This year’s big event will be on August 20th. We are planning a trip to Bellevue, Ohio to visit the Mad River and Nickel Plate Railroad Museum. The Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum was opened in 1976 as a lasting bicentennial project featuring our local railroad heritage. It has since become the largest rail museum in Ohio. We will have a private tour of the museum, after which you will be free to roam the grounds on your own.
After the museum tour, we will be heading to lunch at Twin Lakes Golf Course & Restaurant. Lunch will be an all-you-can-eat buffet.
From lunch we will move on to Kemper Rail Park to take part in Rail Fest 2016. The Kemper Rail Park is a special viewing area and is situated at the West end of Norfolk Southern’s Bellevue Terminal, the largest classification rail yard on NS, and the 2nd largest in the United States. You’ll see trains headed to, and coming from Chicago, Fort Wayne, St Louis, Toledo, Detroit, Columbus, and nearby Sandusky. You’ll also see the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railroad come in and out of Bellevue. 100 train movements per day through this area is possible, with a variety of foreign locomotives as well.
Cost is $70 and includes your roundtrip transportation, the museum tour, lunch, the Kemper Yard viewing, and snacks and drinks on the bus.
If you are located in Columbus, we are working on a pickup spot in that direction so you don’t have to come all the way down to Lancaster. And for those of you who were with us last year, we have upgraded the bus! 🙂 We will have an on-board bathroom, reclining seats, overhead luggage area, air conditioning, DVD, and Wi-Fi.
Click here to purchase tickets on-line. Or call the shop at 740-653-0404. Tickets are limited to the first 55 reservations.