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Welcome to our Museum Shop, where you will find unique items related to the history of Geauga County's electric railway era!

Please page down to read a complete description of each item and where it can be purchased. Most items are only available from the listed publisher or retailers. The other items are available for the suggested donation to the Cleveland & Eastern Interurban Historical Society.

For donations, please email us at: ceihsmu@gmail.com or contact us at The Cleveland and Eastern Interurban Historical Society and Museum, P.O. Box 34 - Chardon, Ohio 44024. The these items may be picked up when the museum is open, or at our regular business meetings. We suggest that you e-mail us, ahead, so we can advise you concerning current availability.

THANK YOU!


Books


  • The Maple Leaf Route - Geauga County (Vol. 1) by Dan Rager

    (Item 001)
  • This book chronicles the famous “Maple Leaf Route” (Cleveland & Eastern Interurban) which ran between Cleveland and Geauga County between 1899 & 1925.

    It describes the building of that railroad from east to west, as well as the history of the Cleveland and Chagrin Falls Interurban (C & CF), built in 1895. The book includes rare photos, maps, and original documents from both railroads, along with many intriguing stories. It describes how the railroad changed the life and commerce of the area.

    The C & E interurban cars ran from Cleveland’s Public Square, to Gates Mills, Scotland (Chester Township), Munson, Chardon, Burton, Middlefield. The C & CF ran between Cleveland, Chagrin Falls, Hiram and Garrettsville with a freight spur to Middlefield.


    Published: December 2018

    Description: 28 chapters, 226 pages.

    The book is available at the Maple Leaf Publishing Company, P.O. Box 144, Chardon, OH 44024,  Email: mapleleafroute@gmail.com   or Mountain Road Bikes, Chardon, Ohio,   Email: russ@mtnroadcycles.com

    Price: $30.00 plus shipping (if applicable)

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  • All Aboard The Maple Leaf Route - (Vol. 2 The Critical Edition) by Dan Rager

    (Item 002)
  • This Vol.2 of All Aboard The Maple Leaf Route is an inside look at the Cleveland & Eastern Railway (C & E) system. Millions of riders traveled on the system between Cleveland to Geauga County.

    It includes detailed maps and blueprints of the right-of-way and contains the largest photo achieve ever published of the line. This edition shows how the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad and the Nickel Plate Railroad were connected to and did business with the C & E.

    Readers can enjoy the "Tales on the Trails" chapter which presents true stories by some of Geauga County's Amish Community whose grandparents worked and rode on the rails. In this book, you will learn how Chardon, the eastern terminus of the C & E and the location of a B & O rail yard, became the rail capital east of Cleveland, and was known as a "Jerkwater" town.

    The book describes how the forests in Geauga County provided raw material to build the line, but also, how that construction contributed to the deforestation of Geauga County.

    The author also describes the recent discoveries about the railroad such artifacts of the former rail yard, under the Gates Mill village green!

    Published: December 2019

    Description: 14 chapters, 133 pages.

    The book is available at the Maple Leaf Publishing Company, P.O. Box 144, Chardon, OH 44024,  Email: mapleleafroute@gmail.com   or Mountain Road Bikes, Chardon, Ohio,   Email: russ@mtnroadcycles.com

    Price: $30.00 plus shipping (if applicable)

  • The People's Automobile - A Pictorial History of Ohio's Early Rail (Vol.3) by Dan Rager

    (Item 003)
  • The People's Automobile by Dan Rager is a fun and picturesque journey through Ohio’s interurban past. It features hundreds of rare photos published here for the first time. It includes pictures from the Lake Shore Electric, the Southwestern Division, the Cleveland & Chagrin Falls and the Cleveland & Eastern Railway.

    Between 1890s and 1950's, many towns and villages around the country had electric railroads. Ohio had one of the best electric rail systems in the country. Before the wide use of the automobile, over 17 million people rode this new form of transportation, daily. It allowed people to travel conveniently between their homes, jobs, and to more distant cities and suburbs for shopping. People in Northern Ohio even used them to visit such entertainment destinations as Euclid Beach Park, Cedar Point, and Luna Park.

