Posts Tagged ‘Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad’

Train Time in Peninsula on the CVSR

September 22, 2022

Here are five images made of Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad operations in Peninsula on Aug. 19, 2022.

In the top image FPA-4 No. 6771 leads the southbound National Park Scenic into town.

Alco C420 No. 365 is on the north end of the train. The former Seaboard Air Line unit was given a new engine a few years ago.

From the baggage car, crew members are unloading water craft that will ply the nearby Cuyahoga River.

Note that the 365 is dedicated to a former chairman of the trustees of the CVSR.

The bottom image shows the southbound Scenic as it leaves Peninsula.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

CVSR to Offer Fishing Train to Indigo Lake

August 16, 2022

The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad has long offered various theme trains as a way to attract passengers who might not have ridden the train otherwise.

Its latest theme train is called Rods and Rails and involves fishing at Indigo Lake.

The train will depart from the Akron Northside Station on Aug. 25 at 11 a.m. The event includes a presentation about fishing techniques, wildlife and nature around Indigo Lake. Fishing equipment will be provided to those who don’t have it.

The train is scheduled to arrive at Indigo Lake at 11:30 a.m. Attendees will depart at 2:10 p.m. to return to Akron at 2:40 p.m.

The announcement didn’t say what you would do with any fish you do manage to catch

North Pole Adventure Ticket Sale Dates Announced

August 4, 2022

The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad said this week that tickets for the annual North Pole Adventure excursions will go on sale to members on Sept. 7 at 9 a.m.

Tickets will be available to members at the brakeman level and above. Public tickets sales will begin Oct. 5 at 9 a.m.

The trains will operate in November and December. These excursions were previously known as the Polar Express, a trade name that was used under license.

CVSR Begins Explorer Program

July 21, 2022

The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad this week launched its Explorer program for bikers, hikers and kayakers in the the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

The program replaces the Bike Aboard program that operated during the summer and fall for many years.

It enables hikers, bikers or kayakers to ride the National Park Scenic one way to begin or after ending their trek in the park.

Hikers and bikers pay a $5 fee for each trip while kayakers pay $10 for a single seat kayak or $15 for a double-seat one.

A season pass is available for $50 and provides unlimited rides. The program will operate through Oct. 31.

CVSR serves three main boarding stations: Rockside in Independence, Peninsula and Akron Northside.

The stations at Canal Exploration Center, Brecksville, Boston Mill, Indigo Lake and Botzum are considered flag stops with passengers needing to wave to the locomotive engineer to indicate they want the train to stop.

In an advisory, CVSR said passengers should use both hands to wave at the engineer to indicate they want to be picked up.

The Scenic is operating twice times a day on Wednesday through Sunday except on Sunday when it operates three three times a day.

Trains leave Rockside Road southbound at 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.. They are scheduled to arrive in Akron at 10:30 a.m., 2:40 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. the 5 p.m. departure from Rockside Road and 6:30 p.m. arrival in Akron is a Saturday-only train.

Northbound trains depart Akron at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., and are scheduled to arrive at Rockside station at 12:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The 7 p.m. departure from Akron and 8:30 p.m. arrival at Rockside is a Saturday-only train.

CVSR to Resume Akron Service July 16

July 12, 2022

The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad said today it will return to operating the full length of its route on July 16.

Trains have been operating only eight miles south of Rockside Road station in Independence due to erosion of the bank of Cuyahoga River in early March.

Railroad officials said the erosion had reached to within a few feet of the CVSR tracks.

Heavy rains caused the erosion near the Columbia Run picnic area of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The location is between Boston Mill and Jaite.

In a news release, CVSR said it will reinstate the full summer schedule of the National Park Scenic. The Scenic will operate five days a week, skipping Monday and Tuesday.

Also being reinstated will be the Explorer program, formerly known as Bike Aboard. The Explorer program allows passengers to bring aboard bicycles and kayaks. That program will resume on July 20

CVSR said those who have purchased tickets for an excursion starting July 16 or after will be contacted by email with updated information on their planned journey. This will not apply to those holding tickets for the Cleveland Dinner & Event Train.

Ticket sales for trips from Akron and Peninsula will begin July 13 at 9 a.m. and can be purchased at cvsr.org.

Steam Saturday: NKP 767 in the Valley

July 1, 2022

We are at the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad’s Steam in the Valley event of 2016.  Here are a couple of photos of Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 on Sept. 24. For that year the locomotive ran with roster number 767.

In the top image the 767 is at Boston Mill before performing a southbound runby. The bottom image was made in Peninsula and the 767 is being towed north past the regular CVSR excursion train.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

A Caboose on the CVSR

May 29, 2022

Private owner caboose FLNX 79896 operated for a short while on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. It is shown in Akron on March 12, 2016. That is Akron’s Y-bridge above, also known as the All-American Bridge

Photograph by Robert Farkas 

Steam Saturday: 2010 NKP 765 Memories

May 27, 2022

Here are three photographs dealing with the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad’s Steam in the Valley in 2010.

In the top image Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 is eastbound on a ferry move over the Wheeling & Lake Erie near Norwalk on Sept. 9. 

In the middle is the result of a different kind of chase of southbound NKP 765 in the Cuyahoga Valley near Boston Mills on Sept. 25. 

In the bottom image, FLNX FL9 No. 484 is on the north end of the southbound CVSR train in Akron on Sept. 25. The train is on the bridge over the remains of the Ohio & Erie canal. 

Article and Photographs by Robert Farkas

45 Years Later at Stone Road

May 15, 2022

With the excursions of Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad limited to all departing from Rockside Road station and advancing only as far as Vaughn Road due to the river bank erosion north of Boston Mill, I decided to pick out a one-and-done location.

I picked Stone Road about a mile south of the Rockside Road station.

 I chose that spot for several reasons. Years ago it was a through road between Brecksville Road on the west, crossing the tracks (ex-Baltimore & Ohio) at river level, crossing the river on a truss bridge, crossing the Ohio & Erie Canal, and then intersecting with Canal Road on the east end.

The top image was made in July 1977 with Cuyahoga Valley Line (ex-Grand Trunk Western) 4070 approaching. There were even crossing signals here.

Many years ago the bridge over the river needed replacement. It was demolished and never replaced. Stone Road still comes in from the west and dead ends at the railroad.

Photographs two and three were made on Saturday shortly after the 10 a.m. departure of NKP 765.

I also guessed the parking area at the Brecksville station would be closed off due to this being the only location for the photo runbys.

I suggested to Jeff Troutman, who was riding with me, that we drive past to see. I was right so then I suggested that we should visit the new visitor center at Boston Mill.

I was there twice last year, once with Marty Surdyk and once with Ursula.

We also saw the damaged riverbank area and from what we could see that it would still be a while for the repairs to be completed.

After stopping at the visitor center, we headed for lunch at McDonalds. About noon we went down to Old Rockside to await the return of the steam excursion.

The train showed up right at 12:30 p.m. The bottom photo is the train at the boarding site. As you can see some dark clouds were moving in.

Once the passengers had detrained, the train moved to north of Old Rockside. We got a few photos of 765. As we got back to my car the heavens let loose. It lasted a few minutes but we were done anyway. It was not an all-day outing, but still an enjoyable one.

Article and Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Now Named for Fred

April 29, 2022

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad RS18u No. 1822 is shown being towed north in Akron on May 23, 2015. The unit was built for the Canadian Pacific but has been a CVSR mainstay for several years. It was named for Fred Daigneau in November 2021 upon his retirement from the railroad’s mechanical staff after a 17-year career there. Daigneau has since agreed to serve as a volunteer locomotive engineer.

Photograph by Robert Farkas