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.


Grand Rapids flooded again on October 12th. This time it wasn’t water, it was with people! Applebutter Festival drew a thousands of people to enjoy food, crafts, displays, and of course, the railroad! Motorcar trains ran non-stop between Front St and Grand Rapids Rd to provide shuttle service, and to enjoy the fall sites on our 98 year old, 901 ft long bridge.

Thanks to everybody that rode, and a huge thank you to the members that coordinated an additional motorcar and passenger cart for these trips, and they helped us move more efficiantly, and a whole lot safer. We would also like to thank all of our dedicated members, as some came out as early as 4am, and stayed until 7pm to make sure everything that needed to get done, would get done.

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BAUMANN AUTO GROUP GENOA (Formerly Genoa Ford): Sales Consultant John Wronkowicz and General Manager Jeff Brown along with Concepts and Clouse Construction arranged for the TLE&W Railway and Museum to participate during phase-1 on the demolition of the Ford Dealership in Genoa during the last week in September to make way for their new facility. By allowing the removal of reusable fixtures and building supplies, this generous donation will save us thousands of dollars during future projects at the TLE&W Railway and Museum. Special Thanks go to (Waterville Resident and Bluebird Supporter) John Wronkowicz who kept the project alive for the Museum. If you are looking for a new or used car contact John at: jwronkowicz@baumannautogroup.com to let him know you appreciate what he did for our Museum.


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