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All Aboard for the 2022 Holiday Train

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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 $6 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 railroad 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.


November 26th & 27th, 12pm to 5pm

December 3rd & 4th, 12pm to 5pm

December 10th & 11th, 12pm to 5pm


Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum

253 Southwest St.

Bellevue, OH 44811


Tickets available at the event for $6 per rider (children and adults), No reservations required.

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Museum Launches Fundraiser for Historic Dining Car Restoration

The Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum is happy to announce that an anonymous donor has agreed to match donations up to $5,000 for the exterior restoration of Nickel Plate Road Dining Car No. 127. The dining car is a regular fixture at the museum and is used for special events such as the Annual Car Show and the Holiday Train. Many interior improvements have been made to the car in recent years, now we’d like to restore the exterior back to its Nickel Plate Road appearance.

Update 9-30-22: Fundraising goal met. Thank you for your generous donations! 

For more information on the restoration, click here.

By Land, Sea, and Air

For the 2022 season, we are offering a unique opportunity. In collaboration with the Maritime Museum of Sandusky, Liberty Aviation Museum, and Shores and Islands Ohio we’re offering a family ticket for admission to all three museums at one low price. For just $60 a household family of eight can enjoy Ohio’s North Coast Transportation Trail.

Take a trip back in time and discover Ohio’s rich transportation history by Land, Sea, & Air. Each Museum features educational and interactive displays regarding passenger travel, commercial shipping, and military transportation. Regardless of age, there is something of interest for everyone in your group with this three-museum family pass.

This special ticket is available for purchase at all three museums and the Shores and Islands Ohio visitors center.