Club History and Information

The club was originally formed in 1976 as a modular (sectional) layout. A modular layout consists of individually owned sections, which can be moved to various locations and assembled for operation.

In 1980 the layout was moved to the basement of the Whistle Stop Hobby Shop and changed to a permanent form. The layout measures 12x36 feet with a 10x20 foot island. The track of this layout a combination of commercial and hand laid track and this layout was about 75% sceniced. The layout was converted to DCC (Digital Command Control). This will allow more prototypical operation.

In 2005 this layout was dismantled in anticipation of the closing of the shop and moved to storage. The good news is that the Whistle Stop Hobby Shop is now back with a new owner who has granted permission for the club to have a layout in the store again. It is a work in progress and was built as a semi-permanent modular layout with nearly 300 feet of main line track with the appropriate sidings and yards. The track is laid and is functional with signaling and some scenery in place.

Club members are always willing to help with questions regarding the hobby and if unable to answer a question will direct the question to someone who can give the information. Members are also happy to direct visitors to the many publications carried by various hobby shops. Some members also work with youth groups to bring them into the hobby. One doesn't have to be an expert to join the club, we can teach you everything that you need to know. We currently have about 25 members. Membership is open to people 18 years of age and older who show a genuine interest in contributing to the development and operation of the layout. We meet weekly on Tuesdays from 6 to 8 P.M. The club invites you to visit and see what we have accomplished.

The Cuyahoga Valley Terminal Railroad is based upon the former Valley Railroad / Cleveland Terminal and Valley / Baltimore & Ohio Line that ran from Cleveland Ohio to Mineral City Ohio during the 1950s. Today the northern portion of this rail line is operated by the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad and the remaining southern portion by the Wheeling and Lake Erie.

The "History" of the Cuyahoga Valley Terminal Railroad

After the end of hostilities at the end of World War II, the Baltimore and Ohio railroad has decided to sell off some of their less productive branches and sub-divisions. One of these was the Cleveland Terminal and Valley (CT&V) sub-division which ran from Cleveland to Mineral City, Ohio via Akron. The B&O realized that they could get to Cleveland via their CL&W line and therefore offered the CT&V sub-division for sale. A group of investors bought the line and on January 1, 1949 created the Cuyahoga Valley Terminal Railroad - a regional short line.

Used steam locomotives were purchased from various other lines who were beginning to dieselize. The steam power purchased was mostly USRA designed locomotives and/or Baldwin standard catalog consolidations to ease the repairs and replacement parts situation.

Due to bridge and clearance restrictions south of Akron (east by timetable) the largest power was the USRA Mikado (2-8-2). This would allow any CVT engine to run from one end of the line to the other. These bridge and clearance restriction were the same as those for the former owners - the B&O.

With the sudden increase in traffic due the Korean War the CVT management unwisely invested in a signal system which was to become a heavy financial burden on the railroad. Also due to the increased rail traffic at the time of the Korean conflict a limited number of diesel locomotives were also purchased second hand from various connecting rail lines. This also put an additional burden on the already financially stressed CVT.

Fortunately post war manufacturing of consumer goods and new automobile sales requiring increased tire production which helped keep the line financially afloat. This was especially important with the rapidly decreasing coal traffic as natural gas replaced coal as a home heating fuel.

Steam continues to faithfully serve until the Spring of 1960 when the last of the fires are dropped and Luntz in Canton receives these once proud engines for the scrapper's torch.