Peninsula — The cry of “All Aboard!” will continue in the valley but with a new conductor.
Tallman is retiring at the end of the year after five years of providing for scenic trips on the railroad that runs through Cuyahoga Valley National Park from Akron to Independence.
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Labuda saluted Tallman for increasing the railroad’s array of service offerings, attracting new riders, maintaining a balanced budget and improving safety, reliability and overall passenger experience.
“Thanks to his leadership, we also saw our volunteer organization contribute over 90,000 hours of volunteer service in 2015.
“We also lowered our all-day pass tickets to $15 to encourage visitors to use CVSR as alternate transportation through the park.
As a result, the combination of contributed income, foundation grants and membership dues can be used to fund capital improvements.
Today it serves nearly 200,000 passengers annually and generates revenues of over $3 million.
In addition to scenic rides through the National Park, the Scenic Railroad’s programming includes The Polar Express; Day Out With Thomas; breakfast, lunch and dinner trains; wine and beer tastings; Underground Railroad re-enactments; murder mystery events; and many other seasonal programs.
Its Bike Aboard! program enables bicyclists to bike one-way through the National Park and then return by rail.
“I will continue to work with the Board and the organization beyond Craig’s declared departure date if necessary to ensure an orderly transition.