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Mangold to Present January ARRC Program

January 24, 2022

David Mangold will present a program focused largely on the Rocky Mountaineer’s operations in Colorado as part of the January Akron Railroad Club meeting.

The club will meet at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28 at the New Horizons Christian Church, 290 Darrow Road, in Akron.

Mangold worked as a locomotive engineer last year on the Rocky Mountaineer, which operated west from Denver through the Rocky Mountains on tracks also used by Amtrak’s California Zephyr.

He will share his experiences of being a crew member as well as provide some history of the service, describe the scenery along the train’s route, and give details about the equipment used.

Also during his program, Mangold will show images of tourist railroad operations in Colorado’s Royal Gorge Canyon, and discuss Union Pacific and BNSF freight train operations in the region.

The program will follow the ARRC’s monthly business meeting. After the program, some members are expected to have a post-meeting social hour at the Applebee’s Grill + Bar on Howe Avenue in Cuyahoga Falls.

In other ARRC news, club members during the November 2021 meeting re-elected four of the five incumbent officers including Todd Dillon, president; Bill Kubas, vice president; Paul Havasi, treasurer; and Ronald McElrath, newsletter editor.

David Kachinko was elected secretary. He had been serving as acting secretary for much of 2021 in place of Jim Mastrommateo, who later died on Nov. 14 after a long illness.

It was the first election of officers since 2019. The ARRC did not meet for most of 2020 and much of the first half of 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Club members are also reminded that 2022 dues are due and can be paid at the January meeting. Dues are $16 per for the calendar year.

RRE May Meet Online This Month

January 11, 2022

The Forest City Division of the Railroad Enthusiasts has canceled its January in-person meeting but may hold an online event in its place.

The group’s president, Marty Surdyk, said the meeting was canceled due to lack of a meeting venue and rising numbers of COVID-19 numbers in Northeast Ohio in recent weeks.

The RRE lease of a police union hall in Westlake expired at the end of 2021. The building recently was sold to a new owner.

The group held three virtual meetings in early 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic before resuming in-person meetings.

The Forest City Division normally meets on the second Friday of the month.

A Few ARRC Program ‘Surprises’ Revealed

August 26, 2021

One surprise of the program of the August Akron Railroad Club meeting was revealed this week in an email notice sent to members.

The images to be shown by Mike Costill at the Friday meeting (Aug. 27) were made by the late Jerry Jacobson.

Costill’s program is titled Surprise and will present images made during the period of the late 1950s to the early 1970s.

Among the highlights will be Nickel Plate steam across Ohio; the roundhouse of the Pennsylvania Railroad in Akron; and Denver & Rio Grande Western steam.

There will still be some surprises of images and railroads and places that have yet to be revealed.

The meeting begins at 8 p.m. in the fellowship hall of the New Horizon Christian Church, 290 Darrow Road, in Akron.

The club has also announced that the program at the Sept. 24 meeting will be presented by Rick Varga and the Oct. 23 meeting will be the annual members night in which members show images of their choosing.

‘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.

Railfan Groups Resume In-Person Meetings

August 2, 2021

The Cincinnati Railroad Club will conduct a hybrid meeting on Aug. 5 at 7:30 p.m.

The club will meet in person but offer its meeting online via Zoom.

In an announcement the club said it likely will offer regular monthly in-person meetings as well as have a virtual option to watch programs.

The August program will be presented by Lee Rainey remotely via Zoom on the East Broad Top Railroad in Pennsylvania.

The meeting will be held at Archbishop’s House on the campus of Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center, 5418 Moeller Avenue, in Norwood.

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEkf-irqjMiEtQPiqYn6alp3QPagPmA7uJe

In an unrelated development, the Michigan Railroad Club has announced that it will return to in-person meeting starting Sept. 1.

Meeting will be held in Club Room 1 of the Ford Performing Arts Center in Dearborn.

Meetings are held between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. The group must clear the meeting room by 9 p.m.

The programs for future meetings will be announced later.

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.

RRE to Meet Friday in Westlake

July 6, 2021

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

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

The program will be presented by Bob Todten.

Preview of Tonight’s Program

June 25, 2021

The Akron Railroad Club will meet tonight at 8 p.m. in the fellowship hall of the New Horizons Christian Church.

It will be the club’s first in-person meeting in more than a year.

President Todd Dillon will present a digital program of images made during his travels in the past year between Ohio and Florida.

Here is a preview of Todd’s program. The top image shows Tampa streetcars at Ibor City, Florida, the middle image is a U.S. Sugar cane train at Clewiston, Florida, and the bottom image is CSX 1776 at Waycross, Georgia.

Photographs by Todd Dillon

Marion Railfans to Meet Saturday

May 13, 2021

The Marion Railfan Society will have a open digital projector program during its meeting on Saturday at Marion Union Station.

The meeting on May 15 will begin at approximately 7 p.m. Attendees must wear a facial mask and social distancing will be enforced during the meeting.

Those wishing to show images should bring those on a USB drive and limit their program to 20 to 30 minutes so others will have time to give their shows. 

All railfans are welcome at the meeting. There is no admission fee but donations are appreciated and used to maintain AC Tower and the depot.

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.