Posts Tagged ‘Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad’

CVSR to Offer Friday Night Train Rides

September 23, 2021

The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad will offer two-hour rides this fall on Friday nights.

Trains will depart Rockside Road station in Independence at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person.

The first night trip is this Friday (Sept. 24) and had tickets available in dome car Silver Bronco.

Trains will operate every Friday evening during October.

CVSR to Serve Howe Meadow Market on Sept. 25

September 17, 2021

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad’s National Park Scenic will be making a stop on Sept. 25 at Howe Meadow so that passengers can shop at the Countryside Food and Farms market.

Passengers must board at Rockside Road in Independence and the train will depart at 9 a.m.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children.  The farmer’s market features more than 50 local farmers, food entrepreneurs and artists.

Passengers will have a one and half-hour stay at the market and depart at 11:30 a.m. to return to Rockside Road station at 12:30 p.m.

The National Park Scenic on that date will not operate between Howe Meadow and Akron. The second loop of the Scenic will depart Rockside Road station for Akron at 1 p.m.

A Fascination With Steam in the Valley

September 16, 2021

Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 will conclude its visit to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad this weekend with a series of excursions on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

It arrived on the CVSR during the first week of the month and has already pulled several trips that drew hundreds of passengers and spectators.

For many, the attraction of watching the big Berkshire-type locomotive in action is scenes like the one above of the 765 putting on a show for a photo runby.

This image was made on Sept. 14, 2014, at Boston Mill. That used to be where the photo runbys were staged.

Boston Mill has changed in the past two years with the CVSR station having been moved further south and a new visitors center having opened in a former apartment building.

If you’ve been following the story line this week of Ed Ribinskas’ series about steam at Boston Mill you’ve seen and read about those changes.

The 765 will be moving on soon although not before spending some time in Bellevue at the Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum later this month.

We probably can expect to see the 765 back in the Valley next year but those things are never guaranteed. Every time the 765 comes back you need to approach its visit as though it might be the last.

But, oh, the memories and photographs you’ll make that will always stay with you.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

A Renewed Fascination With Boston Mill: 4

September 16, 2021

Last Saturday the weather was ideal as I made my way to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad to make the final series of images that would conclude my series on steam motive power at Boston Mill.

I talked with several people who had no idea what was coming and they did wait around for the Nickel Plate Road 765 to arrive.

There were no white chains, no “keep out” or “no parking signs,”; it was just the normal signs that are always up.

Cars were parked at spots on Riverview Road like the old days and they were not bothered.

The top image shows the 765 passing through Boston Mill at 10:30 a.m. The middle image shows the afternoon trip at 2:37 p.m.

Both of these excursions had originated at Rockside Road station in Independence.

The third image shows FPA-4 No. 6777, which provided motive power when the train was operating northbound.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

A Renewed Fascination With Boston Mill: 3

September 15, 2021

Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 has been a September visitor to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad since from 2010 except for 2012 and 2020.

What will become the Cuyahoga Valley Visitor Center in late 2019, was still apartments when these photographs were made in September 2013.

Note the Boston Mill station/shelter on the northwest corner of the road crossing, the former site of Cleveland-Akron Bag Company.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

A Renewed Fascination With Boston Mill: 2

September 14, 2021

Following the 1990 operating season, steam motive power was absent from the Cuyahoga Valley Line until 2007. 

In the interim the CVL renamed itself the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad and acquired a fleet of diesel locomotives.

It also opened a station at Boston Mill on the site of a former factory.

September 2007 saw the return of steam operations when former Canadian Pacific 4-6-2 No. 1293, owned by Jerry Jacobson, pulled some excursions.

The 1293 returned returned the next year and again in September 2012.

The top image shows the 1293 passing through Boston Mill on Sept. 18, 2007. The middle image shows the former general store that at the time this image was made on Sept. 29, 2012, had been converted into apartments.

The final image was made by the CVSR station on Sept. 30, 2012.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

NKP 765 En Route to CVSR

August 30, 2021

Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 left its home near Fort Wayne, Indiana, this morning en route to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.

Unlike during past ferry moves, the Berkshire-type steam locomotive is being led by a diesel, Norfolk Southern SD70ACe No. 1183.

The Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society posted on its Facebook page that although the 765 is capable of operating on its own it currently lacks its own positive train control system.

The society set there is no set scheduled but it is posting updates at https://fortwaynerailroad.org/track-765/?fbclid=IwAR17W052zrhbYWxRi-w_OuN0MOL_9pKmR87LemV2BQVgXHPj47zwHK45a1Q

At 1:05 p.m. the 765 was reported to be in Fostoria. The ferry move will reportedly run east of Bellevue on the Cleveland District and take the connection at Vermillon to the Chicago Line to head for Rockport Yard in Cleveland.

The steamer will reportedly move to the CVSR on Tuesday. Excursions behind the 765 on the CVSR have been scheduled for Sept. 3, 10-12, and 17-19.

After completing its time on the CVSR, the 765 will head for Bellevue and participate in a series of events at the Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum between Sept. 24 and Oct. 3.

CVSR to Require Vax for North Pole Trips

August 27, 2021

The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad said Thursday that passengers riding the North Pole Adventure trains later this year will need to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or provide a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of their scheduled trip.

The policy will also apply to all CVSR volunteers and staff aboard the trains.

In a news release, CVSR said passengers will be checked upon arrival at their departure station.

Those unable to show proper proof of their vaccination or negative test will not be allowed aboard the train.

The North Pole Adventure trains have in previous years operated as the Polar Express. Last year the trains did not operate due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Many like organizations and venues are implementing similar protocols,” said CVSR President and CEO Joe Mazur. “It comes down to doing our part to keep our patrons, volunteers and staff safe.”

The policy will go into effect on Nov. 5 and also apply to the Veterans Day train ride on Nov. 11.

It will not be enforced for any CVSR’s programs or events occurring before Nov. 5.

CVSR also reminded passengers that Transportation Security Administration rules require passengers to wear facial masks at boarding stations, in depots, and aboard the train at all times except when eating or drinking, replacing the mask between sips and bites.

North Pole Adventure tickets will go on sale to CVSR members on Sept. 8 at 9 a.m. and to the public on Oct. 5 at 9 a.m.

A Thursday Afternoon Trip on the CVSR

August 20, 2021

The National Park Scenic arrives at Rockside Road station
Passing the Silver Solarium at Fitzwater Yard
The Baltimore & Ohio tribute FPA-4 is shown at Fitzwater sporting its original roster number.

Ursula and I had an enjoyable trip on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad on Thursday afternoon.

She had made a pound cake using peaches from a peach tree in our yard and we took a slice of that along with some Gatorade to drink as we waited in our car in the parking lot of the Rockside Road station in Independence.

The northbound National Park Scenic arrived just after 12:30 p.m. It took a while for the incoming passengers to detrain since it was a large group of elderly folks. Still we had plenty of time to board in an orderly fashion.

I had purposely ordered two window seats for us. They were on the side of the train facing west. 

The train departed exactly at 1 p.m. The crew members and the passengers were all very friendly.

Our car host was very enthusiastic but didn’t have a clue of so many things.

When we passed under the Ohio Route 82 bridge in Brecksville a passenger asked what bridge that was. He referred to it as I-271.

The word “Scenic” in the name of the railroad is definitely accurate. The majority of the route is appropriately scenic.

There are other tourist railroads that have scenic in their name and obviously it has no business being named as such.

There are many locations seen from the train that I’ve seen so many times in past years. However, I still enjoy those vistas each time.

When we arrived in Akron I asked the ladies across from us if they would like to swap sides with us for the return trip.

They were both from out of state and thought that was an excellent idea. We happily swapped sides.

The return trip was just as enjoyable and we arrived back at Rockside Road station on time.

I’d like to ride a winter trip someday. I did that once many years ago with my brother and

nephew but I don’t think that train went the entire route.

Article and Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Train Time at Brecksville

August 15, 2021

Here are four photos I made at Brecksville station on July16. All the bikers came on the path over the Station Road bridge over the Cuyahoga River shortly before train time at 1:20 p.m. The baggage car definitely is needed for this popular option on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. Note that the locomotives on both ends of the train are leases from Horizon Rail.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas