Posts Tagged ‘CVSR trains’

CVSR to Serve Howe Meadow Market on Sept. 25

September 17, 2021

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad’s National Park Scenic will be making a stop on Sept. 25 at Howe Meadow so that passengers can shop at the Countryside Food and Farms market.

Passengers must board at Rockside Road in Independence and the train will depart at 9 a.m.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children.  The farmer’s market features more than 50 local farmers, food entrepreneurs and artists.

Passengers will have a one and half-hour stay at the market and depart at 11:30 a.m. to return to Rockside Road station at 12:30 p.m.

The National Park Scenic on that date will not operate between Howe Meadow and Akron. The second loop of the Scenic will depart Rockside Road station for Akron at 1 p.m.

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.

A Thursday Afternoon Trip on the CVSR

August 20, 2021

The National Park Scenic arrives at Rockside Road station
Passing the Silver Solarium at Fitzwater Yard
The Baltimore & Ohio tribute FPA-4 is shown at Fitzwater sporting its original roster number.

Ursula and I had an enjoyable trip on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad on Thursday afternoon.

She had made a pound cake using peaches from a peach tree in our yard and we took a slice of that along with some Gatorade to drink as we waited in our car in the parking lot of the Rockside Road station in Independence.

The northbound National Park Scenic arrived just after 12:30 p.m. It took a while for the incoming passengers to detrain since it was a large group of elderly folks. Still we had plenty of time to board in an orderly fashion.

I had purposely ordered two window seats for us. They were on the side of the train facing west. 

The train departed exactly at 1 p.m. The crew members and the passengers were all very friendly.

Our car host was very enthusiastic but didn’t have a clue of so many things.

When we passed under the Ohio Route 82 bridge in Brecksville a passenger asked what bridge that was. He referred to it as I-271.

The word “Scenic” in the name of the railroad is definitely accurate. The majority of the route is appropriately scenic.

There are other tourist railroads that have scenic in their name and obviously it has no business being named as such.

There are many locations seen from the train that I’ve seen so many times in past years. However, I still enjoy those vistas each time.

When we arrived in Akron I asked the ladies across from us if they would like to swap sides with us for the return trip.

They were both from out of state and thought that was an excellent idea. We happily swapped sides.

The return trip was just as enjoyable and we arrived back at Rockside Road station on time.

I’d like to ride a winter trip someday. I did that once many years ago with my brother and

nephew but I don’t think that train went the entire route.

Article and Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Train Time at Brecksville

August 15, 2021

Here are four photos I made at Brecksville station on July16. All the bikers came on the path over the Station Road bridge over the Cuyahoga River shortly before train time at 1:20 p.m. The baggage car definitely is needed for this popular option on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. Note that the locomotives on both ends of the train are leases from Horizon Rail.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

What’s Been Pulling the CVSR This Summer

August 13, 2021

A pair of leased Horizon Rail units have been pulling Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad trains this summer.

On the south end of the train have been GP40-2 No. 6321 and a rebuilt EMD road slug, No. 2328.

The 6321 was built in March 1978 for the Chesapeake & Ohio. It later spent time on the CSX motive power roster before Horizon acquired it.

The 2328 was built in May 1968 for the Louisville & Nashville as a GP30. It was rebuilt as a road slug by CSX.

The National Park Scenic is shown at Akron Northside Station on July 10, 2021.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

What’s Pulling CVSR Trains These Days?

June 9, 2021

Here is a view of HZRX GP35M No. 2348 as it crosses the Ohio and Erie Canal remnants in Akron on June 5, 2021, with a Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad train. It is only on the longest days of the year that this can be photographed in the sun on the northern side of the bridge.

No. 2348 has quite a history. It was built in February 1965 for the Pennsylvania Railroad and later served Penn Central and Conrail. More recently it was seen in Fairport Harbor in freight service.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

CVSR to go Full Capacity on June 16

June 7, 2021

The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad will expand its trains to full capacity on June 16.

Although there will be no social distancing in the rail cars, passengers will still need to wear a facial mask while aboard the train at stations unless the passenger is eating or drinking.

The mask rule is due to a federal mandate that affects all forms of public transportation.

Most of the plastic shields that were used to separate passengers have been removed from CVSR rail cars.

In an announcement the CVSR said full capacity was made possible by the lifting of most restrictions by the state and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CVSR operates Wednesday through Sunday in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park between Akron and Independence in the Cleveland suburbs.

The railroad suspended most operations last year due to the CVOID-19 pandemic. It resumed scheduled service on May 1 but at no more than 50 percent of capacity and with social distancing required aboard the trains.

CVSR said in a statement that the return to full capacity will allow more tickets to be sold and therefore give the railroad flexibility to offer a new single roundtrip option for a three-and-a-half-hour trip.

Tickets for August and additional tickets for June and July, will go on sale to CVSR members June 8 and to the public on June 11. Tickets can only be purchased at cvsr.org.

In an unrelated development, the CVSR announced that two new members have been appointed to fill vacancies on its board of trustees.

They are Joseph Biber of Macedonia and Frank Mahnic Jr. of Valley View.

Biber is a retired chemist with Sherwin-Williams whereas Mahnic is president at Frank Mahnic Jr. and Associates, a firm specializing in business and local government consulting, economic development, and project finance, federal, state, regional and local government grants, planning and general government relations.

He is a former five-term member of the Ohio House of Representatives from the 13th district.

Got Stopped by a Train on the Way to a Ballgame

May 24, 2021

Here is the newest station on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. Ed Ribinskas and Marty Surdyk were on their way to a baseball game in Akron when they got “stopped” by a train here.

Of course they didn’t mind and they got their cameras out to record it.

You will recall that there has long been a Boston Mill station, but it was located further north of the present location. The currently location is opposite of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park visitor’s center.

After getting their photographs, Ed and Marty continued to Canal Park to watch the Akron Rubberducks defeat the Reading Fightin Phils 13-1.

That’s not a bad way to spend a Sunday afternoon in May.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Crossing the Canal in Akron

April 28, 2021

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad No. 4241 is crossing the former Ohio & Erie Canal at Cascade Locks in Akron on Oct. 21, 2009. The locomotive once operated for Canadian Pacific.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

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