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.

TLE&W Motorcar Rides have been cancelled for Sunday Sept. 14th.  Rides will still be run on Saturday the 13th and resume as scheduled on Saturday Sept. 20th and Sunday the 21st.  We would like to thank everyone that has or is planning to come out and enjoy this summers Motorcar Ride over our 900′ Bridge in Grand Rapids this summer.

 Family & Friends Weekend Fun

-Do Something Different With The Family & Friends This Weekend!

-Come Ride the Rails at the TLE&W Railway & Museum in Grand Rapids Ohio”

-Ticket Sales and Loading located on Front Street (65) at our railroad bridge on the east end of downtown.

-Rides travel approximately 1-mile round trip and take about 20 minutes.

-Saturdays 11am-5pm**

-Sundays  1pm-5pm**

**Hours maybe extended in the evening if passenger traffic warrants it.


Motorcar Rides will continue running every Saturdays & Sundays through October - Weather permitting.

-Always check our facebook page in the event of any last minute changes to the days schedule.

Thank You and We Hope To See Everyone Ride & Enjoy Our Motorcar Specials This Summer.

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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

(866) 638-7246, Phone may be out of service while being transferred to our new museum property.

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