Enjoying the Late Autumn Colors on the CVSR

The first photo op of the day was along Riverview Road as the late morning Scenic headed northbound south of Peninsula.

The first photo op of the day was along Riverview Road as the late morning Scenic headed northbound south of Peninsula.

What a difference a week makes. I had been on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad on Sunday, Oct. 25 and the leaves were at their peak colors.

A week later, many of those leaves had not only lost their color, but also fallen to the ground.

There was still some color left and many leaves still on the trees had that golden brown that makes late autumn distinct.

It was a sunny day and the last time that the CVSR would operate the Scenic train with a pair of locomotives on the south end.

With this year’s pairing featuring two FPA-4 units running tail to tail, it might be the last opportunity to get this unusual coupling.

Fellow Akron Railroad Club member Roger Durfee and I set out to chase the late morning and middle trips of the day.

Here is a sample of what I was able to capture.

The day’s trips represented the last service to the stations at Botzum, Indigo Lake and Brecksville until next year. Starting Nov. 7, the Scenic shifts to Saturday and Sunday operation with the only intermediate stop being in Peninsula.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

Not as much color as last week, but the view from the Ohio Route 82 bridge was still pretty fantastic.

Not as much color as last week, but the view from the Ohio Route 82 bridge was still pretty fantastic.

Passengers wait on the platform with their bikes as an arch of the Route 82 bridge frames the nose of CVSR No. 800.

Passengers wait on the platform with their bikes as an arch of the Route 82 bridge frames the nose of CVSR No. 800.

I got down on my stomach to get his shot at Brecksville station.

I got down on my stomach to get his shot at Brecksville station.

A small amount of gold is left in a tree next to the tracks just north of Boston Mill.

A small amount of gold is left in a tree next to the tracks just north of Boston Mill.

Is this the last time that FpA-4 Nos. 800 and 6771 run together as a pair? We'll find out in autumn 2016, but much can change in a year's time.

Is this the last time that FpA-4 Nos. 800 and 6771 run together as a pair? We’ll find out in autumn 2016, but much can change in a year’s time.

Around the curve lies the Boston Mill station.

Around the curve lies the Boston Mill station.

Bearing down on milepost 43 in Akron.

Bearing down on milepost 43 in Akron.

The best color of the day was at milepost 43 in Akron behind a housing development.

The best color of the day was at milepost 43 in Akron behind a housing development.

Side lighting illuminates a stand of autumn gold as the train rumbles through Akron southbound.

Side lighting illuminates a stand of autumn gold as the train rumbles through Akron southbound.

We waited for the Scenic to go north out of Akron and then called it a day. The train is passing milepost 43.

We waited for the Scenic to go north out of Akron and then called it a day. The train is passing milepost 43.

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One Response to “Enjoying the Late Autumn Colors on the CVSR”

  1. Bob Says:

    Beautiful images of the CVSR’s treasures. Let’s appreciate them now because so few railfans have operating ALCO-designed MLW FPA-4 locomotives within many miles. I know because I used to hunt these in Canada! To have them so close is a blessing.
    Bob

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