Posts Tagged ‘RRE meetings’

RRE Christmas Pizza Party is Friday

December 12, 2022

The Forest City Division of the Railroad Enthusiasts will be having its annual Christmas pizza party on Dec. 16 in Westlake.

The event will begin at 7 p.m. at the club’s usual meeting spot, the Church of the Redeemer, 23500 Center Ridge Road.

Attendees will be asked to pay a $7 cover charge for the cost of the pizzas. Members also are encouraged to help out by bringing snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.

The program will be a members night showing of digtal images and slides. Those who wish to show should bring 25-30 images of any subject matter.

The club’s digital and slide projectors will be available for your use. Digital images should be stored on a portable USB drive. Slides can be in a carousel tray or loose and shown via a stack loader.

The next regular RRE meeting will be Jan. 20 with a program presenter to be announced.

NS Dominates Turkey Bowl 15-7

December 12, 2022

Vehicle traffic was light as I made my way from my apartment in Parma to the railfan parking lot near BE Tower in Berea on Thanksgiving morning.

The last few years I’ve stopped at Dunkin’ Donuts for breakfast before arrival at Berea, but this year they were CLOSED.

I parked across CSX from the tower and settled in. The scanner was quiet for now. After about 10 minutes some transmissions could be heard on a Norfolk Southern radio channel. I couldn’t understand a word they were saying.

Then a headlight came around the corner at the west end of the interlocking. An eastbound was coming. Its leader was NS 4432. There were five other black units behind the leader, so I wasn’t expecting any mid-train units.

As the last cars of the mixed train passed I noticed that it had a locomotive on the rear. BNSF 7322 was bringing up the markers. This happened at 6:52 a.m.

It took a little over 30 minutes for the next train to pass, this being NS 66X behind Canadian Pacific 9816 and Kansas City Southern 4016. They were instructed to at stop at Rockport Yard and pick up a cab signal-equipped unit, which would be NS 7266.

By now Steve LaConte and Mark Demaline had arrived and were greeted by the passage of NS intermodal train 269 from Buffalo. Most of the cars had snow packed into their recesses, the remnants of the 6 plus feet of lake effect snow that hit western New York a few days prior. The 269 was led by NS 8054 and two other black units.

CSX finally got into the act of running trains at 8:08 a.m. with the passage of an eastbound mixed freight behind CSX 3418 and CSX 9039.

Forty minutes later at 8:48 a.m. NS intermodal train 27P rolled by behind NS 4283 and NS 4409.

CSX was next with back-to-back westbound mixed freights. The M363 went by on Track 2 behind CSX 3263 and CSX 95. As its last cars passed a headlight was seen on Track 1. This was CSX M635 behind CSX 4565 on the lead and CSX 3458 half way back.

NS frac sand train 61X was next at 9:04 a.m. behind NS 4516 and CSX 4553. In the middle was NS 1139 and CP 8804. It looked like this may have been two trains put together because of its excessive length.

Ten minutes later CSX had M634 to run. This mixed freight was led by CSX 531 and three additional units.

While the M634 was going by NS L15 slipped by going east. It was led by NS 4064 and NS 4284. L15 is an intermodal turn job that hauls cars to and from the Maple Heights intermodal facility. It originates in Sandusky.

Next up 12 minutes later was NS mixed freight 148. It had NS 4327 and NS 9486 up front.

The crowd was growing as the attendees who went to breakfast at Bob Evan’s began to arrive. Jerry Jordak and Terry Chicwak had their drones in the air. Yes, both were flying legally having received permission from the FAA to fly in Hopkins Airport air space, something that is done via a phone app.

The last train of the 9 o’clock hour was NS 32N at 9:50 a.m. This eastbound mixed freight was led by NS 9574 and NS 4337.

The 10 o’clock hour began with another NS eastbound, the 66E tanker train led by NS 7659 ahead of BNSF 3990 and BNSF 685. The latter is still in Santa Fe red and silver and is tracked on HeritageUnits.com. Steve LaConte reported its whereabouts to that site.

The crew of the 66E was very short on time. The dispatcher wanted them to make it to the West Park Industrial Track to tie down.

The crew didn’t think they’d make it and have time to tie the train down. They ended up stopping at CP Max and left the train there until later when a yard crew came out and moved it to the West Park.

The train sat there the rest of the day and most of the rest of the weekend, not making it to Conway until sometime Sunday.

CSX auto rack train M205 was next on the scene behind CSX 3447 and CSX 844. Our second two at a time occurred at 10:18 a.m. as CSX I158 and NS 265 passed at the same time. The CSX train had CSX 376 and CSX 3474. Sorry, I did not catch any engine numbers on the NS 265.

After the doubleheader, we had about 20 minutes to catch our breath before CSX got busy again with the passage of M364 behind CSX 3248 going solo.

The last five trains of the day, at least for me, were NS. First up was eastbound intermodal train 28P behind a very clean Union Pacific 8616 and UP 6380. It was recorded at 10:50 a.m.

Just five minutes after 28P went by NS ran intermodal train 265 west behind BNSF 6998 and BNSF 7003.

