Posts Tagged ‘Excursion trains in Ohio’

NS Excursion Train in Coshocton

October 29, 2021

It’s Sept. 28, 1985, and a pair of Norfolk Southern high hood units are pulling an excursion train through Coshocton. We don’t have any information as to where this train originated or was going. If you know, drop us a line.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Ohio Rail Experience Sets Fall Excursions

August 12, 2021

The Ohio Rail Experience has announced its slate of fall excursions most of which will run in western and southwestern Ohio with a few venturing into Indiana and Michigan.

Tickets for most trips can be purchased at

Two of the excursions are fund raising events and tickets must be purchased from the sponsoring agency.

Most trips are between six to 10 hours in duration and feature stopovers in the destination city.

Among the trips and their dates are: Blue Ash Flyer, Cincinnati and Blue Ash, Sept. 4; Fireworks train, Norwood and Cincinnati, Sept. 5; Lima Limited, Springfield and Lima, Oct. 9 and 10; South Charleston Rocket, South Charleston and Jeffersonville; Oct. 16; St. Paris Special, St. Paris and Maplewood; Oct. 17; DT&I to the Old Road, Leipsic and Blissfield, Michigan, Oct. 23; Lima and Quincy, Oct. 24; Return to the Big Four, Cincinnati and Greensburg, Indiana, Oct. 30; North Bend Flyer, Cincinnati and Dearborn County, Indiana, Oct. 31.

The Ohio Rail Experience is sponsored by Cincinnati Scenic Railway, which operates the Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad in Lebanon, Ohio.

A 1984 Excursion on What Was Then NS

April 23, 2021

Norfolk Southern hosted an excursion from Brewster to Zanesville on Oct. 6, 1984. Here are three views of that train operating to Zanesville on what today is part of the Ohio Central System.

The train is shown passing under the Ohio Route 93 bridge in Dundee, entering Dresden and cruising just north of Sugarcreek.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Ohio Rail Experience Announces 2020 Excursions

March 15, 2020

The Ohio Rail Experience has announced its trip lineup for 2020.

Tickets are now on sale for the Lima Limited of May 16 and 17, a full day excursion that will operate on each date between Springfield and Lima on the former Detroit, Toledo & Ironton.

Tickets are also on sale for the May 23 and 24 trips from Leipsic and Blissfield, Michigan, and return.

These trips will follow the former DT&I to Riga, Michigan, where the train will turn west on the

Adrian & Blissfield Rail Road (former New York Central Old Road).

There will be a two-hour layover in Blissfield.

On Sept. 5 the Blue Ash Flyer will board in Bond Hill and travel north through Norwood, Silverton and Blue Ash to the end of the line in Brecon.

The train will then reverse direction and make a two-hour stopover in Blue Ash.

Tickets for this excursion are expected to go on sale in late spring.

On the Sept. 6 the fireworks train will operate to the WEBN Cincinnati Bell Labor Day

Fireworks show that has been an end of summer tradition in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky for more than 40 years.

The train will board at the Norwood Eagles Station and run down the former Pennsylvania Railroad’s Oasis Branch to the Montgomery Inn Boathouse where passengers can disembark for several hours to enjoy Riverfest and the Fireworks at 9 p.m.

After the fireworks the train will return to the Norwood Eagles Station. Tickets will go on sale in late spring.

Tuscarawas Eyes Excursion Service

April 23, 2018

Tuscarawas County officials are eyeing a former Baltimore & Ohio rail line for use as excursion trains, including the annual Polar Express trips made from Dennison.

The line in question extends from Dennison to Dover and is owned by CSX but leased to R.J. Corman.

The route begins at the Aleris plant south of Uhrichsville, crosses the former Pennsylvania Panhandle rail line at Uhrichsville, and then goes through Midvale, New Philadelphia and Dover.

A mile-long section of track would need to be built between Uhrichsville and the Dennison Railroad Depot Museum. That would cost an estimated $1 million to $2 million.

New Philadelphia Mayor Joel Day is describing the proposed service as an economic development proposal.

“It would generate revenue from those tourism dollars and create another tourism attraction,” he said.

Scott Robinson, president of the Tuscarawas County Chamber of Commerce, said the project would create a great train ride but said “it would take a tremendous effort by a lot of different parties to make it work out.”

Day also said that, “restoring the rail lines from New Philadelphia to Dennison would connect the northern communities of the county with the southern, and give us direct access to the rail corridor that runs between Columbus and Pittsburgh. Plus, with the abundance of natural gas we have in eastern Ohio, technology could be developed (if it hasn’t already) that allows train engines to be powered by natural gas.”

