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Railroad Related Organizations

Northern Ohio Railroad Related Organizations
These organizations have collections and/or sponsor activities related to railroads of northern Ohio.
(geographic area extends from Cleveland to Detroit, Toledo, Columbus, Pittsburgh and Erie)

Akron Railroad ClubPresident: Craig Sanders, 3495 Silsby Road, University Heights, OH 44118, csanders429@aol.commeets on the fourth Friday of every month except December at the New Horizons Christian Church, 290 Darrow Road, in Akron, Ohio. Meetings begin at 8 p.m
Akron, Canton & Youngstown Railroad Historical SocietyP.O. Box 196, Sharon Center, Ohio 44274, 330-867-6990
All Aboard Ohio309 South 4th Street, Suite 304, Columbus, OH 43215 (614) 228-6005 advocate for better passenger rail services in Ohio
AMTRAK1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245)Train Rides: regularly scheduled passerger service throughout the USA. 2 daily trains through Cleveland.
AMTRAK Historical SocietyP.O. Box 7436, Chicago, Illinois 60680-7436
Ashtabula, Carson & Jefferson Railroad122 East Walnut St. PO Box 517 Jefferson, OH 44047-0517Operates former New York Central branch.
Location: Jefferson, OH Depot
Train Rides: Father's Day through end of October
Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Historical SocietyP.O. Box 24225 Baltimore, MD 21227
Beaver County Model Railroad & Historical Society416 Sixth St., Monica, PA 15061THE UNION ATLANTIC RAILROAD, an HO scale model railroad bridge route
Beaver-Lawrence Railway Historical SocietyWest Pittsburg Station 2114 Rt. 168 Box 429 West Pittsburg, Pa. 16160-0405Meetings generally take place the second Saturday of every month.
Bedford Historical SocietyPO Box 46282, Bedford OH 44146. (440) 232-0796Collection includes construction documents for Tinkers Creek Viaduct. Manages 1882 Wheeling and Lake Erie Railroad depot
Collection: Mondays,Wednesdays, 7:30 to 10:00 PM; Thursdays 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, second Sunday, 2:00 to 5:00 PM.
Bucyrus Model Railroad Association
Byesville Scenic RailwayPO Box 254, Byesville, OH 43723weekend excursions.
Location: Byesville, OH
Chesapeake and Ohio Historical Society312 E Ridgeway Street, Clifton Forge, VA
Cincinnati Railroad ClubPO Box 14157, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0157, Phone: (513) 651-RAIL (7245) club meets on the First Thursday of each month at 7:30pm in Tower A of the Cincinnati Union Terminal
Location: Museum Center at Cincinnati Union Terminal
Collection: Thursday 8PM - 11PM, Saturday 10AM - 4PM, and the First & Third Sunday of each month 12PM - 4PM
CJ TrainsJon and Cathi Ulbright, 941 Buchholz Drive, Wooster, Ohio 44691, (330) 262-7488 sponsors Train & Toy Shows
Cleveland & Eastern Interurban Historical Society and Museum P.O. Box 34, Chardon, Ohio 44024
Cleveland Public LibraryMain Library, 325 Superior Ave., N.E., Cleveland, OH 44114 (216) 623-2800extensive collection includes railroad books, photos and maps. Many older materials are in storage and must be requested in advance.
Collection: 9:00am - 6:00pm Monday - Saturday. 1:00-5:00pm Sundays (except Summer)
Cleveland State University Special Collections LibraryCleveland State University Library, Rhodes Tower 321, 2121 Euclid Avenue Cleveland, OH 44115. (216) 687-2449Houses Cleveland area railroad collections including Cleveland Union Terminal, Nickel Plate Road and Erie Lackawanna. Cleveland Press photo and clippings collection. Cleveland Memory online photo collection.
