Posts Tagged ‘railfan events’

RRE to Meet Friday in Westlake

September 7, 2021

The Forest City Division of the Railroad Enthusiasts will meet on Friday in Westlake.

The program will be presented by Jim Semon and is titled The Boats (and trains) in my life.

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

Future meeting programs are Marty Surdyk in October and Jerry Jordak in November. The club plans to hold its annual Christmas party and member’s night in December.

Michigan Conference Set For Sept. 18

August 24, 2021

The Michigan Railroad History Conference will be held online on Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The conference is free but attendees must register. The link to registration is https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMvdemqqjIjGNA9Q8xoGNm9fGYfzquMaS1K

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Two presenters will be discussing Michigan railroad history during the conference.

Paul Trap will describe where Michigan’s earliest railroads were located, who built them and for what purposes. He will illustrate his presentation with numerous maps and illustrations.

Mark Worrall will explore logging railroads, high speed interurbans, Class 1 lines, and short lines.

The conference is being held in an abbreviated online format this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Plans are being made to resume the traditional all day format next year on Sept. 17 in Ludington.

‘Surprise’ in Store for ARRC August Meeting

August 23, 2021

Mike Costill will present a slide show of seldom seen images at the Aug. 27 meeting of the Akron Railroad Club.

Mike isn’t giving away too many clues about what attendees will see other than the images were made between the 1950s and 1970s. The program is appropriately titled Surprise.

Very few people have seen these images, he said.

The meeting will begin with a short business meeting at 8 p.m. followed by the program at approximately 8:30 p.m. The club meets at the New Horizons Christian Church, 290 Darrow Road, in Akron.

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

ARRC Program to Focus on Past 20 Years in Akron

July 19, 2021

Richard Antibus will review the past 20 years of railroad operations in Akron during the July 23 meeting of the Akron Railroad Club.

The slide show will focus in particular on the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

Rich said his program will show overall changes that have occurred over the past two decades, saying that things can change quickly.

The meeting will begin with a short business meeting at 8 p.m. followed by the program at approximately 8:30 p.m. The club meets at the New Horizons Christian Church, 290 Darrow Road, in Akron.

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

The Aug. 27 meeting will feature a slide show by Mike Costill.

Marion Railfan Group to Meet Saturday

July 16, 2021

The Marion Railfan Society will host an open slide projector for its July meeting on Saturday at the Marion Union Station.

A digital projector will not be available. Attendees who plan to show slides are asked to keep their programs to 20 to 30 minutes.

The meeting will begin at 8 p.m. All attendees are invited to present a program.

The group has announced its programs for the upcoming August and October meetings.

Paul Springowski will be the presenter at the Aug. 14 meeting, which is being held a week earlier than normal. Paul and his friends last presented in Marion in 2019. Their programs are slides set to music.

On Aug. 21, Marion Union Station will be hosting Everett Nelson’s Annual Train Show & Swap Meet from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  

The Oct. 16 meeting will be the annual tower night program. Presenting will be Dan Maners and Wally Mattes. Their programs will be devoted solely to interlocking towers. 

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 Gets Approval to Resume Meetings

June 4, 2021

The Akron Railroad Club has received a high green to hold its monthly meetings.

Officials at the New Horizons Christian Church in Akron, where the club has been meeting since 2006, on Friday notified ARRC President Todd Dillon that the club could resume meeting in the church’s fellowship hall.

The next meeting is scheduled for June 25 at 8 p.m. with a digital program to be presented by Dillon titled Off the Beaten Path: Railfanning in the Era of COVID.

It will feature images of U.S. Sugar 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.

Meeting attendees will not be required to wear a facial mask at the meeting, but should use good judgment and follow recommendations of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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

Future meetings have been set for July 23, Aug. 27 and Sept. 24, but no programs have been announced yet for those meetings.

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.

Summerail Canceled for 2021

April 26, 2021

Summerail 2021 has been canceled due to the linging effects of the CVOID-19 pandemic.

The committee overseeing the event held in August at the Palace Theater in Marion said the event was canceled due to “the many variables and unknown conditions that the COVID-19 virus has beset upon us.”

In an announcement sent via email to past attendees and participants, the committee said those conditions include a potential lack of vendors for the railroadiana show and several presenters canceling their participation due to family and job obligations.

As a result, the committee said, there was a danger that moving ahead with the event could result in a fiscal failure that would endanger its ability to hold future events.

The email indicated that Summerail operates on a tight budget and barely breaks even.

Summerail 2020 also was canceled due to the pandemic. The event was last held in August 2019.

Marion Railfans to Meet on Saturday

April 14, 2021

The Marion railfans will meet on April 17 at 7 p.m. at Marion Union Station.

The program will have an open projector format with attendees invited to show their images in 20 to 40 minute segments of slides or digital images.

The event is open to all. Attendees must wear facial masks and social distancing will be enforced during the event.