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Nostalgia in Store at July ARRC Meeting

July 18, 2022

It will be nostalgia time when the Akron Railroad Club holds its July meeting this Friday.

The July 22 meeting will feature a program by Blaine Hays of Cleveland showing slides of railroad operations in Northern Ohio in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.

The program will showcase steam excursions as well as diesels and cabooses that are seldom seen in revenue service today.

The meeting will begin at 8 p.m. in the social hall of the New Horizons Christian Church, 290 Darrow Road, in Akron.

After the business meeting the program will get underway at approximately 8:30 p.m.

Marion Railfan Society to Meet Saturday

July 12, 2022

The Marion Railfan Society will meet on Saturday (July 16) at Marion Union Station at approximately 7 p.m.

Cory Behrendt will show digitized movies and videos made by Todd Miller inside Conrail and Chessie System towers in Ohio that he visited between the late 1970s through the middle 1990s.

Also to be shown are some digitized Super 8 sound movies made by Ken Bealer of Allentown, Pennsylvania, of the Tri-State Railway Historical Society’s Farewell to the CNJ excursion in northern New Jersey in November 1985.  It was the last train on the CNJ main in western New Jersey before it was severed for the construction of Interstate 78.

Following the program there will be an open projector for attendees to show some of their railroad images.

All railfans are welcome to attend MRS meetings.

RRE to See Shaker Rapids PCC Cars

July 10, 2022

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

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

The program will be given by Bram Bailey and show vintage images of Shaker Heights Rapid PCC transit cars.

The club also has announced plans for its annual summer picnic to be held on  Aug. 21 at Colony Park in Hudson.

The picnic area of the park is adjacent to the Cleveland Line of Norfolk Southern and a pedestrian overpass over the tracks is a short walk away.

NS trains in both directions can easily be photographed from that overpass.

Doubleheader at June Marion Society Meeting

June 16, 2022

The June program of the Marion Railfan Society will be a double-header with programs by Fred Ripley and Dave Oroszi.

Dave’s program will focus on the Baltimore & Ohio’s sunburst paint scheme of the 1960s and will include many engines painted in that scheme. 

Fred’s program will feature the eastern end of the former Pennsylvania Railroad’s Fort Wayne Line to Pittsburgh. He said the program will begin at Conway Yard and work into eastern Ohio.

“With an eye towards the history of the railroad, we’ll see lots of action from the last ten years of Conrail and from NS in recent years- big trains in great scenic main line settings, with lots of PRR position light signals, in all seasons and weather,” Ripley wrote.

If time permits audience members will be invited to show brief slide or digital images in an open projector format.

The program will begin at approximately 7 p.m. at Marion Union Station this Saturday.

Bowler to Present at April ARRC Meeting

April 18, 2022

Peter Bowler will present a three-part program at the April 25 meeting of the Akron Railroad .

He will open with digital images made on the 35 miles of the east end of the BNSF Seligman Subdivision between Flagstaff and Canyon Diablo.

The second and third parts will focus on Chinese railroad operations. This will include some low- light images of Chinese standard gauge steam from Sandaoling and video of the scenic Jiayang narrow gauge and Sandaoling standard gauge railroads.

The club meeting will begin at 8 p.m. in the social hall of the New Horizons Christian Church, 290 Darrow Road, in Akron.

After the business meeting the program will get underway at approximately 8:30 p.m.

Todten to Present at RRE Meeting on Friday

April 12, 2022

Bob Todten will present the program at the April 15 meeting of the Forest City Division of the Railroad Enthusiasts.

He will show a selection of images of locomotives built by Montreal Locomotive Works and Bombardier of Canada.

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

The club’s next meeting will be May 20. A program for that meeting has yet to be determined.

RRE also announced that by vote of the members at the March meeting the meeting date has been changed to the third Friday of the month.

There will be no meeting in June as the club plans to hold its annual outing to Bellevue.

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.

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.

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.