Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum

Special Events

  • December 4 & 5, 2021 - Holiday Train (see below)
  • May 20-27, 2022 - A Rail Tour to Glacier National Park & Izaak Walton Inn (see below)
  • Holiday Train

    All Aboard for the 2021
    Holiday Train

    December 4 & 5   12pm-5pm

    Celebrate the Christmas season with the Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum at the 6th Annual Holiday Train. This event is tailored for young children and family fun. For only $5 per rider, you can take a short ride on one of our restored cabooses. These cabooses are heated, comfortable, and fully operational. You'll be able to experience the same ride as railroaders of a bygone era did when cabooses were on every freight train across America. The ride lasts about 10 minutes, then it's off to the dining car. Sit down and enjoy hot cocoa and cookies (included with your ticket price) in our 1927 Nickel Plate Road Diner. Experience what it was like when passenger train travel was more commonplace and eating in the diner was a luxury of the journey. After you've enjoyed the diner, Santa Claus will be waiting to meet you in the Monument Station at the museum. Also in the Monument Station, our gift shop will be open for Holiday shopping. We have many train related items to choose from including books, DVDs, apparel, toys, memorabilia, collectables, and much more.

    The Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The museum operates with an all-volunteer staff and is funded by donations, admissions, and fund-raising events such as the Holiday Train. All proceeds from this event go directly to support the museum. Due to the historical nature of the equipment used for this event, cabooses and dining car are not handicap accessible. All riders regardless of age must have a ticket to ride.

    This year's sponsors include:

    December 4th, Bone Boy's BBQ & Catering, LLC, Operators of The Vue Banquet & Event Center.
    December 5th, Gilbert Heating & Air Conditioning of Sandusky, the Service Company

    Bone Boys Gilberts


    Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum
    253 Southwest St.
    Bellevue, OH 44811


    Tickets available at the event for $5 per rider (children and adults), No reservations required.

    Holiday Train Map

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    A Rail Tour to Glacier National Park
    & Izaak Walton Inn

    May 20-27, 2022

    Depart Bellevue, Ohio very early the morning of May 20 via motorcoach to Toledo where we'll board Amtrak's Train #49 "The Lake Shore Limited" for a mid-morning arrival in Chicago. There will be time enough for lunch and some exploring before boarding Train #27 "The Empire Builder." Enjoy the ride and the beautiful scenery, spend time in the lounge car and get to know your fellow travelers. Meals for sleeping car passengers will be served in the dining car and are included. For coach passengers, there is food available in the lounge car which is not included. The food they serve consists of sandwiches, snacks & drinks plus various other items.

    On the next evening, we will arrive at our destination, the Izaak Walton Inn in Essex, Montana. This is an historic inn which was originally built to house railroad crews since "helper'' engines were added at Essex to assist the trains climbing the steep grades of the Rockies. The Izaak Walton Inn is a family-owned retreat bordering Glacier National Park. Specializing in outdoor adventure and serious relaxation, the Inn hosts activities year-round fitting any age, interest, and experience level including guided backcountry tours, hiking, horseback riding, whitewater rafting to slow-float & larger boat excursions. Enjoy the nature, the history, and hospitality found here.

    Relaxation is key in quiet rooms where TVs and room telephones are absent and beds are extra plush. The historic lodge houses decor reflecting the Inn's historic past, surrounding nature, and laid-back Montana style. Twin porch swings hint at the Inn's slower pace and no-rush dining in the Dining Car Restaurant and on the heated covered patio affords guests the chance to take a break from the trails and have a refreshing beverage and local specialties while taking in stunning mountain views, fresh air, and the occasional passing train.

    Glacier National Park is a 1,583 square mile wilderness in Montana's Rocky Mountains, with glacier-carved peaks and valleys to the Canadian border. It's crossed by the mountainous "Going-to-the-Sun" Road. Among more than 700 miles of hiking trails, it has a route to photogenic Hidden Lake. Diverse wildlife ranges from mountain goats to grizzly bears.

    Enjoy an interpretive tour over "Going-to-the-Sun" road in large window air-conditioned coaches. Experience Glacier Park from the cultural and historic perspective of the Blackfeet Indians. Included are photo stops, rest stops, Logan Pass, Goat Lick, and a lunch stop (on your own). This is a very comfortable ride with soft seats, armrests, and legroom. One day will be on your own to take advantage of the other activities listed above, to rent a car and explore or just relax.

    On Thursday, May 26 we will begin our journey home by boarding Train #28 "The Empire Builder," overnight on the train and arriving in Chicago the following afternoon. Once again, there will be enough time to eat at the station before boarding Train #30 "The Capitol Limited" bound for Toledo where our motorcoach will be waiting to take us back to Bellevue, completing our journey.

    Everyone I've talked to about this has requested sleeping accommodations on Amtrak, therefore, all prices include Roomettes (economy sleepers) all rooms are equipped with upper & lower bunks. Shared restrooms are down the hall and showers are on the lower level.

    At the Izaak Walton Inn there are NO elevators and a VERY limited number of rooms on the first floor. No TVs or phones are in the rooms and there is no cell phone reception. The lobby with its large fireplace, as well as the game room and bar, are wonderful places to gather and socialize.

    *All transportation as listed   *Interpretive tour of Glacier National Park   *Three nights accommodations at Izaak Walton Inn   *experienced tour escort   *baggage handling where applicable   *all applicable taxes and gratuities   *arrangements by Uptown Travel

    Economy bedroom/roomette on Amtrak
    $1710 double occupancy      $2374 single occupancy

    $500 deposit due with reservations with balance due by February 1, 2022
    $75 discount if payment is received by December 1, 2021
    Insurance is highly recommended for your protection.
    Information will be sent with your reservation receipt.

    NOTE: Due to Homeland Security, I must have your name as it appears on your government issued ID, such as your driver's license. Make sure to take your ID with you as it may be required on Amtrak.

    For further information or to make reservations, please call Ruth 419-483-6235. Be sure to leave a message if there is no answer.

    Sponsored by Mad River & NKP Railroad Society & Uptown Travel Bellevue, Ohio

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