Erosion Concerns Sidetrack CVSR Again

Erosion issues have once again knocked the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad out of service.

On Friday the CVSR said it has suspended all operation after receiving the results of soil monitoring along its track.

“Ongoing geotechnical soil monitoring in recent weeks identified increasing erosion along the 26-mile scenic and educational railway in Cuyahoga Valley National Park,” the railroad said in a statement.

The tourist railroad had been planning to resume operating its National Park Scenic on March 3 after suspending it last October.

During November and December the CVSR operated some trains between Rockside Road in Independence and the Fitzwater maintenance facility.

Passengers who purchased tickets for cancelled trips may contact the railroad for refunds.

The CVSR’s statement, which also was issued with the National Park Service, hinted that restoration of service may take several weeks.

The statement said officials are hoping to retore operations along the 26-mile former Baltimore & Ohio line by summer. The tracks run alongside the Cuyahoga River for much of that distance.

“We are going to do everything we can to allow the train to return to normal operations as soon as possible,” Cuyahoga Valley National Park Superintendent Lisa Petit said. “We ask for continued patience while we complete construction projects to stabilize the tracks near the river. In the meantime, we appreciate CVSR’s flexibility in adjusting operations.”

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