Full steam ahead: Join June 8 train ride

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YOUNGSTOWN – The Mahoning Valley Railroad Heritage Association will operate a special steam-powered passenger train from Dennison, Ohio to Sugarcreek, Ohio, June 8.

The train will be pulled by the Ohio Central’s newly restored 4-8-4 steam locomotive No. 6325, a former Grand Trunk Western Railroad steamer, and the largest steam locomotive owned by the Ohio Central Railroad.

The train will depart from the restored former Pennsylvania Railroad Passenger Station in Dennison at 8:30 a.m. and arrive in Sugarcreek at noon.

Steam shop stop. During the trip, a stop will be made at the Ohio Central Steam Shop at Morgan Run. Passengers will be able to take a brief tour of the shop, and see another of the Ohio Central’s steam locomotives undergoing a major overhaul.

Passengers will have three hours in Sugarcreek to enjoy the shopping, sight-seeing and restaurants before boarding the train for the return trip back to Dennison.

There will be two steam locomotives for rail enthusiasts to see in Sugarcreek that day. The Ohio Central operates steam trains out of Sugarcreek five days a

week, and the arrival of the 6325 on this special train will put two steamers in town at the same time.

Ride in the cab. There is also a “cab ride raffle” where two passengers will have the opportunity to ride in the cab of the steam locomotive for a short time with the engineer and the fireman.

Coach tickets are $69 each and can be purchased with a Visa or Mastercard by calling 800-571-1199 or by sending a check to MVRH, P.O. Box 3055, Youngstown OH, 44511.

The Mahoning Valley Railroad Heritage Association is a non-profit corporation, and is sponsoring this trip as a fund-raising project to assist in further rail preservation efforts in the Mahoning Valley.

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