Monday, September 8, 2014

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad - Brecksville Station

On Sunday I ended up taking a ride on the Nickel Plate 765 again.  This time it was going through part of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad area.  Since I tried two previous times to ride that particular line, I wasn't going to miss it this time, especially with a steam engine pulling it.

The Nickel Plate was leaving from the Brecksville Station which is a couple stations south on the line.  I suspect many people were more interested in the prospect of a ride on a steam engine than the ride itself.  I know that I will have to make it a point to go back there to see the rest of the area.

The area around the Brecksville Station is pretty nice though.  It is right by a part of the Cuyahoga River.
 This is an old bridge that is similar to the two bridges I saw on the Huron River between Ann Arbor and Dexter.  This particular bridge was built by the Massillon Bridge Company which was located in Massillon, Ohio.  The town itself is located about 20 miles south of Akron, Ohio.  The company was founded in 1869 by Joseph Davenport and became incorporated in 1877.  It remained in operation until the early 1900's.  Many examples of these bridges can be found throughout the Midwest (including one in Grand Rapids and Canton Township).  I'm not sure but this particular bridge looks like it was built in 1882 (or 7).  Someone at the park was saying this particular bridge was taken somewhere to be restored.
 This lovely bridge is the Brecksville-Northfield High Level Bridge.  Construction on it was finished in 1931 and it was renovated in 1989.  In 2012 there was a plot to blow it up and five men were arrested.  They were connected with the Occupy Cleveland movement (but not by the movement itself).  They were all convicted.
 Another shot of that Bridge.
The Brecksville Station itself.  Apparently, you can bike here and put your bike on the train and ride it back to wherever you started.

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