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 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 TLE&W Railway Museum are working hard year-round to resume its operation in the near future. Your donation will help speed up the progress of its return to service.  

See our "Support Us" page for some of the many opportunities for you to help us!

Drone Footage - A Unique Perspective on the TLE&W

A drone flying above our April Motorcar Rally was capturing highlights along our line at various spots, including Hartman Rd, Heller Curve, Grand Rapids and of course, over the Maumee River! Thank you to YouTube user "Phantompilot11x" for capturing this unique perspective of motorcar operations along our line!



Announcing regular museum hours!

Toledo Lake Erie & Western Railway and Museum Inc.
Museum & Gift Shop
17475 Saylor Ln.
Grand Rapids, Ohio 43522
(419) 878-2177
Open to the public:    Please note: Our museum is temporarily closed due to delays in renovation
                                caused by the virus situation.  We hope to be open soon!
Regular Museum hours:                           
June thru October                                                                                                                                            1st & 3rd Saturdays                                                                                                                                  Hours: 12 noon to 4 PM                                          

Other times available by appointment

Free Admission - Donations always welcome! 

Grand Rapids Motorcar Train Rides in 2021

Children under 3 ride free, 3-12 years old $3.00, 13 and up $5.00 per person. Tickets and boarding next to the Welcome Center entering Grand Rapids at the east end of town on St Rt 65 at our 105-year-old, 901′ scenic railway bridge. Make a day of it and bring the family and friends and enjoy a day "Riding the Rails", visiting the shops and eating at the restaurants in beautiful Downtown Grand Rapids.


Motorcar rides will be available from 12:30-6 PM, weather permitting!

*NOTICE* Due to Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Security Directive SD-1582/84-21-01, we must advise that all persons on or around the ride or ticket area MUST wear a mask. We are not exempt from this Directive, and we are instructed to enforce it in order to provide a safe experience for the public.
So until it is rescinded, and regardless of State, Local or CDC mandates, the policy must be "No mask-no ride".

We apologize for any inconvenience. We hope you are still able to join us!


*Please note-we can only accept cash at this time!  We are unable to process credit cards on-site for motorcar rides and gift shop sales.


We work year-round to keep our equipment and operations going! Won't you join us and help improve our operations?  There are plenty of projects to accommodate most skills!  Click on the "Become a Member" tab and download an application today!

Mailing Address: 

Toledo Lake Erie & Western Railway and Museum
PO Box 168
Waterville, Ohio 43566-0168

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