Collection: Monday through Friday 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Cleveland Train Shows, Inc.Bob Frieden,
Conneaut Railroad Museum363 Depot St., Conneaut, OH 44030Museaum of the Conneaut Area Historical Society
Train Rides: Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 12:00 to 5:00 P.M. Memorial Day to Labor Day
Conrad & Dowdell Productions9047 Kennard Road, Lodi, Ohio 44254, (330) 948-4400Organizes Model Railroad and Toy Shows
Conrail Historical Society 222 South Main Street, Marysville, PA 17053
Crawford County Historical SocietyHelene Barco-Duratz Cultural Center 411 Chestnut Street Meadville, PA 16335 (814) 724-6080A&GW/Erie records including accident and freight car transportation invoices. Records not currently available to the public.
Cuyahoga County Engineer2100 Superior Viaduct, Cleveland, Ohio 44113,(216) 348-3824
Cuyahoga Valley & West Shore Model Railroad Club440-235-6566HO and Lionel layouts. 1877 Depot.
Location: Olmsted Falls Depot, 25802 Garfield Avenue, Olmsted Falls, OH 44138
Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad P.O. Box 158, Peninsula, OH 44264. 1-800-468-4070, (330)-657-2000 operates former B&O line from Independence to Peninsula, Akron and Canton.
Train Rides: regularly scheduled
Cuyahoga Valley Terminal Model Railroad Clublayout in the basement of the Whistle Stop Hobby Shop
Location: 2146 Front St, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221
Dennison Railroad MuseumEmail:, Toll Free: 1-877-278-8020Restored depot museum
Location: 400 Center Street, Dennison, Ohio 44621
Collection: Tuesday - Saturday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sundays 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
East Canton Railroad ClubLocation: FirstMerit Citizens National Bank, 308 E. Gorgas St., Louisville, OH
Erie Lackawanna Dining Car Preservation Society201 South Blakely Street #333, Dunmore, Penn. 18512,
Erie Lackawanna Historical SocietyMembership Chair Randy Dettmer, 290 Prospect Street, Hudson, OH 44236-2240
Forest City Division Railroad EnthusiastsJerry Jordak Meets 2nd Friday of month at Parma Memorial Hall, 6617 Ridge Road, Parma, OH
Fostoria Area Visitors Bureau128 W. North St., Fostoria, OH 44830 (419)-436-2282"Iron Triangle" a unique train intersection where as many as 160 trains pass through every 24 hours.
Fostoria Rail Preservation SocietyPO Box 421, Fostoria, Ohio 44830"Iron Triangle" a unique train intersection where as many as 160 trains pass through every 24 hours.
Friends of Toledo Model RailroadersAl or Yvonne Mitchell, PO Box 1259, Adrian MI, 49221
Golden Spike EnterprisesGordon Hartranft 58 Creed Circle Campbell, OH 44405 330 755 1914sponsors Railroad Model & Artifact Shows
Great Lakes Division Train Collectors AssociationJohn Carlisle, President, 419-994-4759Parent organization operates the National Toy Train Museum in Strasburg, PA
Greenburg Train Shows1393 Progress Way, Suite 907 Eldersburg, MD 21784
Greenville Railroad Park & Museum314 Main Street Greenville, PA 16125 (724) 588-4009Union RR Engine 604, Ore Car, Caboose, museum.
Collection: afternoons daily during summer. weekends only in May, June, September and October
Heart of Willoughby12 Public Square, Willoughby, Ohio 44094
Hocking Valley Scenic RailwayPO Box 427, Nelsonville, OH 45764, 1-800-967-7834Location: Nelsonville Depot, 33 E. Canal Street on U.S. Route 33 in Nelsonville, Ohio
Train Rides: Weekends April - December
Indiana Historical SocietyPO Box 664118 Indianapolis, IN 46266-4118Midwest Railroad Research Center
Jefferson Depot, Inc.P. O. Box 22, Jefferson, OH 44047, (440) 293-5532Restored 1872 Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railroad Station
Location: 147 East Jefferson Street, Jefferson, OH
Collection: Tours every Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. during June, July, August and September.
