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CVSR to Offer Friday Night Train Rides

September 23, 2021

The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad will offer two-hour rides this fall on Friday nights.

Trains will depart Rockside Road station in Independence at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person.

The first night trip is this Friday (Sept. 24) and had tickets available in dome car Silver Bronco.

Trains will operate every Friday evening during October.

CVSR Fall Flyer to Feature Domes, Sleeping Car Rooms

August 28, 2018

When the Fall Flyer of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad hits the rails this year it will be a facsimile of the famed California Zephyr.

The Fall Flyer will feature at least two of the CVSR’s three dome cars, all three of which once operated on the CZ. Passengers will also have the option of booking rooms in a sleeping car the railroad is in the process of acquiring.

The Fall Flyer will operate on Saturdays and Sundays in October, departing Rockside Road at 9:45 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays, and from Akron on Sundays at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Passengers will get a two-hour train ride.

Tickets will cost $25 per person for seating in a table car with seats sold individually from sections of four-top dining tables and chairs.

Tickets on the lower level of dome cars Silver Lariat and Silver Bronco are priced at $25 per passenger. The dome section of both cars is available for $30 per person.

In the Silver Rapids sleeping car, seating is available for $30 per person in a private suite that consists of two rooms together. The suite capacity is four passengers.

Seats in one of the eight roomettes of the Silver Rapids will cost $25 per person. Each roomette features a window and seating for two. Tickets must be purchased in sets of two.

Snacks, drinks and merchandise will be available for purchase in the concession car. All children age 3 or older must have a ticket. Children age 2 or younger do not require a ticket if they are to sit on a parent or guardian’s lap.

Tickets can be purchased online or at the station 30 minutes prior to departure time. For more information, contact CVSR customer service at 800-468-4070, extension 1.

CVSR Acquires 4 Ex-California Zephyr Cars

August 16, 2018

The CVSR dome car fleet will soon expand to three. Shown is Silver Bronco, the current dome car in the fleet.

The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad announced this week that it has acquired four former California Zephyr cars for $1.5 million.

The acquisition includes two dome cars, including a dome-observation car.

All four rail cars are now currently located in Los Angeles and will be ferried to Chicago by Amtrak.

They include dome cars Silver Lariat and Silver Solarium, sleeping car Silver Rapids, and baggage car Silver Peak.

Both dome cars have full kitchens that the CVSR plans to use to expand special dinning excursions.

Also included on the dome cars is a supply of linens and china.

The cars were owned by a private collector and have been used for excursions through the country.

They are expected to arrive on the CVSR in September in time for the visit of Nickel Plate Road steam locomotive No. 765, which is slated to pull excursions over two weekends between Sept. 21 and 30.

CVSR purchased the cars with a $700,000 loan that it is financing through an overall capital campaign that began in 2016 and is seeking donations from individual, corporations and foundations.

“The acquisition of the Zephyr railcars was a once in a lifetime opportunity,” CVSR CEO Joe Mazur said in a statement. “We not only are preserving history, but giving hundreds of thousands of people the opportunity to have one more way to travel through and experience Cuyahoga Valley National Park.”

The CVSR already owns another former CZ dome car, the Silver Bronco.

The four cars will arrive on the CVSR in a ferry move of NKP 765 from Chicago.

Mazur said the cars are in good condition and that he will be riding in them during the Amtrak ferry move, which begins Sept. 10.

He noted that the cars were being offered for sale on the open market and the CVSR didn’t want to lose out to another buyer.

“We’re in the preservation business. We’re preserving a fleet of cars that were in service in the 1940s and 1950s,” Mazur said.

The Silver Lariat has a full bar and lounge area while the Silver Solarium has five suites and a full bar.

Each car can accommodate 24 diners in the dome sections. CVSR plans to invite chefs aboard for custom dinners.

The Silver Rapids car has six double bedrooms and eight roomettes. CVSR won’t be operating any overnight excursions, but plans to maintain the rooms as a museum piece.

Aside from being assigned to steam in the valley excursions, the new cars also will be used for Fall Flyer fall foliage events in October and Polar Express outings in November and December.

CVSR said that aside from buying the ex-CZ cars, it is also using money raised in its capital campaign to create an Edu-trainment Car that will provide interactive exhibits, programming, and activities for children ages birth to 12 years of age, and upgrade to an existing dining car to ensure ADA accessibility.

Silver Lariat was built in 1948 by the Budd Company for the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy.

