Peninsula, Ohio – Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (CVSR) is pleased to announce that it will resume service on the full track from Rockside Station (7900 Old Rockside Road, Independence) to Akron Northside Station (27 Ridge Street, Akron) on Wednesday, July 2, 2014. Portions of the tracks north of the Akron station sustained major storm damage and have been closed since mid-May while repairs were made by the National Park Service. To celebrate the reopening of Akron Northside Station, passengers boarding at Akron Northside Station on Wednesday, July 2 through Sunday, July 6 will receive half price coach tickets (discounted price is $9/adults, $6.50/children).
“We greatly appreciate our partnership with the National Park Service, which allowed the necessary resources to come together and repair the tracks in a timely manner,” said CVSR President & CEO, Craig Tallman. “We are looking forward to a very busy summer aboard CVSR and in the National Park.”
CVSR operates regular excursions through Cuyahoga Valley National Park Wednesdays through Sundays. The summer schedule runs through October and includes southbound departures from Rockside Station at 9:00am, 12:45pm, and 4:25pm, departures from Peninsula Depot at 9:40am, 11:30am, 1:40pm, 3:30pm, and 5:10pm and northbound departures from Akron Northside Station at 10:45am and 2:40pm. Passengers may either enjoy a relaxing three-hour excursion through Cuyahoga Valley National Park, or get off and visit local attractions (Canal Exploration Center, Village of Peninsula, Hale Farm & Village, Countryside Farmers’ Market, or Akron attractions) and catch a later returning train.
Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors (Wednesdays through Fridays), and $13 for children ages 3 -12, including processing fees and the Voices of the Valley audio tour. Free coach tickets are offered to active military, veterans, and first responders on regularly-scheduled trains on Thursdays through September; up to three family members/guests may receive half-price coach tickets on the same train. Tickets for may be purchased in advance at CVSR.com, by calling 1-800-468-4070, or at Rockside Station, Peninsula Depot, or Akron Northside Station 45 minutes before departure (senior and military discount only available at station).
Bike Aboard!, which allows cyclists to bike the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in one direction and ride the train in the other for just $3, is also available between Rockside Station and Akron Northside Station beginning July 2. Please visit CVSR.com or call 1-800-468-4070 for the train schedule and a listing of other events, including dining options on board the train, wine and beer tasting excursions, interpretive programs presented by the National Park Service, student programs, Day Out With ThomasTM, and The Polar Express TM.