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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 Grand Rapids Motorcar Train Rides 

Motor car Rides will resume on Saturday May 9th at 11am and are scheduled to operate until 5pm. Children 3 and under ride free, 4-14 years old $2.00, 15 and up $3.00 per person. Tickets and Boarding next to the Welcome Center entering Grand Rapids at the east end of town on 65 at our 100 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 Down Town Grand Rapids.

Attention Motorcar Owners and Operators! TLE&W Motorcar Excursion – TBA

The TLE&W has tentative plans to host a “CLOVER LEAF” Motorcar excursion this spring! This will be our 1st Motorcar Excursion in 4 years. Current excursion plans are from Yawberg Rd to Waterville-Monclova Road approximately 15 miles round trip. (2 round trips planned, 3 if time allows.) Operators will also have the option to run 1-round trip from our New Grand Rapids Museum location at Saylor Lane over our 901′ Bridge Crossing the Maumee River to Grand Rapids Road and back, approximately 3 miles round trip. Advance paid reservation $40.00 per Motorcar. $50.00 per Motorcar at Day of registration. Motorcar Operators

Contact us at: Please leave us your name and address for a Application/Reservation and Liability Release form to be sent by US Mail. Planned: Date, unloading, Inspection and Departure Times will be sent by email and US Mail as the event gets closer.

We must first complete clearing our right of way in order for these excursions to take place to ensure safety to the equipment and persons involved. The weather will determine when we are able to get out so when the sun comes out, make sure your motorcar is too! 

**This event is solely hosted by the TLE&W and is not associated with or sanctioned by Narcoa.

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
  • Ex-PTC #123 Street Sweeper.

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.

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

Toledo Lake Erie & Western Railway and Museum Inc.

14745 Saylor Ln.

Grand Rapids, Ohio 43522


Mailing Address:

Toledo Lake Erie & Western Railway and Museum

PO Box 168

Waterville, Ohio 43566