Posts Tagged ‘Northern Ohio Railway Museum’

NORM to Reopen for Season on May 28

March 4, 2022

The Northern Ohio Railway Museum will reopen on May 28. Events planned for this year include public walking tours every Saturday until Sept. 24, 2022. Trolley rides will be offered every second and fourth Saturday through Sept. 24.

Upcoming presentations by NORM members have been set in March and May. On March 12 Blaine Hays will present a program on the history of the museum. Hays will present a program on May 7 on the history of Cleveland Union Terminal.

Both presentations begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Hinckley Township Administration Building.

In advance of the opening of the 2022 season, an orientation session will be held on May 14 for walking tour guides, trolley operating personnel and store personnel. It will be held at the Museum in car 1225 at 10 a.m.

NORM to Reopen on Saturday

July 2, 2021

The Northern Ohio Railway Museum will re-open on Saturday and offer trolley rides throughout the day.

Rides will be offered every hour on the hour from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. aboard Shaker Heights Rapid Transit Car No. 12.

Passengers will be required to wear a facial mask while inside the car but not on the museum grounds.

It will be the first time the museum near Chippewa Lake and Seville has been open in more than a year.

Operating hours for the museum are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday through Oct. 9.

The museum is located at 5515 Buffham Road. For more information, visit

NORM Cancels Entire 2020 Season

June 10, 2020

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.

NORM Seeking Volunteers for 2020

November 29, 2019

The Northern Ohio Railway Museum is seeking volunteers for its 2020 season.

Volunteers conduct such tasks as painting the equipment; car moving; serving as docents, conductors, motormen; and touring old abandoned trolley lines turned rail-trail.

Those interested should express their interest on the museum’s Facebook page, by calling 330-769-5501, or sending an email to<>

The museum is located at 5515 Buffham Road, Seville, Ohio, near Chippewa Lake.

In recent news from the museum, the Youngstown & Southern short line railroad has donated a vintage iron railroad crossbuck to NORM.

The crossbuck has “Railroad Crossing” on one arm and “Look out for the Locomotive” on the other.

The crossbuck will be restored and used at the museum.

NORM also announced that it will offer for sale or trade in 2020 the trucks to former Reading No. 1088. They are now located under the car and will be available to would-be buyers for inspection.

A sister car of this type once operated on the Akron, Canton & Youngstown.

NORM’s Final 2019 Operating Day is Oct. 12

September 22, 2019

The Northern Ohio Railway Museum will be offering streetcar rides one last time this year on Oct. 12 starting at 10 a.m.

It will be the final operating day of the season for former Cleveland Railway center-entrance car No. 12, which was built in 1914 by the G.C. Kuhlman Company.

Tickets are $2 and can be purchased in the former Pennsylvania Railroad boxcar inside Carbarn No. 2.

You might see a familiar face leading tours of the museum that day, Blaine Hayes.

He reports that the museum how has a fully operating substation that is supplied by First Energy.

Not All Traction at NORM

August 30, 2019











The Northern Ohio Railway Museum has a fine collection of streetcars and interurban railway cars, many of which once operated in Northeast Ohio.

On select Saturdays, visitors to the museum can ride Shaker Heights Rapid Transit Car No. 12, which is shown on Aug. 10.

The car is operating on 12 dates this year with the last of them in October.

But it is not all traction. The museum uses a Plymouth switcher to shuffle cars around the museum grounds.

It is shown on the same day that Car 12 was photographed.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

RRE To Have Outing to NORM on Aug. 24

August 11, 2019

Members of the Forest City Division of the Railroad Enthusiasts will be having an outing at the Northern Ohio Railway Museum on Aug. 24 in lieu of an August meeting.

The Cleveland-based organization normally meets on the second Friday of the month, but in past years has had a picnic on a Saturday in August.

NORM is located on Buffham Road between Chippewa Lake and Seville.

There is no admission charge to the museum, but donations are requested.

A highlight of the museum are short trips aboard a 1914 Cleveland trolley car.

There is a $4 charge for adults and $2 for children ages 6-12 to ride the car, but a ticket enables the holder to have unlimited rides.

The car runs on a short stretch of track on the museum grounds usually twice a month during the summer.

Upcoming dates for the car to be operating are Aug. 24, Sept. 14 and 28, and Oct. 12.

NORM Gets Grant for Substation

March 30, 2018

A former Shaker Rapid car runs on the NORM demonstration track last summer.

A San Diego Foundation has awarded a $110,000 grant to the Northern Ohio Railway Museum that will be used to build an electric substation .

The grant came from the 20th Century Electric Railway Foundation, which awards grants to trolley museums throughout the United States.

The substation will enable NORM to draw power for its overhead trolley wire system from Ohio Edison.

Currently, the museum is using gas generator to create electricity to power its trolley line, which is expected to be expanded this year. The generator, though, is limited in how much power it can provide and that limits how many cars can operate on the line at one time.

An existing maintenance building will be extended to house the new substation building, which will in part convert AC power to DC.

NORM, which is based near Chippewa Lake and Seville, hopes to have the substation operating in advance of the beginning of its operating season in May.

The museum has three buildings that house its collection of trolley, interurban and rapid transit cars, most of which once operated in Northeast Ohio. It is open on Saturdays between May and October.

In the July ARRC eBulletin

July 26, 2017

The July 2017 eBulletin visits the Northern Ohio Railway Museum. Last month NORM sold tickets to ride one of its trolley cars for the first time. It culminated a multi-year effort to create a demonstration track, which now extends 1,000 feet with plans to eventually extend it three miles.

Akron Railroad Club President Craig Sanders visited NORM earlier this month to check out the new operation.

Also in this month’s eBulletin is the latest railroad news and details about the upcoming ARRC picnic to be held July 30 at Warwick Park in Clinton.

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A reminder that this month’s ARRC meeting is Friday, July 28. The program will be presented by Ron McElrath and provide video of railroad operations in Cuba.

The Singing Wire Now at NORM

July 23, 2017

Back in July 2005 when the Akron Railroad Club held its annual picnic at the Northern Ohio Railway Museum, we were told to come back in a few years and there will be an opportunity ride one of the museum’s cars.

A few years turned into nearly a decade, but this past June NORM finally began selling tickets to ride in former Shaker Heights Rapid Transit Car No. 12 over a demonstration track that that is approximately 1,000 feet in length.

The first public trip ran on June 10. Trips are offered on the second Saturday of each month through October.

These images were made during the second Saturday of operation on July 8.


Car 12 in the background was built in 1914. The car in the foreground was built in 1967.