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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.

 

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...

6217 After

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...

Relive Your Favorite Years on the Decades Train!

Decades Train at Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Friday, June 16th, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Departs at 7:30 p.m. out of Rockside Station Step back in time from the Roaring 20’s to the Pop Culture of the 90’s! Each car will pay tribute to a decade with music, décor and activities....

Happy National Volunteer Week!

Happy National Volunteer Week! We at CVSR are so grateful for our volunteers! If you've taken the train, the majority of the folks you see on board are volunteers. Whether elves on the Polar Express or our trainmen on board every week, our volunteers dedicate so...

Five New Events this April

Spring is here! Check out five brand new events on the train this April! 1) Board Games on the Paul Revere Saturday, April 8th, 15th 22nd & 29th, 12:35 p.m.- 2:40 p.m. Departs at 12:35 p.m out of Peninsula Depot  The Paul Revere is one of our lounge cars with cozy chairs...

Alan Rice Named 2016 CVSR Volunteer of the Year

Congratulations to Alan Rice for being named CVSR’s 2016 Volunteer of the Year. Since becoming a CVSR volunteer in June 2009, Alan has contributed 7,800+ hours of service. In 2016 alone, Alan recorded 1,494.5 volunteer hours! Alan has served in many roles with outstanding dedication. On...

CVSR Restoring Mural Aboard the St. Lucie Sound Car

The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (CVSR) is working with ICA Art Conservation on a new project to restore a mural on the Saint Lucie Sound car. The Saint Lucie Sound is a luxury, sleek tavern lounge observation car, acquired by CVSR from the Haslinger family in...

CVSR Adds Paul Revere Parlor Car to Fleet for 2017 Season

New in 2017, CVSR will be offering passengers the opportunity to travel in the Paul Revere, a historic private cafe-lounge car originally built and commissioned with the Pennsylvania Railroad, the largest railroad within the U.S. during the first half of the 20th century, operating over...

Volunteers Contribute Record Number of Hours in 2016

CVSR volunteers contributed a record number of hours this past year. In 2016, more than 1,740 volunteers recorded over 93,000 hours of service – which is the equivalent of approximately 45 full-time employees. This record surpasses approximately 91,000 hours of service contributed in 2015. Sherri Lemley, manager of trustee...