About 10 minutes passed before another NS eastbound tanker train was heard and then seen. Train 6E4 was led by NS 9570, Canadian National 3859 and CN 2652.

At 11:35a.m. NS ran westbound stack train 23G. It was led by NS 7601, NS 9667 and UP 7206.

My last train, NS eastbound double-stack 268, went by at 11:44 a.m. behind NS 7579 and UP 2627.

I had set a noon deadline to head home and get ready to head out for Thanksgiving dinner at my niece’s house. I actually left at 12:05 p.m. after six-and-a half hours and 22 trains with motive power from all seven Class I North American railroads. Not bad. And add to that sunny skies with unseasonably warm temperatures.

This was the best weather and train count day we’ve had in quite a few years. See you next year.

Article by Marty Surdyk

Jordak to Present RRE November Program

November 14, 2022

The November meeting of the Forest City Division of the Railroad Enthusiasts will feature a digital program by Jerry Jordak.

He’ll be showing highlights of his railfanning in the past year including the annual “bogus adventure” trip with two friends in advance of this year’s Penn Central Railroad Historical Society Convention held in Toledo. Jerry also has been to Tennessee and Pennsylvania in recent months.

The meeting will begin at approximately 8:15 p.m. on Friday (Nov. 18) at the Church of the Redeemer, 23500 Center Ridge Road in Westlake.

Surdyk to Present at October RRE Meeting

October 17, 2022

Marty Surdyk will be presenting the program at the October meeting of the Forest City Division of the Railroad Enthusiasts on Friday in Westlake.

Surdyk’s program is titled Ohio Central Excursions and will feature photographs made of various steam trips on the railroad back when it was owned by the late Jerry Jacobson.

The program will begin with a look at the railroad in the years right before it became the Ohio Central and include the Christmas season diesel-powered excursions from Dennison during the Genesee & Wyoming ownership era.

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

Members are also reminded that dues for 2023 are due and are $20. They can be paid at the October meeting.

The Nov. 18 RRE meeting will feature a program by Jerry Jordak.

Woods to Present Slides at Friday RRE Meeting

September 13, 2022

Don Woods will present a slide show at the September meeting of the Forest City Division of the Railroad Enthusiasts.

The meeting will begin at 8:15 p.m. on Friday at the Church of the Redeemer located at 23500 Ridge Road in Westlake.

The church is located a short distance east of Clague Road. Attendees should enter the church via the driveway on the east side of the building and proceed to a lighted parking lot. They should use the wide sidewalk to enter the building.

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 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.

RRE Christmas Party is Friday

December 5, 2021

The Forest City Division of the Railroad Enthusiasts will have its annual Christmas Party on Friday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Fraternal Order of Police Hall at 26145 Center Ridge Road in Westlake.

Pizza will be served with attendees asked to pay a $6 cover charge to pay for the pizza. Attendees also are asked to help out by bringing snacks and non alcoholic beverages.

The program will be a member’s night format show of digital images and slides.

Presenters can present 25 to 30 images on any subject matter related to railroading.

The club’s digital and slide projectors will be available for your use. Digital images should be stored on a USB drive. Slides can be in a carousel tray or loose and shown via a stack loader.

The meeting may be the last that RRE is able hold at the FOP hall. The building has been sold and it is not clear yet if the new owners will continue to allow groups to use it for meetings.

Groups might be able to continue using the facility but be subject to a rent increase and other restrictions. RRE has a contract to use the facility through December but not beyond that.

President Marty Surdyk wrote in the RRE’s December newsletter that he hopes the good relationship RRE has with the current owners will be taken into consideration by the new owner.

If RRE is unable to use the FOP Hall, it will need to seek a new venue but locations willing to allow groups to use their property have diminished due to the COVID-19 pandemic and legal liability issues.

For now the next RRE meeting is still scheduled for Jan. 14, 2022, at a location to be determined.  The program presenter has not yet been announced.

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.

ARRC Eyes Resuming Meetings in June

March 23, 2021

The Akron Railroad Club expects to resume meeting in June and will hold its first outing of 2021 over Memorial Day weekend.

The New Horizons Christian Church, where the club has met since January 2007, has resumed holding in-person services but is still working out its policies and procedures for groups to hold meetings using its facilities.

The ARRC last met in February 2020. Meetings have been suspended since then due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Club officers recently met to set the slate of activities for the year.

The first of those will be the annual Dave McKay Day in Berea on May 29.

Historically, McKay Day was held on the first Saturday in April until 2019 when it moved to the first Saturday in May.

Other events this year will include the longest day outing on June 27 in Fostoria at the Iron Triangle railfan park.

The summer picnic has been set for July 18 at Waterworks Park in Cuyahoga Falls and will be a joint event with the Forest City Division of the Railroad Enthusiasts.

The ARRC plans to wrap up its year with the end of year dinner in December at the New Era restaurant in Akron.

The end of year dinner and summer picnic were canceled last year due to the pandemic.

In an unrelated development, the RRE is eyeing May as its first in-person meeting since the pandemic began a year ago.

The RRE last met in March 2020 but has held virtual meetings online in January, February and March.

The group is considering having its April meeting in Berea as part of a day of railfanning there.