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Toledo Lake Erie Railway and Museum


Bluebird Express
(courtesy of Do Toledo)
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

Special Events:

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.

Contact Information:

Toledo Lake Erie and Western Railway and Museum
Waterville Train Station
49 North Sixth Street
Waterville, OH 43566
419 878-2177
Charters: 1-866-63-TRAIN

(created 4-17-08)

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