Posts Tagged ‘CVSR locomotives’

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

What’s Pulling CVSR Trains These Days?

June 9, 2021

Here is a view of HZRX GP35M No. 2348 as it crosses the Ohio and Erie Canal remnants in Akron on June 5, 2021, with a Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad train. It is only on the longest days of the year that this can be photographed in the sun on the northern side of the bridge.

No. 2348 has quite a history. It was built in February 1965 for the Pennsylvania Railroad and later served Penn Central and Conrail. More recently it was seen in Fairport Harbor in freight service.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Got Stopped by a Train on the Way to a Ballgame

May 24, 2021

Here is the newest station on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. Ed Ribinskas and Marty Surdyk were on their way to a baseball game in Akron when they got “stopped” by a train here.

Of course they didn’t mind and they got their cameras out to record it.

You will recall that there has long been a Boston Mill station, but it was located further north of the present location. The currently location is opposite of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park visitor’s center.

After getting their photographs, Ed and Marty continued to Canal Park to watch the Akron Rubberducks defeat the Reading Fightin Phils 13-1.

That’s not a bad way to spend a Sunday afternoon in May.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Another Alco on the Property at CVSR

May 10, 2021

The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad has taken delivery of a “new” Alco locomotive.

CVLX No. 182 is an RS18 that was built in October 1962 for the Canadian National. It was most recently operated by the Delaware Coast Line, which acquired it in 1994.

It arrived at the CVSR Fitzwater shops last week. The CVSR has another RS18 in its fleet, the 1822, which once worked for Canadian Pacific.

The DCL operated a short line in its namesake state but was unable to get its contract renewed in 2018. The Delmarva Central has since begun operating the lines DCL once covered.

The CVLX reporting mark was assigned to the CVSR effective Nov. 25, 2020.

The 182 left Delaware on April 14 and was towed by the Delmarva Central to Clayton, Delaware, for interchange to Norfolk Southern. The 182 was later spotted on NS passing through Warsaw, Indiana.

Although it most recently worked in freight service, the 182 did pull a Toys for Tots train in Delaware on Nov. 4, 2017.

It pulled three tank cars from Lewes to Georgetown on the very last train from Lewes on Dec. 15, 2017.

Crossing the Canal in Akron

April 28, 2021

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad No. 4241 is crossing the former Ohio & Erie Canal at Cascade Locks in Akron on Oct. 21, 2009. The locomotive once operated for Canadian Pacific.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Cruising at Indigo Lake

March 19, 2021

This is the somewhat classic photograph of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad at Indigo Lake. CVSR FPA-4 No. 6771 is just ahead of the Saint Lucie Sound on Sept. 13, 2014. Depending on the lighting conditions and how calm the water is, you can sometimes get a mirror-like reflection.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

From Canada to Akron

February 17, 2021

Southbound Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad FPA-4 No. 6771 is approaching Akron Northside Station on Oct, 18, 2013.

The photographer noted and he and two friends had years earlier traveled to Ontario to catch Montreal Locomotive Works FPA-4s in action on VIA Rail Canada. Those were great trips and great memories.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

CVSR FPA-4 Two for Tuesday

November 17, 2020

Today’s two for Tuesday features Montreal Locomotive Works FPA-4 locomotives on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad in different liveries and eras.

In the top photograph No. 14 is shown along the Cuyahoga River during a railfan excursion on May 17, 1997.

Several current and former Akron Railroad Club members were aboard this excursion, which covered the length of the line between Akron and Independence.

The train made several stops for photo runbys and railroad volunteers posed in various scenes for the photographers.

In the bottom image, No. 6777 is approaching Northside station in Akron on Feb. 2, 2017. By now the unit has been given a new livery featuring a chevron stripe on the nose.

No. 6777 was built in March 1959 for Canadian National and is, in fact the No. 14 shown in the top image.

At some point the CVSR reverted it back to its original CN roster number.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

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

CVSR News Bits

November 6, 2020

The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad said it has been installing Hotstart devices on its locomotives in prepare for winter operations.

The device uses a heater/pump combination to circulate hot water through the locomotive engine.

Otherwise, the locomotives would have to run continuously in order to prevent water-cooled diesel power plants from freezing.

CVSR officials said the device has reduced engine idling time by 18 hours a day per locomotive.

In other CVSR news, the railroad is holding a photo competition for passengers riding its Polar Express trains.

Those who take selfie photographs of themselves wearing a holiday themed costume may win a holiday cheer gift bag valued at $175.

The costumes must be festive and family friendly, and cannot feature licensed characters.

Passengers making the photographs must also be wearing a facial mask in their image, which can be made aboard the train, or in front of a train.

Photographs must be posted on social media with the hashtag #CVSRElfie. 

The CVSR is also urging members of the public to show up in Peninsula on Nov. 11 to pay tribute to the nation’s veterans.

The railroad is running a train for veterans on that day and it is expected to pass through Peninsula between 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Those present are asked to show support and appreciation for veterans as the train passes by.