Mad River and NKP: Full Throttle for 2021

By Giles Kennedy

Chief Editor/Founder The Ohio Railroader Website

Founder/Chief Administrator Ohio Valley Rails FB Page

Visitors Infomation

Museum Hours
12:00 to 4:00 pm

253 Southwest St Bellevue, OH 44811

OPEN DAILY Memorial Day through Labor Day 
(May, September and October Open on Weekends Only)

Admission Fee

$10.00 Adults

$9.00 Senior (60+)

$5.00 Children (5-12)

Under 5 FREE

Coach Yard (Large static display area next to main museum) and Kemper Railpark FREE when museum is not open.

Please be respectful of all grounds. Donation box at Kemper Railpark.

325 Monroe St, Bellevue, OH 44811

While visiting the Mad River and NKP Railroad Museum; I was able to catch with Dwayne Fuehring (Vice President) and much of the staff.

With Ohio COVID 19 travel restrictions lessening; they have a mask optional policy in guidelines with CDC protocol.

They have also offered clean and sanitized areas with all that you can see there.

Outside of the Museum grounds, there is property open to the general public year round.

The Kemper Railpark features a shelter at the point of the old Nickel Plate Road main line. It is an excellent vantage point for seeing trains coming off all lines nearby. It does have a portable toilet. However, if visiting during regular business hours for the museum; clean restrooms are at the museum grounds.

Kemper Railpark is easily access from the main museum. Simply take Southeast back towards town, right on Harrison. Harrison feeds into Monroe.

Once upon the grounds; you have three primary areas to explore.

Monument Station & Gift Shop

It features many artifacts, a replica of the 1st locomotive to run in the State of Ohio, two cabooses, a few restored passenger cars and so much more.

The Coach Yard next door has the storied NKP 757 Berkshire, N&W SD 9 #2349 and many other static display pieces.

The main displays are in the main museum grounds dozens of static display cars you can walk through. It also featured a couple restored static locomotives.

Wabash F7A #671 is positioned next to the NS branch line. At times, it can give you the illusion of being on the main line while trains pass.

NKP RSD-12#329 is; at times, open to the public to explore this classic locomotive cab.

The staff is extremely friendly and informative.

Just between the museum grounds and the Railpark; you and your friends/family could spend the entire day there.

Please refer to Mad River and NKP’s website or FB page for updates on new and upcoming events.

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