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MRPS Reopens Cleveland Roundhouse

June 21, 2020

The Midwest Rail Preservation Society has reopened its roundhouse in Cleveland for limited visits.

The group said on its website that tours are available for groups of 10 or fewer on weekdays by appointment and on Saturdays and Sunday in June and July by ticket purchase.

No train rides are being offered during the weekday tours and access to the railroad rolling stock, locomotives and equipment at the former Baltimore & Ohio facility is limited.

Although there will be no admission charge, MRPS is asking weekday visitors to make a donation to the fund to restore former Grand Trunk Western 2-8-2 No. 4070 to operating condition.

Donations can also be made to the group’s general operating fund to offset losses incurred due to the cancellation of various planned events due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Visitors to the roundhouse must wear closed toe footwear and personal masks. They must also observe social distancing practices during their tour, which will be conducted by an MRPS staff member.

The conditions for the weekend tours are slightly different. Those will be limited to group of no more than six and require a group ticket costing $40.

Participants in weekend tours must observe the same conditions are those touring the facility on weekends. Temperatures of participants during weekend tours will be taken during check in.

However, weekend tours include a ride on a caboose pulled by an Alco diesel locomotive. Tours are available in one hour increments between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

For more information call MRPS at 216-781-3629.

Tickets can be purchased at

Steam Locomotive Restoration Group Reaches Pact with MRPS For Use of its Roundhouse

June 19, 2017

A group seeking to restore a Reading T1 steam locomotive has apparently patched up things with the Midwest Railway Preservation Society.

Trains magazine reported last week that MRPS has reached a tentative agreement on a lease with the American Steam Railroad Preservation Association for that group to remain at MRPS facility in Cleveland.

ASR had moved 4-8-4 No. 2100 to the former Baltimore & Ohio roundhouse two years ago with the goal of restoring it to operating condition.

Known as a term sheet, the agreement  calls for the lease to last three years and establishes a set of agreements and conditions both sides agreed to meet before signing binding documents. The two parties will have four months to complete any pre-agreement work necessary.

Last spring the MRPS went to court to seek to evict ASR from the roundhouse.

According to Trains, the new agreement allows ASR to use one roundhouse stall and some tracks outside the building.

“Midwest sincerely hopes that we are entering a new and fruitful period for both organizations,” said MRPS President Donald Zeyer says. “Additionally, Midwest also wishes to advise the public that we had nothing to do with any allegations, comments, or arguments that were made on social media. Again, we hope that we are entering a new era of co-operation. We wish ASR nothing but the best in their efforts to return No. 2100 to steam.”

ASR President Steve Harvey said his group is pleased with the roundhouse, noting that it has good access to Class I railroads, short lines, and scenic railroad operators.

Trains quoted a ASR officer as saying that the group plans to focus on rebuilding No. 2100’s firebox and running gear in the coming months and to have locomotive under steam in the next year or two.