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Marion Railfan Group to Meet Saturday

January 13, 2022

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

The program will be a selection of images made by the late J. David Ingles, who once served as editor of Trains magazine and held various other editorial positions at Trains and Classic Trains.

The images will be presented by Brian Schmidt, a former Ohio resident who is now editor of Classic Trains.

The images to be shown will feature southeast Wisconsin railroads in the 1970s and 1980; Toledo in the 1960s; and interlocking towers in the 1960s throughout the Midwest. 

An open projector event will be held following the Schmidt’s program with attendees invited to give 20-minute presentations.

RRE May Meet Online This Month

January 11, 2022

The Forest City Division of the Railroad Enthusiasts has canceled its January in-person meeting but may hold an online event in its place.

The group’s president, Marty Surdyk, said the meeting was canceled due to lack of a meeting venue and rising numbers of COVID-19 numbers in Northeast Ohio in recent weeks.

The RRE lease of a police union hall in Westlake expired at the end of 2021. The building recently was sold to a new owner.

The group held three virtual meetings in early 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic before resuming in-person meetings.

The Forest City Division normally meets on the second Friday of the month.

ARRC Sets Early 2022 Program Slate

January 6, 2022

The Akron Railroad Club has announced its program slate for the first three months of 2022.

The Jan. 28 meeting will feature a program by David Mangold, a long-time railroader and ARRC member who recently worked as a locomotive engineer on the Rocky Mountaineer in Colorado.

Mangold also has worked for Amtrak, Conrail, Norfolk Southern and Canadian National among other companies.

The Feb. 25 meeting will feature video from Ron McElrath reviewing Amtrak operations over the past 50 years.

McElrath operates a video company known as Revelation Video and has released a two-hour program titled Amtrak 50.

He was to have presented his program at the November ARRC meeting but that fell through due to a schedule conflict.

In March, the ARRC will hold its annual member’s night and pizza party on Saturday, March 26. The event is normally held in March but moved to October in 2021 due to meeting cancellations prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

All meetings are held at the New Horizons Christian Church in Akron at 290 Darrow Road.

The January and February meetings will begin at 8 p.m. while the March meeting will start at 5:30 p.m.

There will be a $5 cover charge for the member’s night event to defray the cost of pizzas and beverages.

Open Projector Night Set at Marion Meeting

December 15, 2021

The Marion Railfan Society will hold an open projector night during its program on Saturday at Marion Union Station.

The meeting will begin at approximately 7 p.m. Attendees are invited to bring slides or digital images of any railroad or railroad operation to show.

Programs should last no more than 20 to 30 minutes so that all who wish to show images will have an opportunity to do so.

MRS member Rich Behrendt has said he plans to show scans of slides from the Joe Slanser and Gary Salzgaber collections. 

All railfans are welcome to attend MRS meeting and donations are greatly appreciated and will be used to help pay to maintain the station and AC Tower.

Trains Shows Set in Columbus, NE Ohio

December 10, 2021

If you are looking to get out of the house this weekend, a pair of train shows might be just the excuse.

After an absence of more than a year the Buckeye Model Train and Railroad Artifacts show will return to Columbus.

The show is held in the Lausche Building of the Ohio Expo Center on the grounds of the Ohio State Fair. The street address is 717 E. 17th St.

The location is just off exit 111 from Interstate 71 on the north side of 17th Street. A parking fee is charged at the entrance to the property.

Show hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is $7 with children under age 12 admitted for free.

The show bills itself as Ohio’s largest combination model and artifact show and will have more than 200 tables of model trains, railroad china, old timetables, books, lanterns, photographs, videos, and other railroad-related items.

There will be working model railroad layouts of various gauges operated by central Ohio model railroad clubs.

Closer to Northeast Ohio, the Massillon Train and Toy Show will be held Sunday (Dec. 12) at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 988 Cherry Road NW.

Admission is $5 with children age 12 and under admitted for free. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Looking to January 2022, a couple of shows might be the antidote to beat the post-holiday blahs or relieve cabin fever.

The Cuyahoga Valley S Gauge Association will hold its Snow Dogs Show on Jan. 8 at the United Auto Workers Hall in Parma at 5615 Chevrolet Boulevard.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with admission $6 per person. Children under age 12 are admitted for free.

On Jan. 9 the Youngstown Model Railroad Association will hold its toy train and model railroad flea market in Salem at the Salem Center Plex, 1098 N. Ellsworth Ave.

Admission is $5 per person and show hours are 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The show will feature more than 230 tables of model railroad equipment of all gauges along with railroad memorabilia.

Free parking is available at the Salem Community Center with a shuttle operating to the show site.

RRE Christmas Party is Friday

December 5, 2021

The Forest City Division of the Railroad Enthusiasts will have its annual Christmas Party on Friday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Fraternal Order of Police Hall at 26145 Center Ridge Road in Westlake.

Pizza will be served with attendees asked to pay a $6 cover charge to pay for the pizza. Attendees also are asked to help out by bringing snacks and non alcoholic beverages.

