|Open in 1948, The Ohio Railway Museum does its best to keep|
Ohio's train heritage alive with its vintage cars against long odds
Have a conversation with anyone who volunteers their time at the museum, and they'll most likely acknowledge that keeping the museum operating has not been easy. Past periods of neglect, several bouts of potential or temporary closure (including a power line mishap in 2010 and a fence dispute with a neighbor in 2014), a volunteer-powered staff, and a fluctuating revenue flow (all money made goes back into operations and train restoration) has threatened the museum's existence. But much like the fictional small engine in the 1930s-book "The Little Engine That Could", the museum keeps going in spite of long odds.
|The reception building hosts a nifty collection of railroad|
factoids and memorabilia
|The ability to walk around and within the museum's train cars|
seem to outweigh any wear and tear issues from years of use
While money and time may be in short supply, the sheer enthusiasm the volunteers have for trains is as evident and audible as the rumble of these machines down the tracks. Whether it be the discussion of how steam engines work by one volunteer, the explanation of the history and future plans the other museum train cars or the lively spiel of the conductor as the operating train car of the day (the Ohio Public Service Company #41, a street car that had tours for three different transit agencies in the state prior to finding its way to the museum) took us on its brief little journey across State Route 161 to the south into the Colonial Hills neighborhood of Worthington and back.
|Visitors enjoyed the unlimited train rides you get with museum admission|
and learning a little history in the process
The Ohio Railway Museum is open on Sundays from 12 noon to 4 PM. Admission is $8.00 for Adults, $7.00 for Seniors (65 and over) & Military (with ID), and $6.00 - Children age 4 and above. Children age 3 and under are free.
The Ohio Railway Museum
990 Proprietors Rd
Worthington, OH 43085
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