Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum

2016 Special Events




  • December 3 - Christmas Dinner in the Diner
  • December 10 & 11 - Holiday Train Weekend 1
  • December 17 & 18 - Holiday Train Weekend 2

11th Annual Car Show

Car Show

September 3 - 9:00am

Join us September 3rd for our 11th Annual Car Show. This show keeps growing and brings in over 200 cars on nice weather days. In 2015, we were rated the 5th best car show in the State of Ohio by Cruising Times Magazine. There will be raffles, 50/50 drawing, and many award categories.

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. Operated by volunteers, and not publicly funded, the museum is a non-profit organization.

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Saturday of Steam Bus Tour

September 24 - 7:00am


At 7am we'll board a motor coach at the Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum. After about a 2-hour ride, we'll arrive at the Age of Steam Roundhouse for a guided tour. This is not a museum, but the private collection of Jerry Jacobson. You'll get access to a facility that is not open to the general public. Jerry has a passion for steam locomotives and the roundhouse is an operational steam shop intended to preserve this wonderful collection. For more information, visit After spending a couple hours at the roundhouse, we will proceed to the Dutch Valley Restaurant for lunch. This meal is included with the ticket price. You'll enjoy a family style, Amish prepared meal. After eating, we'll get back on the bus and head to Independence Ohio to board the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. Pulling the train will be Nickel Plate Road #765, a Berkshire type steam locomotive built in 1944. To learn more about NKP #765, visit To complete the experience, we have reserved seats in a Nickel Plate open window coach. You'll be able to hear and smell the steam locomotive for the 3-hour ride through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. A photo run by will be included with the trip as well. We will arrive back in Independence about 6pm, where we'll return to the bus and head back to Bellevue. A stop will be made at a service plaza on the way home for anyone who wishes to grab another meal or stretch their legs. We should arrive back in Bellevue before 8pm.

Because we are touring a working steam repair facility, we cannot accept any children under the age of 10. Proper footwear must be worn as well, no open toe shoes, flip flops, or sandals permitted.

Reservations are available by calling (567)-228-9866. Price is $125. Space is limited, so we recommend you get a spot as soon as possible.

Event photo by Brandon Townley

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ORBS Paranormal Investigation at the
Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum

October 22, 2015 7:00pm-?


Join us on October 22 for the 5th straight year that the Ohio Researchers of Banded Spirits (O.R.B.S.) conducts a paranormal investigation at The Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum.

O.R.B.S. is a locally based but nationally prominent paranormal team that has been featured on Animal Planet's "The Haunted," History Channel's "My Ghost Story" and "Haunted History," and Destination America's "Paranormal Survivor" and (coming this fall) "Haunted Case Files."

This fundraising event will begin at 7:00pm. You will learn about the different methods and equipment that will be used in the night's investigation and then be divided into investigative teams spreading throughout the grounds, buildings and railcars of the museum. The groups will rotate through all areas before the investigation is over.

The Mad River & NKP Museum is located at 253 Southwest Street, just 2 blocks south of Rt. 20 in Bellevue. Tickets for this event are $25 per person and space is limited so reserve your spot now.

The O.R.B.S. Team generously donates their time and all proceeds for this event. They will be used for the restoration on the "Silver Dome," the very first glass-topped dome car.

While the investigation will begin at 7:00, it's ending is determined by your stamina and the level of activity experienced. The last die-hard investigators wrapped things up last year at about 3:30 am! We will have coffee, water and light snacks to keep your going throughout the evening and early morning hours. Join us for this exciting and unique way to support our museum.

Call our reservation line at 567-228-9866 to reserve your spot. Call early as this is a very popular event.

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