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Ohio Railway Museum, Marion Union Station, Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation Inc., AuGlaize Village and more 5/15/2013

by Chris Guenzler

I left the Travelodge at 6:45 AM after stopping for gas and donuts, I headed down Interstate 71 south to Exit 117 then took Grantville Road under three railroad underpasses.

The last bridge had Ohio Railway Museum. I made a right on Proprietors Road and arrived at my first destination of the day. I waited out front and started hearing a Trolley Whistle coming my way and then the Ohio Railway Museum opened the front door for a special visit to their unique museum. Here I met my hosts for this morning's visit, Vickie Broskie, Jake Crayton and Ethan. After cards were exchanged they took me out for a personal tour of the Ohio Railway Museum. The museum was started in 1948 as the Central Ohio Railfan Association and years later took the current name. We went out the door to see what they have here.

Norfolk and Western 4-6-2 578 built by Alco- Richmond in 1910. I sits out in front of the replica depot built in 1968. They also own another steam engine Marble Quarry 0-4-0 1 built by Vulcan but it is off the museum site at the time of my visit here.

A Pittsburgh PCC Car 1772.

Cleveland RTA Airport Line 163 which is one of three of these cars preserved.

Columbus City Street Car Lines 703.

Chicago RTA 4449.

The passenger car they use on their excursions down their railroad.

Kansas City 472.

Cincinnati Lake Erie Red Devil High Speed Car 119.

Erie Doodlebug 5012.

Chicago North Shore & Milwaukee Car 154.

Norfolk and Western Combine 1511.

Columbus & Southern Ohio Electric Company 2. This is the locomotive I would get to ride on during my visit here today.

Illinois terminal PCC Car 450.

Ohio Public Service Car 21.

Flat car unknown.

Youngstown & Ohio River Railroad 7 built in 1922 by Baldwin-Westinghouse.

Toronto Street Railway Car 501.

Museum scene.

Pennsylvania Railroad Railway Post Office Car 6510.

USA Army GE 65 Toner 7178.

The builder plate USA Army GE 65 Toner 7178.

Museum scene.

Ohio Public Service Car 64.

Swift Refrigerator Car 25621.

My new friends Vickie Brokie, Jake Crayton and Ethan List in front of the Columbus & Southern Ohio Electric Company 2. It was now time for a unique train ride.

Jake would be operating the Columbus & Southern Ohio Electric Company 2 for my ride this morning.

We left the museum behind.

We headed for the gate out of the property.

There is a locomotive repair shop next door to the museum.

We crossed the bridge over Grantville Road.

We went by a few stored cars.

You feel like you going back in time as you run through the trees.

You are right next to the CSX and NS mainlines that cross each other at this location in Worthington.

I was really enjoying my ride aboard the Columbus & Southern Ohio Electric Company 2. Soon we reached our turn back location.

Jake had to change the trolley poles for the trip back.

Two views of the Columbus & Southern Ohio Electric Company 2 at the southern point on this unique railroad.

Views on the trip back to the museum grounds. Now the engines at the Locomotive Repair Facility.

AMT F unit 1306.

AMT F Unit 1304.

Coming back into the museum's grounds.

A look back

Alco 511.

We went back by the center cab.

Pulling back to a stop at Museum.

I rode in this car on the Rio Grande Scenic.

We walked through the passengers cars they have on display.

I opened the casket to find her. Next we went into the Cleveland Car and found a few more things.

Norman and Norman as a Conductor.

A few more scary things.

The Green Gorilla?

Inside of the substation that came from the Columbus and Ohio Electric Company in 1958.

A Bamtan Crane.

We returned to the Replica Depot and they gave me a set of post cards and an Ohio Railway Museum Hat. I thanked them for such a special visit before I said my goodbyes. I drove north up US 23 stopping at Walmart in Delaware, Ohio with Kim being a big help to me there before I drove to Marion, my next stop on this trip.

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