Posts Tagged ‘CVSR trains’

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 6771 in Akron

January 21, 2022

In honor of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad launching its 2022 season today (Jan. 21) we present two views of northbound FPA-4 No. VSR 6771 in Akron on March 22, 2014. The train is on the bridge over the remains of the Ohio & Erie Canal. The unit once worked for Canadian National. The first train of 2022 likely won’t make it as far as Akron, but the National Park Scenic will return to the rubber city on Saturday.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

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 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