Posts Tagged ‘flooding’

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.

Tell Everybody That the Water’s Rising

February 13, 2020

There’s been a rain coming down around Clinton in the southwest corner of Summit County but the CSX New Castle Subdivision is high and dry.

FURX SD40-2 No. 3016 leads an eastbound train past a flooded field in Warwick on May 28, 2004.

It was during an era when leased motive power was a common sight on CSX trains on the New Castle Sub.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Flooding Damages Pa. Tourist Railroads

September 5, 2018

Flooding recently damaged a Pennsylvania-based tourist railroad, forcing the cancellation of Labor Day weekend activities.

Much of the damage occurred at the Muddy Creek Forks village museum of the Maryland & Pennsylvania Railroad.

The A.M. Grove general store, the flour mill and the museum shop building suffered water and mud damage.

Ties and lumber were carried away by the water and several pieces of rolling stock sustained water damage.

Flooding also damaged the tracks of the railroad with the worst damage occurring at Guinston Forge Road, where a 32-foot plate girder bridge was swept from its abutments.

The railroad is hoping to clean up as much damage as possible so it can continue with plans for its annual Heritage Day event on Sept. 22.

The flooding also affected the nearby Stewartstown Railroad, which saw track under water at least one location and mud and gravel deposited on the track near Shrewsbury.

Flooding Disrupts Capitol Limited

June 5, 2018

Flooding over the weekend caused Amtrak to operate the Capitol Limited only between Chicago and Pittsburgh with passengers sent by bus between Pittsburgh and Washington.

The flooding occurred on CSX tracks between Cumberland, Maryland, and Martinsburg, West Virginia, with the most severe flooding occurring near Great Cacapon, West Virginia.

Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport in Martinsburg reported that about 2 inches of rain fell between Saturday and Monday.

Heavy rain occurring over the previous two weeks had already left the ground saturated and streams nearly overflowing.

The eastbound Capitol Limited that left Chicago on Saturday evening was the first train to be effected, terminating in Cumberland on Sunday morning.

Amtrak deadheaded its consist to Pittsburgh where it left later that night for Chicago.

No. 30 which left Chicago Sunday night terminated in Pittsburgh.

Flooding Strands CVSR Patrons in Independence

June 29, 2015

The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad canceled all trains on Sunday after flooding marooned nearly 100 passengers aboard a train Saturday at the Rockside Road station in Independence.

Heavy rains triggered rising water that cut off Rockside Road near West Canal Road, thus closing the road in and out of the station.

Although a spokesperson for the Cuyahoga Valley National Park said the train wasn’t stuck due to the flooding, the 60 or so vehicles in the station’s parking lot were stranded.

Railroad officials ended up sending some of them home in cabs while others were put up in nearby hotels. Most of the passengers were able to cross a pedestrian bridge and have a friend or relative pick them up.

The train had arrived at the station at about 4:15 p.m. CVSR personnel had warned the passengers in Peninsula that the area was experiencing flooding, but that the water should recede by 8 p.m.

But by 7:30 p.m., water had not receded enough for vehicles to exit the station’s parking lot.

“We have been here since 12:45; we’re from Erie,” said Brad Anderson as he and his two children got into a cab to travel to a nearby hotel. “It’s been a two-hour drive to get here and we’re done. The three-hour tour was a little longer than expected.”

Video posted by Cleveland TV stations showed water beneath the wooden platform used at the Rockside Road station.

The National Weather Service in Cleveland said that the predicted moderate flooding had changed to major severity for the Cuyahoga River at Independence.

Flooding also prompted the closing of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park from Lock 39 to Hunt House.

By Sunday, though, the Park Service had reopened the closed portion of the trail after the flood waters receded.