Scenic railroad operation halted by flood damage


PENINSULA, Ohio – The major flooding that occurred on July 21st in the Cuyahoga Valley has forced the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad to suspend all of its operations until further notice.

Major damage. The flooding caused major damage to numerous portions of the 51 miles of railroad tracks, which run through Cuyahoga Valley National Park between Independence and Akron, and beyond to downtown Canton.

The National Park Service, that owns and maintains the tracks between Independence and Akron, is getting a team together to make the tracks operational as soon as possible.

The first phase of the repairs will take place between Independence and the Village of Peninsula.

With Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad ‘s Fitzwater Maintenance Facility located in Valley View, Ohio, the northern portion of the tracks must be reconstructed first in order to get the train out of the yard.

Tentative date. It is anticipated that Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad’s scenic excursions between Independence and Peninsula should resume by Aug. 6.

The tracks located south of Peninsula to Akron will be worked on once the train is back up and running.

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