Steam in the Valley | Ohio

Every year, during the end of September to start of October, weeks before it is covered in beautiful, colourful foliages of all hues, a 400 ton ‘beast’ chugs through the scenic valley of Cuyahoga National Park and provides visitors with an unique experience to cherish a lifetime.

Riding on this 400 ton of historic wonder I was left awestruck on my first ride of the Nickel Plate Road no. 765 last year and could not wait to share my experience of the same with everyone.

Ironically, with a major overhaul on way for my photo blog, things had to wait.


Here is some information from the internet about the Locomotive. 

Nickel Plate Road no. 765 is a 2-8-4 “Berkshire” type steam locomotive built for the Nickel Plate Road in 1944 by the Lima Locomotive Works in Lima, Ohio. Classified as a “S-2” class Berkshire, the locomotive operated fast, heavy freight and passenger trains until retirement in 1958.

Following a restoration in 1979 and after a major overhaul in 2005, 765 operates in public exhibition and passenger excursion train service  (like the one in Cuyahoga National Park).

It is owned and maintained by the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society (FWRHS) and listed as no. 96001010 on the National Register of Historic Places.[2]

 The train runs North to South and back to North between Akron North-side Station and Rockside station (South) with a handful of stops for Bike Aboard only  ( Marked by Bicycle icons on Map).

What is Bike Aboard?

From the Park website (

“Ride your bike along the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in one direction and ride the train back in the other! The train can be flagged down at any of our boarding stations by waving both arms over your head.  One arm is just a friendly wave to the Engineer. Please plan to arrive 10 minutes before the departure time.”

Here is the link to the directions for the North Station – Akron Northside Station and the South Station – Rockside station.


Please note: These are the only 3 stations from where you can buy tickets and board the train ( Marked by Red Arrows ->) on Map. 

I boarded the train from the North side i.e. Akron Station.

An elderly person being mechanically lifted into the train

People fall in line to be boarded

If you are interested for more great photo opps, arrive early and you will get plenty.

Loading up before the run


Frequently Asked Questions:


The entire trip is roughly 2 hours from start to end. It travels up to a certain point and returns the same way from there.


On its way back, it stops at an undisclosed location on the route and all passengers de-board the train. The train then makes two runs on full throttle with steams bellowing through the chimneys accompanied by the iconic whistle. This provides passengers and on lookers with ample photo opportunities of this beast of a machine.

With multiple coach options like open coach, deluxe coach etc. you can choose the one that suits your needs and pocket.

Link for tickets:

Although tickets are available at the station, its advisable to purchase it online in much advance.

My Ticket

Now, here are some more pictures from the inside.

Options for purchasing snacks in the pantry

Chill out with your favorite drinks in this section

Merchandise for purchase in case you need some for memories/ showoff 😉

One of the officials. Great conversation !

and outside …

By-standers waiting to get a glimpse of the train

The beautiful valley – perks of arriving early

Consolidating the useful links for convenience.

Directions to stations:

Link for tickets:

Frequently Asked Questions:


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