The Nickel Plate Road steam locomotive no. 765 returns to Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (CVSR) on September 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 28th, 29th & 30th.
Each year, Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad works with the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society to bring steam engine no. 765 to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Passengers will take a two-hour excursion with this historic locomotive at the helm and enjoy an exclusive photo opportunity.
Tickets range from $25- $100, depending on seating. In addition to the coach, dome and deluxe cars, seating in traditional, open air and open window coaches will be available. All passengers ages 3 and older must have a ticket. Children under the age of 3 may ride for free but must sit on a parent’s or guardian’s lap. CVSR encourages guests to dress in 1940s and 1950s attire. Guests will also enjoy live entertainment by Akron Derbytown Chorus.
September 21st is the Maiden Excursion of Steam in the Valley. It is the first opportunity for guests to ride behind the steam engine. On board, passengers will enjoy complimentary hor d’oeuvres, cash bar service, costumed actors and more. The excursion will stop for a brief de-boarding at a secure location for a sunset view and photo run-by of the Nickel Plate 765 in action. Tickets range from $25 to $100 per person. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit https://public.whistletix.com/CVSR/Events/348374.
New this year: seating in CVSR’s recently acquired Silver Solarium Vista Dome car. On board, guests will receive complimentary bar and beverage service, as well as heavy appetizers, served family-style. Passengers will have the opportunity to deboard the train at a secure location for an exclusive photo opportunity. Tickets are $100 per person with departures out of Akron Northside Station on September 22nd, 28th and 29th. For more information visit, https://www.cvsr.com/steam-solarium.
Departure locations are Rockside station at 7900 Old Rockside Rd., Independence, Ohio and Akron Northside Station at 27 Ridge St., Akron, Ohio. Park Rangers will be on patrol throughout Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Entering onto the tracks or causing a hazard (hazard is defined as causing the train to brake) is punishable by law, fines could cost up to $5,000, and/or up to 6 months in jail (36 CFR 2.34 (a)(4)). Cuyahoga Valley National Park suggests that you consider Station Road Bridge on Saturdays or Botzum Station on Sundays as the best options for viewing the steam engine if you have not purchased a ticket.
Guests are encouraged to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to departure. For a list of departure times and ticket information, visit Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.
About Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad
Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (CVSR) is a private sector, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) volunteer supported organization operating in partnership with Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) and is dedicated to the preservation of passenger rail transportation in Cuyahoga Valley and the historic Ohio & Erie Canalway. CVSR has been providing excursion rail service for more than 40 years. For more information about the railroad, visit Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.
About Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society
The Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society, Inc. (FWRHS) is an award-winning, 501(c)3 non-profit corporation founded in 1972. The FWRHS has over 800 members, 100 volunteers, and nine board of directors. Throughout the year, it hosts and administers passenger train excursions, private charters, public exhibitions and education outreach activities with restored Nickel Plate Road steam locomotive no. 765 and a variety of other vintage railroad equipment throughout the Midwest. The first non-profit of its kind to successfully restore and operate a steam locomotive, the Society holds regular work sessions and open houses at its restoration facility in New Haven, Indiana during the year.
About The Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 Berkshire No. 765
Historic steam locomotive no. 765 is a high-stepping, fourteen-wheeled, magnificent machine that stands 15 feet tall, weighs 404 tons, goes over 60 miles an hour and restored to the way it looked and sounded when it was built by the Lima Locomotive Works in 1944. Celebrated for pulling passenger excursions throughout the country as a goodwill ambassador, the 765 is the pride of the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society and one of only a handful of steam locomotives that still operate in the United States.