Posts Tagged ‘Todd Dillon’

ARRC Cancels May Meeting

May 1, 2020

With the State of Ohio having extended its stay at home order during the COVID-19 pandemic through May 29, the Akron Railroad Club has canceled its May meeting.

The extension of the stay home order means that many traditional Memorial Day events for this year will have to be scrapped or altered.

ARRC President Todd Dillon said it is possible the club may not be able to meet until fall, but it is taking it month by month.

The ARRC last met in February. Meetings for March and April were called off earlier.

The May program was to have been a salute to the Wheeling & Lake Erie by Jim Mastromatteo and Richard Antibus.

ARRC March Meeting Scrapped

March 12, 2020

The Akron Railroad Club has canceled its March meeting, which was to have been held on Saturday, March 28.

Club president Todd Dillon noted that many ARRC members are over age 60 and those in that age group are at higher risk if they contract coronavirus. He also mentioned that they are at risk for the flu.

The March meeting was to have been the annual member’s night and pizza party.

The next ARRC meeting is scheduled to be held on April 24 and will feature a program presented by Dillon.

Dillon to Present at Next ARRC Meeting

September 18, 2017

Todd Dillon will present a digital program at the September Akron Railroad Club meeting on Friday (Sept. 22).

Dillon, who was appointed vice president earlier this year, will feature images made on the Fort Wayne Line of Norfolk Southern.

It’s a former Pennsylvania Railroad mainline so we can expect to see the NS Pennsy heritage locomotive on the ex-PRR rails.

Todd’s program will also feature images that play on the theme of water.

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 Eat ‘n Park restaurant at Howe and Main streets in Cuyahoga Falls for a late dinner, dessert or an early breakfast.

Visitors are always welcome at Akron Railroad Club meetings.

Todd Dillon Named New ARRC Vice President

August 7, 2017

Todd Dillon has been named vice president of the Akron Railroad Club. The appointment was announced at the July ARRC meeting by club’s board of directors, which is made up of all of the elected officers.

As vice president, Dillon will preside at ARRC meetings in the absence of the president and will be in charge of arranging programming for the monthly meetings.

He is also the custodian of the ARRC’s digital presentation equipment.

A Stow resident, Dillon is an active and accomplished photographer. His ARRC programs often are comprised of images set to music.

Todd Dillon replaced J. Gary Dillon, who stepped down as vice president in January and was named to the honorary position of vice president emeritus.

J. Gary had served as ARRC vice president since 1975. He is no relation to Todd Dillon.

Another Colorful Easter Egg Hunt

April 22, 2014


This year’s Easter egg hunt started early on Thursday evening and finished on Sunday evening.

On Thursday I went to Bellevue in hopes of catching the NMRA locomotive.  After several trains had passed, the NS 3215 led a train toward Toledo.

I gave chase and caught it a few times, but the shot that I wanted and what was clearly the best was at the crossing of the Portage River in Oak Harbor.

Friday morning, I was working at Port Clinton and was on my way back when I caught an NS train off the Ohio Route 2 overpass at Danbury.

Near Huron, I saw another NS train with Canadian Pacific power that I photographed at Amherst.

Later in the day, I went to Wellington and caught the Leviathan making some trips. However, I missed the Union Pacific 2002 winter Olympic engine.

Saturday brought the Southern heritage unit leading a train at the drawbridge in downtown Cleveland and a return to Wellington to get some more photos of Leviathan and the Virginian Heritage unit on a CSX train.

Lastly, Sunday brought the New York Central heritage unit to Brady Lake after taking nearly all afternoon getting across the Cleveland area.

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon









Chasing the AVR in Pittsburgh

January 16, 2014

Last Sunday we went to view the Pittsburgh Model Railroad club. As we were leaving we heard an Allegheny Valley Railroad train going by, their track being just down the street.

It was moving slowly, about 10 mph, so we gave chase.  Our first stop was an overpass with a wide open view.

Next was an open area at Glenshaw, Pa.  It wasn’t a great location but it was open. The tracks that the AVR uses is the Baltimore & Ohio original line between Pittsburgh and New Castle, Pa.,

There are several tunnels along this route. I know where the Elwood City tunnel is and another is located in Pittsburgh proper. But the others I’m not so certain of their location.

Anyway, the train was coming and I took some roll by pictures.  As I turned to get the going away shot I discovered where one of those tunnels was located (did I feel dumb).

We continued to chase the train into Pittsburgh, finishing with some views of the Alleghany River bridge approach.  I found out later that this was train AVR1 which interchanges with the B&P railroad near Evans City, Pa.

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon





My Bucket List Just Shrunk by One

November 23, 2013
Looking like it is traveling through a swamp, the NS local works on the Terex branch. Could that be Roger Durfee on the ground working this job?

Looking like it is traveling through a swamp, the NS local works on the Terex branch.

I finally caught a moving train on the Terex branch of Norfolk Southern. That is one more objective that I can cross off my bucket list.

As I was sitting in Hudson, a Norfolk Southern local passed by with two plastic covered hoppers in tow. There was only one possible destination for this train and that would be the Little Tikes facility at Hudson.

 Little Tikes sits just off Barlow Road on a branch initially built in the 1950s for Euclid heavy earth moving equipment, later Terex. It is now JoAnn Fabric.

This line was initally called the Euclid branch by the Pennsylvania Railroad. When Terex shut down in the 1980s the branch was used for car storage. When Little Tikes built a factory it breathed new life into this line.

 I have always wanted to catch a train working this facility but while I have seen parked power on occasion I had yet to see a moving train until Friday. 

The weather was less than stellar. Heavy fog turned into rain, but when given a bunch of lemons you make lemonade. 

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon