Northwest Ohio Rail Journey

By Giles Kennedy

Chief Editor The Ohio Railroader Website

Chief Admin Ohio Valley Rails FB Page

So what does coffee, beer, high speed and railroads have in common?

A lot.

Especially when my trip to Payne, Sherwood and Bryan, Ohio ends at a refurbished railroad depot becoming a saloon.

I started my day in Payne. The traffic was non existent. I decided to grab some coffee at the local coffee show.

Puckerbrush Brewhouse, owned by the pizza shop with the same unique name; sells coffee, pastries, craft beer and wine.

Yup, you heard me right.

https://www.facebook.com/Puckerbrush-Brewhouse-105622074597490/

I met up with Doug Mansfield there after. We talked for a bit. He gave me some artifacts. We discussed how traffic was intermittent.

After going on his suggestion to the local park to grad pictures of the caboose and station; I headed north.

Sherwood was a surprise.

Although I was there before they opened; I stumbled on Iron Horse Brews. A sports bar and brew house; it is right next to the CSX mainline that goes to Deshler.

https://www.facebook.com/IronHorseBrews/

Once done taking pictures and still no trains, headed to Bryan.

I was to met up with Alan Stouder, State Coordinator of Operation Lifesaver Ohio for lunch and an interview.

After stopping by the Bryan Amtrak station and seeing a couple trains; I saw the original station across the right of way.

Dr. John Trippy; a local surgeon, bought the former granary and train station.

He currently owns Father John’s Microbrewery. (Temporarily closed, hoping to open back up soon due to COVID protocols).

https://www.facebook.com/FatherJohns/

He is hoping to open back up his microbrewery as well as a sports bar/saloon on the site if the train depot.

All this right before heading to Lima.

This was an amazing day.

Travel safe, open your mind and heart and you never know what you will find.

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