Posts Tagged ‘CVSR National Park Scenic’

CVSR to Resume Public Trips on May 1

March 19, 2021

The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad will resume public trips on May 1.

The railroad has been offering Saturday-only trips out of Peninsula for CVSR members and volunteers.

Tickets for May and June trips will go on sale on March 23 for CVSR members and on March 26 to the public.

The National Park Scenic will make two roundtrips between Akron and Rockside Road in Independence on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in May.

In June the schedule will expand to operate two roundtrips on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays and three roundtrips on Saturdays.

Trains will make intermediate stops in Peninsula and the new Boston station at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park visitor center.

Also returning starting in May are theme trains, including the traditional Ales on Rails and Grape Express along with cocktail trains and dinner trains.

The latter has been rebranded as The Cleveland Dinner and Event Train. It will depart on Fridays at 6:30 p.m. from Rockside Road station starting May 7 and continuing through October.

Passengers will be treated to a two-hour excursion featuring a four-course meal. New this year, CVSR said in a news release, is a choice of two main courses.

There will be complimentary bar service of cocktails, wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages.

Dinner train tickets will cost $105 per person for lower level seating in the Silver Lariat, and $120 per person for dome level seating in either the Silver Lariat or Silver Solarium.

Tickets for Ales on Rails range from $50 to $90 per person depending on seating class. Grape Escape tickets are $60 to $90 per person depending on class while cocktail trains cost $70 per person.

CVSR said a new program debuting this year is the Explorer program, which is an extension of the Bike Aboard program.

Participants can purchase a season-long pass or one-time pass to ride the train then bike, kayak, hike or run in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

The Explorer program will run on the same dates and times as the National Park Scenic.

Due to COVID-19 pandemic safety practices, trains will operate at 50 percent of capacity.

More information on this year’s events and train trips is available at or by calling customer service at 330-439-5708.

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 Summer Event Ticket Sales Begin This Week

February 23, 2020

The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad will begin selling tickets this week for theme event trains operating between May and August.

These include family-oriented events, Ales on Rails, the Grape Express, cocktail trains, murder mystery trains, evening train rides and dinner and breakfast service.

Ticket sales for CVSR members at the brakeman level and above start on Feb. 24 at 10 a.m. while ticket sales to the public begin at 10 a.m. on Feb. 28.

CVSR memberships levels vary from $50 to $1,500 per person.

The benefits with each membership class vary and but include such things as complimentary tickets to ride the National Park Scenic, discounts on concession purchases, early access to Polar Express ticket sales, complimentary upgrades to a higher class of service aboard the Scenic, and unlimited access to certain services.

The latter include bike aboard, hike aboard and run board services.

Those who plunk down $1,500 for the Saint Lucie Founder level get one private use of the observation-lounge car Saint Lucie Sound on one regularly scheduled Scenic trip.

Through April 26 the Scenic will be operating on Saturday and Sunday only although the train will not run on Easter Sunday (April 12). Starting May 2 service will increase to Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The summer schedule of operating Wednesday through Sunday will begin on June 3 and run through Aug. 30.

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday during that period the Scenic will operate three roundtrips per day between Akron and Rockside Road in Independence (suburban Cleveland).

CVSR Caboose Trips Return on Feb. 15

January 25, 2020

Caboose rides will return to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad on Feb. 15.

Tickets are $25 for a half loop ride that departs from Peninsula at 9:45 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 12:55 p.m.

During the trip the wood-burning stove will be in operation.

The caboose will operate as part of the National Park Scenic, which will make two roundtrips between Akron and Independence in suburban Cleveland on Saturdays and Sundays through April.

CVSR 2020 Season to Begin Jan. 24

January 12, 2020

The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad is kicking off its 2020 season with a drawing to win a prize package.

The package is a gift basket with merchandise, shirts, tasting glasses and tickets.

Tickets must be booked online for a chance to win the prize.

The 2020 season begins on Jan. 24 with a 7 p.m. departure from Rockside Road station in Independence.

The National Park Scenic returns to service on Jan. 25 and will operate twice a day on Saturdays and Sundays through April.

