Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad to add a rolling children’s museum car and another for corporate board meetings

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad to add a rolling children’s museum car and another for corporate board meetings

Akron Beacon Journal | Craig Webb, June 15, 2019

They don’t look like much yet.

But just wait a few more months when the latest restored gems on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad hit the rails for the first time.

In the case of old rail cars, workers have to strip them down to the bare metal shell before they can be rebuilt and restored to their former glory.

Work is well underway in the railroad’s Fitzwater Train Yard in Valley View with an anticipated September completion of three rail cars that will each serve a different set of passengers. The cars will be unveiled at the railroad’s annual fundraiser.

Kid-friendly

The most radical transformation will be the so-called Car No. 162 that was built in 1949 by the Budd Co. for the Pennsylvania Railroad as a 21-roomette sleeping car.

It was rebuilt in 1963 to be a 76-seat coach, and then in 1991 by Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) Train Service to accommodate 80 seats.

The scenic railroad acquired it from Akron Metro RTA and used it as a parts car. Work began last year for its transformation into an Edu-trainment Car.

Think of it as a children’s museum and play place on wheels with interactive railroad-related exhibits, programming and activities geared to kids.

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Katie Brewer

Katie Brewer