 above the number.

Jacobson, who died on Sept. 13, was the developer of the Age of Steam Roundhouse as well as a friend of the steam locomotive preservation community.

The chef has another round of burgers on the grill while hungry members go through the serving table.

When two old railroaders get together they are going to talk a little shop. Paul Woodring (left) and Bob Rohal try to solve the problems of the industry while agreeing it’s not what it used to be.

The engineer of NKP 765 gives us some whistle as the train passes the ARRC picnic. The locomotive paid tribute to Jerry Jacobson on the cab.

A few ARRC members can be seen at right photographing the northbound excursion in mid afternoon.

The sunlight was still barely over the tree line as the last excursion of the day headed for Akron along Riverview Road.

NKP 765 on the CVSR on Saturday

September 17, 2017

Here are three images of Nickel Plate Road No. 765 on Saturday on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad for 2017’s “Steam in the Valley.” The top and middle images are the 2-8-4  heading south in Brecksville and being towed north Peninsula, respectively. The bottom image is of the 765 heading through Brecksville after the clouds have begun to move in.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Steam is Back in the Valley

September 15, 2017

Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 made kicked off a two week stay on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad late Friday afternoon with an excursion for CVSR members and volunteers.

The steamer left Rockside Road Station at 5:30 p.m. for a three-hour trip that included a cash bar, snacks and a chance to see the big Berkshire up close before sun set.

The photographs above were made of the south trip south of Brecksville.

The 765 will be back in action with two public excursions from Rockside Road station on Saturday and two trips from Akron on Sunday.

ARRC Picnic a Highball for Sunday

September 15, 2017

With the weather forecast for the weekend showing sunny skies and only a 10 percent chance of precipitation, the Akron Railroad Club will hold its picnic in the valley this Sunday (Sept. 17).

The event will be held at the Valley Picnic area south of Peninsula along Riverview Road on the west side of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad tracks.

Chef Martè (a.k.a. Marty Surdyk) will fire up the grill at approximately noon and serve up burgers and hot dogs.

The club will supply buns, condiments, and a limited supply of snacks and beverages. Members are asked to bring some side dishes and desserts.

The chef will be serving up hot food until the last passage of Nickel Plate Road No. 765, which is expected to be late afternoon.

Depending on what time you arrive, you can expect to see the 2-8-4 and its train pass the picnic site four times, twice going north and twice going south.

The excursion trains are expected to leave Akron at 11:15 a.m. and 3:15 p.m., which is 20 and 25 minutes respectively after the scheduled departure of the CVSR National Park Scenic trains.

The Scenic is scheduled to arrive in Peninsula on Sunday southbound at 9:50 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. and northbound at 11:45 a.m. and 3:40 p.m.

Assuming that the NKP 765 and its train have the same running time as the Scenic of about 45 minutes to reach the picnic area, it should pass the picnic area at approximately noon and 4 p.m.

The steam trips are advertised as two-hour excursions and include a photo runby at Boston Mill station.

The southbound trips, which will have NKP 765 leading, should make their return trips between about 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. for the first trip of the day, and between 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. for the second excursion.

Please note that parking at the picnic site is limited.

NKP 765 Ferry Move

September 13, 2017

Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 made a road trip on Tuesday, traveling on Norfolk Southern rails from its home in New Haven, Indiana, to Cleveland in preparation for two weeks of excursions on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.

The engine spent the night in Cleveland and was to move onto the CVSR today to get into position for this weekend’s trips.

Reports on indicated that No. 765 entered Ohio sometime in mid morning. It was spotted at Payne not far from the Indiana border at 9:55 a.m.

The ferry move took No. 765 over former NKP rails to Vermilion, where it went through the connection to get from the Cleveland District onto the Chicago Line west of town.

Akron Railroad Club member Robert Farkas made a road trip to Bellevue to capture the 765 ferry move in a couple of places.

In the top photograph, the train is on Fostoria District by the New Haven Connection in Bellevue. In the bottom photograph No. 765 is on the open road.

NKP 765 Ferry Move: 2

September 13, 2017

Akron Railroad Club member Todd Dillon also went out to photograph the ferry move of Nickel Plate Road No. 765 after it reached Northeast Ohio. Here are three of his photographs.

Top photo: Crossing the Vermilion River in Vermilion as seen from the South Street boat launch.

Middle Photo: Passing the signals near milepost 192 on the Chicago Line of Norfolk Southern and across from Cleveland Hopkins Airport.

