Posts Tagged ‘Cuyahoga Valley Scenic’

CVSR Two For Tuesday

November 10, 2020

This week’s two for Tuesday features a pair of images of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad in action on Oct. 21, 2009. In the top image the National Park Scenic was caught near Akron. In the bottom image it is crossing a creek near Brecksville. In both images the train was headed northbound.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Remember When This Ran on the CVSR?

March 10, 2020

Also RS3 No. 4099 was once a mainstay on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. But it has long since been retired.

It was built for the Delaware & Hudson in September 1952 and was still wearing its original markings when it went to work on the then-named Cuyahoga Valley Line in the late 1980s.

It appeared in three liveries during its CVSR days. It is shown above in Akron on July 24, 2004.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Going Back to 2009 on the CVSR

January 5, 2020

Like many of the locomotives that have dotted the motive power roster of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Alco C420 No. 365 has a long and colorful history.

It was built in June 1965 for the Seaboard Air Line where it had roster number 124.

It was given number 1226 when it was transferred to the Seaboard Coast Line roster.

The unit subsequently spent time at the Louisville & Nashville, where it was No. 1365.

It became No. 365 when it operated for the Arkansas-Oklahoma Railroad. It subsequently was the property of Indiana Hi-Rail and the Wabash Erie, both Indiana-based short line railroads.

No. 365 was the property of Indiana Boxcar when it arrived on CVSR in November 1998 as a leased unit acquired to finish the season. CVSR bought the 365 in December 2001.

It is shown above at Akron Northside station in on April 11, 2009, doing what Alcos do.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Must Have Been a Special Trip

December 14, 2019

The photographer made this image in Akron on April 11, 2009, and commented that it must have been a special trip.

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Alco RS-3 No. 4009 and FPA-4 No. 6777 have tamed up to haul an Ohio Central passenger car.

Perhaps the car was interchanged to the CVSR and the two locomotives were sent to pick it up.

At various times in its history the CVSR has leased passenger cars from the OC.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Steam Excursions to Disrupt CVSR’s National Park Scenic

September 17, 2019

The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad is cancelling operations of its National Park Scenic on days that steam trains are operating over the next two weekends.

The Scenic will not operate on Sept. 21, 22, 28 or 29. On Sept. 20 and 27 the Scenic will operate the first two of its scheduled scheduled roundtrips between Rockside Road station in Independence and Akron.

That means that bike aboard service will not be available on Sept. 20 and 27 after 4:35 p.m.

The steam trains are being pulled by Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765, which is owned and operated by the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society.

Trips will operate during daylight hours from Rockside Road on Saturdays and from Akron on Sundays.

Other trips are slated for Fridays and Saturday evenings.

In past years, the steam trips were scheduled to meet the Scenic in Peninsula. The Scenic would take the siding to allow the steam train to pass.

In the past two years, though, the schedules were set so that the steam excursions and the Scenic did not have to pass each on on the road.

That typically meant that the steam train would back beyond the station at Rockside or Akron while the Scenic arrived, did its station work and then departed.

The steam train would follow the Scenic a half our or more later.

That California Zephyr Look

September 21, 2018

Nickel Plate Road No. 765 made its 2018 debut on Friday evening on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad by pulling an excursion for CVSR volunteers and members.

But the star the show wasn’t the 2-8-4 Berkshire but the two newest additions to the CVSR passenger cars fleet, a pair of dome cars that once operated on  the fabled California Zephyr.

The Silver Solarium and Silver Lariat were making their inaugural trip through the Cuyahoga Valley and the railroad did it up in style.

All three CVSR dome cars were placed end to end at the rear of the train. For the southbound run to Indigo Lake, the Silver Solarium operated uncovered just as it did when it carried the markers for the CZ.

NKP 765 and the dome cars will be back in action on Saturday and Sunday with four public trips, but it remains to be seen if the Silver Solarium will operate on those days as it did Friday night or if a diesel locomotive will be attached to it.

The train is seen departing from the Canal Exploration Center station.

Remember When an FL9 Prowled the CVSR?

July 3, 2018

It is September 2011 and Nickel Plate Road No. 765 is making a guest appearance on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad pulling a series of excursions, including a total track tour to Canton.

Also part of those excursions was FL9 No. 484. The 765 was only around for a few weeks, but No. 484 stayed around for a few years.

It arrived on the CVSR in late 2009 and remained their until February 2012.

During the 2011 visit of the 765 the FL9 was the motive power assigned to the north end of the steam excursions.

Built in November 1957 for the New Haven, No. 484 also pulled Amtrak trains through the mid-1990s.

At the time of its CVSR appearance, it was owned by F.P. Flynn. No. 484 also saw spot duty helping to pull excursions sponsored by the Orrville Railroad Heritage Society on the Wheeling & Lake Erie.

The photograph above shows No. 484 at Bath Road facing north. The 765 is on the other end of this train facing south.

The image was made almost seven years ago so it you won’t find it in a wayback machine. Still, seven years was several years ago and the 484 hasn’t been around for a while.

ARRC September Meeting Moved to New Date

September 14, 2016

Due to construction in the parking lot of the New Horizons Christian Church, the September meeting of the Akron Railroad Club has been moved back a week.

The Club will now meet on Friday, Sept. 30 at 8 p.m. at the church.

ARRC logoThe change was made after the church canceled all meetings set to be held there during the week of Sept. 19 due to the parking lot resurfacing and other work.

The program will still be presented by Don Woods. The paper edition of the ARRC Bulletin will be mailed the week of Sept. 18 but the eBulletin will not be distributed until the week of Sept. 26.

Members are also reminded of the picnic, weather permitting, that the ARRC will have at the Columbia Run Picnic area in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park on Sunday, Sept. 25, weather permitting.

The club will furnish hamburgers,  hot dogs and buns along with condiments. Members are encouraged to bring snacks, small side dishes and desert items.

The picnic hours will be noon to 3 p.m. The picnic site is adjacent to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad along Riverview Road south of Peninsula.

Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 will be making its final runs on the CVSR on Sept. 25.

We also need volunteers to staff the ARRC table at the Berea train show on Saturday, Oct. 1. Contact Marty Surdyk at for further information or to volunteer.