Posts Tagged ‘railfan events’

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.

Photo Conference Registration Underway

February 21, 2021

Registrations are being accepted for the annual Conversations conference to be held online by the Center for Railroad Photography & Art.

The event will be held on April 10 between 9:50 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. CDT and hosted on a Cisco Webex platform.

There is no charge for registration but registrants have the option of making a donation.

Scheduled presenters and their programs include: Patrick Cashin, New York MTA; William Gill, night photography; Jonathan Glancey and Ian Logan, authors of Logomotive: Railroad Graphics and the American Dream; Erik C. Lindgren, photography and art from Colorado railroads; Jeff Mast, photography of John Bjorkland; Kevin Scanlon and Kevin Tomasic, railroads and the art of place in Pennsylvania and West Virginia; and Yoichi Uzeki, New York City and Tokyo

To register, go to

EBT Winter Event Set for Feb. 20

February 3, 2021

The East Broad Top Railroad will conduct a one-day “Winter Spectacular” on Feb. 20 featuring a gas-electric car and a coal stove-heated caboose.

The event is a rivival of a similar seasonal festival held between 1966 and 1981.

Tickets are $30 for a ride aboard car M-1 and $20 to ride in the caboose. Children’s tickets for the same rides are $28 and $18 respectively.

Trains will travel about 2.4 miles from Rockhill Furnace to McMullin’s Summit, the limit of operable track. Departures will be hourly between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Ticket will go on sale at noon EST on Feb. 5 at

The nearby Rockhill Trolley Museum will be operating that day with a separate fare required.

Noted event photographer organizer Peter Lerro is holding a photo shoot for photographs costing $250 per person.

That event will begin at 3 p.m. and run through 8 p.m. with photo opportunities set up on the mainline, in the Rockhill Furnace Yard, and around the roundhouse.

None of the EBT’s six Baldwin 2-8-2 steam locomotives are expected to be posed during the daytime events, but one might be staged for the photographer’s special.

Other scheduled events on the EBT docket include Easter on the Rails, held in conjunction with the Rockhill Trolley Museum on March 27; EBT Goes to War – A Living History Event, on May 22-23; and limited M-7 diesel excursions in May.

Busy Morning at Berea During RRE Turkey Shoot

December 8, 2020

As I pulled into the parking lot at Berea on Thanksgiving morning across from BE Tower the clock in my Jeep read 6:33 a.m.

Why was I up so early on a holiday morning? Some traditions must go on no matter what is trying to impede them. 

Since the 1970s members of the Forest City Division of the Railroad Enthusiasts group in Cleveland have been meeting in Berea on Thanksgiving morning for the annual turkey shoot.

In past years they would meet for breakfast at Bob’s Big Boy restaurant and spend the morning photographing trains in Berea.

I came directly to Berea from home due to some scratching on the CSX radio channel. They might have a train to run.

Turns out they didn’t. It must have been the train working at Parma Yard that I heard as I headed out to the car from my apartment.

Today was one of those days; it was heavily overcast with a light mist coming down.

There would be no daybreak, no dawning of a new day. Days like this just happen.

The scanner was quiet, almost too quiet. Hunger drove me over to a nearby Dunkin Donuts for a trip through the drive through.

A bacon, egg and cheese bagel, and two frosted donuts would have to suffice until our turkey day feast at 1 p.m.

The quiet was briefly broken by the passing of a hi-rail truck on NS Track No. 1.

Then the NS Toledo East channel began to scratch. This could be a train coming.

As the radio signal got stronger, it sounded like “2014, clear, 200, two east.”

Something was coming, but I just was not sure what.

After the eastbound called “clear, 195, two east,” the Cleveland East Dispatcher cleared up things.

The train was 24Z and was going to be held for a couple of minutes at CP Max for the hi-railer to clear up at CP Drawbridge in downtown Cleveland.

The 24Z would go over to No. 1 track at CP Max. The dispatcher also mentioned that 11N and 414 were at the drawbridge patiently waiting for 24Z to pass.

Also about now 15N radioed in for permission into Rockport Yard. The yardmaster gave them yarding instructions. There would be action today.

The 24Z behind NS 4352 plus four other units glided past at 7:39 a.m.

The 11N, a solid auto rack train was next at 8:13 a.m. behind NS 2766 doing it solo.

A few minutes behind 11N was loaded coke train 414 behind NS 1207 plus one. They were OSed at 8:37 a.m.

CSX finally came to life with the passing of a K Train. This solid train of tankers carrying 1267 placards, which is crude oil if I’m not mistaken, passed by westbound at 8:58 a.m. behind CSX 35 plus one.

The 9 o’clock hour was led off by a CSX eastbound at 9:14 a.m. Q158 with double stacks was led by CSX 3185 plus one.

Fifteen minutes behind the stacker was CSX auto rack train Q204, which was lead by CSX 5359 plus one.

The latter minutes of the 9 o’clock hour saw a flurry of action on both lines.

 It began with Q634, a manifest freight eastbound. As it lumbered by, seemingly forever, CSX ran Q517 west on the other track.

While this was happening NS 15N was heading west with a huge consist.

On the other side of the 15N a westbound NS intermodel train went by. It was not quite four at a time, but close.

For those keeping score, Q634 had CSX 3224 plus one. Q517 had what sounded like CSX 809 as its leader. I didn’t catch the engine number as it went by or catch the engine numbers for 15N or the intermodal.

All this happened in a seven-minute stretch from 9:43 to 9:50 a.m. It would take until 10:13 a.m for the next train to go by, another CSX K train with 1267 on the tanks.

This one was lead by BNSF 5846 solo on the lead and Canadian Pacifuc 8145 solo on the rear.

Ten minutes later NS 21Z passed behind 4263 plus one. The 15N was being held at CP 197 for 21Z and the earlier intermodal that passed it as it came past BE Tower.

The 15N crew radioed in for a “how long we going to be here? We’ve got Olmsted Falls completely blocked.”

I’m not sure where their head end was, but the last few cars were still in the interlocking at BE.

“”You’ll go west after 21Z. Recrew at Fairlane.”

A very short and inefficient 26E was next at 10:31 a.m. with 8085 plus one. Ten minutes behind them was I2K, a second section of 22K, which rolled by behind NS 4111 plus one.

I had 11 a.m. pegged as my departure time, but scratching on the CSX radio channel as the bells at St. Adelbert’s Church sounded the hour kept me there for a few more minutes.

CSX has another K Train, tankers with 1267 placards, the third one of the day. This one was led by CSX 5378 plus one. It was OSed at 11:08 a.m.

There was more action in the pipeline with NS 309 working Rockport. Akron Railroad Club president Todd Dillon texted me that NS had an oil train coming west at Hudson where he was hanging out.

But it was now time for me to leave. Attendance at this year’s turkey shoot was down from previous years, which is not surprising due to the virus concerns.

Yet it was still an enjoyable morning of train watching at a busy location. Let’s hope for better times next year.

Article by Marty Surdyk

ARRC Cancels End of Year Dinner

November 21, 2020

The Akron Railroad Club on Friday canceled its end of year dinner that had been set for Dec. 5.

Club President Todd Dillon said the New Era restaurant in Akron where the dinner was to be held has imposed a limit on 10 people in its dining room due to COVID-19 pandemic rules and guidelines announced by government officials in the wake of dramatically rising numbers of virus cases.

ARRC had earlier announced a cap of 30 attendees for the dinner, but was expecting a crowd of between 15 and 20.

The pandemic has canceled other ARRC events, including the summer picnic and monthly meetings. The ARRC has not met since February.

An email sent to members on Friday indicated the club has received authorization from the New Horizons Christian Church in Akron to continue meeting there.

However, the club will not be able to hold meetings at the church until it is opened to the public.

RRE Cancels November Meeting, Will Still Hold Turkey Shoot

November 10, 2020

The Forest City Division of the Railroad Enthusiasts in Cleveland has canceled its November meeting, which was to have been held on Friday (Nov. 13).

The RRE will, though, hold its annual “turkey shoot” in Berea on Thanksgiving morning (Nov. 26).

Members and guests will gather at the west end of the Berea Union Station Restaurant for a morning of train watching.

There will be an optional breakfast get together at the Dunkin Donuts, 789 Front St., in Berea, which opens at 5 a.m.

The RRE event will begin around 7 a.m. and last until the last person heads home to eat Thanksgiving dinner.

The Thanksgiving outing was started by Mark Demaline and Bob Todten in 1975.

ARRC Cancels November Meeting

October 28, 2020

The Akron Railroad Club has canceled its Nov. 27 meeting due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

It marks the ninth monthly meeting the club has canceled this year due to the pandemic.

However, ARRC President Todd Dillon said the End of Year Dinner scheduled for Dec. 5 is still going to be held.

The dinner will be held at the New Era restaurant in Akron. Dillion will present a digital images program titled Off the Beaten Path.

ARRC Polling Members on Dinner Event

October 24, 2020

The Akron Railroad Club is polling its members to gauge their interest in attending the annual end of year dinner.