It came with a dining and lounge area seating 42 passengers (36 at tables) and is equipped with a full bar with a freezer capable of storing 200 pounds of ice.

From this room, passengers can access the Vista Dome above, which includes an 24 passenger seats at tables.

A unique feature of this car is The Pony Express, a restored mural created by Mary Louise Lawser that was commissioned by the Burlington when the car was built.

The kitchen includes two ranges and two half-size convection ovens; registered monogrammed china service; original white damask California Zephyr table linens; and a full sound system with CD, iPod, and PA.

Silver Solarium also was built in 1948 by Budd for the Burlington. Ownership of the car was conveyed by Burlington Northern to Amtrak, which gave the car roster number 9251.

The car was retired by Amtrak in October 1981. More recently, the dome-sleeper-observation  car was operated by California Zephyr Railcar Charters.

The Silver Solarium has been fully renovated and features three double bedrooms, a drawing room, and a stateroom.

The observation lounge seats 11 in chairs upholstered in frieze fabric while the Vista Dome car seats 24 in booth seating at tables.

The car also features a full commercial kitchen with a range that includes a half-size convection oven, an original bar with a carved linoleum façade, and a sound system with CD and iPod.

Silver Peak was built in 1940 by Budd the Burlington and and assigned to the Denver‐Ft. Worth Texas Zephyr.

Originally built as a coach/dormitory/baggage car, the coach area was used as the Jim Crow section of the train.  It was later converted to a full baggage car.

The car comes with a workshop section that has an 8‐foot work bench with a drill press, bench grinder, band‐type cutoff saw, table saw, and a variety of power and hand tools; and a commercial refrigerator and chest freezer.

Silver Rapids was built by Budd in 1948 for the Pennsylvania Railroad, which intended to use it

as an interchange car to the California Zephyr as part of a short-lived transcontinental sleeping car service.

It was conveyed by Penn Central to Amtrak, which retired it in October 1983.

The car was built as a 10-6 sleeper, but now has eight roomettes and six double bedrooms.

CVSR Scenic to Resume Service on Saturday

January 19, 2017

A southbound CVSR Scenic train arrives at the station in Brecksville.

A southbound CVSR Scenic train arrives at the station in Brecksville.

The National Park Scenic train of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad will resume operations on Saturday (Jan. 21).

CVSRThe Scenic will operate twice a day on Saturdays through the end of February.

Trains will depart from Rockside Road station in Independence at 9 a.m. and 12:50 p.m. and arrive at 12:30 p.m. and 4:05 p.m.

Depaturers from Peninsula will be at 9:40 a.m.,11:30 a.m., 1:40 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Departures from Akron’s Northside station will be at 10:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. with arrivals at 10:20 a.m. and 2:20 p.m.

A coach ticket is $15 for adults and $10 for children and is good all day.

Tickets to ride in the caboose are $13 for adults and $8 for children. The caboose has just seven seats and outside food and beverages are not permitted aboard.

Caboose passengers will not be able to move from that car to other passenger cars during the duration of their ride.

The caboose ride is a half loop that departs from Peninsula at 9:40 a.m. and returns at 11:30 a.m.

Dome car Silver Bronco and first class car Saint Lucie Sound will not be available until March due to being down for maintenance.

Role Reversal on the CVSR

February 3, 2016

Now facing south on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, Horizon Rail No. 8420.

Now facing south on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, Horizon Rail No. 8420.

Because CVSR No. 800 has always seemed to face south I must have thought that it always would.

Because CVSR No. 800 has always seemed to face south I must have thought that it always would.

All roads lead to the Silver Bronco or at least maybe in Peninsula.

All roads lead to the Silver Bronco or at least maybe in Peninsula.

The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad began its 2016 operations more than two weeks ago. I was in Akron last Saturday so I made a trip over to the Valley to see what was running.

The same locomotives that I saw pulling CVSR Scenic trains last fall are still pulling trains this winter, but with a twist.

CVSR No. 800, the Baltimore & Ohio FPA-4 tribute locomotive, is now facing north. Facing south is Horizon Rail GP10 No. 8420, which the CVSR has leased.

I don’t know why the locomotives were turned. There’s probably a reason for it and maybe it’s a good one.

What I do know is that I’d rather have the 800 facing south because the light is always better for a south-facing locomotive on a north-south railroad.

But I’ll make do the best I can this winter and spring until either the 800 gets turned or another more colorful unit replaces the 8420.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders