Posts Tagged ‘CVSR National Park Scenic’

CVSR Suspends Service to Akron, Peninsula

March 9, 2022

The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad has cancelled its National Park Scenic train through May.

In its place, it will offer a replacement, the National Park Flyer, which will operate on Saturdays and Sundays for one-and-a-half hour trips from Rockside Road station in Independence. The Flyer will not operate to Peninsula or Akron.

The schedule change was prompted by erosion of the bank of the Cuyahoga River north of Boston Mill where the tracks run close to the river for a short stretch.

National Park Service officials said last weekend that erosion from recent rains has reached to within a few feet of the tracks used by the CVSR.

The Park Service owns the track, which passes through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Park officials said it will take weeks to complete work to stabilize the river’s banks where the erosion occurred near the Columbia Run picnic area just north of the Boston Mill ski resort.

In an email message distributed on Tuesday morning, the CVSR said the Cleveland Dinner  & Event Train will continue to operate on Fridays. Also still operating are such theme experiences such as Ales on Rails and caboose rides.

Trains depart from Rockside Road station on Saturdays and Sundays at 10 a.m. and noon. The dinner and event train departs Rockside Road at 6:30 p.m. on Fridays.

National Park Scenic in the Snow

February 10, 2022

Last Sunday I did a quick chase of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.

After a major snowstorm Thursday and Friday things were pretty much cleared out by Sunday.

CVSR ran a plow train on Friday and with the regular runs of the National Park Scenic on Saturday I did not expect to have any snow buildup at crossings.

Imagine my surprise when the train hit a snow bank at Boston Mills.  It was not a very large one but it still made for a nice photo.

The train itself was covered in ice and snow reminding me of Snowpiercer, a dystopian novel in which the earth has been covered in a global freeze and the last survivors ride a train that circles the planet once a year. 

This has been adopted into a movie and most recently a TV show. As with most sci-fi works you must suspend disbelief (like who maintains the track for instance?) but otherwise are enjoyable programs.

Anyhow I thought you might enjoy these.

Article and Photographs byTodd Dillon

Short Timer on the CVSR

January 24, 2022

Over the past several years the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad has supplemented its motive power fleet by leasing locomotives from leasing firms LTEX and Horizon Rail.

Those units typically operate on the CVSR in whatever livery they came in and at best have a CVSR emblem attached to them.

Shown is a former BNSF GP30u leased from LTEX and that ran on the CVSR in 2013. Built for the Santa Fe as a GP30, BNSF never repainted this locomotive into its own colors or painted over the Santa Fe markings.

By the time LTEX 2436 reached the CVSR, those Santa Fe markings and heralds had been painted over. But otherwise, the 2436 still looked like a former Santa Fe engine.

This image was made on March 3, 2013, during a snow shower at Boston Mill station as the 2436 pulled a northbound National Park Scenic, running long hood forward.

On the south end of the train was LTEX GP15-1 No. 1420, which railfan photographers loved to hate because of its solid black livery. The 1420 would have a longer tenure on the CVSR than the 2436 and was still in service more than a year later.

Article and Photograph by Craig Sanders

CVSR to Run First 2022 Train Tonight

January 21, 2022

The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad will field its first train of the 2022 operating season tonight with a two-hour dinner and theme train leaving Rockside Road station in Independence at 6:30 p.m.

Night Ride tickets are $16 per passenger while theme experience Murder Mystery: Fitness can be Murder tickets are $60 per person.

Dinner train tickets range between $120 and $105 depending on seating class. The higher priced tickets are for dome level seating.

The dinner train offers a four-course meal with a choice of two main courses. There is also complimentary bar service for dinner train patrons.

The menu for Jan. 21, Jan. 28 and Feb. 4, includes a first course of drunken goat cheese accompanied with stewed red grapes and honeycomb candy; a second course of a Burrata salad of fennel, red onion, focaccia crumble, capers and Italian dressing; and a main course of veal short ribs served with mashed rutabaga, roasted brussels sprouts, honey glazed carrots and herb jus or chicken roulades served with mashed rutabaga, roasted brussels sprouts, honey glazed carrots and herb jus.

Dessert is a pear and walnut crumble with white wine vanilla ice cream.

The National Park Scenic will get underway for the season on Saturday with tickets ranging from $11 to $36 depending on seating class.

The Scenic will board and discharge passengers at Rockside Road, Peninsula and Akron North Side station.  It will operate on Saturdays and Sundays through April with Friday trips added in May.

Trains depart Rockside Road station at 9 a.m. and noon, and depart Akron at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Times at Peninsula are 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. southbound, and 11:05 a.m. and 2:05 p.m. northbound.

CVSR to Begin 2022 Season on Jan. 22

January 8, 2022

The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad will resume operations on Jan. 22, operating its National Park Scenic twice a day on Saturdays and Sundays between Independence (Rockside Road) and Akron with an intermediate stop in Peninsula.

Trains will depart Rockside Road at 9 a.m. and noon, and will depart Akron at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

This schedule will remain in place through April. In May trains will operate on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays although the Scenic will not operate May 13-15 or May 20-22 due to the steam in the valley excursions being pulled by Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765.

Seating options include coach, tabletop and first class with fares ranging from $11 to $36 per person.

Also available is dome section seating in the Silver Lariat or Silver Bronco dome cars. Dome section tickets cost $29 for an adult and $24 for a child.

Executive class seating in the Saint Lucie Sound is available for $36 for an adult and $31 for a child. Seating is assigned in executive class.

No outside food or beverages are allowed aboard trains. A concession car will have snacks and drinks for sale.

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 http://www.cvsr.org 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.