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NEORHS To Meet Saturday in Randolph

May 19, 2017

The May meeting of the Northeastern Ohio Railway Historical Society will held on Saturday at the Town Hall building in Randolph.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. with food and videos. The business meeting will begin at 7 p.m. The meeting is expected to end by 10:30 p.m.

The Randolph Town Hall is located just north of the intersection of Ohio Route 44 and Waterloo Road.

NEORHS member David Mangold said that during business meeting there will be a discussion and planning conducted for future meetings.

Attendees are encouraged to bring digital images or slides to show. The program theme will be Amtrak because May 1 was the 46th anniversary of the national passenger carrier’s inauguration. Mangold said in an email message that images of pre-Amtrak passenger trains are welcome.

Pizza will be available with attendees asked to make a donation to defray its cost. They are also asked to bring snacks and beverages to share.

The June 17 NEORHS meeting will be a picnic held at the Hartville depot and feature an open projector.  There will be no meeting in July.

The picnic will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Maple Street Gallery, the former Wheeling & Lake Erie depot in downtown Hartville.

Attendees are asked to come early to help prepare the food and set up the picnic, and to bring an extra lawn chair if you have one.

The depot is located at 120 E. Maple St., just east of the intersection of Ohio routes 619 and 43, also known as East Maple and Prospect streets. The entrance is via Howard Court with parking behind the railroad car.

Dave said he is still looking for another grill to be used to cook the hot dogs and hamburgers.

ARRC Annual Picnic is This Sunday at NEOLS

July 22, 2015

It’s getting to be late July and that means it is time for another Akron Railroad Club picnic. This year’s event will be held on Sunday, July 26 at the Northeast Ohio Live Steamers facility in Lester.

It will be the first time that the club has had an event there.

The picnic begins at noon and runs through 5 p.m. However, the grill will only be in operation between noon and 3:30 p.m.

As always, Chef Marte will be serving up hamburger and hot dogs provided by the club. The club will also provide buns and condiments. Members should bring non-alcoholic beverages, snacks and desserts.

The NEOLS facility features a 7.5-inch gauge layout with trains that can be ridden. Train rides will be available throughout the day.

The facility is located at 3654 Lester Road just north of Ohio Route 18. It is adjacent to the CL&W Subdivision of CSX, although traffic on that branch tends to be sparse.

If the weather is dry, picnic participants can park in the grass near the picnic tables in an area known as the grove. If the weather has been wet, then members should park in the lot on the left upon entering the grounds.

Record Breaking Picnic Day in Olmsted Falls

July 27, 2009
Chef Marte, a.k.a. as Marty Surdyk, has the grill hot and the burgers and dogs sizzling during the Akron Railroad Club picnic on July 26, 2009, in Olmsted Falls. Surdyk (right) is shown serving Rick Houck (left) and Rich Antibus. (Photograph by Hilary Surdyk)

Chef Marte, a.k.a. as Marty Surdyk, has the grill hot and the burgers and dogs sizzling during the Akron Railroad Club picnic on July 26, 2009, in Olmsted Falls. Surdyk (right) is shown serving Rick Houck (left) and Rich Antibus. (Photograph by Hilary Surdyk)

About 7 p.m., Marty Surdyk was getting worried. He had guaranteed that this year’s Akron Railroad Club picnic would break the record for most trains seen. But it had been a good two hours since a train had passed by the picnic site at the former New York Central station in Olmsted Falls, Ohio. The radio had been quiet.

Since 8:30 a.m. that morning 21 trains had passed by, which tied the record set a few years ago at Warwick Park in Clinton next to the CSX Chicago-Pittsburgh line. But Marty had boasted that this year’s event would break the record.

The 22nd train finally passed by about a half-hour later. For good measure, the 23rd and 24th trains also made an appearance before the picnic closed shop for the day around 9 p.m.

Twenty-nine ARRC members and their guests attended this year’s picnic for a total of 44 attendees. They feasted on 73 hamburgers and 64 hot dogs and untold numbers of chips, cookies and other picnic fare. By the time Marty, a.k.a. Chef Marte, dropped the fires from the grill, he had burned through a bag and a half of charcoal.

NS traffic was somewhat atypical during the picnic, held on Sunday, July 26., 2009. There were no coal trains and no coke trains. The eastbound RoadRailer sauntered past, but not its westbound counterpart.

As for locomotive power, it was almost exclusively of NS vintage. The only foreign unit seen was a BNSF locomotive that was a trailing unit on an ethanol train, the Z9Q, at 12:14 p.m. That same train had an NS unit in the lead and a CSX locomotive trailing.

Another CSX unit made an appearance on another ethanol train, which was the first train of the day spotted by an ARRC member. That was recorded by Rick Houck who OSed the 69Q at 8:42 a.m.

There were a number of former Conrail units still dressed in blue that came by, but none of them were lead units on this day.

A third ethanol train, the 68Q, slipped past at 1:22 p.m. Otherwise, the traffic was a steady diet of intermodal and manifest freights.  Traffic was split dead even with 12 eastbounds and 12 westbounds. Interestingly, the eastbounds dominated in the morning and the westbounds late in the day.

The Olmsted Falls depot is owned by the Cuyahoga Valley and West Shore Model Railroad club. Todd Vander Sluis did double duty, opening the station as a CV&WS member but also attending as an ARRC member.

ARRC members had the opportunity to watch the CW&WS’s model railroad in action during the day. A Wheeling & Lake Erie model SD40 with sound spent the afternoon idling at the club’s engine terminal.