Bottom photo: Moving through the switches at CP Max as seen from Interstate 480 as the train enters Rockport Yard.


NKP 765 to Run on CVSR Next 2 Weekends

September 13, 2017

Nickel Plate Road No. 765 will be back on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad this weekend, offering weekend excursions and a few extras.

New this year will be a Friday excursion for CVSR members and volunteers that will leave Rockside Road station at 5:30 p.m. It is scheduled to return at 8 p.m.

During the two-hour round trip, passengers will be treated to hors d’oeuvres, cash bar service, and live entertainment from the 1940s.

There will be a brief de-boarding for a sunset view and run-by of the locomotive.

Also new this year is a program that enables the public to buy throttle time or fireman time during a short run from Fitzwater Yard to Brecksville station. Those “tickets” are reportedly sold out.

Two-hour public excursions will be run on Sept. 16, 22 and 23 from Rockside Road station and on Sept. 17 and 24 from Akron.

Boarding times for trains departing from Rockside Road on Saturdays are at 9:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. On Sept. 22, the excursion will depart Rockside Road at 6 p.m.

Boarding times from Akron are 11:15 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. All excursions will feature a photo runby at Boston Mill station.

Ticket are $25 for coach seating, $30 for an open widow coach, $38 for deluxe (table car), $40 for the dome car lower level; and $50 for the upper dome car.

The CVSR website said that the railroad will not disclose the location of the steam train to any non-ticket holders.

Park rangers will be on patrol and the park has suggested that non ticket holders consider watching the train at Station Road Bridge or Botzum.

Those locations have probably been suggested because they offer expansive parking lots.

A review of the schedule for the CVSR’s National Park Scenic suggests that unlike in past years the steam train will not meet the Scenic in Peninsula.

This presumes that the excursions will be two hours in duration as advertised and that the steam train can operate behind or ahead of the Scenic.

ARRC to Have Picnic During NKP 765 Visit

September 11, 2017

Since it looks like the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad No. 1309 won’t be ready any time soon, the ARRC will have a September Steam Weekend right in our backyard.

We will again hold a picnic in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park to coincide with the visit of Nickel Plate Road No. 765.

The officers had considered holding an overnight outing in Cumberland, Maryland, to watch the former Chesapeake & Ohio 2-6-6-2 No. 1309 make its first trips in September. But those have been canceled.

The ARRC picnic will be held on Sunday, Sept. 17 or 24 at the Valley Picnic Area in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park along Riverview Road south of Peninsula.

The 765 will be running out of Akron on that day and will pass the picnic site four times during the day. It will be six times if you count ferry moves.

So even if you don’t plan on chasing NKP 765 through the Valley, you can see it without all the hassles of traffic and jockeying for position with other photographers.

The weather forecast will dictate which weekend we will have the picnic. If it’s going to be nice the first weekend, then that is the day we will do it.

If we get rain the first Sunday, then we will shoot for the second Sunday. If it rains both weekends, there won’t be a picnic.

The club will provide the hamburgers and hot dogs as well as the popular condiments.

Chef Martè will have some snacks and beverages available, but it may be best to bring your own. See you in the Valley.

Throttle Time Being Offered on NKP 765 for $999

July 20, 2017

Want to put your hands on the throttle of Nickel Plate Road No. 765 when it comes to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad in September?

A $999 fee will put you in the engineer’s seat for 30 minutes and a 6-mile roundtrip between Fitzwater Yard and Brecksville.

The Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society, which owns the Berkshire locomotive, will be offering opportunities to run NKP 765 on Sept. 18 and 25.

Participants will observe how the locomotive is operated and receive a half-hour of instruction before being allowed to run the locomotive at speeds up to 15 mph.

As part of the experience, the guest engineers and firemen will have their 30 minutes in the cab recorded on a professionally captured and edited video.

Participants must be 18, have a valid driver’s license and be in good health.

For a fee of $299, you can spend a half hour firing the NKP 765. Other packages include GoPro add-on throttle time for $99 and the complete fireman and engineer experience for $1,399.

The latter includes 30 minutes of being the fireman, 30 minutes of being the engineer, two open window tickets to ride a CVSR steam excursion and a tour of the Age of Steam Roundhouse in Sugarcreek.

“This will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for anyone that participates,” said Bill Otter, president of FWRHS. “There is rarely an experience at this duration or speed with an engine like the 765 in this country. Events like these are a great opportunity to realize a life-long dream, but they are also crucial to keeping the 765 operating for future generations.”