Day recently met with the Ohio Rail Development Commission to discuss the plan. They talked with Tim Brown, project manager for the rail commission.

“Tim was there to gather information,” Day said. “He wasn’t a decision maker. That was sort of disappointing in a way, but he was a good resource for us. What he’s going to help us do is get a meeting with CSX to talk about the rail line through New Philadelphia.”

Brown told the Tuscarawas county contingent that railroads in Ohio are more interested in earning revenue from freight than operating passenger or excursion trains.

“But we hope that if we can get in front of CSX and explain the plan and the benefits of that, we can convince them it’s a good idea,” Day said.

He noted that the railroad is not making a lot of revenue off the line, but if the connection to Dennison was made, CSX could earn money off tourism dollars.

The excursion train, if it comes about, would be operated by the Dennison museum.

“We’re exploring the options to tie Dennison into Schoenbrunn and New Philadelphia and Warther’s Museum in Dover with train rides,” said Wendy Zucal, the director of the museum.

She said the depot already has passenger cars, excursion insurance and volunteers trained in railroad safety.

It operates the Polar Express train ride in December from Dennison to Newcomerstown in cooperation with the Genessee & Wyoming Railroad.

ITM has OK to Use Indiana Rail Line for Polar Express

October 11, 2017

The Indiana Transportation Museum has an agreement to use the Central Railroad of Indiana for its Polar Express trains this year.

The trains will operate between Kokomo and Logansport, Indiana. A railfan publication in the Hoosier State said ITM is negotiating for cars, locomotives to use on the trains.

Coach attendants and presentation staff will be volunteers. The report said ITM is also talking with a group in Logansport for space to be able to run on some city-owned track.

Chasing a 1984 Passenger Excursion

February 3, 2017


Eastbound crossing the Chessie System (now R.J. Corman) track east of Brewster yard.

Here is something a little bit different. This is from an excursion 32 years ago. I don’t know if this is a Norfolk Southern excursion or perhaps Orrville Railroad Heritage Society excursion. It may have been ORHS’ first excursion. It began in Orrville or Brewster, but I photographed it from Brewster to Zanesville. These photos were taken on what is now mostly the Ohio Central as the train ran southbound on Oct. 6, 1984.

Photographs by Robert Farkas


Southbound under the Route 93 bridge in Dundee.





The power has cut off in Zanesville.

Sept. 20 Excursions to Cross Quincy High Bridge

September 12, 2015

The Cincinnati Railway Company will operate two public excursions on Sept. 20 from Lima to Quincy on the Indiana & Ohio Railroad.

The highlight of the trips over tracks of the former Detroit, Toledo & Ironton will be crossing the Quincy High Bridge over the Great Miami River.

Trains will depart Lincoln Park in Lima at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The trip sponsor is the Allen County Historical Society, which reports that all tickets for the excursions have been sold.

In a Facebook posting, the Cincinnati Railway group said it is leasing two locomotives from Norfolk Southern for the trips, No. 7136 (a GP60) and No. 3170 (an SD40).

The trains will stop just short of the diamonds with CSX in Quincy.

Excusions From Lima to Run on Sept. 28

September 21, 2014

The Allen County Museum is sponsoring a series of excursions on Sept. 28 between Lima and Jackson Center. The diesel-powered trains will depart at 10 a.m., 12:45 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. from Lincoln Park in Lima and travel on a 42-mile roundtrip.

Tickets are $35 for adults and $20 for children under age 12. The consist of the train will include two locomotives and four coaches. The train will be able to accommodate 325 people.

Tickets may be purchased at the Allen County Museum or at trackside on the day of the excursion. For further information, go to:

Glenwillow-Kent Excursion Set for July 5

June 10, 2014

The Midwest Railway Preservation Society is sponsoring an excursion on Saturday, July 5 from Glenwillow to Kent and return over the Wheeling & Lake Erie.

Tickets are $50 for an open window coach, $60 for an air-conditioned coach and $70 for a seat in the Mount Baxter car.

The 40-mile roundtrip will depart Glenwillow at 9 a.m. and arrive at the former Erie passenger station in Kent at about noon.

Passengers will have a three-hour layover during which they time may attend the annual Kent Heritage Festival.

The return trip is expected to depart Kent at 3 p.m. and arrive back in Glenwillow at 6 p.m.

The trip will traverse the Tinkers Creek and upper Cuyahoga River watersheds.

The train will be pulled by Cleveland Commercial Railway locomotives operated by a CCR crew.

Tickets may be ordered by calling 216-781-3629 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tickets may also be ordered online at