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The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad is a non-profit organization. In addition to offering excursions and special programs year round, CVSR works with a number of partners and charities within the area. Our board of trustees, partners, members, volunteers and staff are vital to the success and development of the organization. There are many facets of CVSR from train operations to community outreach. Read our blog for more information on the developments at CVSR.

 

Give the Gift of Exploration

This holiday season, treat your family and friends to a train ride through Cuyahoga Valley National Park. CVSR offers both membership and gift certificate options, perfect for the loved ones on your list. CVSR Memberships CVSR membership starts at $50 and provides the opportunity to ride the...

Support the Railroad this Holiday Season

For generations, families have been making memories on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.  2017 marks CVSR’s 45th anniversary since its founding, and CVSR has transformed from a commuter train transporting passengers from Cleveland to Hale Farm & Village into one of America’s longest and most...

Important Reminders for The Polar Express

The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad hopes 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...

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 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 setting...

CVSR Introduces Fall Flyer for October

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 changing leaves...

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 the 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...

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...

Board Games on the Paul Revere

Wednesdays and Fridays (starting June 2) Departs at 1:45 p.m out of Peninsula Depot  Ages 3 and over Climb aboard and play tabletop games as you make your way through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park! We'll provide classic board games like checkers, Scrabble and cards, or you can bring your own...