Sunday Afternoon Chase on the CVSR

The chase is on. The northbound Scenic approaching Botzum.

The chase is on. The northbound Scenic approaching Botzum in a snow shower.

Photographing the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad in good snow conditions was high on my to-do list for this winter. A couple of excursions to the CVSR had not yielded much in the way of snow.

But that changed on Sunday, Feb. 9. An early morning snowfall freshened the snow cover in the park. I rode the train in the morning, riding in the dome car Emerson. But once I got back to Akron, I was off to chase the afternoon trip.

The chase was not without some challenges. I wasn’t sure how deep the snow would be at my favorite photo locations. I had to call off photographing at Bath Road because the parking area by the grade crossing had not been plowed and I almost got stuck when I pulled in.

The parking lot at the Botzum station had been plowed. The images I there were nice, but not quite what I had hoped to get from Bath Road.

Fortunately, the Scenic was moving very slowly and I was able to catch up to it a few times.

Here is a selection of what I  captured during my chase, which began at
Botzum and ended at Indigo Lake with stops inbetween at Jaite, Brecksville and along Riverview Road south of Peninsula.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

The head end is almost to Bath Road. There was just enough snow clinging to the trees to make for some interesting images.

The head end is almost to Bath Road. There was just enough snow clinging to the trees to make for some interesting images.

Unable to get to Indigo Lake before the train arrived, I improvised by shooting the nose of FPA4 No. 6771 as it crossed the trail leading back to the lake.

Unable to get to Indigo Lake before the train arrived, I improvised by shooting the nose of FPA4 No. 6771 as it crossed the trail leading back to the lake.

As I drove up Riverview Road, I caught the train and the sun found an opening in the clouds. There was no traffic behind me so I was able to stop and grab this shot.

As I drove up Riverview Road, I caught the train and the sun found an opening in the clouds. There was no traffic behind me so I was able to stop and grab this shot.

With still no one behind me, I bided my time, pacing the train. No. 6771 is about to lead the train across Riverview Road south of Peninsula.

With still no one behind me, I bided my time, pacing the train. No. 6771 is about to lead the train across Riverview Road south of Peninsula. Some leaves have yet to fall from this stand of trees.

Approaching Jaite. My objective was to get an image here without the high tension power lines in the background.

Approaching Jaite. My objective was to get an image here without the high tension power lines in the background.

Pausing at Brecksville for the 15 minute turn-around stop. After March 16, the Scenic won't be coming here until late spring.

Pausing at Brecksville for the 15 minute turn-around stop. After March 16, the Scenic won’t be coming here until late spring.

The Old Station Road bridge frames one of the coaches.

The Old Station Road bridge frames one of the coaches.

The nearly still Cuyahoga River afford some reflections.

The nearly still Cuyahoga River afford some reflections.

A CVSR passengers provides some perspective as to the size of LTEX No. 1420.

A CVSR passengers provides some perspective as to the size of LTEX No. 1420.

Departing Brecksville en route to Akron. I figured to catch this train one more time before calling it a day.

Departing Brecksville en route to Akron. I figured to catch this train one more time before calling it a day.

Something about this image captivated me. The snow-covered and frozen Indigo Lake is to the right. There was a snow shower yet a hint of clearer skies to the south. Winter can make for some contemplative mood images.

Something about this image captivated me. The snow-covered and frozen Indigo Lake is to the right. There was a snow shower yet a hint of clearer skies to the south. Winter can make for some contemplative mood images.

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