Preservation for Generations 2019 Fundraiser
On Friday, September 20th CVSR hosted 205 guests at the Fitzwater Trainyard for an evening of celebrating the railroads past, present and future.
Preservation for Generations 2019 is the first fundraiser CVSR has had since the “All Aboard Ball” in 2010. The fundraiser celebrated the continually evolving vision that Siegfried Buerling had more than 45 years ago. Carrying on his family legacy, Peter Buerling, who was a young child when his father Siegfried founded the railroad, is now the Chairman of the Board at CVSR.
What was once a small railroad that carried no more than 200 passengers each weekend has now budded into a flourishing education and tourist destination.
“It’s more than a fundraiser,” said CVSR President & CEO Joe Mazur. “We’re celebrating how far this organization has come since Siegfried Buerling founded the railroad. As an organization we’re fortunate to have our founder still with us and have his son alongside to carry out his legacy.”
The experience included a train ride behind the high-stepping, Nickel Plate Road No. 765 Steam Locomotive, a rare nighttime run by and photo op in front of the locomotive, seasonal fare and drinks at Fitzwater train yard, and sneak-peak previews of recent fleet enhancement projects.
In 2019 alone CVSR will spend more than $1 million to maintain our fleet of 28 active passenger cars and six locomotives. It takes volunteers, staff and contractors to handle every challenge that is presented by the 70+ year old passenger cars and 50+ year locomotive.
Proceeds from Preservation for Generations 2019 will support our preservation fund so that future generations will be able to experience the wonder of train travel.
Thank You to Our Sponsors
Jim and Lydia Virost
Brechbuhler Truck Sales
Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park
The Lubrizol Foundation
Perrin Asphalt & Concrete
The Buerling Family
Sam and Kim Hartwell