Steam in the Valley

Experience the magic of the historic Nickel Plate Road steam locomotive no. 765 this September at Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, located in Northeast Ohio! During this two and half hour round trip, passengers will have the opportunity to deboard the train at a secure location for an exclusive photo opportunity. Coach seating, open air cars and historic luxury first class and dome observation cars available. Experience the sights and sounds as this 400 ton locomotive chugs through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. We encourage guests to dress for the occasion in their best 1940s or 1950s look! Dates, departure locations and seating information below.



For Your Safety

The location and whereabouts of the steam locomotive will not be disclosed to non-ticket holders. PLEASE NOTE: Park Rangers will be on patrol throughout Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Entering onto the tracks or causing a hazard (hazard is defined as causing the train to brake) is punishable by law, fines could cost up to $5,000, and/or up to 6 months in jail (36 CFR 2.34 (a)(4)).

Cuyahoga Valley National Park suggests that you consider Station Road Bridge on Saturdays or Botzum Station on Sundays as the best options for viewing the steam engine if you have not purchased a ticket.

Dates, Stations and Departure Times

Friday, September 28
Departing Rockside Station, 7900 Old Rockside Rd., Independence, OH
5:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 29
Departing Rockside Station, 7900 Old Rockside Rd., Independence, OH
9:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.

Sunday, September 30
Departing Akron Northside Station, 27 Ridge St., Akron, OH
11:15 a.m. and 3:15 p.m.


Tickets are priced per person ages 3 and older. The below ticket prices do not include preservation or delivery fees:

Coach Seating: $25
Seating is in one of our enclosed coach cars with blocks of four (two seats facing two seats). General seating once in assigned car.

NKP Open Air Coaches: $35
Seating in traditional, open air and open window coaches, seats are two seats facing two seats. General seating once in assigned car.

Deluxe Seating: $40
Seating in one of our table cars. Tables are four tops. Seating is assigned.

Silver Bronco and Lariat First Class: $50
Seating in a comfortable first class car! These seats offer additional comfort and leg room. Seating is assigned.

Silver Bronco and Lariat Upper Dome: $65
Seating in a panoramic glass enclosure that sits just above the train car. Seating is assigned.

Silver Solarium: $100 (SOLD OUT)
Seating is assigned to the upper dome of the Silver Solarium car. Ticket includes unlimited beverage service, heavy appetizers served family style, and access to the lounge section of this car. Seats are chosen from block sections of four, with two seats facing two seats. Each section offers a table.


How long is the train ride?
The ride is an approximately two hours round trip.

Will the steam engine stop to take pictures?
Yes. The train will stop at an undisclosed area for passengers only to deboard and take pictures. We will not disclose the location of the train to non-ticket holders.

Is there handicap access to board the train?
We have an ADA lift to board passengers with mobility issues. 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?
There is a concession car on board where you may purchase various snacks and beverages. We accept cash and all major credit cards except for American Express. We cannot accept personal checks. No outside food is permitted on board.

Is there A/C?
All of our cars on temperature controlled.

Is there parking at the stations?
Parking is free at all of our boarding stations. We recommend you arrive to the train station 30 minutes before the train departs to ensure time for parking, traffic and other unforeseen weather conditions.

Are there restrooms?
Yes, there are restrooms on the train and at the boarding stations.