Blog

Welcome to Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad’s blog! We are committed to providing passengers with information about our train and updates about CVSR. Our blog provides you with more information on the developments at CVSR, as well as pieces of information that park visitors will find useful. From showcasing our volunteers, to featuring new and exciting upcoming events, follow our blog posts to stay up to date on all things CVSR!

 

Important Reminders for The Polar Express

We hope that your trip on THE POLAR EXPRESS™ creates wonderful memories and warms your heart. Please take a moment to review these important reminders. Planning Your Trip 1. We recommend that you arrive to your departing station by 6:00 pm. Boarding will begin shortly after 6:00...

CVSR Sets New Volunteer and Ridership Records

A Message from President and CEO Joe Mazur:"As we draw closer to the end of the 2017 season, I’d like to share exciting new records for CVSR. Volunteer hours for the third quarter of 2017 continue upward and put us on the path to a...

Join CVSR in Supporting our Veterans

Peninsula, Ohio – Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (CVSR) invites the community to our stations to support our veterans and active duty military on Friday, Nov. 10.Each year, CVSR invites veterans, active military, first responders and up to three family members to take a train ride...

Polar Express Tickets Available on October 2nd

Believe! Tickets for the 2017 season of THE POLAR EXPRESS™ will go on sale on Monday, October 2nd, 2017 at 8:30 a.m.Some important things to note:All tickets are sold ONLINE ONLY. This year, you will need to login via a Whistletix account. We recommend...

CVSR Introduces Fall Flyer for October

2017 Fall Flyer One of the best ways to see the vibrant colors of autumn is by train! Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad is introducing the Fall Flyer excursion on Saturdays and Sundays in October. This two-hour, nonstop train ride is a beautiful way to enjoy the...

CVSR Provides Unique Educational Opportunities in Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Educational programming is a key component of CVSR’s mission.  In collaboration with the National Park Service, CVSR provides a unique “moving classroom” experience for school-age children, preschool through eighth grade, on board the train to more than 8,000 students each year. Participants have the unique...

CVSR Announces New Preservation Fund

A key part of CVSR’s mission as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization is maintaining and preserving our historic railroad cars. This preservation work is time consuming, expensive and requires ongoing care. CVSR will be establishing a “Preservation Fund” to help support the safety and integrity of...

CVSR Hosts Christmas in July

Each year Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad presents THE POLAR EXPRESS™ for six weeks in November and December. CVSR partners with organizations such as Akron Children’s Hospital, Providence House, National MS Society, Cleveland Sight Center, Northeast Ohio Adoption Services and many more to provide children and...

CVSR Experiences Growth through Bike, Hike & Run Aboard! Program

2016 was an amazing year for Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.  The organization welcomed record ridership with 117,800 aboard its National Park Scenic Excursions; over 8,000 students aboard its Student Explorer series; and over 23,000 aboard its Bike, Hike & Run Aboard programs.With the support of...

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Behind the Scenes: Exterior Restoration of Coach #6217

This spring CVSR made upgrades to the exterior of Coach #6217 thanks to grant funding from the John H. Emery Rail Heritage Trust, Robert O. & Annamae Orr Foundation and O’Neill Brothers Foundation. The #6217 The 6217 was originally built in 1947 by the Budd Company as...

CVSR Announces New Maiden Excursion for Steam in the Valley

Steam in the Valley CVSR welcomes back the historic Nickel Plate 765 Steam Locomotive, one of the largest operating steam locomotives in the United States, to the Cuyahoga Valley September 16-17 and 23-24, 2017.  Passengers will enjoy two-hour round trip rides departing from Rockside and Akron...

“Read Aboard” Offers Unique Experience for Families

Summer Read Aboard Program This summer CVSR is pleased to offer our Read Aboard program, which seeks to connect children ages 3-7 and their caregivers to Cuyahoga Valley National Park’s cultural and natural heritage while also encouraging enthusiasm for trains and reading.Passengers will enjoy storytime, participate in...

Beaver Marsh, courtesy of CVNP

CVSR Launches New Summer Speakers Series

Starting on June 6th, CVSR will offer a new Speaker Series every Tuesday. Speakers from the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Summit Metro Parks, Akron Waterways Renewed, local historians, and Countryside Conservancy will provide context to everything riders might see from the...

Breakfast, Brunch and Lunch Along the Cuyahoga

Saturdays and Sundays Breakfast: Departs from Rockside station at 10:00 a.m. and arrives back at 1:20 p.m. Brunch: Departs from Akron Northside station at 11:45 a.m. and arrives back 3:25 p.m. Lunch: Departs from Rockside station at 1:50 p.m. and arrives back at 5:10 p.m. All ages. Passengers...