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CVSR Rolling Stock Getting New Minimalist Livery

February 25, 2020

The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad is giving its passenger cars a new look.

The red and gold stripes along the windows are being removed in favored of a more minimalist appearance.

Many CVSR cars are also being renumbered to match their original heritage railroad numbers.

Most affected by the renumbering will be the cars CVSR acquired from Akron Metro, which originally bought the cars for possible commuter train use.

One of the newly-branded cars, the edutrainment car, is now in revenue service.

It is all silver with the initials of its original owner, the Pennsylvania Railroad, in an upper corner near the vestibule.

The Cuyahoga Valley name continues to be displayed in the letter board and the CVSR wing herald is at window level at the ends of the cars.

The look of the edutrainment car, the former PRR Sharon Inn, is similar to how observation-lounge car Saint Lucie Sound has appeared since it was refurbished a few years ago.

CVSR cars for several years have featured a broad red stripe with thinner gold stripes on the top and bottom of the red stripe.

The Cuyahoga Valley name in the letter board and the car name were set against a red background with gold striping. This will vanish as well.

This livery dates to April 1994 when the railroad was renamed from Cuyahoga Valley Line to CVSR.

The new look will be progressively applied to CVSR rolling stock over the next year.

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.

CVSR to Add 3 New Feature Cars Next Month

August 17, 2019

The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad expects to reveal next month three new feature cars, one appealing to children, one a luxury coach-lounge, with the third a rolling executive board room or party car.

All three cars are being transformed from existing equipment at the CVSR’s Fitzwater shops.

Car No. 162 is being rebuilt into an Edu-trainment Car designed to appeal to children.

The car began life in 1949 as a 21-roomette sleeper for the Pennsylvania Railroad. The Pennsy rebuilt it in 1963 into a 76-seat coach.

Before coming to the CVSR the car ran on Maryland Area Regional Commuter trains.

Akron Metro acquired No. 162 from MARC for a possible commuter service that never materialized. It has since been conveyed to the CVSR.

Once rebuilt, the Edu-trainment Car will be a museum and play place with interactive railroad-related exhibits, programming and activities.

CVSR President Joseph W. Mazur said the railroad consulted with children’s museums in Cleveland and Akron and Cleveland about how to create exhibits that would appeal to children and hold their interest during a long train ride.

Coach Car No. 6217 will become the executive coach. During its rebuilding, most of the coach seats are being removed and the remaining seats are being given more leg room.

Tables are being added to serve drinks, snacks or hors d’oeuvres. The car is also getting new carpeting, curtains, restroom upgrades and electrical improvements.

Mazur said the car will be available to be rented by families, businesses or organizations looking to hold a special occasion excursion.

Car 6217 was built by the Budd Company in 1947 for the Seaboard Coast Line.

Workers are converting Rail Diesel Car-1 M-3 into a place for board meetings or private parties.

Sidelined for several years, the RDC last saw service on the Canton line.

It will have a lounge area, a bar, table seating for board meetings and its own restroom.

Mazur said the CVSR is approached on occasion by corporations or individuals seeking to charter a train for exclusive trips. But the cost of renting a locomotive and a car or two can be prohibitive.

He said the RDC can operate on its own at less cost and with fewer staff while providing a “cool” setting for a meeting, lunch or dinner.

“People nowadays are looking for unique experiences,” Mazur said.

The RDC was built in 1950 for the New York Susquehanna & Western Railway.

The work on all three cars is being funded by the CVSR’s $5 million Powering Ahead campaign.

The cars are expected to be shown during the annual fundraiser set for Sept. 20.

CVSR Renames Car for Civil War Vet

October 9, 2018

The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad recently renamed a passenger car after an ancestor of a former president of the railroad.

Coach No. 165 was renamed from Salem Inn to George Washington Cooper.

A Civil War veteran, Cooper was the great-great-grandfather of Douglas Cooper, who headed the CVSR between July 2001 and October 2006.

The elder Cooper was born in New Jersey in 1833 and moved to Ohio in 1857.

He enlisted in the Union Army in 1861 and fought in the battles of First Bull Run, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg.

Car 165 was built for the Pennsylvania Railroad as a sleeping car with 21 roomettes.

It was transformed into a 76-seat coach in 1963 and rebuilt again in 1991 when then-owner Maryland Area Regional Commuter converted it into its present configuration of 80 coach seats.

The car was once owned by Akron Metro Regional Transit Authority, which leased it to the CVSR. In 2013 the CVSR took sole ownership of the car.

Saint Lucie Sound Mural Being Restored

March 7, 2017
CVSR observation-lounge car Saint Lucie Sound trails behind FPA-4 No. 6771 while crossing the Cuyahoga River in September 2016 south of Peninsula.

CVSR observation-lounge car Saint Lucie Sound trails behind FPA-4 No. 6771 while crossing the Cuyahoga River in September 2016 south of Peninsula.

A mural inside observation-lounge Saint Lucie Sound is being restored by the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad  in cooperation with the ICA Art Conservation.

The mural restoration is part of an on-going rehabilitation of the former Florida East Coast car that began in 2014.

The mural was discovered as workers were restoring the car’s bar area. Beneath the carpet covering the bar was a linoleum mural depicting Native Americans.

The creator of the mural is unknown, but it is believed to be original to the car, which was built by the Budd Company in 1946.

CVSR estimates that volunteers have spent more than 80 hours removing glue from the mural.

Layers of glue had damaged the mural, but most of it remains in place.

Saint Lucie Sound was donated to the CVSR in 1995 by the Haslinger family.

The car has had multiple owners over the years and undergone several changes that have altered its original interior appearance.