Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum

2020 Events

Due to COVID-19, the museum is closed for the 2020 season - the following Special Events are still planned.

  • September 5 - 15th Annual Car Show
  • September 19 - American Steam Railroad Legends of Steam featuring Doyle McCormack
  • November 28 & 29, December 5 & 6 - Holiday Train 2020

    It is our intention to hold these planned events provided restrictions and safety protocols allow us to proceed. We would like to thank all our loyal customers, members, and volunteers that make our museum great.

    Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum 15th Annual Car/Truck Show
    Co-sponsored by Miller's Drive-In LLC

    Saturday, September 5 - 9:00am - 3pm

    Car Show

    $10.00 Registration includes entry into the museum!
    Best of Show Car & Truck
    Best of Show Modern 1990-2019
    25 Luck of the Draw Trophies
    Dash Plaques to the First 150 Registered / Participant Voting
    50/50 - Door Prizes - Raffles - Ladies Walking Cruise
    Food Provided by our co-sponsor, Miller's Drive-In LLC

    Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum
    253 Southwest St.
    Bellevue, OH 44811
    (419) 483-2222

    Not Responsible for lost or damaged items/injuries before, during, or after show.

    Event Photo by Rod Holz

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    American Steam Railroad Legends of Steam
    featuring Doyle McCormack
    Saturday, September 19, 2020

    Doyle McCormack

    From the American Steam Railroad Preservation Association, Inc.

    Join American Steam Railroad for the second edition of its popular "Legends of Steam" speaker series on Saturday, September 19, 2020 with Doyle McCormack. The event will take place at the Mad River & NKP Museum in Bellevue, Ohio. McCormack will give a presentation about his experiences with steam locomotive restorations, growing up along the Nickel Plate Road, and how he's bringing back a classic streamlined locomotive!

    Doors open at 3:00 p.m. and guests are welcome to explore the museum grounds, where they can inspect the newly acquired Nickel Plate Road 757 Berkshire steam locomotive. Caboose rides will also be given from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. with a catered dinner starting at 5:30 p.m. The presentation by Mr. McCormack will begin right after the dinner with an audience Q&A concluding the evening.

    Tickets for the event are $105.00 per person and will help with the restoration efforts of Reading 2100 and other American Steam Railroad projects. The first 10 buyers who use the code "NKP757" will receive $10 off their ticket price. Ticket sales will end on Friday, September 4, 2020 at midnight. Given the current state of flux that many guests now or could be personally experiencing in the future, refund requests will be granted for previous and new registrations until September 4, 2020.

    Click here for tickets. Please print ticket(s) to present at the entrance of the event.

    Guests are asked to please wear closed-toe shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. Those with disabilities are welcome to attend but should know that due to the historic nature of the equipment, there are some areas of the museum which are not ADA-accessible.

    Please contact Brian Smith for any questions:

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    Holiday Train

    All Aboard the 2020 HOLIDAY TRAIN
    with the
    Mad River and NKP RR Museum

    November 28 & 29   12pm-5pm
    December 5 & 6   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 coco 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 common place 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. Jolly Old Saint Nick will be happy to offer his lap for children's gift requests and get pictures with the family. 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, collectibles, 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.

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

    $5 per rider
    No reservations required, tickets available at the event.

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