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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.

 

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...

“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...

Mornings on the St. Lucie

Saturdays and Sundays Departs from Rockside station at 10:00 a.m. and arrives back at 1:20 p.m. Departs from Akron Northside station at 11:45 a.m. and arrives back 3:25 p.m. Ages 21 and over Enjoy a relaxing morning on the rails luxurious St. Lucie lounge car! Sit back, unwind and...

Beaver Marsh, courtesy of CVNP

Summer Speaker Series

Tuesdays, starting in June Departs at 9:50 a.m. from Peninsula Depot  Runs from 9:50 a.m.-11:35 a.m. Ages 14 and over (recommended) CVSR is pleased to introduce a new Speaker Series Program this summer. Take the train and hear from national park rangers and local experts on a variety of...

Read Aboard the Train

Thursdays, June-August Departs at 9 a.m. out of Rockside station and Departs at 10:55 a.m. out of Akron Northside station Ages 3 and older (recommended for children ages 3-7) Climb aboard for this family-based reading program! This program is designed to encourage enthusiasm for trains, love of...