Posts Tagged ‘Cuyahoga Valley Line’

A Renewed Fascination With Boston Mill: 1

September 13, 2021

Earlier this summer I visited the recently opened Cuyahoga Valley Visitor Center in Boston Mill with Marty Surdyk and more recently with my wife, Ursula.

The history of the area is fascinating and to this day still changing. 

The photos in this post are all on the site of the former Cleveland-Akron Bag Company factory.

Workers made flour sacks and roofing paper from 1905-1923. The factory closed and was torn down.

The Visitor Center is housed in what once was the company general store.

Long after those events this location is still changing. Between 1975 and 1990 when I was riding and volunteering on the Cuyahoga Valley Line I’ve been able to see changes still.

These photos are from that time period, all at the location of that factory.

As you know this was the location of the Boston Mill station stop for the CVSR for many years until recently.

Aside from former Grand Trunk Western 4070 made in 1984, 1989 and 1990, we also see the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey circus train when it was here for shows at the former Richfield Coliseum in November 1985.

Article and Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Steam Saturday: Few Miles South of Peninsula

August 14, 2021

Former Grand Trunk Western 2082 No. 4070 is a few miles south of Peninsula in June 1980 as it pulls a Cuyahoga Valley Line excursion train. Today these rails are the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Steam Saturday: Steamin’ in Independence

July 24, 2021

We’ve set the wayback machine to the era when former Grand Trunk Western 2-8-2 No. 4070 was the primary motive power pulling Cuyahoga Valley Line excursion trains through the then-named Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area.

In the photo above,l the 4070 and a Baltimore & Ohio torpedo tube Geep are southbound in Independence on Oct. 18, 1980. It was common in that era for a Chessie System diesel to accompany the CVL trains.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Steam Saturday: 2 Views of the 4070

July 2, 2021

Here are two photos of Midwest Railway Historical Foundation steam locomotive 4070 (ex-Grand Trunk Western 4070) operating on what was the Cuyahoga Valley Line and is now the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.

These were taken in September 1982. In the upper image the train is southbound nearing Akron. In the bottom image it is in Akron.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Steam Saturday: The 4070 in Akron

April 17, 2021

Cuyahoga Valley Line steam locomotive 4070 leads a southbound train that is approaching the unloading area in Akron on Oct. 29, 1977. Passengers boarded and disembarked on the site of the former Baltimore & Ohio Valley Line passenger station. The Akron Northside station of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad is located on this site today.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Steam Saturday: The Classic Brecksville Image

April 10, 2021

It is the classic Brecksville photograph. A train coming south on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, the Ohio Route 82 and the Cuyahoga River reflecting it all.

In this image, we’ve gone back to Oct. 2, 1982, when the CVSR was known as the Cuyahoga Valley Line and former Grand Trunk Western 2-8-2 No. 4070 was the main attraction.

The river and Route 82 bridge are still there but the 4070 lies disassembled in Cleveland undergoing what could best be termed a slow and long-term restoration to operating condition.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Steam Saturday: Lesser Known Iteration of the 4070 Tender

November 28, 2020

Over the years former Grand Trunk Western No. 4070 carried many heralds and letterings on its tender. That was particularly the case when it worked on the Cuyahoga Valley Line, now the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, in the 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s.

It has carried heralds and lettering for the CVL and during its time when it was filmed for the movie The Natural, it even carried a Burlington Route herald.

In the image above, it carries lettering for the Midwest Railway Historical Foundation. This might be the least remembered of the tender’s many identities.

That is the name of its owners at the time, an organization based in Cleveland that has since renamed itself the Midwest Railway Preservation Society.

The 2-8-2 light Mikado is shown working in Peninsula in September 1982.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Steam Saturday: 4070 From the Route 82 Bridge

October 24, 2020

The steam division of the wayback machine has us on the Ohio Route 82 bridge in Brecksville.

The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad was then known as the Cuyahoga Valley Line and the motive power was former Grand Trunk Western 2-8-2 light Mikado No. 4070 operated by the Midwest Railway Preservation Society.

At the time this image was made the bridge had sidewalks on both sides.

The top image was made on the north side of the bridge of the southbound train. The bottom image was, of course, on the other side showing it going away.

It was made before the site has been transformed into a parking lot with a station although back in the day the Baltimore & Ohio had a depot here.

The bridge over the Cuyahoga River was on Station Road. The bridge is still in place and now part a trail leading from the Towpath Trail to the station.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Steam in the Valley for Wednesday

September 2, 2020

Steam locomotives are a major theme for today here at Akron Railroads. In the story below Edward Ribinskas takes us to California for two days of a ferry move of a Union Pacific steam locomotive following the conclusion of the 1992 National Railway Historical Society convention in San Jose, California.

Above is former Cuyahoga Valley Line 4070 putting on a show as it steams southbound in Brecksville on Oct. 27, 1979.

It may be not be obvious, but there is a connection between the two posts other than both feature steam engines.

Ed worked for a time as a fireman on the 4070 crew when it ran in the Cuyahoga Valley under the direction of the Midwest Railway Preservation Society.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Autumn Steam in 1988

July 15, 2020

Autumn 1988 featured mainline and tourist line steam in Northeast Ohio. On the Cuyahoga Vally Line, former Grand Trunk Western No. 4070 pulled trains between Independence and Akron.

On Conrail’s Fort Wayne Line, Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 pulled excursions sponsored by the Orrville Railroad Heritage Society.

This gallery includes the photographer’s favorite from September and October.

In the photograph above, the 765 passes the former Pennsylvania Railroad interlocking tower in Leetonia, Ohio, on Sept. 24

In the top and next image of the series below, NKP 765 is arriving at Conway Yard near Pittsburgh on Sept. 24.

The excursion was bound for Pittsburgh from Orrville.

In the next image the 4070 is at Hillside Road in Independence on Sept. 11 while the series rounds out with the locomotive being turned on the wye at Wi;llow in Independence on Oct. 8.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas