• 5109 painted in Original C&O Livery
  • TLEW 202 steaming through Grand Rapids
  • Inside newly aquired CTA 4439 in Grand Rapids
  • 901ft bridge over the Maumee River in Grand Rapids
  • Motorcar excursions operating with Motorcar #702
  • Museum Train sits on display in Grand Rapids

The Toledo, Lake Erie & Western Railway and Museum, Inc. Is a 501 (c) (3), non-profit, all volunteer organization. Serving Northwest Ohio since 1969. Visit the ‘Membership’ tab for details on how to help! We operate on 10.5 miles of track between Waterville and Grand Rapids, OH, and house many pieces of historical railroad equipment. 

The Bluebird Passenger Train is currently not running.  The Volunteers at the TLEW Railway Museum are working hard to resume it’s operation in the near future.  Your donation will help speed up the progress of it’s returning to service.


Santa Claus weekend at the TLE&W turns out to be a great success!
Everyone that attended and worked the event had a great time. This year Saturday surpassed last years total attendance, Sunday was easily double Saturdays turnout.  Everyone is already looking forward to Santa Claus coming back to the TLE&W in Grand Rapids in 2015. There is even talk of maybe running a Special Christmas Train so watch our events posted here for future updates as they happen.
Happy Holidays from your friends at the TLE&W Railway and Museum!
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New Beginnings for the Toledo Lake Erie & Western Railway and Museum

On February 14th, 2014, a handful of TLE&W Museum Members personally funded and acquired the former Waterfront Electric Railway Museum Property in Grand Rapids Ohio,  giving the Toledo Lake Erie & Western Railway and Museum Inc. it’s first true home base in it’s 45 year history.

TLE&W Railway and Museum’s home base of operation will now be located at 17475 Saylor Ln. in Grand Rapids, Ohio.

Included with this acquisition is a 14000 sq.ft. Car Barn that will have 3-100 foot display tracks for museum equipment.  A 4000 sq.ft. Work Shop for maintaining and restoring museum equipment.  A very nice 560 sq.ft. Brick Building to house the Museum’s Gift Shop & Historical Displays allowing us to dedicate the museums current Business Car #403 as a special event and meeting car.  Also included in the deal are 2 pieces of rail equipment.  Ex-CTA #4439 Elevated Car and ex-PTC #123 Street Sweeper.

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Museum’s Goal
: To Improve Tourism and Economic Growth In The Grand Rapids Area By Creating a 1st Class Operation and Historic Railway Museum.

Donations to assist us get up and running can be sent on our website using Paypal/Credit Card. Checks or Money Orders should be made out and sent to: Toledo Lake Erie & Western Railway and Museum.  PO Box 168 in Waterville 43566.


Toledo Lake Erie & Western Railway and Museum Inc.
14745 Saylor Ln.
Grand Rapids, Ohio 43522

419-878-2177

Mailing Address:
Toledo Lake Erie & Western Railway and Museum
PO Box 168
Waterville, Ohio 43566