Posts Tagged ‘CVSR motive power’

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

New Horses On the CVSR

November 13, 2020

This week the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad received a new set of power just in time for the Polar Express trains. Horizon Rail Nos. 6421 and 2328, a former CSX slug set, are on lease to the CVSR. I caught up with the southbound ferry move at Boston Mills and again at Peninsula.

Photographs by Todd Dillon

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

Where the CVSR Used to Run

September 24, 2020

For a few years the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad provided service between Akron and Canton on tracks owned by Akron Metro RTA.

The transit agency acquired the rails from CSX to preserve the possibility of commuter service, although that has yet to occur.

CVSR began weekend only service in July 2003. The service eventually expanded to five days a week operating primarily during the summer.

One of the landmarks that the Canton trains passed in Akron was the Goodyear tire plant, which FPA-4 No. 800 is shown leading a train on July 25, 2012.

The Canton service was suspended in August 2013 and has yet to resume.

Photograph 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

Coming Into the Akron Station

November 20, 2019

The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad’s National Park Scenic is moments away from arriving in the station in Akron.

The train is about to cross the bridge over Cascade Locks and the Ohio & Erie Canal in downtown Akron.

The dusting of snow on the bridge helps to create a contrast between light and dark in this late autumn image made last Saturday (Nov. 16).

The Scenic has just two more Saturdays to run in 2019. It will go on hiatus after its Nov. 30 trips with the Polar Express taking over the railroad through Dec. 21.

The CVSR posted a notice on its website that all Polar Express trips have sold out and no waiting list is being maintained.

Tickets might become available as customers who purchased refund insurance return their tickets.

Photograph by Robert Farkas