CVSR Volunteers Set Service Record in 2016

A CVSR crew member watches for the arrival a steam train during a meet in Peninsula in September 2016.

A CVSR crew member watches for the arrival a steam train during a meet in Peninsula in September 2016.

Volunteers contributed a record 93,000 hours of service to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad in 2016.

CVSR said that the service was provided by 1,740 volunteers and their work was the equivalent of approximately 45 full-time employees.

The previous record was 91,000 hours of service set in 2015.

“They are an integral part of every aspect of our organization and their support and dedication allowed us to bring quality programs to more than 214,000 passengers in 2016,” said Sherri Lemley, CVSR manager of trustee and volunteer relations.

CVSR volunteers fulfill a range of duties, including providing on-board service, developing safety initiatives and promoting CVSR and Cuyahoga Valley National Park at community events.

In a related development, the CVSR said that volunteer Mary Stewart has been named the recipient of the CVNP’s 2016 Safety Award. The award is given by the CVNP Safety Advisory Council.

Stewart served as chair of the CVSR Fire Extinguisher Committee and has overseen efforts to assure the readiness of CVSR’s fire extinguishers.

Her team has installed fire extinguishers at Fitzwater Yard and Shops, om stations and aboard CVSR’s rolling stock.

Stewart has contributed 3,000 hours of service to the CVSR as a volunteer since June 2013 and has served as a trainman and a regular steward on the Saint Lucie Sound observation-lounge car.

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