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This year at CVSR, passengers will have the rare opportunity to see this historic steam engine with features dating back to its appearance in the 1950s. Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society recently unveiled the renumbering and other cosmetic alterations during a press conference on Aug. 19. The “767” renumbering compliments alterations made to reflect the locomotive’s appearance before it was retired in 1958. Most noticeable is the addition of an extra headlight known as a Mars Light.
The commemorative 767 number will only remain until the end of 2016. CVSR is the first railroad the 767 will visit with the changes.
During Steam in the Valley, passengers will enjoy a three-hour excursion with this historic locomotive at the helm. There will be an exclusive photo opportunity at a secure location. In addition to CVSR’s coach and deluxe cars, seating in the traditional, open air and open window coaches will be available. All passengers ages 3 and older must have a ticket. Children under the age of 3 may ride for free but must sit on a parent’s or guardian’s lap.
Departure locations are Rockside Station at 7900 Old Rockside Rd., Independence and Akron Northside Station at 27 Ridge St., Akron.
Guests are encouraged to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to departure. For a list of departure times and ticket information, visit cvsr.com/steam-in-the-valley.
About Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad
Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad is a private sector, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) volunteer supported organization operating in partnership with Cuyahoga Valley National Park and is dedicated to the preservation of passenger rail transportation in Cuyahoga Valley and the historic Ohio & Erie Canalway. CVSR has been providing excursion rail service for more than 40 years. For more information about the railroad, visit CVSR.com.
About Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society
The Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society, Inc. is an award-winning, 501(c)3 non-profit corporation founded in 1972. The FWRHS has over 800 members, 100 volunteers, and nine board of directors. Throughout the year, it hosts and administers passenger train excursions, private charters, public exhibitions and education outreach activities with restored Nickel Plate Road steam locomotive no. 765 and a variety of other vintage railroad equipment throughout the Midwest. The first non-profit of its kind to successfully restore and operate a steam locomotive, the Society holds regular work sessions and open houses at its restoration facility in New Haven, Indiana during the year.
About The Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 Berkshire No. 765
Historic steam locomotive no. 765 is a high-stepping, fourteen-wheeled, magnificent machine that stands 15 feet tall, weighs 404 tons, goes over 60 miles an hour and restored to the way it looked and sounded when it was built by the Lima Locomotive Works in 1944. Celebrated for pulling passenger excursions throughout the country as a goodwill ambassador, the 765 is the pride of the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society and one of only a handful of steam locomotives that still operate in the United States. On August 19, Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society announced that the 765 will be temporarily renumbered as the “767” for the remainder of the year and have will have a few cosmetic alterations to honor its unique legacy. Visit http://fortwaynerailroad.org/2016/08/the-return-of-the-767/ for more information about the 767 changes.
About Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Cuyahoga Valley National Park encompasses 33,000 acres along the Cuyahoga River between Cleveland and Akron Ohio. Managed by the National Park Service, CVNP combines cultural, historical, recreational, and natural activities in one setting. For more information visit www.nps.gov/cuva or call 330-657-2752.