    Published: June 2020

    Description: 12 chapters, 100 pages.

    The book is available at the Maple Leaf Publishing Company, P.O. Box 144, Chardon, OH 44024,  Email: mapleleafroute@gmail.com   or Mountain Road Bikes, Chardon, Ohio,   Email: russ@mtnroadcycles.com

    Price: $30.00 plus shipping (if applicable)

  • The Cleveland and Eastern Railway Company by Sylvia Wiggins

  • (Item 004)

    This publication is a fascinating history about the development and history of the Cleveland & Eastern. It includes detailed descriptions about the daily operations, such as the duties of the conductors and motormen, how the brakes worked, or what the interior of the cars looked like, etc. There are descriptions of the notable incidents and accidents which occurred along the line, as well as a listing of employees.

    This collection contains detailed historic and recent maps and standard and special event timetables. Included are copies of many newspaper articles relating the history of the C & E, as well as the daily life in Geauga County between 1898 and 1925. There are many interesting interviews with people who rode, worked for, or just remembered the line. The original book is out-of-print, but copies which include some additional material are available, upon request.

    Published: February 1989

    Researched and Written by Sylvia Wiggins

    Description: 278 pages.

    Published by The Ink Pot Press

    Available from the Chesterland Historical Foundation.

    Contact Sylvia Wiggins dswigg62@yahoo.com for copies.

    Price: $25.00 plus shipping.

  • The Interurban Railroads of Geauga County - The Construction Year of 1899 by Bill Jackson


  • (Item 005)

    Learn about the planning and construction of Geauga County's Electric Railroads as seen through the eyes of the county's newspaper editors. Included are stories from Geauga County's newspapers of 1899 as well as contemporary photographs.

    Compiled by Bill Jackson on behalf of The Cleveland and Eastern Interurban Historical Society and Museum

    Published: December 2012

    Available from: ceihsmu@gmail.com

    Donation: $15.00

  • The Red Cars of the Clevland and Eastern Railway

    (Item 006)


  • This booklet describes the railway cars that were owned by the Cleveland and Eastern Interurban Railway between its beginning in 1899 until its closure in 1925. It includes a detailed description, history, and, the final disposition of many of the cars. It lists each passenger coach, freight-motor, and non-revenue maintenance car as well as its two steam engines.

    This publication shares rare photographs from Society members: Frank Russell, Jim Rivers, Jim Selfe and James Spangler. Text is by Brian C Gage with editorial assistance by Bill Jackson.

    Compiled by The Cleveland and Eastern Interurban Historical Society and Museum

    Description: 32 pages

    Published: 2010

    Available from: ceihsmu@gmail.com

    Donation: $5.00 plus shipping

  • The History of the Interurban Line In Chagrin Falls by Don Barriball

  • (Item 007)

    From 1897-1925 an electric railway connected Chagrin Falls to downtown Cleveland with hourly departures. Author Don Barriball tells the story of the development of the Cleveland and Chagrin Falls Railway Company which includes the involvement of major investors and developers who owned electric trolley lines in Chicago, Detroit, and Canada, and the syndicates they formed as they attempted to build a system from Cleveland to Pittsburgh. Dealings between the syndicates and municipalities were often contentious. Corners were sometimes cut, and the Railway had more than its share of accidents and fatalities. With the emergence of the automobile and bus lines, electric trolley cars around the country gradually went out of business. But they were something in their heyday!

    Published: February 2009

    Published by the Chagrin Falls Historical Society Press

    Description: 129 pages

    Available from The Chagrin Falls Historical Society and Museum at https://www.chagrinhistorical.org/museum-store/books/

    Price: $24.00 plus shipping

  • The Painesville & Youngstown, The Narrow-Gauge Railroad of Northeastern Ohio, Volume One: 1871-1877 by Bill Jackson (Society Member)

  • (Item 008)

    Published September, 2019

    This volume describes the development and early years (1871-1877) of The Painesville & Youngstown Railroad (P &Y), a narrow-gauge railroad which ran between Fairport Harbor and Youngstown, Ohio.

