Bald Eagle Closure in Effect Until July 31, 2014
Returning bald eagles are actively tending to last year's nest within the Pinery Narrows area in CVNP. To protect the eagles from human disturbance, the area surrounding the nest tree will be closed until July 31, 2014. More »
Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (CVSR) Bridge Construction Closures
Rockside and Canal Visitor Center boarding sites will be closed through Apr 27. From Jan 18 - Mar 16, CVSR will operate between Akron Northside and Brecksville stations. From Mar 22 - Apr, CVSR will operate between Akron Northside and Peninsula. More »
Closure on Fishing Will Remain in Effect for Virginia Kendall Lake
Due to the government shutdown, we were unable to survey the fish community in VK Lake as scheduled. Our survey partners (ODNR) will not be able to get into the lake until early spring of 2014. Therefore, the closure on fishing will remain in effect. More »
Day Out with Thomas™: Leader of the Track Tour 2011
Contact: Kelly Steele, 330-657-1915
Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad
Peninsula, Ohio – It’s "Steamies" versus "Diesels" and our favorite No.1 engine is right on track! Thomas the Tank Engine™ is set to roll into Boston Mills Boarding Station for the Day Out With Thomas™: Leader of the Track Tour 2011. All little engineers are invited to cheer him on and take a ride with Thomas. The event, which takes place Saturday and Sunday, May 21 and 22, and Friday through Sunday, May 27, 28, and 29, will be hosted by Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (CVSR) and presented by HIT Entertainment and sponsored by MEGA Brands, a leading toy company.
For 66 years, children have been captivated by the courageous adventures of Thomas and his engine friends. Pulling out of the station for its 16th consecutive ride on the rails, the Day Out With Thomas™: Leader of the Track Tour 2011 will visit more than 45 cities in the United States and Canada. Day Out With Thomas™ is the only place for families to take a ride with a 15-ton replica of everybody’s favorite No. 1 engine, Thomas the Tank Engine™, and enjoy Thomas-themed activities at the Imagination Station, including stamps, temporary tattoos, and hands-on arts and crafts. Each year the tour grows, traveling to new destinations, adding new activities, and welcoming new visitors.
Thomas the Tank Engine™, star of Thomas & Friends™, on PBS KIDS® and Sprout® kicks off his Day Out With Thomas™: Leader of the Track Tour 2011 in March and is expected to welcome more than one million passengers through November. During the Day Out With Thomas™: Leader of the Track Tour 2011, children will ride with Thomas up steep hills, around deep, blue lakes, and help him win the race against the diesel engines—if only in their imaginations. Day Out With Thomas™ activities include:
• A 35-minute (approximate) ride with Thomas the Tank Engine™
• The opportunity to meet Sir Topham Hatt™, Controller of the Railway
• A Thomas & Friends™ Imagination Station; featuring stamps, temporary tattoos, hands-on arts & crafts activities and coloring sheets.
• Commemorative activities, merchandise and giveaways to celebrate the 2011 Thomas & Friends™ DVD movie Day of the Diesels (September 2011, Lionsgate), including:
• Storytelling, video viewing and live music
The tour provides a unique, interactive family experience at every station, offering a variety of entertaining activities that reflect the local flavor of each stop. At Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, activities will include: inflatable bounces, model railroad display, a maze, a play area, and a Touch A Truck display.
The approximately 25-minute train ride with Thomas the Tank Engine™ will depart every hour, rain or shine, with departure times at 9:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. daily. Tickets for the Day Out With Thomas™: Leader of the Track Tour 2011 are $18 plus tax for ages two and up.
Tickets are on sale now by calling toll-free 866-468-7630 or logging onto www.ticketweb.com/dowt. For more information and directions contact Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad at 800-468-4070 or visit www.CVSR.com.
For general information or to find a Day Out With Thomas™: Leader of the Track Tour 2011 event near you, visit www.thomasandfriends.com/dowt.
For media use only: For high-resolution downloadable artwork or additional information please go to www.hitnewsonline.com and select Day Out With Thomas™: Leader of the Track Tour 2011 artwork.
CVSR is a private sector, not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) volunteer supported organization celebrating its 39th year of providing passenger rail service and is operating in partnership with Cuyahoga Valley National Park and is dedicated to the preservation of passenger rail transportation in Cuyahoga Valley and along the historic Ohio & Erie Canalway.
About Thomas & Friends™
About HIT Entertainment
About MEGA Brands
Did You Know?
Lock 27 along the Ohio & Erie Canal became known as Johnnycake Lock after several boats ran aground due to flooding. While stranded, supplies ran low and canal passengers and crew ate only corn meal pancakes, known as "johnnycakes".