When the Scenic makes its inaugural run it also will begin making regular station stops at the relocated Boston Mill station adjacent to the new visitor’s center of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Tickets range from $15 to $35 per person, depending on seating. All passengers ages 3 and older must have a ticket.

Children ages 2 and younger do not need a ticket but must sit on a parent’s or guardian’s lap throughout the trip.

The Jan. 25 run of the Scenic will also mark the resumption of breakfast aboard the train.

Unlike in 2019, breakfast aboard the train passengers will board at Rockside Road rather than in Peninsula.

They will receive a three-course meal catered by Creekside restaurant of Brecksville.

Tickets for the breakfast service cost $40 for adults and $27 for children (ages 3 to 12).

Coffee, tea and water are served as part of the meal and other beverages can be purchased in the concession car.

The January menu will feature a fruit kebob; Mediterranean frittata with spinach, feta cheese, tomatoes and oregano; side dishes of home fries and turkey sausage; and a coconut cream tart.

Menus change monthly and the entrée for February will be cinnamon French toast casserole. March will feature a corned beef hash frittata while April will have pancakes with lemon blueberry compote.

CVSR 2020 Season to Start Jan. 24

November 23, 2019

The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad will resume operating for the 2020 season on Jan. 24 with the departure of its Friday night dinner train from Rockside Road station in Independence.

The CVSR’s National Park Scenic will resume operations on Jan. 25, operating on Saturday and Sunday through April.

The last day of operation for the Scenic in 2019 will be Nov. 30.

During December the only CVSR operations will be the nightly Polar Express trips, which run through Dec. 21 except on Thanksgiving Day.

The railroad also announced that it is now selling tickets for its dinner trains, which also operate out of Akron on select Saturday evenings. The next Akron dinner train will depart on Feb. 15.

Dinner train tickets range from $100 to $125 per person depending on the seating class chosen. The highest price tickets involve dome section seating.

The menus for the dinner trains change twice a month. Menus have been posted for trains operating through April 25.

The four course menu for the late January dinner trains has a first curse of cured salmon herb cream cheese, arugula, pickled red onion, fried caper, and crackers; a second course of roasted squash saladmachego, candied walnuts, red onion, baby kale, apple vinaigrette; a third course of chicken cacciatoretomato ragout, herb basmati, baby bell pepper and herb salad; and a fourth course of chocolate pot de crèmeorange, mint, candied almond

A vegan option is available for an entrée upon request at least one week prior to departure date.

Silver Solarium in Akron

November 22, 2019

The Silver Solarium is, arguably, the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad’s premier feature car.

Built by Budd in 1948 for the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy, the dome-observation car operated on the original California Zephyr and joined the CVSR fleet in late summer 2018.

It features lounge seating in its observation section, three private compartments with sleeping accommodations and table seating in the dome.

CVSR charges premium prices for the experience of riding in the car. It has appeared on the steam trains pulled by Nickel Plate Road No. 765 and the Fall Flyer among others.

You can enjoy dinner in the dome section of the Silver Solarium on one of the CVSR’s weekly dinner trains.

The Silver Solarium is shown here beneath the Y bridge in Akron in the consist of the National Park Scenic during the train’s station stop.

The equipment assigned to the Scenic is doubling in November as the section of the Polar Express that departs from Rockside Road station in Independence.

It is notable that for Polar Express service the Silver Solarium is operating with its observation end pointed southward. Normally it is pointed northward.

In case you were wondering, each section of the Polar Express this season has 11 cars. Both similar consists including a concession car.

The Rockside Road section of the Polar Express is operating with dome car Silver Bronco, six coaches, dining car A.A. Augustus, lounge car Cuyahoga Inn, and the Silver Solarium.

The Akron section of the Polar Express is operating with dome car Silver Lariat, five coaches, parlor car Paul Revere, ADA-compliant car Fort Mitchell, Table car 161 and the Saint Lucie Sound.

The photographer reports that he recently realized that he has been photographing the CVSR and its predecessor the Cuyahoga Valley Line for 44 years.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

CVSR Releases Winter 2020 Schedule

November 13, 2019

The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad has released its winter schedule that will be in effect through April.

