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CVSR to Require Vax for North Pole Trips

August 27, 2021

The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad said Thursday that passengers riding the North Pole Adventure trains later this year will need to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or provide a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of their scheduled trip.

The policy will also apply to all CVSR volunteers and staff aboard the trains.

In a news release, CVSR said passengers will be checked upon arrival at their departure station.

Those unable to show proper proof of their vaccination or negative test will not be allowed aboard the train.

The North Pole Adventure trains have in previous years operated as the Polar Express. Last year the trains did not operate due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Many like organizations and venues are implementing similar protocols,” said CVSR President and CEO Joe Mazur. “It comes down to doing our part to keep our patrons, volunteers and staff safe.”

The policy will go into effect on Nov. 5 and also apply to the Veterans Day train ride on Nov. 11.

It will not be enforced for any CVSR’s programs or events occurring before Nov. 5.

CVSR also reminded passengers that Transportation Security Administration rules require passengers to wear facial masks at boarding stations, in depots, and aboard the train at all times except when eating or drinking, replacing the mask between sips and bites.

North Pole Adventure tickets will go on sale to CVSR members on Sept. 8 at 9 a.m. and to the public on Oct. 5 at 9 a.m.

CVSR Rebrands Christmas Trains as North Pole Adventure

August 5, 2021

The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad this week announced it has rebranded its holiday season trains as the North Pole Adventure™.

In past year the trains operated under license as The Polar Express. This year’s trips are scheduled to operate between Nov. 5 and Dec. 18.

The CVSR has operated Christmas-themed train rides for the past 27 years, although most trips in 2020 were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It was time for a change,” CVSR President and CEO Joe Mazur in a statement. “After several years of the same program, the cancellation last year, and listening to feedback from our community, we felt it was the right time to introduce North Pole Adventure.”

Like the Polar Express trips, the North Pole Adventure trips will feature a journey to the North Pole with passengers writing letters to Santa Claus to be hand-delivered the North Pole’s postmaster.

“In 2019, we accepted letters to Santa and received an overwhelming response from the community,” Mazur said. “The children enjoyed it and we knew they wanted the opportunity to deliver letters to Santa – now they can.”

Other activities aboard the train will include enjoying hot cocoa and cookies, singing Christmas carols, interacting with Santa’s elves and a visit from Santa.

Tickets for North Pole Adventure trips will go on sale to CVSR members on Sept. 8 at 9 a.m.

For those who want to become members for early access, membership requests must be submitted by Sept. 6 by 4 p.m.

Public ticket sales will begin on Oct. 5 at 9 a.m. For more information on North Pole Adventure, visit