Steam in the Valley

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Travel Back in Time with Steam in the Valley

Steam in the Valley 2022

May 13 – 15 & 20 – 22

Steam in the Valley is an annual tradition at Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. CVSR partners with Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society to bring the historic Nickel Plate Road Steam Locomotive No. 765 to the Valley for an unforgettable experience.

This is a limited opportunity to ride the train while being powered by a historical steam locomotive. Passengers will have the opportunity to deboard the train and view a once-in-a-lifetime run by of the high-stepping, fourteen-wheeled, time machine that stands 15 feet tall and weighs 404 tons.

Steam in the Valley Excursion

Whether you are a seasoned railfan or first-time rider you will be in for a memorable trip. Make sure you have your cameras ready. During the trip, passengers will have the opportunity to deboard the train to view a staged photo run-by of 765 at speed.

Steam departs from Rockside Station on Saturday, May 14 and 21, and from Akron-Northside Station on Sunday, May 15 and 22. This is a rare opportunity to ride behind a full-sized superpowered steam locomotive.

Night Ride

Join us for a nighttime excursion with a personal photo opportunity on Friday, May 13 and, Saturday, May 21. The train will depart from Rockside Station at 7:30 p.m. and take passengers on a three-and-a-half-hour round trip. Upon deboarding halfway through the trip, the engine will be stationary; and the area will have special lighting, so ticketed passengers have optimal shooting conditions for a rare nighttime opportunity to take a photo with 765.

Tickets range from $25-$70 depending on the seating class.

Tickets for special events range from $75-$135 depending on the seating class.

Schedule of Events

Night Photoshoot – Friday, May 13 Rockside Station 7:30 p.m.

Steam in the Valley Excursion – Saturday, May 14 Rockside Station 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 6:30 p.m.

Steam in the Valley Excursion– Sunday, May 15 Akron Northside Station 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m.

Steam in the Valley Excursion – Friday, May 20 Rockside Station 6:30 p.m.

Steam in the Valley Excursion– Saturday, May 21 Rockside Station 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m.

Night Photoshoot – Saturday, May 21 Rockside Station 7:30 p.m.

Steam in the Valley Excursion – Sunday, May 22 Akron Northside Station 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m.

Tickets on sale to members December 10 at 9 a.m. and on sale to the public December 14 at 9 a.m.

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Join us for our special events to celebrate the arrival of Steam Locomotive No. 765

Dinner on the Train                                                     

Friday, May 13 at 6:30 p.m. and May 20 at 6:30 p.m.

Rockside Station

Ticket Price | $135-$150 per person

For a truly classic railroad experience enjoy an elegant, four-course dinner while seeing the sights of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park from one of our beautiful California Zephyr train cars powered by Nickel Plate Road 765.

Murder Mystery: Murder on the High C’s

Friday, May 13 at 7:30 p.m.

Rockside Station

Ticket Price | $75 per person

Those smoke-belching iron horses called trains are not nearly as clean and safe as river paddleboats – until last night. That’s when Scotland Yard was found dead in his cabin on the Boiler Deck by his ex-wife, opera star Julie Yard. Someone on board hopes to “get away with murder.” Prize for the best 1890’s costume will be awarded.

Cocktails on the Rails

Friday, May 20 at 6:30 p.m. 

Rockside Station 

Ticket Price | $75 per person

Join us on board the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad and learn fun ways to serve cocktails at home or impress your friends and family while riding behind Nickel Plate Road 765.

Canvas and Wine on the Rails

Saturday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m. 

Rockside Station 

Ticket Price | $75 per person

Climb aboard and enjoy an evening of fun, creativity, and a little wine! On board, you will receive step-by-step instruction from a talented artist while you sip wine and ride the rails through the National Park after dark! Ages 21 and older only. Ages 21 and older only.