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ARRC Longest Day Outing to be in Ravenna

June 20, 2022

The Akron Railroad Club’s annual longest day outing will be held this year in Ravenna.

The outing on Sunday, June 26 will feature trains on the Cleveland Line of Norfolk Southern and the New Castle Subdivision of CSX. The NS tracks cross over CSX in Ravenna on a bridge.

Attendees will observe the action at Diamond Street, Lake Street and other points nearby.

Some members plan to have breakfast that morning at Megan’s Family Restaurant at 266 W. Main St. in Ravenna.

The Ravenna outing is a first for the ARRC. Previous longest day outings have been held in Alliance, Bellevue, Marion, Fostoria and Deshler.

RRE to Railfan in Bellevue on Saturday

June 13, 2022

The Forest City Division of the Railroad Enthusiasts will be holding an outing in Bellevue this month in place of its regular meeting.

The outing will be held at the Kemper Railfan Pavilion on Saturday and has no set time to begin or end.

As in the past, the event is considered to have begun when the first person arrives and ends when the last person leaves.

The pavilion is located between the NS Toledo and Sandusky district tracks and sees most of the Norfolk Southern and Wheeling & Lake Erie trains that operate in Bellevue.

The next meeting of the FCD-RRE will be July 15 with a program by Bram Bailey.

The club is undecided as to whether to hold a regular meeting in August or to instead conduct a picnic.

ARRC’s Annual Pizza Party is Saturday

March 21, 2022

The Akron Railroad Club will hold its annual member’s night and pizza party on Saturday (March 26) in the social hall of the New Horizons Christian Church, 290 Darrow Road, in Akron.

Doors will open at 5:45 p.m. and pizza will be served starting at 6:30 p.m. Presentations will get underway at approximately 7 p.m.

There will be no business meeting this month. Attendees will be asked to pay a $5 cover charge to defray the cost of the pizza.

Attendees are also encouraged to bring their favorite non-alcoholic beverages and pretzels or potato chips. A limited supply of soft drinks and water will be provided.

Those presenting are asked to limit their presentations to 35 to 45 images or about a 10 to 12 minute presentation.

Digital images should be contained on a USB device while slides should be contained in a Kodak carousel tray.

Presenters should RSVP to indicate they are presenting by contacting David Kachinko at 440-537-6487, or; or Bill Kubus at 330-858-2685 or

RRE Sets Double Head Program for March 18

March 17, 2022

The program at the March 18 meeting of the Forest City Division of the Railroad Enthusiasts will be a double header.

Dennis Nehrenz will present photographs of the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie while Mark Demaline will show images of the Erie Lackawanna.

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

It will be the club’s first meeting at this site, which is located a short distance east of Clague Road.

Marion Group to Have Open Projector Program

March 17, 2022

The Marion Railfan Society will hold a digital free-for-all during its meeting on Saturday at Marion Union Station.

Attendees are asked to limit their program to about 30 minutes. They should place their images on a USB drive or other portable drive. 

The meeting will begin at approximately 7 p.m. and is open to all.

RRE Finds New Meeting Location

March 4, 2022

The Forest City Division of the Railroad Enthusiasts in Cleveland has found a new meeting site.

Starting March 18, the club will meet at the Church of the Redeemer, 23500 Center Ridge Road, in Westlake.

The church is located just east of Clague Road on the north side of the street and is near the previous meeting site in a former police union hall.

The latter building has since been sold and the new owner is removing the meeting rooms as part of a renovation to transform the building into a printing business.

Still be decided is which Friday of the month the club will meet although the March meeting will be conducted on the third Friday.

The church had told the RRE it can meet on any Friday of the month but switching to the third Friday might enable the club to draw individuals who belong to model railroad clubs that meet on the second Friday of the month, which also traditionally has been the RRE’s meeting night.

A program has yet to be lined up for the RRE’s March meeting.

Summerail 2022 Program Slate Announced

March 4, 2022

The program slate for Summerail 2022 was announced this week and Ohio railfan photographers will be well represented with at least three.

The event will be held from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Aug. 13 at the Palace Theater in Marion.

Tickets are $30 per person and must be paid in cash. There will be no credit card sales.

The price of admission includes access to the railroad show and sale set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the pavilion of the theater. A $5 railroad show only ticket will be available.

All tickets will be sold at the door on the day of the event and there will be no advance ticket sales.

This year’s presenter lineup and the titles of their programs is as follows:  Bruce Barrett (Yellow Box Moments), Steve Barry (Pennsylvania Steam), Charlie Dischinger (Country Roads), Michael Harding (Evolution On The FEC); Jeff Mast (Ann Arbor, The Final Years), Jeff and Andrew Nelson (Da’ C&NW Program), David P. Oroszi (That 70’s Show), David Patch (Cancel All Plans – How I Foamed the Pandemic), Steve Smedley (Alco Heaven), and Craig Willett and Mike Schafer (The Photography of Jim Boyd—some of our favorites).

All programs will be multimedia digital presentations of images set to music and/or narration. There will be a dinner break between 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

During the event the Marion Union Station and AC Tower will both be open for visitors. A Friday night slide show is also planned inside the depot.

Summerail was last held in 2019. It was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

RRE to Meet Friday in Westlake

February 7, 2022

The Forest City Division of the Railroad Enthusiasts will meet on Friday (Feb. 11) in Westlake.

The program will be a member’s night format with attendees encouraged to show 25 digital images or slides.

The meeting will be held at the former Fraternal Order of Police Hall at 26145 Ridge Road. The starting time is approximately 8:15 p.m.

The meeting may be the last one to be held at this location. The building has been sold and the new owner plans to renovate it to accommodate a printing business. That process will eliminate the meeting rooms.

The RRE is seeking a new meeting venue and has asked anyone who knows of a potential meeting site to contact one of the club officers.

The most recent RRE newsletter indicated that officers are exploring various potential meeting venues but are unsure if one will be available for the March 11 meeting.

Also undecided is the fate of the 2022 banquet. The event was cancelled in 2021 and 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In recent years the banquet has been held in April, but RRE officers indicated no site has yet been lined up for this year.

Members will discuss the banquet during the February meeting and among the options are holding the event later in the year or cancelling it for 2022 and look to have it in 2023.

RRE also announced that it seeking program presenters for the remainder of 2022.

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.

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.