Posts Tagged ‘Lebanon Mason & Monroe Railroad’

Cincinnati Tourist RR Faces Uncertain Future

August 27, 2021

A Cincinnati area tourist railroad faces an uncertain future due infrastructure work that could reach $2.5 million over the next decade.

Much of that involves replacing bridges along the route.

The Lebanon, Mason & Monroe Railroad is operated by the Cincinnati Scenic Railway, which also sponsors excursions in western Ohio operating as The Ohio Rail Experience.

The LM&M uses track owned by the city of Lebanon, which helps fund the tourist train’s operations.

The current operating agreement will expire on Jan. 1, 2023, and the CSR is negotiating a new agreement with the city. The costs of replacing bridges has become a sticking point in the talks.

An LM&M spokesman said the tourist railroad is “aggressively pursuing” grant opportunities to help fund the repairs.

However, some fear that the LM&M will cease operations at the end of 2022.

City manager Scott Brunka said negotiations over the new agreement are in their early stages. He characterized supporting for the railroad as “a sound investment in Lebanon’s future, as well as the right thing to do.”

Sides Differ in Explaining Why GOP Train was Cancelled

September 21, 2019

The scrapping of a fundraising train ride near Cincinnati for a Republican Party group has led to different explanations as to why the train won’t operate.

The fundraiser trip had been set for Oct. 5 by the Republican Women of Warren County and dubbed the Trump Train.

The host railroad, the Lebanon, Mason & Monroe, said it canceled the trip because operating it would have conflicted with its non-profit status.

The LM&M released a statement saying its 501c(3) status prohibits it from being connected to an event supporting any political candidate or politician.

However, the GOP group countered in a statement on Facebook that the cancellation occurred after the railroad was subject to a great deal of negative attention, threats and harassment.

The train ride had been billed as a family-friend event with music and entertainment. It had a capacity of 300 passengers per trip.

The LM&M, which is operated by the Cincinnati Scenic Railroad, also sponsors the Ohio Rail Experience.

GP7 Restored to Original C&O Appearance

September 10, 2018

An Ohio tourist railroad has restored a GP7 into the livery of the Chesapeake & Ohio.

The Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad in southwest Ohio repainted No. 5704 into its

as-delivered blue-and-gold paint appearance in May 1950.

The unit is owned by the Cincinnati Scenic Railway, which got it from the Indiana & Ohio.

The I&O in turn bought No. 5704 from a scrap dealer after it was retired by C&O in the mid 1980s.

No. 5704 will be used on the Lebanon Mason Monroe and excursion trains elsewhere in Ohio.

Ohio Rail Experiences Trips Schedule Set

April 14, 2018

The Ohio Rail Experience has announced a slate of excursion trains that will operate this year. Tickets are available online through a partnership with the Lebanon Mason & Monroe Railroad and Vendini Incorporated.

The website address is

The 2018 schedule includes the following trips:

May19: Lima Limited (Springfield-Lima)

May 20: Quincy Cannonball (Springfield-Qunicy)

May 26-27: Spirit of Urbana (Washington Court House-Urbana)

September 1: Oasis by Daylight ( Bond Hill-Cincinnati-Reading)

September 2: Fireworks Train (Norwood-Cincinnati)

Oct. 6: Greenfield Special (Greenfield-New Vienna)

Octo. 13-14: Midland Flyer (Madeira-Loveland -Washington Court House)

LM&M Sets Ohio Excursions in Cincinnati

May 1, 2017

The Lebanon, Mason & Monroe Railroad in southwest Ohio is sponsoring excursion trips on Sept. 2 between Cincinnati and Blue Ash, Ohio.

The Blue Ash Flyer will depart Bond Hill in Cincinnati at 9:30 a.m. on a rare mileage journey over the Oasis Subdivision to the Indiana & Ohio Railway’s McCullough Yard.

From McCullough Yard the train will reverse and travel to Blue Ash via the Blue Ash Subdivision, going to the end of track near Fields Ertel Road in Sycamore Township.

The train will then lay over in Downtown Blue Ash for a lunch break.

The train will have Lackawanna coach class seating and a first class seating option. An open air car will not be available.

Coach tickets are $25 per person.

During the layover for the Blue Ash Flyer there will be another excursion between Blue Ash  and Silverton. Tickets will go on sale for that event on July 1.