The program will be a member’s night format show of digital images and slides.

Presenters can present 25 to 30 images on any subject matter related to railroading.

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

The meeting may be the last that RRE is able hold at the FOP hall. The building has been sold and it is not clear yet if the new owners will continue to allow groups to use it for meetings.

Groups might be able to continue using the facility but be subject to a rent increase and other restrictions. RRE has a contract to use the facility through December but not beyond that.

President Marty Surdyk wrote in the RRE’s December newsletter that he hopes the good relationship RRE has with the current owners will be taken into consideration by the new owner.

If RRE is unable to use the FOP Hall, it will need to seek a new venue but locations willing to allow groups to use their property have diminished due to the COVID-19 pandemic and legal liability issues.

For now the next RRE meeting is still scheduled for Jan. 14, 2022, at a location to be determined.  The program presenter has not yet been announced.

ARRC End of Year Dinner is Saturday

November 29, 2021

The Akron Railroad Club will hold its final event of 2021 on Saturday when it conducts the annual end of year dinner.

The event will be held at the New Era restaurant at 10 Massillon Road on the east side of Akron.

It will begin with a cocktail hour starting at 5 p.m. with dinner orders being taken between 5:45 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Attendees will order from the restaurant’s menu and are responsible for paying for all food and beverages that they consume and a gratuity for the server. The ARRC is not collecting any money for the event.

The restaurant’s menu can be viewed at

The program will be digital images presented by Jerry Jordak of Macedonia. His program is titled A Railfan’s Life: My Life Trackside Behind the Camera.

Jerry has traveled extensively over the years, particularly in North East Ohio and the Eastern United States.

Many of the images he is likely to present were made during an annual trip he makes with two friends in the fall in connection with attending the Penn Central Historical Society convention.

Known as the “bogus adventure,” the trio explores the railroads in the region where the convention is being held.

Jerry has presented to the ARRC in the past, including a program at the December 2010 banquet focusing on his travels to document railroads that run parallel to or intersect U.S. Route 66 between Chicago and Los Angeles.

He also has presented at Summerail and his photographs have appeared in various railfan magazines and books.

Due to limited seating in the banquet room of the New Era restaurant, the end of year dinner will be limited to 40 attendees.

Reservations can be made by contacting Bill Kubas (330-928-7025 or or David Kachinko (440-537-6487 or

Program Changed for ARRC Meeting

November 23, 2021

The program for the November Akron Railroad Club meeting has been changed.

The program at the Nov. 26 meeting will now be presented by Todd Dillon who plans to show digital images of Amtrak operations, Nickel Plate Road 765 on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, Chicago Metra commuter trains and other rail images.

Ron McElrath had been scheduled to present a program titled Amtrak at 50, but it will now be shown at the February 2022 meeting.

The ARRC meeting will begin at 8 p.m. at the New Horizons Christian Church in Akron.

Officers for 2022 will also be elected during the business portion of the meeting with nominations being made from the floor.

Further details have also been released about the ARRC’s Dec. 4 end of year dinner.

The event is limited to 40 attendees and reservations are required. The dinner will begin at 5 p.m. at the New Era Restaurant at 10 Massillon Road in Akron.

The program is being presented by Jerry Jordak and is titled  My Life Trackside Behind The Camera.

Jordak is a member of the Pennsylvania Railroad, Conrail, and Anthracite Historical Societies and serves as a trustee and was a founding member of the Penn Central Historical Society.

He has photographed extensively the railroad operations of Northeast Ohio and in the eastern United States, particularly in Pennsylvania.

RRE Sets Annual Turkey Shoot in Berea

November 22, 2021

The Forest City Division of the Railroad Enthusiasts will conduct its annual turkey shoot outing on Thanksgiving morning in Berea on Nov. 25.

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

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.

ARRC to Celebrate 50 Years of Amtrak

November 22, 2021

Fifty years of Amtrak will be the focus of the program at this month’s Akron Railroad Club meeting.

Ron McElrath will present video made over the years of Amtrak operations on and off the trains.

The club will meet on Friday (Nov. 26) at 8 p.m. at the New Horizons Christian Church, 290 Darrow Road, in Akron.

The meeting will begin with a short business meeting followed by the program at approximately 8:30 p.m. During the business meeting officers will be elected for 2022.

Following the meeting, some members gather at the Denny’s restaurant at 1681 Home Avenue in Cuyahoga Falls for a late dinner, dessert or an early breakfast.

The club also has announced that Jerry Jordak will be the presenter at the annual end of year dinner to be held Dec. 4 at the New Era restaurant in Akron.

The event will begin at 5 p.m. at the restaurant located at 10 Akron Road in Akron. Attendees will order from the menu and be responsible for paying for their food and drink.

Jordak, of Macedonia, is a well-known and respected railroad photographer who is best known for his work in capturing rail operations in Northeast Ohio and the eastern United States.