Since 1975, the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad has provided transportation to and within the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Northeast Ohio.
Starting as a steam train operating on weekends for five months a year, the CVSR has evolved into a year-around operation with three trains a day Wednesday through Sunday during the summer and autumn.
Vintage streamliner-era passenger cars offer visitors an opportunity to see the park from the train or disembark to explore it on foot or bicycle. The offerings also include beer- and wine-tasting specials, fine dining on select trains and educational programs for passengers of all ages.
Polar Express trains in November and December take children on a mythical journey to the North Pole while visiting steam locomotives provide a glimpse of railroading of the past. Using tracks owned by the National Park Service, the CVSR is the longest continuously running national park-based railroad with the highest level of operations and ridership.
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Craig Sanders is the author of seven railroad history books and the president of the Akron Railroad Club. He has been a journalist and taught journalism, public relations and mass communications for more than 40 years. He worked as a reporter and copy editor at newspapers in Mattoon, Illinois; Bloomington, Indiana; Evansville, Indiana; and Indianapolis. Sanders has taught at Cleveland State University, Kent State University, John Carroll University, Penn State University, Indiana University and the University of Southern Indiana. He earned a Ph.D. in mass communications and an M.A. in journalism from Indiana University, an M.A. in political studies from Sangamon State University and a B.A. in history and political science from Eastern Illinois University. He and his wife Mary Ann Whitley live in University Heights, Ohio.