Track Inspection: The Ohio Railway Museum

The Ohio Railway Museum

Quite Alive and Still Rolling

By Giles Kennedy

Owner and Chief Editor

The Ohio Railroader Website

Founder and Chief Editor

Ohio Valley Rails FB Page


The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.”

That quote is from Mark Twain, responding to a reporter by rumors of his passing.

That is so true of the nearly 70 year old Ohio Railway Museum. The small yet spirited collection of static and working railway equipment is a treat for families and railroad history buffs alike.

Basic info for visitors

From Early may until Fall; Sundays Noon to 4pm.
Admission prices: Adults $8,   Seniors/Military $7
Children 4-12 $6,   Children 3 and under are free

Select events throughout the year

Please visit their website and Facebook pages for more info


The Ohio Railway Museum

990 Proprietors Road
Worthington, Ohio 43017(614) 885-7345


Dan Reed, Vice President of the ORM; was today’s excursion train engineer.

The single car train powered by an ex-US Army switcher was full each ride. The rides leaving the former Columbus, Delaware and Marion Interurban line every half hour.

Children, parents, grandparents and railroad lovers pack the humble train departing the Proprietors Road station. Joyous visitors pack each train awaiting the history lesson on rails.

Volunteer Conductor Ethan List entertained and educated visitors about the Norfolk Southern and CSX mainlines nearby. He also informed proudly the longest continuous passenger service in Central Ohio rolled on the tracks we rode. The right of way was home to the Columbus, Delaware and Marion Interurban Line. That line ran from 1901 to 1933. The ORM acquired nearby land and right of way in 1947.

My family (Tanya, Hannah and I) were in for quite a wonderful visit. Ethan informed me that if we spoke to Dan; we might get a cab ride. Although cab rides are only available to a select visitors; (2-3 people at a time) Dan Reed and safety officer John Bergman are glad to accommodate.

With that cab ride; you experience real honest to good railroading. Nearly two miles of rail line; Hannah and I rode with the guys in the General Electric Diesel Switcher.

Dan and John kept in contact with the train crew on the passenger car. Horns wailed at crossings, and bells clanked going over 161 and into the ORM’s yard.

Static displays after the train ride include several passenger cars, a Electric Switcher engine, and the pride of the Museum’s collection, Norfolk and Western Steam Locomotive #578.

Although no longer in service; it is still cleaned and maintained in hopes of restoring it to operational status. Recent fund raising for the 578 has items available in the gift shop. These include collector coins and t-shirts.

It is so worth a visit whether your little ones love trains or you love the Iron Horse yourself.

Volunteers come in all age brackets as well. The ORM welcomes folks of all walks of life to join their volunteer crew. The OVRG’s very own Jake Miller (volunteer/car host) and Victoria Broskie (volunteer/historian) help out whenever duty calls.

Again, click on the website or contact them for information on volunteering.

It is so worth visiting the ORM. The passion and care the volunteer crew members put into caring for equipment and guests is evident. This small gem of railroad history has an extremely bright future.

I will not only return as a visitor; Hannah expressed interest in volunteering.

Just might make her a little railroader yet.



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