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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.

RRE Sets Annual Turkey Shoot in Berea for Nov. 24

November 21, 2022

The Forest City Division of the Railroad Enthusiasts will conduct its annual turkey shoot outing on Thanksgiving morning in Berea on Nov. 24.

Attendees will meet in the west end of the parking lot of the Berea Depot restaurant and watch and photograph trains until late morning.

The action will include trains of CSX and Norfolk Southern at one of northern Ohio’s busiest hot spots.

An optional breakfast has been set at the Bob Evans at West 130th Street and Brookpark Road at 8 a.m. when the restaurant opens.

In past years some RRE members have eaten at the nearby Bob’s Big Boy but it won’t open on Thanksgiving morning until 9 a.m.

The turkey shoot outing has been an RRE tradition since 1975.

Marion Group to Meet Saturday

November 16, 2022

It will be Saturday night at the movies for the Marion Railfan Society.

The group will meet at 7 p.m. at Marion Union Station on Nov. 19.

The program will be presented by John Edminson and includes movies made by himself and his father.

The elder Edminson was a Pennsylvania Railroad crossing watchman in Bradford, Ohio, while John Edminson worked as an Amtrak ticket agent in Dayton, Lima, Cincinnati and Toledo.

Shown in the movies will be PRR action in Bradford in the 1950s, plus various railroads around Marion, Dayton and Louisville in the 1970s. 

An open projector will available for audience members to show images if there is time.

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.

Train Shows Set for Northeast Ohio

November 12, 2022

The fall Akron Toy and Train Show will be held Sunday (Nov. 13) in Cuyahoga Falls.

The event will be open between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Emidio & Sons Expo Center at 48 E. Bath Road. Admission is $3 per person and for children age 13 and older. Children age 12 and younger will be admitted for free.

Also being held this weekend is an open house at the Sebring Model Railroad Club facility in the former Pennsylvania Railroad depot next to the Fort Wayne Line of Norfolk Southern

The club has a large HO scale layout. Attendees are asked to make a $5 donation. Children 12 and under will be admitted for free. Dates of the open house are Nov. 12-13 and 19-20.  Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A number of train and railroadiana shows are set for Northeast Ohio over the next few months.

The Lake Erie chapter of the Train Collectors Association will hold a train meet on Nov. 26 at the UAW Hall in Parma, 5615 Chevrolet Boulevard.

Event hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $6 per person with children age 18 and under admitted free when accompanied by an adult.

There will be operating layouts and model railroad equipment of various gauges for sale. Also for sale will be railroad oriented books, videos and railroadiana items.

Although not in Northeast Ohio, the Buckeye Model Trains and Railroad Artifacts will be held Dec. 10 at the Ohio Expo Center and State Fair, 717 East 17th Avenue, Columbus.

Event hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $7 per person. One of Ohio’s largest single-day train shows, the event featured operating layouts of various gauges and vendors selling model railroad equipment, books, videos, and various railroadiana items.

On Jan. 8, the Snow Dogs Train Show returns to the UAW Hall in Parma. Event hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $6 per person with children under age 12 admitted for free.

Featured will be operating layouts of all gauges as well as more than 150 vendor tables of trains and toys.

The Youngstown Model Association will hold an open house at its facility at North 4 Mile Run Road in Youngstown on Dec. 3-4 and Dec. 10-11.

The event will feature an O-gauge operating layout and HO exhibit. Event hours are noon to 6 p.m. Attendees are asked to make a donati oon of $5. Children age 11 and under will be admitted for free.

The YMRA will hold a toy and train flea market on Jan 8 at the Salem CenterPlex, 1098 N. Ellsworth Ave. Event hours are 10a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Admission is $7 per person with children age 12 and under admitted for free.

The Train Collectors Association will hold its winter train meet on Jan. 28 at the UAW Hall in Parma. Event hours are 10 a,m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $6 per person.

