The Toledo Lake Erie and Western Railway (TLEW) and Museum offers visitors a chance to go back in time to experience life when passenger trains were primary mode of transportation. This all-volunteer railway and museum, located in Waterville, Ohio, 20 miles outside of Toledo, is a great activity for families and children of all ages.
The TLEW Experience:
The experience of riding a passenger train in Waterville begins aboard the Bluebird train, which has been fully restored, for a 15-mile trip along tracks that were once part of the Nickel-Plate Railroad. The Cloverleaf Division of the Nickel-Plate Railroad served as transportation for Toledoans heading to St. Louis, Missouri in the mid 1800s to the early 1900s.
The entire trip lasts 60-90 minutes and takes travelers past a log cabin built in 1817 near Fort Meigs
and a century-old horse barn. The engineer and crew are happy to share their knowledge of train life 100 years ago after the trip, and cameras are welcome.
The Train Schedule:
The Toledo Lake Erie and Western Railway and Museum is open May through October. The schedule is as follows:
- May through October
Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays
trains departing at 1pm, 2pm, and 4pm
- June, July and August
Extended days Wednesday and Thursday
trains departing at 1030am, 12pm, and 130pm
In addition to the regular schedule, the Toledo Lake Erie and Western Railway and Museum hosts a number of special events. Among these are:
- Presidential Train with President Abraham Lincoln
- Wreck on the Wabash with Laurie Dickens
- Magical Train Ride with Foop the Clown
- Haunted Halloween Trains
- Mother's Day Tea Express
TLEW Ticket Prices:
TLEW ticket prices are $10 for adults, $9 for those 65 and older, $6.50 for those ages 3-12, and free for those under three.
Charters are welcome at Toledo Lake Erie and Western Railway and Museum by calling 1-866-63-TRAIN.
Toledo Lake Erie and Western Railway and Museum
Waterville Train Station
49 North Sixth Street
Waterville, OH 43566