    Compiled by Bill Jackson from items in the Painesville Telegraph, the book relates the conception, construction, and early operation of railroad. The P & Y eventually became the Lake Branch of the B & O Railroad and would have connections with The Cleveland & Eastern Interurban Railroad in Chardon and Middlefield, Ohio.

    This history describes the initial construction of the railroad between Painesville and Chardon in 1871 and the later construction that led to the eventual “through” passenger and freight service between Fairport Harbor and Youngstown by 1875. News items describe how early passenger excursions led to regularly scheduled service and additional service for special groups and events. Specials trains even ran to Fairport Harbor for excursions to Niagara Falls. The book also describes the activity and improvements at Fairport Harbor, the development the important coal business, and other related news stories of the period.

    In addition to chronological listing of news stories, the book has an excellent chapter summing up the major milestones of the railroad between 1871 and 1877, a detailed and well-organized index, and a chapter on notes by the editor.

    Description: 11 chapters including editor notes and index, 387 pages

    Available directly from Bill Jackson at billjackson44024@gmail.com

    Price: $30.00 plus shipping (Vol. 1), $55.00 plus shipping (Vol. 1 & 2)

  • The Painesville & Youngstown, The Narrow-Gauge Railroad of Northeastern Ohio, Volume Two: 1878-1886. by Bill Jackson (Society Member)

  • (Item 009)

    This second volume is about the completion of the P & Y from 1878 to 1886. It describes the further upgrading of the harbor at Fairport Harbor, the development of the new iron ore business, the receivership of the railroad, the conversion to standard gauge, and the sale of the road to the Pittsburgh, Painesville, & Fairport (P, P, & F). The Pittsburgh & Western Company took over the management of tracks from Fairport to Niles, Ohio by the end of 1886.

    One of the news stories suggested a definite interest by the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad to transport of iron ore, via the Great Lakes from Duluth Minnesota through Fairport.

    Volume 2 also has a map of Grand River Harbor at Fairport Harbor, a helpful index itemizing major milestones of the railroad between 1878 and 1886, and has a detailed index organized into categories, such as people, places, publications, etc.

    Published: November, 2019

    Description: 14 chapters including editor notes, map, and index, 388 pages

    Available directly from Bill Jackson at billjackson44024@gmail.com

    Price: $30.00 plus shipping (Vol. 2), $55.00 plus shipping (Vol. 1 & 2) id="blb"

  • Building the Lake Branch - Complete History 1835-2021, Vol.4 by Dan Rager (Society Member)


  • (Item 010)

    Building The Lake Branch is a comprehensive 185-year history of the railroad that once transported passengers, freight, and huge amounts of iron ore, coal and oil between Youngstown, and Fairport Harbor, Ohio. Having various names in its long history, it eventually became the Lake Branch of the B & O Railroad. Independent chapters describe the histories of the villages where the rails ran, including Fairport Harbor, Painesville, Concord, Chardon, Middlefield, West Farmington, DeForest Jct., and Niles, Ohio. The book displays maps, blueprints, and over 300 photographs detailing the past and recent discoveries along the 64.4-mile route.

    The C & E Interurban connected with the Lake Branch in Chardon and Middlefield. These connections made it possible to transport materials and equipment to build the Interurban and supply water and coal to run the first steam engines. Later, the coal was used to generate electricity to power the interurban cars and to supply electricity and heat to area homes.

    Published: August 2021

    Description: 27 chapters, 300 pages.

    The book is available at the Maple Leaf Publishing Company, P.O. Box 144, Chardon, OH 44024,  Email: mapleleafroute@gmail.com   or online at Lulu.com It is also available at Painesville Railroad Museum, 475 Railroad Street, Painesville, OH 44077 or Mountain Road Bikes, Chardon, Ohio,   Email: russ@mtnroadcycles.com

    Price: $65.00 plus $4.95 S&H

    Ghost Rails Vol. 19 - B&O Lakers by Wayne Cole

    (Item 011)

    This hardcover book is described as: The Complete History of the B & O's Lake Branch. The journey starts in New Castle, Pennsylvania and travels though Youngstown, Painesville, and ends on Lake Erie at Fairport Harbor, Ohio .

