Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum

2015 Special Events

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Rail Fest 2015

August 15, 2015

Kemper Rail Park

Spend a day of railfanning, train watching, and photography with the Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum, the largest rail museum in Ohio. On August 15, we will be featuring our Kemper Rail Park for Rail Fest 2015. The action starts at 8AM, and we'll host railfans for 24 hours of train watching. The Kemper Rail Park is situated at the West end of Norfolk Southern's Bellevue Terminal, the largest classification rail yard on NS, and the second 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. With the recent $160 million expansion, Bellevue has gained national attention from many media outlets including rail publications like Trains Magazine, and even CNBC. Bellevue is expected to see more traffic this summer than ever before in its history. One hundred train movements per day through this area are possible, with a variety of foreign locomotives as well. Porta Johns will be at the park for convenience, local restaurants will be offering specials and extended hours during the event. Extended hours will be offered at the museum as well. After dark, portable lighting will be in place for nighttime photography. Night photos will be available at the museum also. All activities at the museum grounds will be available at regular admission price, $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 for child 3-12, 3 and under are free. There is no admission to enjoy the Rail Park. Additional activities may be added. Spend the day with us and enjoy Rail Fest 2015.

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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10th Annual Car Show

September 5, 2015

Annual Car Show

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1000 Islands Getaway on The Canadian Empress Sold Out!

October 14-18, 2015

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Hunt For Spirits At The Museum With "ORBS"

October 24, 2015 7:00pm-?


Join the "Ohio Researchers of Banded Spirits" (ORBS) for an evening at the museum. See if you believe the stories of voices when no one is there, a man dressed as a railroader walking along the tracks and swinging his lantern, a hobo trying to climb aboard one of the cars. There have been multiple reports of these happenings. Will they make themselves known that evening?

The members of ORBS have several years of experience and have been featured on multiple paranormal television programs. Don't miss this opportunity to solve some mysteries.

Make your reservations now! Call 419-483-2222 ask for Ruth or DeeDee

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Christmas Dinner In the Diner

December 12, 2015 6:00pm

Dinner in the Diner

Dinner served in an authentic railroad dining car in the manner that meals were served in the 1940's and 1950's. Meals are prepared by a volunteer professional chef with the assistance of member volunteers who also serve dressed in the traditional white jackets. Crisp white linens and seasonal decor make for a delightful and unique evening.

1) Cornish Hen Marnier with Parsley Redskin Potatoes
2) Fruits of the Sea (assorted shellfish) in Cream Sauce with Gratin Mashed Potatoes
3) Sicilian Style Lasagna

All entrees served with salad, vegetable, bread & butter, Festive Holiday Dessert, Coffee or Tea

$45 reservations received prior to Nov 1, 2015      $50 for reservations received after November 1, 2015


FOR RESERVATIONS CALL 419-483-6235 OR 419-677-9088.

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