Ride the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad’s new ‘Silver Solarium Vista Dome’ during ‘Steam in the Valley’ event

September 18, 2018

Ride the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad’s new ‘Silver Solarium Vista Dome’ during ‘Steam in the Valley’ event

PENINSULA, Ohio - The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad is bringing back the historical Nickel Plate Road steam locomotive for the railroad’s annual Steam in the Valley event.

On loan from the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society, the 400-ton Nickel Plate “765” locomotive will power through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park making multiple trips over the next two weekends.

Known for its “superpower” technology, the steam engine was built in 1944, and is 15-feet tall and travels more than 70 mph. It once powered trains on the New York, Chicago & St. Louis Railroad -- commonly known as the Nickel Plate Road.

Steam in the Valley will depart from:

Rockside Station, 7900 Old Rockside Road in Independence on Friday, Sept. 21 and Sept. 28 at 5:30 p.m.: and Saturday, Sept. 22 and Sept. 29 at 9:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.

Akron Northside Station, 27 Ridge St. in Akron on Sunday, Sept. 23 and Sept. 30 at 11:15 a.m. & 3:15 p.m.

During Steam in the Valley, coach seating, open-air cars, first-class and dome observation cars will be available. Tickets for Steam in the Valley range from $25 to $50 and can be purchased online. Tickets to ride in the Silver Solarium Dome Car are $100 and can be purchased online.

Attendees should arrive at least 30 minutes before departure. For more information, visit the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad website.

Each two-hour excursion is complete with costumed actors, complimentary snacks, entertainment and a cash bar. During each trip, the locomotive will stop briefly at a location ideal for sunset views to allow guests to deboard and take photos.

This year, guests can ride on the “Silver Solarium Vista Dome,” one of the scenic railroad’s newly acquired historic Zephyr rail cars.

Earlier this summer, the scenic railroad bought four cars - two Vista Dome cars, a sleeper car and a baggage car - as part of its ongoing capital campaign, which is focused on enhancing and preserving its rail-car fleet.

The scenic railroad already owns the “Silver Bronco,” a Vista Dome observation car that was once part of the original California Zephyr trainset. The railroad is now one of the only rail organizations in the U.S. that owns four cars from the original California Zephyr fleet.

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