Cincinnati Railroad Club: A Historic Railroad Club

Cincinnati Railroad Club: A Historical Railroad Club

By Giles Kennedy

Chief Editor The Ohio Railroader Website

Founder of the Ohio Valley Railroad Gang Facebook Page


Back in the late 1930’s; according to Mike Weber, long time member and avid volunteer; the club was started by railfans who started to gather folks from all the interurban stations in the Cincinnati area.

Many members serve in World War II. But when they came back; they helped organize railroad excursions, gatherings and collection of artifacts.

Fast forward to 2015. Cincinnati prepares for its rebirthed streetcar service. Also, the Cincinnati Railroad Club prepares to receive visitors for its annual Summerail  August 8th.

An overview of the paid and free events per CRRC’s website

Join us at this historic art deco railroad terminal to escape the summer heat and enjoy a day of high quality railroad photography. There will be ten multimedia digital and dual-projector slide presentations, all set to music. The programs will run from 1:00 – 10:00 pm, with a break for dinner (on your own) approximately from 4:30 – 7:00 pm. Admission is $25.

Multi-Media Slide Programs – In Auditorium


Chris Guss – Mike Abalos‘ – Classic Midwest Railroads

Charlie Dischinger – Just My Imagination

Tim Hensch – Just Call Me Richard

Dan Kwarciany -Railroads Across the Midwest

Mark Llanuza – Semaphores and Wig-Wags

Scott Lothes -In Search of the Northwest

Mike McBride -LaSalle & Bureau County RR

Dan Munson -(BNSF) Flood 2011

Gary Rolih – Early Railroads in Postcards

Dale Sanders – Southland (Southern Calif)

Tickets to Summerail are available for advance purchase below. Due to limited seating, tickets may be purchased at the door only if seats are available. If tickets are sold out check the Summerail Facebook site for availablity.

A Railroad Show and Sale will be set up in the terminal rotunda from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Admission is free.

Tower A, home of the Cincinnati Railroad Club , will be open on Saturday from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm for tours and train watching. The CRRC will be holding its regular club business meeting on Thursday, August 6 at 8 pm in Tower A followed by a program.
Admission is free.

Friday August 7, 2015 A pre-Summerail slide show will be held from 8 to 11 p.m. in CUT Auditorium. There will be a series of short “traditional talking” slide programs.


Dan Dover – L&N

Tom Carver – Eastern Washington, Oregon, Idaho, British Columbia

Al Burns – Chasing F Units Out of Atlantic City

Tom Sink – Railroading in Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana

Admission is free.

Back to the history of the club.

It is believed by club membership that the 1st meeting took place in Cincinnati Union Terminal. A place that would stand in the club’s history as well as Cincinnati history.


The majority of the clubs throughout the years have been active rail historians as well as active citizens.

Mike Weber explains it this way.

“There are two types of railfans. The kind where you do a lot of work (referring to the club’s effort to protect Cincinnati Union Terminal, organize rail excursions) and there are those who like to be entertained.”

Mike stated there was nothing wrong with the entertained railfans. They strike the interest for those who wish to become involved in a local or national effort.

Mike Weber further explained that the CRRC would like to get railroad excursions back in the Cincinnati area. They were involved with the Norfolk Southern Steam Program in the 1990’s.

The last appearance of Norfolk and Western’s famed J#611 was in 1994.

“That is so on our dream sheet.” Mike gleamed while I interviewed him today.

The observation tower known as Tower A, the artifacts, archives, and library is open to the public Wednesday thru Sundays at the Cincinnati Union Terminal/Museum Center from 12-5.

I wish to thank Mike Weber, Dennis Teagle and Jack Johnson for their help and time today.

I have been coming down here since they took stock in Tower A since 1990. I look forward for coming many years in the future.

Link to the interview with Mike Weber is below……




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