Steam Returns to the Valley This Weekend

A steam locomotive whistle and the sound of chuffing will return to the Cuyahoga River valley this weekend when Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 pulls excursions out of Rockside Road station in Independence on Saturday and Northside station in Akron on Sunday.

CVSRThe NKP 765 is slated to carry number 767, which it wore earlier this year during festivities to launch the kickoff of development of a rail-theme park in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

The three-hour trips on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad will depart Rockside Road at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, and Northside station at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Sunday.

The trips will be repeated on the same schedule on Sept. 24 from Rockside Road station and on Sept. 25 from Northside station.

The CVSR website on Friday morning showed that all trips from Rockside Road station on Sept. 17 and 24 are sold out.

Tickets remain available for all trips from Akron although some fare classes have sold out. The fare classes range from $23 for basic coach seating to $60 for executive class seating, which is a seat in observation-lounge car Saint Lucie Sound.

Open window coach seating is $25 per person. Other fare options include deluxe seating ($36), first class seating ($38) and dome section seating ($50). Deluxe seating is a place at a table in CVSR dining car Lone Star while first class seating is the lower level of dome car Silver Bronco.

Tickets may be purchased at All trips will feature a photo runby at Boston Mills station.

A special excursion behind NKP 765 will run on Sept. 24 and is modeled after the steam punk event held in 2015 at the Fitzwater maintenance facility and yard.

Attendees of the steam punk 2016 event will ride the train from Rockside Road station to Fitzwater, where they will enjoy an evening of live music, games, and food. Performing will be the band A Train and the Steamers.

There will be an opportunity to photograph NKP 767 and enter a costume contest for the best steam punk inspired clothing.

Tickets are $75 per person and are good for the train ride, three food items from the food vendors and three items from the drink vendors, including beer, wine and soda.

Boarding will begin at Rockside Road station at 7:30 p.m. with an 8 p.m. departure. The return to Rockside will be by train at approximately 11 p.m.

Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable. Attendees must be at least age 21.


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