Train Rides: see Ashtabula, Carson & Jefferson Railroad
Johnson-Shaw Stereoscopic Museum423 Chestnut Street Meadville, PA 16335 (814) 333-4326 info@johnsonshawmuseum.orgStereoscopic photos from the Keystone View Company - includes railroad subjects.
Collection: Wednesday thru Saturday afternoons. Sunday April - October only.
Kent Historical Society234 S. Water Street, P.O. Box 663 Kent, Ohio, 44240Preserved 1875 Erie railroad station in Kent.
Collection: Museum Hours:Thursday, Friday: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Kruger Street Toy & Train Museum(304)242-8133 or Toll Free 1-877-242-8133Located in a restored Victorian-era schoolhouse, the Kruger Street Toy & Train Museum features interactive displays, operating O and HO gauge train layouts, a unique and family friendly gift shop, a room dedicated to Ohio Valley history and culture, and a restored railroad caboose onsite.
Location: 144 Kruger Street Wheeling, West Virginia 26003
Collection: 9 AM - 5 PM Daily Memorial Day - December, Weekends only January - Memorial Day.
Lake Shore Live SteamersLocation: Penitentiary Glen, 8668 Kirtland-Chardon Rd., Kirtland, Ohio 44094
Train Rides: scheduled public operations on the Glen, Meadow, and Orchard Rail Road
Lake Shore Railway AssociationPO Box 1131, Elyria, OH 44036-1131Location: L&WV Railway Station, Route 18, Wellington, OH
Train Rides: Saturday & Sundays through first weekend in November
Lodi Railroad MuseumP.O. Box 177, Lodi, Ohio 44254, lodirrm@gmail.comLocation: 204 Railroad Street
Train Rides: Lodi, Ohio 44254
Lorain County Model Railroad Association
Mad River & NKP MuseumMad River & NKP Railroad Society, Inc. 233 York Street Bellevue, Ohio 44811-1377 (419) 483-2222 Location: 253 Southwest Street in Bellevue, Ohio
Collection: 12:00 to 4:00 pm OPEN DAILY Memorial Day through Labor Day (May, September and October Open on Weekends Only)
Mahoning Valley Railroad Heritage AssociationP.O. Box 3055, Youngstown, Ohio 44511formed in 1985 to preserve the railroading history and heritage of the Mahoning Valley in Ohio. largest collection of steel industry rail equipment in the United States.
Marion Union Station Association740-383-3768Marion area citizens dedicated to purchasing and restoring the historic Marion depot.
Location: 532 W Center, Marion Oh 43302
Midwest Railway Preservation SocietyP. O. Box 382, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44222-0382. 216-781-3629 Location: Maintenance and preservation every Saturday at Roundhouse, 2800 W. 3rd Street, Cleveland, OH
National Model Railroad Association4121 Cromwell Rd.,, Chattanooga, TN 37421. (423) 892-2846A.C. Kalmbach Memorial Library
National Railway Historical SocietyP.O. Box 58547 Philadelphia, PA 19102-8547. (215) 557-6606National Office and Library
Location: 100 North 17th Street Philadelphia, PA 19103
New York Central Railroad MuseumPO Box 1708,721 South Main St., Elkhart, IN. 46515. (574) 294-3001 Collection: Tuesday - Saturday, 10am to 4pm Sundays, Noon - 4pm
New York Central System Historical SocietyNYCSHS, P. O. Box 130, Gates Mills, Ohio 44040-0130
Nickel Plate Historical and Technical SocietyNKPHTS, Inc., PO Box 381, New Haven IN 46774-0381
NMRA Akron-Canton-Youngstown DivisionMeets typically the third Sunday of each month from October through May skipping December. Locations varies. Check website for specific locations and dates.
