CLEVELAND - Trains are rolling again through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, following the end of the government shutdown which closed to public use the park's 33,000 acres of land.
The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad operates its excursion trains on rails owned by the park service who prohibited the trains from operating during the shutdown for ten days, resulting in a huge financial loss for the railroad.
With fall in full swing throughout the valley, the CVSR is again offering its full schedule to the delight of riders eager to enjoy seeing the changing colors of the trees, meadows and marshland, not to mention glimpses of the wildlife who call the Cuyahoga Valley home.
At the first opportunity after the shutdown, a small group of seasoned riders showed up to ride their rails once again.
Kelly Steele-Moore, CVSR Director of Marking and Sales, told us that several special events were canceled during the halt in service, in addition to shutting down regularly scheduled service.
She received the word that they could resume service Wednesday night at 10 p.m., then quickly put her crews back together. They were ready to roll with passengers again by 9:30 Thursday morning.
The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad is a not-for-profit organization.
Advance ticket sales for the highly popular Polar Express have been very slow during the shutdown but she expects that sales will quickly return to normal as the word that everything is back on track gets out to the public.
For more information and to reserve your tickets for upcoming events visit http://www.cvsr.com/