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Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum News


April Spring Work Sessions Announced (3-27-17)

On all five Saturdays in April we will be having our cleanup sessions at the museum to prepare for opening day. Big or small, old or young, member or not, we need your help. We meet at 9am in the morning to clean, paint, and landscape around the grounds. Please join us!


900 Track Under Repair (3-19-17)

We're "on track" to have the 900 back in place by next month. The spiking was finished today. Now a little bit of stone, leveling, tamping, and alignment work. Here's hoping for good weather!

900 Track Under Repair


Amtrak Silver Dome Restoration Begins (2-18-17)

Saturday, February 18th, was a very active day at the museum. Interior restoration of the Silver Dome has begun and the Amtrak 1970's decor is on its way out. Seat cushions were removed to be reupholstered and to allow the interior work to be done. Much of the work in the Silver Dome was made possible by a grant from the Tom E. Daily Foundation. Also, more progress was made on rebuilding track for the NKP 900 to sit on.

Silver Dome and Amtrak Restoration Begins

Seats being removed from the lower level of the Silver Dome.

Silver Dome and Amtrak Restoration Begins

Looking up to the dome through the stairway on the Silver Dome.

Silver Dome and Amtrak Restoration Begins

The dome's condition has been poor recently and we've closed it off from public display for a couple years now. Before work could begin, we spent some time replacing light bulbs and illuminating the dome. After we could see, the seats started coming out.

Silver Dome and Amtrak Restoration Begins

Seat cushions from the Silver Dome.


Museum Relocates Rolling Stock (1-22-17)

Museum Relocates Rolling Stock

Things have been pretty quiet here at the museum for the last month. Now that everyone has recovered from the Holidays, and we've been blessed with warm weather, the list of winter and spring projects begin. Saturday, several pieces were moved east for the first time since 1992. The track that displays the NKP 900 locomotive has been slowly sinking into the earth. We will be working to rebuilt this track over the next few weeks.


FOR SALE: History of the Mad River & Lake Erie Railroad

STRAP RAIL INTO THE WOODS. MAD RIVER AND LAKE ERIE RAILROAD, "OLD LINE," between Sandusky, Ohio and Tiffin, Ohio via Bellevue. 1825-1860. By C.W.Wise. Illustrated.

Available from Mad River and NKP RR Society. 233 York St. Bellevue, Ohio 44811 or call Ruth at 419-483-6235. Price. $20 plus $4 shipping and handling. Also available in the MR & NKP RR Bellevue Museum gift shop. Drop by and save the shipping cost while enjoying the museum.

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