Posts Tagged ‘Ohio railfan clubs’

Kachinko to Present at January ARRC Meeting

January 24, 2023

The Jan. 27 meeting of the Akron Railroad Club will take attendees to the west coast and Alaska.

ARRC Secretary David Kachinko will present a program that will begin by reliving a 1973 journey he made to the Pacific Coast. Then Dave will jump ahead about three decades and 3,000 mile north to show the Alaska Railroad’s Millennium Special Tour of July 2000.

The meeting will begin at 8 p.m. in the social hall of the New Horizons Christian Church, 290 Darrow Road in Akron.

After the business meeting the program will get underway at approximately 8:30 p.m.

At its annual meeting last November, ARRC members in attendance re-elected the current slate of officers to continue in their positions for 2023.

Aside from Kachinko, officers include Todd Dillon, president; Bill Kubas, vice president; Paul Havasi, treasurer; and Ron McElrath, newsletter editor.

Program to Feature Michigan Railroads

January 18, 2023

Marion Railfan Society will meet on Saturday (Jan 21, 2023) at Marion Union Station.

The meeting will begin at approximately 7 p.m. and feature a program presented by John Curtright, a Michigan resident.

He will be showing trains in Michigan and in the southern half of the lower peninsula from the past 10 years.

The show will feature trains of Great Lakes Central, Lake State Railway, CSX, Norfolk Southern, and Amtrak. 

After the conclusion of the program, meeting host Bill Haines will show a movie of Pennsylvania Railroad trains around Bradford, Ohio, in the early 1960s and train wreck scenes from the Cincinnati area.

Club officials expect there will be enough time for audience members to show slides or digital images during an open projector segment.

Beach to Present at January RRE Meeting

January 16, 2023

The January of the Forest City Division of the Railroad Enthusiasts will feature a program by Dave Beach.

Titled The South End of the CT&V, the program will consist of image of a former Baltimore & Ohio line that once ran from Cleveland to Mineral City, Ohio. Known as the Cleveland Terminal & Valley, the north end of that line is today used by the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.

The meeting will begin at approximately 8:15 p.m. on Friday (Jan. 20) at the Church of the Redeemer, 23500 Center Ridge Road in Westlake.

Marion Rail Group to Meet on Saturday

December 15, 2022

The Marion Railfan Society will meet on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Marion Union Station.

The program is movies made by John Edminson. This includes footage made around Dayton in the 1970s and on the Pennsylvania Railroad’s line through Bradford, Ohio, in the 1950s.

The latter film includes scene of Pennsy J1 steam locomotives hauling trains.

Following the movies, there will be an open projector for attendees to show slides or digital images.

MRS also said long-time member Gary Salzgaber died on Nov 14.  He was a fan of the PRR and modeled it on a layout that was featured in Model Railroader magazine.

RRE Christmas Pizza Party is Friday

December 12, 2022

The Forest City Division of the Railroad Enthusiasts will be having its annual Christmas pizza party on Dec. 16 in Westlake.

The event will begin at 7 p.m. at the club’s usual meeting spot, the Church of the Redeemer, 23500 Center Ridge Road.

Attendees will be asked to pay a $7 cover charge for the cost of the pizzas. Members also are encouraged to help out by bringing snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.

The program will be a members night showing of digtal images and slides. Those who wish to show should bring 25-30 images of any subject matter.

The club’s digital and slide projectors will be available for your use. Digital images should be stored on a portable USB drive. Slides can be in a carousel tray or loose and shown via a stack loader.

The next regular RRE meeting will be Jan. 20 with a program presenter to be announced.

Woods to Present at November ARRC Meeting

November 21, 2022

The November meeting of the Akron Railroad Club will take attendees to eastern mountain railroad operations of CSX and Norfolk Southern.

Longtime ARRC member and veteran railroad photographer Don Woods will present a slide show titled Go East Old Men.

The program will feature images made during a trip with his fellow ARRC member and traveling companion Dave Shepherd in 2021 to to Cumberland, Maryland, and eastward toward Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, (Rockville bridge), then westward on the Pittsburgh Line of Norfolk Southern back to Altoona and home.

The meeting will be held on Friday, Nov. 25 at 8 p.m. in the social hall of the New Horizons Christian Church, 290 Darrow Road, in Akron.

After the business meeting the program will get underway at approximately 8:30 p.m.

During the business meeting, attendees will elect officers for the 2023 calendar year. Nominations for officer positions will be taken from the floor.

The following day, Nov. 26, ARRC member Bob Rohal will host an open house at his home in Kent of his HO model railroad layout.

The ARRC also plans to hold its annual end of year dinner on Dec. 3 at the New Era Restaurant in Akron.

Attendance at the event will be limited to 40 people. No program for the event has yet been announced.

Jordak to Present RRE November Program

November 14, 2022

The November meeting of the Forest City Division of the Railroad Enthusiasts will feature a digital program by Jerry Jordak.

He’ll be showing highlights of his railfanning in the past year including the annual “bogus adventure” trip with two friends in advance of this year’s Penn Central Railroad Historical Society Convention held in Toledo. Jerry also has been to Tennessee and Pennsylvania in recent months.

The meeting will begin at approximately 8:15 p.m. on Friday (Nov. 18) at the Church of the Redeemer, 23500 Center Ridge Road in Westlake.

ARRC to View Eastern Coalfield Railroading

September 20, 2022

The September meeting of the Akron Railroad Club will take attendees to the coalfields of the eastern United States.

Akron resident Richard Thompson, a former ARRC junior member, will show digital images of coal railroads.

He will show Norfolk Southern operations on the former Virginian Railway and CSX trains on the former Clinchfield Railroad. The meeting will begin on Friday, Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. in the social hall of the New Horizons Christian Church, 290 Darrow Road, in Akron.

After the business meeting the program will get underway at approximately 8:30 p.m.

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.