2 Closed Roads Foiled My CVSR Chase

Horizon Rail No. 8420 does its best to imitate a steam locomotive as it approaches Brecksville station.

Horizon Rail No. 8420 does its best to imitate a steam locomotive as it approaches Brecksville station.

Saturday, Feb. 20 was one of those rare winter days when you just had to be out. The forecast called for temperatures in the high 50s and mostly sunny skies.

I decided to stay local and started my odyssey on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.

For some reason I decided to photograph the first southbound Scenic of the day at Jaite.

But Riverview Road was closed just south of Brecksville because of high water and I didn’t have time to figure out a detour route to Jaite. I settled for catching the train at Brecksville station.

I then figured out an alternate route to get to Jaite, but of course by the time I got there the Scenic was long gone. I was able to get ahead of it because it makes a stop in Peninsula.

On the spur of the moment, I decided to photograph the train passing the pond by the motorcycle club at the corner of Riverview and Smith roads.

Shortly before the train arrived, a lone Canada goose walked out onto the still-frozen pond, which gave the images a little more interest.

My plan was to drive into Akron and photograph the train at Northside station.

But Merriman Road was closed south of the crossing of the CVSR tracks so I abandoned that idea in favor of moving on to my next photo spot. Next time.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

During the winter, the CVSR Scenic does not stop at Brecksville station.

During the winter, the CVSR Scenic does not stop at Brecksville station.

The Saint Lucie Sound is a regular on the Scenic, but the caboose is not.

The Saint Lucie Sound is a regular on the Scenic, but the caboose is not.

The side of car "Spirit of Summit" catches the mid-morning sunlight as the Scenic passes through Brecksville.

The side of car “Spirit of Summit” catches the mid-morning sunlight as the Scenic passes through Brecksville.

Maybe this Canada goose is a railfan. If so, he must have been disappointed not see any Canadian Pacific rolling stock. But the trailing unit did used to belong to Canadian National.

Maybe this Canada goose is a railfan. If so, he must have been disappointed not to see any Canadian Pacific rolling stock. But the trailing unit did used to belong to Canadian National.

A good side view of the Saint Lucie Sound, which still lacks its CVSR markings other than the lettering.

A good side view of the Saint Lucie Sound, which still lacks its CVSR markings other than the lettering.

The goose is still wandering around as the Baltimore & Ohio tribute locomotive lumbers past.

The goose is still wandering around as the Baltimore & Ohio tribute locomotive lumbers past.

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