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Rail fans rejoice! Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad train rides resume May 1

Posted at 12:47 PM, Mar 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-16 12:47:16-04

VALLEY VIEW, Ohio — Here's some good news for train fans—The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad announced Tuesday that train rides will resume in May.

The railroad will operate Friday through Sunday in May and Wednesday through Sunday, starting in June. Departure points will be at the Akron Northside Depot, the Rockside Depot in Independence, and the Boston Depot in Peninsula.

“We look forward to welcoming our guests and volunteers back on the train,” said CVSR President and CEO Joe Mazur. “We have an exciting season planned that includes the debut of The Cleveland Dinner and Event Train and the Explorer program.”

In addition to the scenic rides, the railroad will debut two new programs starting in May.

  • The Cleveland Dinner and Event Train, presented by Cascade Auto Group, combines CVSR’s popular dinner, beverage and event programs. Every Friday night beginning May 7 through October, CVSR will host the Cleveland Dinner and Event Train departing from the Rockside Station in Independence. Each Friday night, Dinner on the Train will be offered. In addition to Dinner on the Train, several excursions including Ales on Rails beer tastings, Murder Mystery, Grape Escape wine tastings and other themed programs will be available. Guests can choose one excursion to attend every Friday night.
  • The Explorer program, presented by Cleveland Clinic, is an expansion of the organization’s popular Bike Aboard program. The Explorer program encourages park visitors to get off the train and explore their park. Visitors can purchase a season-long pass or one-time pass to ride the train then bike, kayak, hike or run the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The Explorer program will run on the same dates and times as the National Park Scenic.

“The Dinner Train was incredibly popular when we introduced it in 2019,” said Mazur. “Our beverage and event excursions continue to be a destination for people seeking one-of-kind experiences. Now, every Friday, our historic train becomes a venue where guests can choose from several excursions to create a memorable experience.”

Tickets will go on sale on March 23 to CSVR members. Tickets for the general public go on sale on March 26. For more information or tickets, click here.

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