The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad enjoyed a record year in 2012.
The nonprofit tourist railroad transported a total of 210,347 passengers through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park between Akron and Cleveland. The line also runs south to Canton.
That is the highest ridership total for the 40-year-old railroad, which has its offices in Boston Township.
The number of passengers easily topped the 160,009 total in 2011, a figure held down because the railroad was idle for several months due to major track repairs.
In 2010, the railroad handled 195,662 passengers.
“We are very pleased with the support CVSR received from the community in 2012,” Craig Tallman, president and chief executive officer of the railroad, said in a prepared statement.
“Service for 2013 has resumed and we are working hard now to plan even more fun events this year including a new membership program,” he said.
The railroad’s biggest annual event is the Polar Express, a holiday-themed ride for youngsters to the North Pole. It drew 38,305 passengers in November and December.
Other special events include Thomas the Tank Engine, Bike Aboard, Underground Railroad trip, wine-tasting and beer-tasting excursions and school field trips.
The railroad’s next big event will be Day Out with Thomas in the last two weekends in May. Tickets are on sale now.
For more information, go to www.csvr.com.