Posts Tagged ‘Lake Shore Railway Association’

Leviathan Returning to Wellington for Excursions

April 23, 2015

The Leviathan is returning to Wellington over the Memorial Day weekend and will be joined by a replica of a Lincoln Funeral train car.

Illinois construction contractor David Kloke built the 4-4-0 No. 63 as well as a replica of the car that carried the body of assassinated President Abraham Lincoln from Washington, D.C., to Springfield, Ill., in April-May 1865.

That train’s route took it through Wellington during the early morning hours of April 29 after it left Cleveland at midnight and arrived in Columbus at 7 a.m.

Between Cleveland and Columbus the train traveled tracks now owned by CSX and previously owned by the Big Four.

The Lake Shore Railway Association of Wellington will operate the Leviathan and the Lincoln Funeral Car over six miles of former Lorain & West Virginia trackage.

The excursion trains will include air conditioned coaches, a caboose, and an open air car (weather permitting).

Trains will operate May 23-25 at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5 p.m. A night photo session will be held at 8 p.m. on May 23 that will feature the Leviathan, the Lincoln Funeral Car and Civil War re-enactors.

Tickets are $30 for adults, $15 for children under 12 and $25 for seniors. Night photo session tickets are $50 and limited to 40 people.

Aside from building the Leviathan, Kloke also built the York, another 4-4-0 replica based in Pennsylvania at the Steam into History attraction near York.

He created the Lincoln funeral train car to mark the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s death. Kloke plans to begin tours with the car in May that will continue into the fall.

The tour of the Lincoln funeral train car will begin in Springfield, Ill., and visit many of the cities where the 1865 Lincoln funeral train stopped.

The touring replica funeral train car will have two lanterns that were used on the original funeral train.

For more information about the visit of the Leviathan and Lincoln funeral train car to Wellington, go to

Nordson Gives Rail Cars to Wellington Museum

October 30, 2014




The Nordson Corp. in Amherst has donated a caboose and two passenger cars to the Lake Shore Railway Association in Wellington.

The cars have been on static display for the past 43 years at the former New York Central depot in Amherst, which is owned by Nordson and used as a community center.

The wooden caboose and passenger cars were purchased in 1971 by company founder Evan Nord from the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway.

The passenger cars include Pullman-built City of Waynesboro, a 10 roomettes, six double bedrooms car built in February 1950 for the C&O. The other car is a former C&O coach. All three cars are in their “as built” condition.

“A lot of old railcars end up modified, changed around or used for other purposes,” said LSRA President Jack Siffert. “These are pretty much the way they came out of service, which 40-plus years after the fact, is incredibly rare and scarce.”

The museum hopes to have the cars moved to the Ohio Locomotive Works in Lorain for a cosmetic restoration and mechanical upgrades so the cars can be moved by rail to the association’s property in Wellington and used in excursion service.

Siffert told the Chronicle-Telegram of Elyria that moving the cars will be a challenge. No timeline has been set for moving the cars to Lorain and restoring them.

Nordson Vice President Doug Bloomfield said in a news release that the company is pleased that the rail cars will be used to educate people about railroad history in Northeast Ohio.

“This is a unique way of giving something back to the community in addition to the many traditional charitable causes we support every year,” he said.

Photographs by Dan Davidson


Leviathan Pulls Trips in Wellington

April 19, 2014





Here are some follow-up shots of Leviathan No. 63 taken during the first day of excursions out of Wellington. Preparations for the day occurred at the Lake Shore Railway Association facility off Ohio Route 18 West.

The former Wheeling & Lake Erie/Nickel Plate Road 0-6-0 switcher No. 384 will be the recipiant of the funds generated this weekend as it will be cosmetically restored in the near

The other shots were taken as the Leviathan and its train approaches south of Peck-Wadsworth Road and as the train approaches the Black River trestle.

I mistakenly stated yesterday the engine was propane powered when, in fact, it uses old motor oil as fuel. (ooops).

Article and Photographs by Dan Davidson

Leviathan to Appear on Wellington Tourist RR

March 27, 2014

The Leviathan, a replica of an 1880s steam locomotive, will be pulling excursion trains on the Lake Shore Railway in Wellington, Ohio, on April 18, 19 and 20.

Tickets for the trips are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $5 for children. Trains will depart from the former Lorain & West Virginia station in Wellington.

Trains will depart on the following schedule: April 18 at 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. April 19 at 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. April 20 at noon, 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

The Leviathan is a 4-4-0 replica of the Leviathan No. 63 that the Central Pacific Railroad ordered in 1868 from Schenectady Locomotive Works. It is owned by David Kloke and took 10 years to build.

Proceeds from the April excursions of the Leviathan will be applied toward supporting the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Lincoln Funeral Train and the restoration of Nickel Plate Road No. 384.

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