CVSR’s Silver Solarium May be Running Uncovered Today

CVSR’s Silver Solarium ran uncovered for steam train photo runbys on Sept. 30, 2018, at Boston Mill.

Normal operating procedures on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad is to place a locomotive on each end of the train.

That means the railroad’s two round-ended observations cars, the Silver Solarium and Saint Lucie Sound, have their ends “covered” as they roll along.

If the CVSR follows the same practice that is used last week, photographers today and each Saturday through April will have the opportunity to photograph the Silver Solarium as it operated on the fabled California Zephyr decades ago.

CVSR is operating winter excursions for its members every Saturday on a one hour, 15 minute trip from Peninsula to Independence and return.

Last week the three-car train had FPA-4 No. 6777 facing south and the Silver Solarium facing north.

The Silver Solarium, a dome observation car, has a whistle and ditch lights and its Mars Light was operating for protection at grade crossings.

Trains are scheduled to depart from Peninsula at 11 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.

This is not the first time the Silver Solarium has run uncovered on the CVSR.

The car ran uncovered for a CVSR members and volunteers special pulled by Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 in September 2018.

That same year on the last day that the 765 pulled steam excursions, the north-facing locomotive was uncoupled from the Silver Solarium at Boston Mill and the dome-observation car ran uncovered during the photo runbys.

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