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RRE To Meet Friday, Sets Bellevue Outing

June 8, 2021

The Cleveland-based Forest City Division of the Railroad Enthusiasts will meet this Friday in Westlake.

The meeting begins at approximately 8:15 p.m. at the Western Cuyahoga FOP Lodge at 26145 Center Ridge Road. The program will be a slide show given by RRE member Dennis Nehrenz.

The group also announced that the July 9 meeting will feature a program by Bob Todten, the Aug. 11 meeting program will be given by Jim Semon, the Oct. 8 program will be given by Marty Surdyk, and the Nov. 12 program will be presented by Jerry Jordak.

The annual August picnic will return at a site to be determined. The club is considering hold it at Colony Park in Hudson or the Willis Picnic Area of the Bedford Metropark.

Both locations are adjacent to the Cleveland Line of Norfolk Southern.

On Saturday, June 12, RRE members and their friends will travel to Bellevue for a day of train watching at the Kemper Railfan Pavilion.

The group also has resumed publishing its newsletter. The publication, the annual picnic, the annual banquet and monthly meetings had been suspended for most of 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The banquet is expected to return in April 2022 and the club hopes to have as its presenter Terry Kolenc, who had been scheduled to give a program in April 2020 on the return of the Union Pacific “Big Boy” steam locomotive.

ARRC Plans to Resume Meeting in June

May 21, 2021

The Akron Railroad Club plans to resume meeting in June with a program by club president Todd Dillon.

However, the announcement noted that plans to meet on June 25 are tentative because the New Horizons Christian Church, where the club meets, has not yet officially said the club could resume meeting there.

If the meeting is cancelled, an email notice will be sent to members.

Dillon’s digital program is titled Off the Beaten Path: Railfanning in the Era of COVID and will feature images of sugar plant railroad operations in Florida, Tampa Bay trolleys and CSX tribute locomotives 911 (Spirit of our First Responders), 1776 (Spirit of the Armed Forces) and 3194 (Spirit of Law Enforcement).

The program will focus on Todd’s travels between Ohio and Florida.

The ARRC last met in February 2020. Meetings were suspended the following month due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The May meeting has been cancelled but the ARRC will hold the annual Dave McKay Day in Berea on May 29. The club also plans to travel to Fostoria on June 27 for the annual longest day outing at the Iron Triangle Rail Park.

RRE to Meet Friday in Westlake

May 10, 2021

The Forest City Division of the Railroad Enthusiasts will meet on Friday (May 14) in Westlake.

It will be the first indoor meeting the organization has had in more than a year. Earlier this year, the club held three online meetings.

The meeting will begin about 8:15 p.m. at the FOP Hall at 26145 Center Ridge Road.

The building is located behind B-K Glass and parking is the rear. Attendees should enter at the ground level doors at the southwest corner of the building.

Masks will be required and attendees will need to social distance.

The program will be presented by Mark Demaline and is titled “Montana Railroads.”

The RRE plans to railfan in Bellevue on June 12, the day after its Friday night June meeting in Westlake. The program for the June meeting has not yet been announced.

ARRC Eyes Resuming Meetings in June

March 23, 2021

The Akron Railroad Club expects to resume meeting in June and will hold its first outing of 2021 over Memorial Day weekend.

The New Horizons Christian Church, where the club has met since January 2007, has resumed holding in-person services but is still working out its policies and procedures for groups to hold meetings using its facilities.

The ARRC last met in February 2020. Meetings have been suspended since then due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Club officers recently met to set the slate of activities for the year.

The first of those will be the annual Dave McKay Day in Berea on May 29.

Historically, McKay Day was held on the first Saturday in April until 2019 when it moved to the first Saturday in May.

Other events this year will include the longest day outing on June 27 in Fostoria at the Iron Triangle railfan park.

The summer picnic has been set for July 18 at Waterworks Park in Cuyahoga Falls and will be a joint event with the Forest City Division of the Railroad Enthusiasts.

The ARRC plans to wrap up its year with the end of year dinner in December at the New Era restaurant in Akron.

The end of year dinner and summer picnic were canceled last year due to the pandemic.

In an unrelated development, the RRE is eyeing May as its first in-person meeting since the pandemic began a year ago.

The RRE last met in March 2020 but has held virtual meetings online in January, February and March.

The group is considering having its April meeting in Berea as part of a day of railfanning there.

ARRC Cancels January, February Meetings

January 3, 2021

Thus far 2021 is looking a lot thus far like 2020 for the Akron Railroad Club.

President Todd Dillon said today that the January and February 2021 meetings have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If the club is able to meet in March it will have been more than a full calendar year since it last met.

The club last met in February 2020. Since then its only events have been a longest day outing to Alliance and the Dave McKay Day outing in Brerea.

ARRC Cancels July, August Meetings

July 8, 2020

The Akron Railroad Club has canceled its July and August meetings.

The cancellations were prompted after the New Horizons Christian Church, where the club meets, decided to remain closed until mid September.

Programs for both monthly meetings had yet to be announced. The ARRC last held a monthly meeting in February.

ARRC also plans to hold a second Dave McKay Day outing in Berea on Aug. 1.

The original McKay Day had been set for the first Saturday in May, but it was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, an unofficial McKay Day gathering was held that day.

The fate of the annual ARRC July picnic has yet to be decided. Officers are expected to make a decision later this week on whether to hold the picnic.

Traditionally, the picnic has been held on the Sunday following the July meeting.

ARRC Cancels June Meeting

June 1, 2020

The Akron Railroad Club has canceled its June 26 meeting in the wake of an order by the State of Ohio to continue limiting mass gatherings to no more than 10 people.

The order, issued last Friday, has been extended through July 1 in an effort to restrain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The mass gather order is one of the last of the state’s major coronavirus restrictions still in place.

The ban applies to gatherings of 10 or more people outside of a single household.

It makes exceptions for certain events, including religious services, free-speech demonstrations, funerals, and weddings.

The June meeting was to have featured a slide show by Mike Costil of railroad images made between the late 1950s and early 1970s.

The ARRC has not held a meeting since February.

RRE Cancels May Meeting

May 3, 2020

The Forest City Division of the Railroad Enthusiasts has canceled its May meeting due to ongoing social restrictions impose by the State of Ohio during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The program was to have been a slide show presented by Dennis Nehrenz.

That program may be rescheduled for the September or October meeting.

The next scheduled event for the RRE is a June 12 outing to the Kemper Railfan Park in Bellevue.

ARRC Cancels May Meeting

May 1, 2020

With the State of Ohio having extended its stay at home order during the COVID-19 pandemic through May 29, the Akron Railroad Club has canceled its May meeting.

The extension of the stay home order means that many traditional Memorial Day events for this year will have to be scrapped or altered.

ARRC President Todd Dillon said it is possible the club may not be able to meet until fall, but it is taking it month by month.

The ARRC last met in February. Meetings for March and April were called off earlier.

The May program was to have been a salute to the Wheeling & Lake Erie by Jim Mastromatteo and Richard Antibus.

ARRC Taking Wait and See Approach to McKay Day

April 23, 2020

The Akron Railroad Club is taking a wait and see approach on its first outing of the year, the annual Dave McKay Day in Berea.

The event is scheduled for May 2, but club officers announced this week that they will wait to see what modifications of social distancing orders are made before making a decision on holding the event as scheduled or postponing it.

The event is named after the late Dave McKay, who served as president of the ARRC for 12 years before his death in late December 2004.

The club has canceled its April meeting due to social distancing guidelines and the closure of the New Horizons Christian Church during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The meeting had been set for April 24. The club also canceled its March meeting due to the pandemic.