The dinner is set for Dec. 5 at the New Era Restaurant in Akron between 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

An email sent to members indicated that attendees will be required to wear a face mask until seated and that seating will be four to six people per table spread over eight tables.

Attendance at the event will be limited to 30 people and as at previous dinners attendees will order from the restaurant menu and pay their bill individually.

The notice said the program was to be determined, but a notice on the ARRC’s Facebook page indicated that the program will be presented by club president Todd Dillon and feature images of rail operations “off the beaten path.”

This will include trains on short line railroads and lesser used Class 1 branches.

Looking Back on ARRC Meetings of Oct. 23

October 23, 2020

It’s been a tough year for the Akron Railroad Club with the CVOID-19 pandemic having kept it from meeting since February.

Not even during World War II was the forerunner of the ARRC, the Eastern Ohio chapter of the National Railway Historical Society, unable to meet for months at a time.

Had these been normal times, the October meeting would have met tonight.

It would have been only the seventh time the ARRC met on Friday, Oct. 23 since shifting its monthly meetings to Fridays from Thursdays in the early 1980s.

In most years there are four Fridays in October, but this year there are five because the month began on a Thursday.

Those meetings were presided over by four presidents, Craig Sanders, Dave McKay, Marty Surdyk and Paul Woodring at three different venues.

Those included the community room of the First Federal Savings and Loan branch in Fairlawn (1981), the carriage house of the Summit County Historical Society (1987, 1992 and 1998), and the fellowship hall of the New Horizons Christian Church (2009 and 2015).

Each of the six meetings on Oct. 23 featured a different presenter.

In 2015, Todd Dillon presented a digital program titled Spooky Rails to the 33 in attendance.

The program featured Norfolk Southern heritage units, “spooky scenes” at the Northern Ohio Railway Museum, and Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 pulling excursions in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Some images were presented to music.

Todd brought a Halloween cake and candy that we ate so much of it that we skipped going to Eat ‘n Park for the after the meeting social.

In 2009, Don Woods presented a slide show focusing on the 1991 Sacramento Fail Fair at the California Railroad Museum.

Although I was president then, I missed the meeting due to having a flu-like illness.

Instead, Bulletin Editor Marty Surdyk presided, making it the third time he ran a Oct. 23 meeting. Two of those occurred when he was president (1992 and 1987).

Don’s program included images of Southern Pacific Daylight No. 4449 pulling a train of matching passenger cars in the Daylight livery through mountain passes, along rivers and through farmland from Portland, Oregon, to Sacramento, California. The after meeting social was held at Eat ‘n Park.

The meeting also saw future ARRC president Todd Dillon join the club.

The 1998 meeting drew 18 members and two guests to watch a program of slides and video presented by Clint Ensworth.

There were slides of live steam in Great Britain and video of Clint’s own Pittsburgh, Akron & Western railroad, which was dispatched by timetable and train orders.

The after meeting social was held at the Grapevine Café, which was formerly the Egg Castle.

Longtime ARRC members will remember the Egg Castle as the site of many post-meeting social gatherings. The pre-meeting dinner gathering also was held at the Grapevine Café.

In 1992, Dennis Romain presented a program about his western vacations in 1986 and 1991.

In 1987 the 32 attendees saw an hour-long video program presented by Tim Krogg that had music and narration.

The program summarized railroad activities in Cleveland, captured an excursion train bound for the Ohio State Fair in Columbus, had footage of Orrville Railroad Heritage Society trips pulled by NKP 765, and featured Pennsylvania Railroad K-4 No. 1361 pulling excursions in Pennsylvania.

I don’t have a copy of the Bulletin that contained the minutes for the 1981 meeting and then-ARRC president Paul Woodring does not remember who presented the program that night.

But he said he probably discussed the December banquet program, to be given by John B. Corns, who at the time was a company photographer for the Chessie System.

Paul also said he would have appointed a nominations committee to recommend a slate of candidates to become officers for 1982.

The pre-meeting dinner probably was held at the long defunct Huckleberry’s Restaurant on West Market Street. The after-meeting gathering was at Barnhill’s Ice Cream Parlor in the building that now houses the Fairlawn Panera Bread franchise.

2020 Berea Train Show Canceled

September 20, 2020

The 2020 Great Berea Train show has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The show, typically held in early October, will next be held on Oct. 2 and 3, 2021, at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds in Berea.

In a message posted online, the show management said it weighed all of the pros and cons and how those would affect vendors, attendees, and everyone else involved before making the decision to cancel.

The 2021 show will be the 47th year the event has been held.

The Berea train show is presented by the North Coast Division of the Mid-Central Region of the National Model Railroad Association.