NMRA Buckeye Division 6Meets third Sunday of the Month
NMRA Keystone Division 2Meets third Sunday of the Month at 2:30
Nmra Miami Valley Division 3
NMRA Mid-Central National Model Railroad Association region that includes Ohio. Sponsors Annual regional convention.
Nmra North Coast Division 4Meets second Friday at 7:45 pm (except July and August) at Church of the Redeemer, 23500 Center Ridge Road, Westlake Ohio
NMRA Western Reserve Division Meets first friday of each Month usually at Hambden Town Hall, 13887 GAR Highway (Rt. 6), Chardon, Ohio
Norfolk & Western Historical SocietyPO Box 13908 / Roanoke, VA 24038
Northeastern Ohio Live SteamersJohn Beck 330-336-6452Location: Lester Rail Trail Park, Medina, OH
Train Rides: summer public operations
Northeastern Ohio Railroad Historical SocietyDave Mangold, davemangold@hotmail.comMeets the third Saturday of each month at Rootstown Firestation at 6:30pm
Northern Ohio Association Of Railroad SocietiesCleveland State University Library Special Collections University Library Rhodes Tower 201 A Cleveland, Ohio 44114 Attention: William C. Barrow info@noars.orgMeets the third Monday of each month (except December) usually at the Brecksville Public LIbrary at 7:30 PM
Northern Ohio Garden Railway Societydave.nogrs@sbcglobal.netusually meet the third weekend of every month - either Saturday or Sunday at various locations
Northern Ohio Railway MuseumPO Box 458, Chippewa Lake, Ohio 44215-0458. 330-769-5501Location: 5515 Buffman Road, Chippewa Lake, Oh
Collection: Public Walking Tours in Chippewa Lake. Saturdays, Spring through Fall, 10 am to 5 pm. Open to all visitors. Media Nights. 1st Friday of the month (except in March, July and August) 8 pm. at the Bethel Lutheran Church, 7171 Pearl Road in Middleburg Hts.
Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation, Inc. 419-423-2995Quarter-scale steam train rides. B&O caboose tours on first Sunday. HO layout. Museum in progress.
Location: 11600 County Rd. 99, Findlay OH 45840 (I-75 Exit #161)
Train Rides: Sat/Sun from April - December.
Norwalk & Western RailroadPO Box 938, Norwalk, OH. 419-668-3241Model Railroad Club
NRHS Conneaut ChapterPO Box 643, Conneaut, OH 44030-0643 Meets 1st Mon 7:30 (Ex Jan Feb) at Conneaut RR Museum, 363 Depot St., Conneaut, OH 44030
NRHS Midwest ChapterP.O.Box 41332, Brecksville, Ohio 44141 Meets first Saturday of each month (except July) at United Church of Christ,13740 Pearl Road, Strongsville, Oh
Ohio Rail Development CommissionThe Ohio Department of Transportation 1980 West Broad Street, Columbus Ohio, 43223The Commission's mission is to plan, promote, and implement the improved movement of goods and people faster and safer on a rail transportation network connecting Ohio to the nation and the world.
Ohio Rail Tourism AssociationKen Baldwin, Treasurer P.O. Box 208 Bath, OH 44210-0208brings together rail passenger operators and excursion sponsors, railroad companies, historical societies to promote the Ohio rail tourism industry
Ohio Railway Museum990 Proprietors Road, P.O. Box 777, Worthington, OH 43085. (614) 885-7345 Collection: Sunday's 1:00pm - 5:00pm (Memorial Day weekend thru September 30)
Ohio Valley Lines1225 Merchant Street, Ambridge, PA 15003 (724) 266-4787Model Railroad, Museum, & Library
Collection: Holiday Season Open House in December each year
Ohio Valley RailcarsRR#2 Box 426 Ruffsdale, PA 15679organizes motorcar excursions in the Ohio Valley Region
Orrville Railroad Heritage Society145 Depot St., P.O. Box 11, Orrville, OH 44667. (330) 683-2426 Meets first tuesday of each month at 7:30PM.
