Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum

2021 Special Events

  • September 24 - October 3 - Berkshires in Bellevue (see below)
  • October 16 - 9th Annual Paranormal Investigation with True Ohio Paranormal (see below)
  • September 24th - October 3rd, 2021
    253 Southwest Street
    Bellevue, Ohio, 44811

    Join the Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum and the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society for two exclusive weekends of steam railroading experiences in Bellevue, Ohio!

    Once home to the largest railroad terminal on the Nickel Plate Road, Berkshires in Bellevue will pay tribute to the town's industrious railroad history and feature the reunion of two classic Nickel Plate icons: operating steam locomotive no. 765 and no. 757, the latter of which is on static display.

    Featuring steam-powered caboose rides, cab rides, hands-on experiences, special banquets, and an exclusive night photo session, this event is ideal for both the railroad fan and families alike. Ticket sales begin on July 28th at

    Friday, September 24th
    Hostler Experience SOLD OUT

    Friday October 1, 2021
    Hostler Experience SOLD OUT
    Night Photo Session SOLD OUT

    Saturday, September 25th
    Caboose Rides
    Berkshire Dinner Buffet

    Saturday October 2, 2021
    Caboose Rides
    FWRHS/Mad River Members Banquet
    Members Night Photo Session

    Sunday, September 26th
    Berkshire Breakfast
    Caboose Rides

    Sunday, October 3, 2021
    Berkshire Breakfast
    Caboose Rides

    Caboose Rides - these 20-minute train rides will let passengers experience the sights and sounds of Nickel Plate Road steam locomotive no. 765 up close and personal from aboard a unique vantage point: inside a genuine Nickel Plate Road caboose! Bring the family and ride along like railroad crews did in the 1950s. Trains depart every 30 minutes. Tickets range from $10.00 - $25.00.

    Cab Rides - climb aboard the cab of steam locomotive no. 765 during for a 20-minute ride with the fireman and engineer. Tickets are $50.00. Space is limited. SOLD OUT

    Night Photo Session - for amateur and professional photographers alike, enjoy an extended opportunity to photograph no. 765, no. 757, and other historic railroad equipment, actors, vintage automobiles, and props in action under professionally lit scenes throughout the museum grounds in set-ups uniquely created for this event. Tickets are $150.00 per person. Space is limited.

    Hostler Experience - join the ranks of a mainline steam locomotive crew and help prepare the 765 for the day's run. You'll learn how to awaken the 765's banked firebox, service the locomotive's appliances and running gear, and enjoy exclusive, behind-the- scenes access to the 765 and its cab for an 8-hour experience. Tickets are $284.00 per person. Space is limited.

    Berkshire Breakfast - held in the newly constructed Mary Cooper Restoration building, this banquet-style breakfast will feature Nickel Plate Road no. 765 under steam and no. 757 on display inside the building. Diesel-powered caboose rides will be held for attendees. Tickets are $65.00.

    Berkshire Dinner Buffet - Catered by Bone Boy's BBQ & Catering and held in the newly constructed Mary Cooper Restoration building, this buffet-style dinner will feature Nickel Plate Road no. 765 under steam and no. 757 on display inside the building. Diesel-powered caboose rides will be held for attendees. Tickets are $75.00.

    Museum Admission - tour the Mad River & NKP Museum and explore its detailed displays, exhibits and vintage railroad equipment. Admission is $8.00 with any event or train ride ticket or $10.00 if purchased separately.


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    9th Annual True Ohio Paranormal Investigation at the
    Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum

    October 16 at 7 PM


    Join the Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum on Oct 16th as we invite our friends, members, and the public to investigate the paranormal sightings and activities experienced by many at the museum.

    This year we will be joined by True Ohio Paranormal (T.O.P.) as they guide us through the cars and buildings with the latest in paranormal investigation equipment and techniques.

    This event will begin at 7:00 PM with an overview of the equipment and breakdown of what to look and listen for during the nights investigation. Following your briefing, guests will be divided into investigative teams spreading throughout the grounds, buildings and railcars of the museum. Each team will rotate through every area as the investigation continues.

    The Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum is located at 253 Southwest Street (269 S), just 2 blocks south of US RT 20 Main St., Bellevue.

    Tickets for this fun and unique event are only $25.00 per person and space is limited so reserve your spot today!

    While the investigation will begin at 7:00 PM, its ending will be determined by your stamina and the level of activity experienced. We will have coffee, water and light snacks to keep you going throughout the late evening and early morning hours.

    Join us for this exciting and unique way to support our museum!

    Tickets may be purchased online at, or in person at the gift shop during museum operating hours (12 PM - 4 PM).

    Get your tickets early as this is a very popular event!

    True Ohio Paranormal

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