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. 

Applebutter Festival 2016 - Calling All Vendors!
It's that time of year again! The annual Applebutter Festival will be held all day, Sunday, October 9th in Grand Rapids, OH. The Toledo, Lake Erie and Western, as a part of our commitment to the Grand Rapids Community, will once again be hosting spaces for vendors of all kinds. Whether you specialize in food, crafts, services, or if you're an organization or business owner looking to promote your business, the TLE&W would like to offer the opportunity to secure a spot on property across from the new fire station for this event. Bringing in an estimated over 25,000 (and counting) people to the Grand Rapids area every year, this is surely one of the largest events in Northwest Ohio and something you wouldn't want to miss. Official TLEW Vendor Applications and Instructions are attached below, don't miss out!


Knocking Down Hurdles! - SR 295 Crossing Reconstruction: Complete
This August marked a pivotal moment in returning the Bluebird back to service as our volunteers completed a complete reconstruction of the State Route 295 Crossing in Grand Rapids, OH. SR 295 (Also known as S Berkey Southern Rd, was a major problem for the TLE&W for the last few years after it was discovered that a rail had been knocked out of place under the road. After many months of careful planning over the summer, it was time to close the road and rebuild the tracks underneath. The project took a total of five days and the road was immediately reopened after a fresh coat of asphalt was once again back over the tracks. With the crossing completed, it allows for the TLE&W to be able to access points further east on our system and frees up our volunteers to move ahead with other track projects also necessary to bring the Bluebird back in service.

Announcing regular museum hours!

Toledo, Lake Erie & Western Railway and Museum Inc.
Museum & Gift Shop
14745 Saylor Ln.
Grand Rapids, Ohio 43522
(419) 878-2177
Open to the public:
June thru October 2016
1st & 3rd Saturdays
Hours: 12noon to 4pm
Free Admission - Donations Always Welcome 

TLE&W Grand Rapids Motorcar Train Rides 

Motor car Rides will resume officially on May 21st (may be running May 14th, weather permitting). Children 3 and under ride free, 4-14 years old $3.00, 15 and up $4.00 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.



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