Our 2016 Membership dinner was held on the evening of December 6 at the Canal Grille in Canal Fulton. Regular business was discussed with inclusion of voting for the 2017 officers, results of which are: Anna Davidson, Chairman; Kevin Welch, President; Jerry Beach, Vice President; Joe Breindel, Secretary; and Kathy Green, Treasurer.
ORHS Chairman Anna Davidson has appointed Bill Engel, Joe Breindel, and Ed Hershey to be the Nominating Committee for the slate of officers for 2017. The Election of Officers will be held during the Annual Meeting on December 6, 2016. If you are interested in serving as an officer, or wish to recommend someone to serve as an officer please contact a member of the nominating committee. If you are recommending someone, please be sure they are willing to serve before nominating them.
Send your nominations via email by using our Contact form or call the Depot at (330) 683-2426 and leave a message
After months of preparation, ORHS has finally vacated the longtime home of our equipment at Deeser Siding on Pine Street to take up new residence at DABO. All stored materials and miscellaneous equipment have been moved and the last train out departed at about 11:00 AM October 14 for the trip across town. Special thanks goes to all the NS employees that helped make the move happen. All images below by Anna Davidson unless noted.
A lot has been happening in the past few months at ORHS. We've been diligently working to move all our rail-related assets from our old location off Pine Street across town to DABO, Inc. This has been a long arduous process that has involved moving 25 years worth of accumulated materials and parts as well as arranging the movement of our remaining passenger and freight cars via Norfolk Southern. Also recently completed was the initial track rehabilitation at DABO to enable the move onto the property. Special thanks goes to Lynn Butts, Joseph Butts, Doc Higgins and Kevin Welch for their herculean effort and many hours volunteered in getting everything moved.
The train to DABO is assembled and ready to go any day now. We'll post images of the move when it occurs.
Work Continues in Preparation of Our Move
In preparation of our move, a lot of work was needed on all the rolling stock. Some of this equipment hasn't moved in over 20 years! Bearing lubrication, brake and appliance repairs and truck installation was just the tip of the iceberg. All this work will enable us to move all the equipment.
Long time member Richard "Jake" Jacobs passed away on June 23. Jake was a prolific photographer whose images documented ORHS events and excursions. Jake was also the voice and editor of our newsletter, All Aboard, for many years. Many of Jake's photos and stories have appeared on this web site, our newsletter, the Akron Railroad Club blog and he also contributed images for books published about local railroads. Railfans could meet Jake trackside, camera in hand, almost anywhere in Northeast Ohio. Jake also traveled the country riding and photographing trains.
We'll miss the stories of your adventures, told in that big baritone voice.
High green, Jake.
All Siding Events Cancelled
On June 15, ORHS received notice that the track lease held since 1994 has been cancelled by the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway necessitating ORHS to vacate the property. Plans are now underway to move our equipment to the yard of our newly acquired subsidiary, DABO, Inc. Track at DABO is now being prepared to receive our equipment. Work is quickly being arranged or completed on rolling stock that was under repair. It is likely that the equipment that cannot be interchanged will be scrapped in place.
All events that would have utilized our leased track have been cancelled.
This is a huge, unplanned project in the amount of work involved in a very short time as well as a major financial impact. If you would like to help in any way or wish to donate to help offset the cost, please contact the Depot at (330) 683-2426. If unanswered, please leave a message.
Investing for the future of our organization, Orrville Railroad Heritage Society (ORHS) has acquired Dabo, Inc. through a stock purchase agreement. ORHS purchased the company from the estate of the late Art Davis who was a long time member.
Located southwest of town, the Dabo property consists of about 17 acres of land with a small railroad yard and a stretch of what was once the Cleveland, Akron & Columbus (CA&C) main line to Columbus.
Also included in the deal is all the owned equipment on the Dabo
property such as an ex-USATC RSD1 diesel locomotive that saw service in
Iran during World War II, Sturm & Dillard 0-6-0 switcher from their
gravel pit that was located in Circleville, Ohio, three 250 ton cranes -
one diesel, two steam - and various vintage freight and passenger cars.
The intent of the purchase is to restart Dabo as a for-profit business as a used railroad equipment dealer, scrapper, railcar storage facility and/or any other related opportunities come its way. All current equipment on the property will be offered for sale.
It felt like summer with the temperature in the 80's for our National Train Day celebration in Orrville. Track cars traveled from McGill Street to Orrville Junction and back throughout the afternoon. Even though we couldn't run the train due to a defect on the siding, attendence was excellent.The Depot was open to the public and the concession car was also available for snacks and gifts. As always, thanks goes to NARCOA members for graciously bringing their track cars and donating their time for our event.