August 5, 2012
Ohio Railway Museum
Ohio Railway Museum
You've probably seen the overpass that has Ohio Railway Museum emblazoned on it above S.R. 161 on the east side of Worthington. The museum is currently open on Sundays from noon until 4 p.m. Train rides, which are included in the admission price, run on the half hour. Admission is $6 for ages 4 and over and free for ages 3 and younger. The museum is located off of Propietors Road and features a small museum area in the depot. A number of railcars are open for viewing as well.
Be sure to wear sturdy footwear for getting in and out of the traincars. The traincars are being restored, but many are in pretty rough shape. You can get an idea of what they were once like, but have to use your imagination to see what they were in their glory days. I really love the lettering and art deco details on so many of the trains. Some of the newer ones from the Philadelphia Rail Road are more vibrant and kind of remind me of VW buses. You can see the outside of a mail car and see the bags inside and how it was set up.
In the museum, you can see photos of some railroad workers in Iowa, Illinois and Santa Fe from the 1940s. Lots of museum equipment and tools are also on display. I found the war effort posters to be interesting showing "Mrs. Casey Jones" during the war period depicting how women took over when the men went off to war.
The train ride lasts about 15 minutes and takes you down to see a few other cars and where an old switching station used to stand.
I would allow an hour to two hours depending on how much time you plan on spending looking over the trains and how many rides you want to take. The ticket is good for rides during the day of purchase; one could ride up to four times during that day. The kids seemed to really enjoy getting a good look at the trains and climbing into the engines, cars and stuff.
For more information and to plan your visit, see the website at http://www.ohiorailwaymuseum.org/