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2015 News Archive

Date: 12/22/2015
  • Updated the newly elected officers for 2016.
Date: 12/14/2015
  • Updated the next meeting date.
Date: 11/11/2015
  • Updated the dates for the next public run, meeting, and open meet.
  • Updated the Public Run Dates Page to only show the runs for 2016.
  • Updated the Open Meets Page with the dates for 2016.
  • Updated the Special Events Page with updated information regarding the 2016 Rail Camp.
Date: 11/9/2015

An official Facebook Page has now been created for the Northeastern Ohio Live Steamers. Hop on over and like our page!
Date: 10/22/2015
  • Added photos from the Halloween decorating and public run to the Photos and Videos Page.
  • Validated some of the code work on the website.
Date: 10/19/2015

Well folks, that does it for 2015, our last public run has finished for the year. I hope everyone had a great time. If you are interested in the hobby, please feel free to stop out during one of our business meetings to learn more about the club.
  • Updated the Home Page with new dates and time for the next events.
  • Deleted the For Sale Page due to a lack of use and interest.
Date: 10/15/2015
  • Added photos from the October 5 Granger Boy Scout Troop 511 visit to the Photos & Videos page.
Date: 10/07/2015
  • Added photos from the September 11 open meet to the Photos & Videos page.
  • Added photos from the September 19 public run to the Photos & Videos page.
Date: 10/01/2015
  • Added the public run dates for 2016 to the Public Run Dates page.
Date: 09/20/2015
  • Updated the next public run date on the Home Page.
  • Updated the next open meet date on the Home Page.
Date: 08/15/2015
  • Updated the next meeting date on the Home Page.
  • Added photos of the first signal block testing.
Date: 07/29/2015
  • Added additional photos from the most recent public run to the Photos and Videos Page.
  • Added photos from the Akron Railroad Club run to the Photos and Videos Page.
Date: 07/26/2015

It has been a while since I made any major changes or corrections to the website. I would like to ask all visitors if you have any suggestions on ways to improve this website. If you have any suggestions, please feel free to e-mail me.
  • Changed the next public run date on the Home Page.
  • Added photos from the most recent public run to the Photos and Videos Page.
Date: 07/19/2015
  • Added photos from the Burning River N Gaugers to the Photos and Videos Page.
Date: 07/18/2015
  • Updated the next open meet on the Home Page.
  • Added photos from the July Open Meet to the Photos and Videos Page.
Date: 06/26/2015
  • Added photos from the June 24 Friends of the Medina County Parks.
Date: 06/23/2015

Please note that the next public run is at a different time, from 4:00-8:00pm.
  • Updated the next public run date.
  • Updated the next meeting date.
  • Added photos from the June 20 public run.
Date: 06/13/2015

  • Added photos from the June 6 Fun Run.
  • Added photos from the June 10-12 Railcamp.
Date: 05/20/2015

  • Updated the Special Event page to indicated that the 2015 Rail Camp is full.
Date: 05/10/2015
  • Moved old news updates from this page to the news archive.
  • Added photos of the April 25 riding car inspection day.
  • Added photos of the May 2 Fun Run.
  • Corrected the header on the Special Events page to properly indicate the information is for the 2015 Rail Camp.
  • Removed websites from the Links page that are no longer working.
  • Updated the link to Tom Bee's website on the Links page.
  • Added Penn Keystone Coal Company to the list of coal suppliers on the Links page.
Date: 04/15/2015

  • Added photos of the NEOLS booth at the Medina Train Show.
Date: 04/13/2015

  • The next meeting date has been set to May 17.
  • Information regarding this years railcamp has been added to the special events page.
Date: 03/12/2015

  • The next meeting date has been set to April 12.
  • Additional photos from the pipeline clearing has been added to the photos page.
Date: 03/08/2015

  • Added photos from the Pipeline Clearing.
Date: 01/13/2015

The August public run date has been changed from August 1 to July 25 at the same time.

  • Updated the public run dates page.
  • Added photos from the New Year's Day Run.

2014 News Archive

Date: 12/27/2014

  • Updated the officers for 2015.
Date: 12/20/2014

Happy holidays to you and your family! This year has been another great year for NEOLS and we are looking forward to en even better one in 2015.
  • Updated the next meeting date.
  • Added photos of the Day After Thanksgiving Run.
  • Added photos of the Holiday Party.
Date: 11/13/2014

  • Updated the Public Run Dates page with the dates for 2015.
  • Added additional photos from the Halloween Run.
  • Updated the Open Meets page with the dates for 2015.
  • Updated the dates at the top of the home page.
Date: 10/21/2014

  • Updated the next public run date.
  • Added photos from the Halloween Run.
Date: 10/16/2014

I am sorry for the very long delay in updates, it has been a very busy month for me.

  • Updated the next meeting date
  • Added photos from the September 12 Open Meet
  • Added photos from the September 20 Public Run
  • Added photos from the October 4 Fun Run
Date: 09/29/2014

  • Updated the dates at the top of the home page
  • Added photos from the September Open Meet
  • Updated the for sale page
Date: 08/30/2014

  • Added more photos of the Fun Run & S Gauge Club
  • Updated the for sale page
Date: 08/24/2014

  • Added photos of the Signal Work
  • Added photos of the Fun Run & S Gauge Club
Date: 08/15/2014

I would like to remind all members of NEOLS that this website has a members section that has member's specific news and information. If you do not have the password, please e-mail the webmaster and it will be provided to you.

  • Updated the date for the next club meeting
Date: 08/03/2014

  • Added photos from the public run
  • Updated the date for the next public run
Date: 07/26/2014

  • Added more photos from the Signal Install
Date: 07/24/2014

The first physical work has been started on the signal system that will be installed in phases for the railroad.

  • Added more photos from the open meet
  • Added photos from the NMRA Run
  • Added photos from the Signal Install
Date: 07/13/2014

  • Updated next open meet date
  • Added photos from the open meet
Date: 06/28/2014

I would like to point out to anyone that would like to come to our next public run that the run is at 4:00-8:00 this time.

  • Updated next public run date
  • Added photos from last Wednesday of the storm damage and repairs
  • Added photos from the last public run
Date: 06/20/2014

  • Added additional photos from Railcamp
  • Added photos from the Burning River N Scale Club's event
Date: 06/17/2014

Sorry for the longer than expected time for getting the railcamp photos up.
  • Photos added for the 2014 Railcamp
Date: 05/31/2014

  • Updated the For Sale page with some new items, and removed some items that are no longer for sale
Date: 05/21/2014

I did some back end work on the website today making sure everything is still up to date and I haven't let any bad coding through. So everything has been re-certified to the correct standards.

Aside from boring website stuff, we have repaired the damages to the track caused by recent heavy rainfall. These repairs were done during what was supposed to be one of our "fun runs"

I would also like to remind everyone that our September open meet this year is also our 45th anniversary run! It should be a lot of fun, and we are looking forward to having a lot of guests.

  • Updated the open meets page to indicate the 45th anniversary run.
  • Added photos of the May 17 "Fun Run" which turned out to be more of a work day
  • Added a few photos from our table at the Medina Train Show
Date: 05/19/2014

I would like to let everyone know that the Rail Camp for 2014 has been filled. We do plan to have a camp in 2015, and information will be available next year. Please check sooner rather than later, it fills up quickly!

  • Updated the next meeting date
  • Updated the special events page
Date: 04/22/2014

  • Corrected the next meeting date to the 18th due to Mother's Day - note, this is the 3rd Sunday of the month.
Date: 04/04/2014

Registration for the single 2014 Rail Camp has been opened. There is a strict limit of 16 campers, and since we are only doing one Rail Camp this year, we are asking for all new campers, so no repeat campers will be accepted unless we do not get 16 new campers signed up.
  • The information for Rail Camp has been put on the special events page
Date: 03/14/2014

  • Updated the next meeting date
Date: 02/16/2014

  • Updated the next meeting date
Date: 01/26/2014

As an addition note to the public, it was decided by the club that we will no longer be offering private birthday parties or private events. This was a tough decision the club came to due to many internal reasons. If you wish to ride the trains, please come out to our public runs or consider becoming a member.
  • Updated the next meeting date
  • The Public Run Dates page has been updated to show the August 2nd public run will be from 4:00-8:00 instead of 12:30-4:30
  • The special events page has been updated with the most recent information
  • The open meets page has been updated with new dates
  • Updated the next open meet date
Date: 01/11/2014

  • An error was noticed on the open meets page for the September open meet date which had been listed as August, it is now correct
Date: 01/01/2014

Happy New Year!

Hopefully everyone had an enjoyable 2013, and are looking forward to 2014!

