NORM Cancels Entire 2020 Season

The Northern Ohio Railway will not operate in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a news release, the museum located near Seville in Medina County has also canceled its annual dinner meeting in July and the members’ day picnic in August.

Media morning meeting have been cancelled until the November meeting but the fate of that and the December meeting will hinge on Ohio Department of Health directives and the pandemic situation.

In a statement the museum’s board of directors said they examined facilities, property, and the trolley ride experience with the pandemic in mind.

“We saw there were many challenges to overcome, some nearly impossible,” the board said in a statement. “The most vital factor is the health and safety of our volunteers and visitors, and we will not risk either to run trolley rides or conduct tours.”

Even had the state of Ohio cleared the museum to open this year the board said it has elected not to do that and to instead focus on the 2021 season.

The museum acknowledged that losing revenue from ticket and museum store merchandise sales will adversely affect its finances.

“On average, the museum has several hundred dollars of bills every month that cannot be eliminated, including utilities, insurance, and general maintenance expenses,” the statement said.

The museum issued an appeal for help by asking those interested to join the museum as members and to make cash donations.

Merchandise sales are still being conducted online.

In the meantime, the museum has resumed allowing its members and volunteers to come onto the museum property to do restoration and maintenance work.

Other work that continues, some of it from the homes of members, includes administrative, educational, and archive department work.

It had been several months since some volunteers had been able to work on the museum grounds.

The museum features displays of vintage transit equipment, including some cars that operated in Northeast Ohio.

Rides are given on about a mile of track on the museum’s property.

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