Peninsula is Now the North Pole

The southbound National Park Scenic arrives at the North Pole, a.k.a. Peninsula, where a large Christmas trees sits alongside the tracks on West Mill Street.

The annual Polar Express  trains of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad got underway on Saturday night and will continue to operate on most nights through Dec. 21.

All trips of the Polar Express are sold out and have been for a while. The train, which is based on the story of the same name by Chris Van Allsberg, will take a break on the night before and the night of Thanksgiving.

Trains leave at 7 p.m. from Rockside Road Station in Independence or Northside Station in Akron. On Dec. 9 and 16 the Polar Express will feature daytime running, departing at 3 p.m. from its stations.

The destination of the Polar Express is the North Pole, a.k.a. known as Peninsula.

Last Saturday afternoon Peninsula was all decked out in lights and decorations as the southbound National Park Scenic made its regular appearance.

The Scenic is making its last runs of 2017. It will operate through Nov. 26 and then go on hiatus until Jan. 20 when it will return on its winter schedule of running on Saturdays.

The first welcome sign that Polar Express passengers will see upon entering Peninsula on the CVSR if coming from Rockside Road.

The train bulletin board at the Peninsula station is wrapped in a bow for Christmas. The National Park Scenic, though, will last run in 2017 on Nov. 26.

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