Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad takes possession of ‘California Zephyr’ rail cars

The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad makes $1.5 million acqusition

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad takes possession of ‘California Zephyr’ rail cars
Four Zephyr railcars arrived at the Independence Cuyahoga Valley Railroad Station Thursday, September 20, including two Vista Dome cars that were part of the California Zephyr trainset. Pulled by the Nickel Plate Road steam locomotive, the four cars were purchased by the CVSR for part of their fleet. (Source: Michael K. Dakota)
Four Zephyr railcars arrived at the Independence Cuyahoga Valley Railroad Station Thursday, September 20, including two Vista Dome cars that were part of the California Zephyr trainset. Pulled by the Nickel Plate Road steam locomotive, the four cars were purchased by the CVSR for part of their fleet.
Four Zephyr railcars arrived at the Independence Cuyahoga Valley Railroad Station Thursday, September 20, including two Vista Dome cars that were part of the California Zephyr trainset. Pulled by the Nickel Plate Road steam locomotive, the four cars were purchased by the CVSR for part of their fleet. (Source: Michael K. Dakota)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The president and CEO of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad called it a “game changer.”

The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad added an impressive addition to its train collection September 20 when four historic Zephyr railcars rolled into the Rockside train station in Independence around 2:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon.

(Click the video below to watch the historic arrival of the Zephyr rail cars)

Zephyr railcars arrive in Cuyahoga Valley

“The vision for the railroad is to up our game,” said president and CEO of the CVSR Joe Mazur with the new acquisitions just moments away. “We think it will be a game changer.”

The four cars, including two Vista Dome cars, a baggage car, and a sleeper car, that were part of the California Zephyr trainset rode from California behind the impressive Nickel Plate steam locomotive no. 765.

The historic train set operated on the California Zephyr line in the ‘40s and ‘50s and were a staple of luxury rail travel in American history. The domed cars have a 360 degree view domed observation seating.

(Click the video below to take an exclusive tour of the domed dining car)

Zephyr dining cars join Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

“The acquisition of the Zephyr rail cars was a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said President and CEO Joe Mazur. “We not only are preserving history, but giving hundreds of thousands of people the opportunity to have one more way to travel through and experience Cuyahoga Valley National Park.”

The public’s first opportunity to ride the historic rail cars will be during “Steam in the Valley” where they will be pulled by the Nickel Plate Road steam locomotive no. 765 on September, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30.

CEO of Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Joe Mazur talks about acquiring the Zephyr cars

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