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“Relaxing Train Ride”

Hocking Valley Scenic Railway
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Owner description: The Hocking Valley Scenic Railway is a 501c3 non-profit organization operated entirely by volunteer members. It operates historic train rides from Nelsonville, Ohio, a close drive to the Hocking Hills. The track was originally built in 1869 and the HVSR has been providing family-friendly train rides since 1972. In addition to weekend trains between May and October, there are several theme trains including Easter Bunny Train, Robbery Train, All-Caboose Train, October Fall Foliage, Santa Trains, and New Year's Eve Train.
Reviewed July 22, 2013

We went on the noon train yesterday. We liked that they gave history while going to the different locations, but when you're on the outside car you can't hear the information very well. We sat on an inside car on the way back from Robbins Crossing, but by then there wasn't any information to receive until we were back at the station.

The view was great on the way to Haydenville and Robbins Crossing. We were a little surprised to go out to Haydenville and then go in reverse back past the station to Robbins Crossing and then reverse back to the station.

Overall we really enjoyed the train ride and Robbins Crossing. We had a lot of fun visiting the different buildings and talking with the volunteers.

Thank Megan A
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Reviewed July 7, 2013

If you are looking for a fun train experience with an authentic feel to it this is it! You walk up to an authentic train station in front of a real train that is running and take a ride that is not too long but is "just right" as far as the time goes! The kids love it and you can tell the people who volunteer to staff this really enjoy what they do! I suggest afterwards going to Rocky Boots next door and check out the boots and shoes and finish with a meal in their eatery (good food and great prices!).

1  Thank honest316
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Reviewed July 4, 2013

We paid close to $150 for 7 of my family members to ride the Polar Express last Christmas. All of us including the children were VERY disappointed and felt that we were ripped off big time. It was dark so we did not have to see the "less than scenic" view that the other reviewers described. The kids were promised a visit with Santa and we assumed Santa would be on the train, but turns out we would have had to exit the train and walk up the street if we wanted to see him. It was drizzling freezing rain that night so we opted to stay on the train. The kids were given a bell, there was no entertainment, no singing, no cookies on the train. What a huge rip-off. Wouldn't do that again.

4  Thank Mobby123
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Chris B, Marketing Director at Hocking Valley Scenic Railway, responded to this reviewResponded August 21, 2013

I'm sorry to hear of your poor experience. However, I should point out that the North Pole Express trains haven't operated since 2011. In 2012, we removed the North Pole Express from our schedule due to poor experience feedback. We have since focused solely on the long-standing Santa Trains that have been offered for over three decades.

I'd like to know when you actually rode the train, as the train you describe is from no later than December 2011. And again, our apologies for your poor experience.

-Chris Burchett
Marketing Director
Hocking Valley Scenic Railway
Twitter: @HVSRChris

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Reviewed June 15, 2013

I thought it was a little silly when my husband made reservations for us to board the Hocking Valley Railroad "Robbery Train" which runs only twice a year. I guess 499 people thought otherwise, because the train was filled to capacity with adults and children. Everybody was in an excited and chatty mood, and I couldn't understand a word that was being said about the sights we passed.

The "real action" took place halfway on the trip back. We had been warned beforehand and received counterfeit banknotes to hand out to the robbers. The children had also be armed with - small - water pistols for protection.

When the "robbers" finally attacked it was on a big scale. I counted 15-20 horses and riders). Everything went according to plan, and a good time was had by all.

One caveat: We were told to be there 30 minutes early, but that was not enough if you wanted to make sure you could sit together with 10 family members or so.

5  Thank Reiselust1947
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

We had a nice ride with the the children last fall. The crew was friendly. The cars are old, but thats ok. I wasn't expecting AmTrack. You had the pioneer village to go thru before the end of the ride.

4  Thank Daniel H
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