    Included in the book is the New Castle B & O Yard, the B & O Old Main Line to DeForest, and the almost mile-to-mile coverage to the Painesville B & O Terminal, Grand River and Fairport. The villages of West Farmington, Middlefield, Burton and Chardon are covered in detail. Chardon was once the largest rail yard east of Cleveland. Six streetcar lines, including the Cleveland & Easter Interurban, interchanged with the Lake Branch. There were crossings with the Clinton Railroad and the short-lived Windsor Branch. The book describes many major towers that were once located in the area.

    The book includes a section with photos by Herbert Hardwood. These photos cover the Erie Escarpment down to the helper spur at Failes. Among the photos are dozens of the massive B&O EM-1 Locomotives. There are also photos by Bud Piskarich and Frank Vollhardt detailing the lifting of the Lake Branch.

    The book emphasizes the Fairport Harbor area, documenting the iron and coal era, with the huge McMyler coal dumpers, and Brown Hoists. It describes the many lake vessels that visited the port and the histories of the harbor as they related to the B & O. It includes a history of the Fairport, Painesville & Eastern Railroad and the new short line Grand River Railway, currently operating on 2.56 miles of old B & O track.

    Published: October 2021

    Description: Hardcover, 304 pages.

    The book is available at Ron's Books. It is also available at the B&O Historical Society.

    Price: $70.00

DVDs


  • Once Apon A Time
  • (Item 100)

    This dvd presents a fond remembrance of the Cleveland and Eastern Interurban which ran from Cleveland to Gates Mills, Chesterland, Chardon, Middlefield, and Burton between 1899 and 1925.

    Compiled by members of The Cleveland and Eastern Interurban Historical Society and Museum

    Available from: ceihsmu@gmail.com

    Donation: $15.00

  • Steel Rails To The Southeast
  • (Item 101)

    This second dvd is about the Cleveland & Chagrin Falls Electric Railway which ran from Cleveland to Chagrin Falls between 1897 and 1925. During 1902 and 1903, extensions were also built to Hiram, and Garrettsville along with a freight branch to Middlefield.

    Available from: ceihsmu@gmail.com

    Donation: $15.00

  • Slide Show - The Cleveland & Eastern
  • (Item 102)

    This third dvd describes the various types of cars which ran on the C & E. It's images and story brings to life the book: The Red Cars of the Clevland and Eastern Railway.

    All dvds are available for viewing or purchase when the C & E Museum is open. Check the bottom of our Home Page for the dates when the museum is open.

    Compiled by The Cleveland and Eastern Interurban Historical Society and Museum

    Available from: ceihsmu@gmail.com

    Donation: $15.00

    MAPS


  • Map of the Cleveland & Eastern
  • (Item 200)

    This is a large 44" high by 33" wide map of the C & E Interurban in Geauga County created by the County Auditor's Office. It shows each car stop with details in an accompanying legend. It addition to the C & E, the map shows the portions of the Cleveland, & Chagrin Falls Electric Railway which ran in the southern part of the County. It also shows the three other railroads which ran in the County: The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (including the Windsor Branch), The Wheeling & Lake Erie Railroad, and the Erie Railroad. The map shows detailed road names and numbers, county parks and preserves, towns, etc. and is printed in 4-color. Because of the very small lettering, large map size and inaccurate color reproduction via the Internet, you may want to view the map at our museum.

    Available from: ceihsmu@gmail.com

    Donation: $15.00


    OTHER ITEMS


  • C & E Christmas Ball


  • (Item 300)

    This ornamental Christmas ball shows the C & E Interurban Car #43 waiting outside of Chardon freight and passenger station. It was one in a limited-edition collection of the historic buildings on Chardon Square.

    The building is still at the southeast corner of Chardon Square and State Route 44.

    Available from: ceihsmu@gmail.com

    Donation: $5.00

    Make checks for items from the C & E payable to: The Cleveland and Eastern Interurban Historical Society and Museum
    Send requests to:

    The Cleveland and Eastern Interurban Historical Society and Museum
    P.O. Box 34 - Chardon, Ohio 44024

    ceihsmu@gmail.com





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    UPDATED 12/27/2021