Buckeye Region Mainline Review

Buckeye Region Mainline Review


By Giles Kennedy

Founder/Chief Editor The Ohio Railroader Website

Chief Administrator The Ohio Valley Railroad Gang

Just like our previous review of Michigan; there is so much ground to cover in the state of Ohio.

Here are some places you would consider checking out; if not consider lesser known places.

Let’s break it down by portions of the state, starting in Northern Ohio.

There are a great number of places railfans and rail historians alike can gather.

The Mad River and NKP Railroad Museum and the city of Bellevue is an excellent starting point.

Track Inspection: Mad River and NKP Railroad Museum

Nearby, of course is the Iron Triangle of Fostoria and its Fostoria Rail Park.



Everyone has heard, ridden or visited the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. A lot of people outside railroad circles knows the National Park surrounding the right of way is a treat itself.

Track Inspection: Cuyahoga Valley, The Park and Its Railroad

There are many towns in between to visit, Orrville, Brewster, Wellington, and the small hamlet of New London….just to name a few to railfan and geek out on trains.


Moving to Central Ohio; one city in North Central Ohio comes to mind. Trains Magazine for years has featured it as one of its hotspots….

Marion Union Station Revisited

Railfanning is plentiful in Columbus, the G&W/OHCRR Panhandle Line, the Hocking Valley Scenic Railroad, West Columbus, Circleville, and many other spots.

Mount Vernon retains a lot of its railroad history with the restoration complete on both the B&O and PRR stations.

Heart of Mount Vernon Route on Heart of Ohio Tour

The Ohio Railway Museum in Columbus has had new life breathed in. A great crew of volunteers has bolstered its stand a great collection of static displays as well as a small operation for excursions.

Track Inspection: The Ohio Railway Museum

Southern Ohio has been a venue for rail enthusiasts for years and has no short falls there either.

The Cincinnati Dinner Train


Lebanon, Mason, and Monroe Railroad The Little Railroad that Could



Track Inspection: EnterTRAINment Junction


Always remember, this vast state has been at the crossroads of many railroads and continues to fascinate railfans.


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