We have elected new officers that take effect as of today. Please note our club has a new secretary with new contact information. Please check the officers page for this information.
  • Added a new page called "news archive"
  • Moved all news items from 2012 and 2013 into the news archive
  • Removed 2013 public run dates from the public runs page
  • Updated the home page to indicate the next public run
  • Updated the open meets page with the current 2014 open meet dates
  • Updated the home page to indicate the next open meet
  • Updated the officers page with the new officers for this year
  • More updates in the members section as well - if you are a member and don't have the password, please contact the webmaster.

2013 News Archive

Date: 12/17/2013

  • Changed the date for the next club meeting.
Date: 11/23/2013

  • Changed the date for the next club meeting.
Date: 10/22/2013

  • Added photos from the Halloween run.
Date: 10/20/2013

Well, We had an interesting Halloween run to say the least! The weather was good for both evening runs, but it was raining hard enough for us to have to cancel the afternoon run on Saturday. Sorry to everyone who got turned away due to parking space, hopefully everyone who wanted a ride eventually got one.

We look forward to seeing the public again next year. Our 2014 run dates have been posted, mark your calendars.

I would also like to remind everyone that membership to NEOLS Club is open to anyone interested, you do not have to own equipment. We are always looking for people to help out, it takes a lot of work to maintain everything we have. But we also have a lot of fun on the days that we run the trains.

  • Changed the next public run to indicate we are done for 2013.
  • Changed the next meeting date to November 10.
Date: 10/06/2013

Wanted to let everyone know about a cheap coal supplier decently close.

Thompson Bros. Mining Company, 3379 E. Garfield Road (St. Rte.617), New Springfield, Ohio 44443. Phone (330) 549-3979 New Springfield is south and east of Youngstown.

Ohio stoker coal (golf ball and smaller size) is 9 cents per pound in quantities up to 500 pounds. Over 500 pounds is 5 cents per pound. This coal smokes, but doesn’t clinker significantly, and burns hot. It is clean and well washed, stored on a concrete pad.

Purchasing is easy, drive onto the scale, wait for office person to give you a wave, pull forward off scale and park. Go inside and tell her what you want - in our case, Ohio stoker. The two times we have been there, that pile is about 75 ft. in front of the scale. Pull up to the (very large) pile, get your shovel and gloves, start filling up. We use buckets and got 700 pounds easily in a 6 ft. pickup bed. Drive back onto the scale, pull off, and go inside to pay - cash or check only. Nicest people ever to deal with.
  • Added a coal suppliers section to the links page.
Date: 09/29/2013

We had a good public run on the 21st and from what I hear a well attended open meet on the 28th. Due to being absent from both these events, I was not able to take any pictures. If anyone has any, please let me know so I can get them up on the site.
  • Changed the dates at the top of the home page to show the next events.
  • Updated the public run dates to include dates for 2014.
Date: 09/13/2013

Mike Udolph has sent me some photos he took of the open meet. If anyone else has photos they would like to get to me, please contact me and we can figure out the best way to do so.

No new charter reservations (birthday parties / private events) will be scheduled for this year. Information regarding future charters should be available sometime in January 2014.
  • Added photos of the September open meet.
  • Updated the special events page.
Date: 09/08/2013

We had a really amazing September open meet! A lot of new faces to our railroad, and a lot of older ones too. Hopefully everyone had a good time and a safe trip home.

If anyone has photos they took at the open meet, feel free to e-mail them to me and I will be sure to put them up.
  • Changed the next open meet to show as September 28th.
  • Added photos from the open meet.
Date: 08/15/2013

Just one thing for today.
  • Changed the next club meeting date to October 13.
Date: 08/09/2013

Another great railroad camp has come to an end, we hope everyone had a great time!
  • The special events page has been updated to indicate that the RR Camps for 2013 have been completed.
  • Photos from the Railroad Camp have been added to the photos and videos page.
Date: 08/05/2013

We had another great public run on Saturday. The weather was great, and we had good attendance by both engineers and public riders.
  • Changed the next public run listed on the home page to September 21st.
  • Added photos of the August 3rd public run.
Date: 07/15/2013

We had great weather for our first 3 day open meet of the year. It was exciting to see some new faces and equipment! If anyone has photos they would like to share with the website, please contact me.
  • Photos of the open meet have been uploaded.
  • Changed the home page to show the next open meet as September 6-8.
Date: 06/22/2013

