Steam train to make Dennison-Newark run



Steam train to makeDennison-Newark run
On June 3, the Mahoning Valley Railroad Heritage Association will operate a steam-powered passenger train from Dennison, Ohio, to the Strawberries on the Square festival in Newark, Ohio.
The train will be pulled by the Ohio Central Railroad's newly restored 4-8-4 steam locomotive No. 6325. The locomotive is a former Grand Trunk Western Railroad steamer and is the largest steam locomotive owned by the Ohio Central Railroad.
The train will travel the tracks of the Columbus & amp; Ohio River Railroad, which is part of the Ohio Central System.
The train will depart from the restored Pennsylvania Railroad Passenger Station in Dennison at 8:30 a.m. and arrive in Newark at noon. Passengers will have three hours to spend at the festival before the return trip to Dennison.
During the trip, two passengers will be given the opportunity to ride in the cab of the locomotive.
Coach tickets are $59 each and can be purchased by charge by calling (800) 571-1199 or by sending a check made payable to MVRH to P.O. Box 3055, Youngstown 44511.
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