The National Park Scenic will operate on Saturdays and Sundays, departing Rockside Road Station in Independence at 9 a.m. and 12:15 a.m., and arriving in Akron at 10:15 a.m. and 1:25 p.m.

Northbound trains will depart Akron at 10:35 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. and arrive at Rockside Road at 11:55 a.m. and 2:55 p.m.

All trains will make station stops in Peninsula but bypass other CVSR stations.

Tickets are not yet on sale for the National Park Scenic on the CVSR website for 2020, but the site indicated the train will resume running in mid January.

November 30 will be the final day of operation of the Scenic in 2019. Only Polar Express trips will operate in December.

The CVSR’s specialty trains are also taking a break for the holidays.

Ales on Rails will return on Feb. 21, Grape Express returns on Feb. 7, and dinner aboard the train returns on a date to be announced in January.

The next murder mystery train will operate on Jan. 31. Other theme trains slated for the new year include Truffle Making on the Train, Trivia on the Train, and Canvass and Win on the Train. All of those will next operate on Jan. 24;

No date has been set for the return of Breakfast Along the Cuyahoga.

Tickets for the specialty trains will go on sale to certain CVSR members on Nov. 14 and to the public on Nov. 21.

CVSR Launches Edu-Trainment Car

October 26, 2019

The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad has launched its Edu-trainment car, which is designed to appeal to families with children.

The car, which is operating on the National Park Scenic through Sunday (Oct. 27), was created from the former Sharon Inn, which was originally built for the Pennsylvania Railroad.

CVSR officials told the Akron Beacon Journal that in recent years the Sharon Inn had been cannibalized for parts.

The car was subsequently rebuilt after being stripped down to its bare metal shell.

Funding for the rebuild came from the CVSR’s ongoing capital campaign.

The Edu-trainment car ran for the first time on Oct. 16. Once it completes its last run for 2019, it will be sidelined until returning in January 2020 when the Scenic resumes operations.

Bobby Dinkins, CVSR’s vice president of development and marketing, described the car as a “traveling kids museum on a train.”

He said the railroad created the car because some families found it a challenge to keep young children entertained during a three-hour trip. The car offers a place for families to retreat to during CVSR excursions.

The interior was designed by Karen Katz, who has done design work for the Children’s Museum of Cleveland.

It includes benches for parents to sit and watch their children play or take in the educational displays, including a map of the railroad’s route with magnets shaped like train engines to move about, train tables and small train replicas.

The carpet resembles a railroad track with pieces of hardwood floor mixed in to resemble the rails and blue circle lights in the ceiling representing the sky.

Exhibits were placed by windows to encourage children to view the nature of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and let in natural light.

“We wanted to connect the inside with the nature outside,” Katz said.

Other features include child-friendly bathrooms, a private baby feeding room and padded cubbies for children to read train-related books from a small library as well as look out the window.

Bike Aboard to End for Season After This Weekend

October 25, 2019

The bike aboard service provided by the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park will operate for the final time on Sunday, Oct. 27 for the 2019 season.

The Hale Farm Explorer will also operate for the final time this year on Oct. 27.

That will also mark the end of five day a week operation of the National Park Scenic between Independence (Rockside Road Station) and Akron.

During the month of November the Scenic will operate only on Saturdays and Sundays.

Trains will depart Rockside Road at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. southbound and depart Akron Northside Station at 10:50 a.m. and 3 p.m. northbound.

Arrival times in Akron at 10:30 a.m. and 2:40 p.m. while arrival times at Rockside Road will be 12:30 p.m. and 4:35 p.m.

The final day of operation for the Scenic for 2019 will be Saturday, Nov. 30.

The CVSR will operate Veteran’s Day runs of the Scenic on Nov. 11 for military veterans, activity military members, first responders and up to three of their family members for a complimentary train ride.

The veterans train will depart Akron at 10 a.m. and Rockside Road at 10:15 a.m.

The trips will last two hours. Members of the public are urged to turn out to wave flags as the trains pass through Peninsula.