Today was our first public run of the year and it went really well, especially considering it was hanging around 90 the entire time.
  • Updated the home page to show that August 3rd is the next public run.
  • Added photos for the June 22 public run.
Date: 06/16/2013

One update today
  • Photos from railroad camp have been added.
Date: 06/10/2013

One extra item:
  • Added 19 items to the for sale page.
Date: 06/10/2013

Got a few things today:
  • Changed the next club meeting to August 11.
  • Changed the next open meet to July 12-14.
  • Updated the Photos and Videos page to include photos from the June 8 Open Meet.
  • Other member's only updates can be found in the members section.
Date: 05/20/2013

Had a good meeting with a lot of steamers running.
  • The next meeting date has been changed to June 9th.
Date: 05/09/2013

All of the spots for the two RR camps for 2013 have been filled.
Date: 04/25/2013

Dates for the 2013 RR camps have been posted, spots are filling up quickly.
  • Updated the special events page to include dates for the two RR Camps
Date: 04/19/2013

It was brought to my attention that I incorrectly updated the website with the next meeting date of May 12. It should have been May 19.
  • Corrected the next meeting date to show May 19
Date: 04/16/2013

It has been fairly slow in terms of news the last month or so, and only a minor update today.

I would like to remind everyone that if you are noticing something on the website that doesn't work, or doesn't look right - please don't hesitate to contact me so I can figure out how to fix it. If no one contacts me about problems, I may not know that there even is a problem that needs fixed.
  • Updated the next meeting date to show May 12
Date: 03/19/2013

Small update today:
  • Updated the Open Meets page to include additional information and event dates.
  • Changed the top of the home page to include the next open meet.
Date: 03/17/2013

Small update today:
  • Changed the next meeting date to April 14.
  • Other member's only updates can be found in the members section.
Date: 02/26/2013

A few updates to the website backend.
  • Re-validated every webpage for XHTML 1.0 rules and CSS rules.
  • Updated the link to the Accucraft website on the links page.
  • Added a link to the links page for the Maricopa Live Steamers.
Date: 02/23/2013

I realized that I did not actually have anything on the website indicating how to actually become a member of NEOLS. I have now created a new webpage that should help with this.
Date: 02/12/2013

Small update today:
  • Changed the next meeting date to March 10.
  • Other member's only updates can be found in the members section.
Date: 02/08/2013

I have been working on making a more accurate and up-to-date version of the track plan. I am fairly happy with the results, and feel it is about as accurate as it can be. I used satellite imagery from Google Earth to help generate the track plan.

To view the new version, go to the track plan and info page and you can see the small version and the large format version is available.
Date: 01/21/2013

Today is a small landmark for this website; it has been six months since this website was launched. I am pleased with the progress and the way things are working currently. However, I would like to reiterate that I am always open to suggestions, comments, or even complaints. This website was built on the grounds to service the NEOLS club as well as provide important information to the public about our club, so anything I can do to improve this will be greatly appreciated.

Since the website is six months old, I have taken down the "General Notice" that has displayed on the top of the home page. This notice read:

"I would like to remind all NEOLS club members that this website has a members section with additional important information, useful features and member's specific news.

I would encourage anyone who does not have the password for the member's section to contact me for the password."

I have no other updates for the public section of the website today:
Date: 01/18/2013

Small update today:
  • Updated the photos and videos page to add a 2013 dropdown for photos.
  • Added a few pictures for the January 1st "Snow Run." - More photos may be coming soon.
  • Other member's only updates can be found in the members section.
Date: 01/13/2013

First meeting of the year went well. Not much in the way of updates today.
  • Changed the next meeting date to February 10 2013.

2012 News Archive

Date: 12/17/2012

The e-mail that was set for Brian Tusin on the officer's page was an outdated e-mail address. It has been updated with the correct one.
Date: 12/16/2012

I noticed a small error in some of the coding on the home page and the members page. This may have caused things to display strange in some browsers. Everything is fixed now, and I also re-validated every page for strict coding guidelines.
Date: 12/13/2012

It has been a little while since the last update, so there are a few items this time:

  • The next meeting date has been set to January 13, 2013.
  • The next public run has now been updated to show June 22, 2013.
  • The officer's page has been updated with our newly elected vice president, and our new president and trustee.
  • The photos page has been updated to include the photos from the Christmas party.
Date: 11/23/2012

Added photos from the Day after Thanksgiving Run.
Date: 10/22/2012

Photos taken by Joshua Karas of the Halloween Run have been added to the photos page.
Date: 10/22/2012

The numbers are in for the Halloween Run.