Ohio Mayors, Planning Agencies Want Corridors Added to FRA Corridor Development List

November 3, 2022

Several Ohio mayors and regional planning agencies have asked the Federal Railroad Administration to include 10 corridors in Ohio for use as potential rail passenger routes.

A news release issued by All Aboard Ohio, a rail passenger and public transit advocacy group, said the corridors would be listed on the FRA’s Corridor Identification Program. 

The news release said the “expression of interest” by the mayors and planning agencies was important because they are eligible to apply for FRA grants to develop these corridors for passenger service.

Some of the corridors have no intercity rail passenger service while others include segments served by existing Amtrak long-distance trains.

The Amtrak Connects Us plan released last year identifies several corridor serving Ohio that could see new or additional Amtrak service subject to funding availability.

The Ohio Rail Development Commission is currently undertaking a study of rail corridors in Ohio to determine what infrastructure needs are for passenger service and the estimated service development costs.

Any state funding for rail passenger service development in Ohio would need approval of the Ohio General Assembly.

The AAO news release noted that usually FRA grants require a 20 percent state match.

The release said the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021 allows regional planning agencies, city and county governments, private sector partners and state government entities to provide t hose matching funds. The corridors that the planning agencies and mayors are seeking to have included on the FRA corridor list include: 

•    Cleveland-Columbus-Dayton-Cincinnati
•    Chicago-Fort Wayne-Lima-Columbus-Pittsburgh
•    Detroit-Toledo-Columbus
•    Columbus-Lancaster-Logan-Athens
•    Columbus-Chillicothe-Portsmouth-Northern Kentucky
•    Cleveland-Elyria-Sandusky-Toledo-Bryan-Chicago
•    Cleveland-Toledo-Detroit
•    Cleveland-Buffalo-Rochester-New York City
•    Cleveland-Pittsburgh-Philadelphia-New York City
•    Cleveland-Washington

Surdyk to Present at October RRE Meeting

October 17, 2022

Marty Surdyk will be presenting the program at the October meeting of the Forest City Division of the Railroad Enthusiasts on Friday in Westlake.

Surdyk’s program is titled Ohio Central Excursions and will feature photographs made of various steam trips on the railroad back when it was owned by the late Jerry Jacobson.

The program will begin with a look at the railroad in the years right before it became the Ohio Central and include the Christmas season diesel-powered excursions from Dennison during the Genesee & Wyoming ownership era.

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

Members are also reminded that dues for 2023 are due and are $20. They can be paid at the October meeting.

The Nov. 18 RRE meeting will feature a program by Jerry Jordak.

Marion Railfan Society to Meet Saturday

October 11, 2022

The Marion Railfan Society will meet at 7 p.m. on Saturday (Oct. 15) at Marion Union Station.

The program will be the annual tower night featuring images shown by Dan Maners and Wally Mattes.

Following the program there will be an open projector in which attendees are invited to show a brief digital or slide show featuring interlocking towers.

In another matter of interest involving Marion Union Station, the 2022 Central Ohio Railroad Prototype Modelers meet will be held Oct. 13. For more information visit

Berea Train Show is This Weekend

September 26, 2022

The 48th Great Berea Train Show will be held Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 1 and 2) at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds.

Admission is $8 per person with a two-day passing available for $10. Children under age 18 are admitted free with the purchase of an adult admission.

More than 700 vendor and display tables will be set up over building offering for display or sale various railroad and model railroad artifacts. Several operating model railroad layouts will be in operation.

Five model railroad clinics will be offered on Saturday and three on Sunday offering tips on layout scenery techniques and how to care for and maintain locomotives and rolling stock.

The entrance to the fairgrounds is located at 19201 Bagley Road in Middleburg Heights. Parking is free and food vendors will be on site.

The show is presented by North Coast Division (Division 4) of the National Model Railroad Association. The division covers Cuyahoga, Lorain, Medina, Erie and Huron counties in Ohio.

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.