Posts Tagged ‘Ohio tourist railroads’

Pact Would Keep Ohio Tourist RR Operating

February 8, 2022

A new contract with an Ohio tourist railroad is reportedly on the verge of approval.

The city of Lebanon and the Lebanon, Mason & Monroe Railroad have agreed on a plan for the railroad to continue to use track owned by the city.

The pact calls for the LM&M to add a facility fee to ticket sales to raise money to replace two bridges on the 6-mile line.

The fee would be $1 this year and increase to $1.50 by 2027. Replacing the bridges has been estimated to cost $1.3 million per bridge.

Lebanon will seek an $800,000 state grant to help pau for the new bridges while the LM&M will make an annual payment of $3,000. The railroad also agreed to pay property taxes and assume responsibility for annual track maintenance of up to $6,000 per year and to pay for routine track inspections.

The city purchased the track used by the LM&M in 1981. A 2014 study concluded that the LM&M has an annual economic impact of an estimated $2.5 annually.

The LM&M’s contract with the city to use the track expires next year.

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.”

Tourist Railroad in Wellington

August 6, 2021

The Lorain & West Virginia is a tourist railroad based in Wellington where this photograph was made on Sept. 12, 2017. E8A No. 101 was built for the Chicago & North Western in 1950.

The railroad ran Easter trips in April and its website shows several dates for which tickets are available in October. Santa Claus trains are slated to run in November and December.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Rail Events Planned for Cincinnati Area

April 12, 2021

Various railroad related events are being planned for the Cincinnati area this spring.

These include resumption of service of the Cincinnati Dinner Train. Tickets can be purchased and other information is available at

The Cincinnati Railroad Club will participate in a National Train Day event on May 1.

CRRC board member Jim Corbett said the Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad has invited the club to set up a booth about/for the club.

Excursions that day will depart at trains departing at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

On May 15, a restored Southern Railway steel caboose, X554, will be moved in a parade down Elm Street in Ludlow, Kentucky, to a location on city property next to the city’s rail viewing platform.

The Ludlow Railroad Heritage Museum is hosting the move to the location at 49 Elm St.

A ribbon cutting ceremony is planned for May 31 at the caboose. It will be the first time the caboose will be opened to the public.

The event will be held between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. and has been dubbed “Party on the Plaza” by the Ludlow Heritage Museum.

There will be food and drink options and museum merchandise for sale including green tee shirts with an image of the caboose.

State Shuts Down Tourist Railroad

August 7, 2020

The State of Ohio has shut down the plans of the Zanesville & Western Scenic  Railroad to operate this month.

The tourist railroad based in Mt. Perry had planned to begin its 2020 season on Aug. 1.

But it said on its Facebook page that it received an email on July 31 from the Ohio Rail Development Commission saying it could not operate.

“We have complied with all State of Ohio and ORDC regulations and safety measures including Covid-19 precaution procedures,” the railroad said on Facebook.

Earlier the Z&WSR said it had received permission to operate on Saturdays and Sundays through October.

The Z&WSR operates on a rail line once known as the Glass Rock Spur that was part of a short line railroad also known as the Zanesville & Western that later became part of the New York Central System.

ORDC Awards Grant for Repairing Connection Track

July 17, 2020

The Ohio Rail Development Commission this week awarded a $10,240 grant to be used to rehabilitate a connecting track between the Indiana & Ohio Railway and Hocking Valley Scenic Railway.

The track is currently out of service and once reopened will be used to receive new or rebuilt passenger cars.

I&O workers will repair the track while the HVSR will supply materials.

ORDC said in a news release that the interchange track is the tourist railroad’s only connection to the country’s rail network.

J&L Narrow Gauge Season to Resume in June

January 23, 2020

The J&L Narrow Gauge Railroad in Youngstown will begin its second operating season in June.

The 24-inch railroad operates with a 0-4-0T steam locomotive built by H.K. Porter for a Pittsburgh Steel Mill.

Operating dates for 2020 will be  June 6 and 7, July 4 and 5, August 1 and 2 Sept. 5 and 6, and Oct. 3 and 4.

Trains will operate between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets are $8 per person with children age 5 and under carried for free.

The railroad is located at 2261 Hubbard Road in Youngstown and is part of the Youngstown Steel Heritage Museum.

Special operating dates are expected to include a private event in September for the Erie Lackawanna Railroad Historical Society annual symposium and in October for the Mahoning Valley Railroad Heritage Association’s annual whistle blow.

The railroad said on a YouTube posting that it may operate additional days for work sessions and private events.