We gave 489 rides Friday evening, 536 rides Saturday afternoon, and 677 rides Saturday evening for a grand total of 1702 rides.

We hope everyone that attended had an enjoyable experience and didn't get to wet!
Date: 10/20/2012

We had a good Halloween Run, a little wet, but good. This is our last public run for the 2012 season. As such the next public run has been changed to "done for 2012." For the 2013 public run dates, you can go to the public run dates page.

Pictures from the Halloween Run today have been added to the photos page.
Date: 10/20/2012

Changed the next public run to October 20, 2:00-4:00 & 6:30-8:30

Added pictures from the October 19 6:30-8:30 public run.
Date: 10/15/2012

The next meeting date has been changed to November 11.
Date: 9/26/2012

Corrected the times for the October 20th afternoon run to 2:00-4:00 (was listed as 2:00-3:30 previously).
Date: 9/16/2012

Uploaded photos from the S Gauge Run.
Date: 9/15/2012

Uploaded photos from the public run today.

Changed the "next public run" to October 19th from 6:30-8:30.
Date: 9/14/2012

Information regarding next years Rail Camps will be available next spring.
Date: 9/11/2012

Updated the track info with more accurate information.

The Public Run Dates has been updated with the dates for next years runs.
Date: 9/10/2012

More pictures from the Open Meet have been uploaded that were sent by a member.

Video taken by a member at the Open Meet added to the videos list.

Added Rail Serve Live Steam Suppliers & Friends Models to the links page which were suggested by a member.
Date: 9/9/2012

More pictures from the Open Meet have been uploaded.

Changed the next club meeting date to October 14 at 2:00.
Date: 9/8/2012

Pictures from Saturday of the open meet have been uploaded.
Date: 9/4/2012

Added Railroad Supply and Little Engines to the links page.
Date: 8/23/2012

Corrected the next meeting time from 2:00 pm to 12:00 pm.
Date: 8/12/2012

Set the next meeting date for September 9th. This will be a short meeting to discuss the Halloween run and any concerns.
Date: 8/10/2012

Photos page has been updated with photos from August 10 for Railroad camp.
Date: 8/9/2012

Photos page has been updated with photos from August 8-9 for Railroad camp.
Date: 8/4/2012

The next public run has been set to September 15th.

Photos of the Public Run on August 4th were added to the photos page.
Date: 7/31/2012

A video from Joshua Karas was uploaded to youtube and can be found under the videos area of the photos and videos page. Or you can view it directly following this link - nmraneols2012.
Date: 7/30/2012

Three photos from the NMRA Div. 4 run were provided by Harry Boivin III and can be viewed in the photos section.
Date: 7/26/2012

The photos section of the website has been put back up with a set of photos from the July open meet.

If you have photos from an NEOLS run or event, please let me know and I would be happy to put them up on the website!

More videos were also added to the videos section. These are mostly older videos I was able to find on youtube. If you have a youtube video of the NEOLS club railroad, please let me know and send me the link so I can add it to the website.
Date: 7/25/2012

The photos section of the website has been taken down temporarily due to concerns over the photos.

If you have any photos you personally took, I would be happy to put them up. Please contact me if you would like to do this.
Date: 7/22/2012

An issue has been discovered that is causing some photos to not display in the photos and video section. I am working on fixing each image individually and should be fixed soon. I will update this listing when all photo pages have been fixed.

UPDATE - All photos are displaying correctly now and have been tested. If you see a photo that is not working - please let me know.
Date: 7/21/2012

Welcome to NEOLS.net. This website is a fully functional alternative to the current NEOLS website. This website will be updated on a regular basis and has a new design and feel.

Being a brand new website, there is a chance there are mistakes in spelling, data, and design. If you feel something is incorrect, please do not hesitate to e-mail me at webmaster@neols.net. Also, please contact me with any comments or suggestions to the website, I would really like to know your opinions.

Some key features to this website and reasons why this website was created are below:
-New standard design template.
-Validated using W3C standards.
-Next run date and meeting date instantly available at the top of the main page.
-News feed for all changes to the website and news of club activities.
-Regular Updates
-Members Section.


If you are a club member, I strongly encourage you to access the members section available at the bottom of the Site Links list. This section has unique information specific on club documents, news, and events. If you do not have the password, please e-mail me at webmaster@neols.net
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