Collection: Depot open Saturday afternoons from April 15 to October 31
Passenger Train Historical
Penn - Ohio Model RailroadersTed Fisher, PO Box 584, Sharon, PA 16146
Penn Central Railroad Historical SocietyPCRRHS P.O. Box 43 Flagtown, NJ 08821-0043
Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society Membership: Andy Hart, PRRT&HS, PO Box 54, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-0054
Pennsylvania Trolley Museum1 Museum Road, Washington, PA 15301-6133, 1-877-728-76, Train Rides: Daily Memorial Day to Labor Day. Weekends April thru December.
Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Historical Society910 Beaver Grade Road, #1042 Moon Township, PA 15108
Putnam Association of Railfans
Railway & Locomotive Historical SocietyOldest organization in North America devoted to railroad history
Sebring Model Railroad ClubLocation: 216 E Pennsylvania Ave. Sebring, Ohio, 44672
Collection: Sundays, noon - 5:00pm, Tuesdays 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Shaker Heights Historical Society(216) 921-1201 Shaker Heights is a model, streetcar suburb that was planned and developed by Oris Paxton and Mantis James Van Sweringen in the first decades of the 20th century.
Location: 16740 South Park Boulevard Shaker Heights, Ohio 44120
Collection: Tues. - Fri. 2-5 p.m. and Sun. 2-5 p.m.
Society for Industrial ArcheologyDepartment of Social Sciences Michigan Technological University 1400 Townsend Drive Houghton, MI 49931-1295 (906) 487-1889preserving, interpreting and documenting our industrial past and heritage.
Southern Appalachia Railway MuseumP.O. Box 5870, Knoxville, Tennessee, 37928, or call the museum at (865) 241-2140 for more information.sponsors railway excursions in Indiana/Ohio/Michigan area
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
Toledo, Lake Erie and Western Railway & MuseumP.O. Box 168 , 49 North Sixth Street, Waterville, Ohio 43566-0168. (419) 878-2177 Train Rides: Weekends, May 10 - October 31, 2003, Also Wednesdays/Thursdays in June, July and August
Train Collectors AssociationJohn Carlisle, President 419-994-4759
Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum(724) 444-694440' X 100' scale representation of the tracks between Pittsburgh, Pa. and Cumberland, Md. set in the summer of 1952
Location: 5507 Lakeside Dr Gibsonia, PA 15044
Collection: Annual Holiday Train Show (Nov-Jan)
Western Reserve Historical Society10825 East Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio 44106. (216) 721-5722. Library houses railroad related collections.
Collection: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m
Western Reserve Model Railroad MuseumRick Montgomery (440) 251-0350 The museum has 16 different scales on display and operating layouts in: 'N', 'HO', 'On3', 'S', 'O', 'O tin plate', 'O 2 rail', 'Standard', 'Lego', Brio, and 'G'.
Location: 7471 Tyler Blvd. Unit L, Mentor, Ohio
Collection: Open Tue and Thursday evening 5 to 9 pm, Saturday 10am to 5pm, and Sundays Noon to 5pm
Western Reserve Railroad AssociationMark Welch, (440) 357-7704, nycdepot@ncweb.comPreserving Painesville Depot
Location: 475 Railroad Ave., Painesville, OH 44077
Wheeling and Lake Erie Historical Society"Iron Cross" chapter of the NKPHTS.
World's Greatest HobbyE-Mail: Phone: 630-592-1894 US Mail: PO Box 11, Elmhurst, IL 60126 Model Railroad Industry Guide to the World of Model Trains. Sponsors World's Greatest Hobby on Tour.
Youngstown Model Railroad Associationyomodelrrclub@yahoo.ocom, Jim Pope (330) 547-3614Location: 751 N. Four Mile Run Rd., Austintown, OH

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