Steam in the Valley

Celebrate the history of Steam September 21-22 and 27-29

The Nickel Plate Road steam locomotive no. 765 chugs through Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad this September.

Enjoy live ’40s style music, an onboard quartet, and an opportunity to deboard for an exclusive photo run-by. The train gives a vintage-themed atmosphere perfect for a special day out. Historical reenactors will be roaming about the station and train to give off the excitement of the 1940s.

Costume Contest

Dress the part and bring the past to life! Wear your best vintage outfits from the ’40s and snap a photo at the event. Submit it to our photo contest using the hashtag #CVSRSteam19 for a chance to win a $200 CVSR gift certificate (five winners!). Please review the rules of the: Steam in the Valley Photo Contest.

2019 Departures

September 21 Saturday

10 a.m.

Rockside Station

September 21 Saturday

2 p.m.

Rockside Station

September 21 Saturday

6 p.m.

Rockside Station

September 22 Sunday

10 a.m.

Akron Northside Station

September 22 Sunday

2 p.m.

Akron Northside Station

September 27 Friday

7:30 p.m.

Rockside Station

September 28 Saturday

10 a.m.

Rockside Station

September 28 Saturday

2 p.m.

Rockside Station

September 28 Saturday

6 p.m.

Rockside Station

September 29 Sunday

10 a.m.

Akron Northside Station

September 29 Sunday

2 p.m.

Akron Northside Station

Enhanced Ticket Options

Family Friendly Car | All 10 a.m. Departures

  • Entertain the kids with crafts and activities.
  • $40 per person (children under the age of three do not need a ticket but must sit on a parent or guardian’s lap).

Steam Speakeasy | September 21, 22 and 29 at 2 p.m. and September 28 at 6 p.m.

  • Enjoy four craft cocktails paired with appetizers.
  • $65 per person

Zephyr Soirée | All 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Departures

  • Delight in chef prepared appetizers and complimentary bar service from the comfort of the vintage California Zephyr train cars.  Unable to accommodate any dietary restrictions.
  • $95 per person for first class seating
  • $100 per person for dome seating

Zephyr Morning Mixers | 10 a.m. Saturday Departures

  • Sip on endless mimosas and bloody marys aboard the Silver Lariat or Silver Solarium! A muffin is served to each guest.
  • $68 per person for lounge and first class seating
  • $75 per person for dome seating
  • $200 per suite ($50 per person), must be purchased in groups of four

Dinner on the Train | September 27 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Savor four-courses of chef prepared food and complimentary bar service aboard this fine-dining experience. Ability to accommodate vegetarian/vegan with request. Click here to view menu.
  • $135 per person for first class seating
  • $150 per person for dome seating

BBQ Dinner | September 27 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Enjoy a delicious BBQ dinner aboard an evening ride. Unable to accommodate any dietary restrictions.
  • $60 per person

Seating Options

Coach

$25 per person

Ages 3 and older. Seating in enclosed coach cars. Seats are in blocks of four, with two seats facing two seats. General seating once you are in your assigned car.

$35 per person

Ages 3 and older. Seating in a traditional open air, open window coach car. Seats are in blocks of four with two seats facing two seats.  General seating once you are in your assigned car.

$40 per person

Ages 3 and older. Seating in our table cars. Seats are available at four-top dining tables with chairs. Seating is assigned.

$50 per person

Ages 3 and older. Seating in a  comfortable first class car. This car offers additional leg room, head rests and comfortable padded seats. Seating is assigned and chosen from block sections of four, with two seats facing two seats. Seating is assigned. Each section offers a table.

$65 per person

Ages 3+. Seating in an upper dome observation car. Passengers experience a bird’s-eye-view under a panoramic, glass enclosure. Seats are in groups sections of four with seats that face each other. Seating is assigned. NOTE: Each group of four offers an amply sized table.

Depending on departure date and time seating in Silver Lariat, Silver Solarium or Silver Bronco.

Silver Solarium Lounge

$55 per person

Seating in the lounge of the Silver Solarium train car. Seating is assigned.

Part of a Silver Rapids Suite.

$200 ($50 per seat)

Seating in a private suite of the Silver Solarium train car. Tickets must be purchased in sets of four (4). Four (4) tickets entitles you to one (1) suite.

Stay Nearby

Click here to view lodging options nearby Akron Northside Station

Click here to view lodging options nearby Rockside Station

FAQ's

How long is the train ride?
Two and a half hour round trip. Nighttime Photo Session ride is three and a half hours.

Will the steam engine stop to take pictures?
Yes. The train will stop at Indigo Lake for passengers to deboard. The train will do a photo run-by.

Is there handicap access to board the train?
Yes. There is an ADA lift to board passengers with mobility restrictions. Please contact Customer Service at 1-800-468-4070 ext. 240 to reserve tickets in this car.

Is there food on board and can we bring our own?
No outside food is permitted on board. There is a concession car on board where guests can purchase snacks and beverages. Cash and all major credit cards except for American Express are excepted.

Is there A/C?
Yes. All cars have air conditioning except Open Air Cars.

Is there parking at the stations?
Parking is free at all of our boarding stations. It is recommended you arrive to the train station 30-45 minutes before the train departs to ensure time for parking, and traffic.

Are there restrooms on board?
Yes. Restrooms are located at each boarding station as well as in each train car.

I’m not riding the train, can I still get a photo of the engine?
Yes. Visitors are encouraged to view and take photographs of No. 765 at Howe Meadow. Parking is available at Howe Meadow for free. You will be directed to a specific location to view the engine.

Please Note: On September 20 and 27, the National Park Scenic train and Bike Aboard service will only run until 4:35 p.m. On September 21-22 and 28-29, there will be NO National Park Scenic runs and NO Bike Aboard service due to Steam in the Valley.