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March 13

"Boxcar #30" Gets a New Life

You may have seen something a bit odd leaving Orrville this week - a boxcar rolling down the highway! Actually, it wasn't rolling by itself. It was loaded onto dollies and being trucked to its new home in Chesterton, Indiana. Boxcar #30, ex-D&RGW #60608, will be refurbished and converted into a restroom facility at Thomas Centennial Park in Chesterton. Schlatter's, Inc. of Francesville, IN did the move by jacking the car up off its trucks and setting it back down on dollies custom made for hauling railcars.

Below shows how to move a boxcar over the highway.

Train assembled and ready.
Spread gravel to make access easier.

Starting the move.
Jack up one end of the car.

Leaving Deeser Siding.
Roll out the truck.

Onto the interchange.
Remove any parts in the way.

Crossing McGill Street.
Back in the front dolly.

Exiting W&LE track.
Jack up the rear, roll out the truck and move in the rear dolly.

Running on the CA&C main.
The boxcar is ready to go.

Westbound to Dabo.
Load up the trucks and other equipment.

NS 5631 brings up the rear.
The trucks on the way to Chesterton.

471 ducks into the Scott's siding to make way.
The boxcar will follow.

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February 24

Meeting Dates to Change

The Board of Directors’ meeting and the General Membership meetings have been combined. One monthly meeting will now be held on the LAST Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm.

The Board meeting will be the first order of business, and then we will go into the general membership portion of the month’s business. Hopefully this will streamline our process and get items of importance processed more quickly

The February combined meeting will be held Tuesday, February 27 at 7:00pm, thereafter the meetings will be on the last Tuesday of each month.

February 4

Happy Birthday!

2018 Sesquicentennial Boxcar.

The year 2018 is a special year for ORHS. Not only is it the 40th anniversary of our founding in 1978, but it also marks the 150th birthday of the Orrville Union Depot. The depot was built by the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) in 1868 at the junction of its Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne & Chicago Railroad (PFW&C) mainline with the Cleveland, Akron & Columbus Railroad (CA&C) mainline. This depot replaced an earlier wooden structure located east of the junction which was destroyed by fire. At the time the "new" depot was built, Orrville was becoming an important junction and transfer point for passengers and goods.

Come celebrate with us this year at one of our events. Check out our Schedule page or Facebook to find out what's going on. We'll be releasing our 2018 schedule soon so stay tuned.

And be sure to pick up one of our limited edition HO scale boxcars (see below) commemorating the sesquicentennial of the Orrville Union Depot.


November 29

Excess Equipment Available for Purchase

When ORHS acquired the DABO facility back in 2015, vintage rail cars, locomotives, materials and miscellaneous equipment were included with the purchase. Much of this equipment does not fit with our current mission. In lieu of scrapping, which happens all too often, we prefer that it be preserved where possible and it is now offered for sale to others interested in preserving railroading history. If you have an interest, please make an offer. We are happy to report that some pieces have already found good homes in the preservation community and are being put to good use.

In order to help facilitate the sale of equipment, we've added web pages with descriptions and photos. Please note that some of this initial listing is not yet complete in the descriptions and we have a lot of miscellaneous bits, pieces and parts yet to be listed. More will be added as we go along.

Please take a look. The inventory can be accessed here: ORHS Inventory or under the Equipment tab from any page.

November 5

Orrville Union Depot Sesquicentennial Commemorative Car

2018 Sesquicentennial Boxcar.
Accurail HO scale 40' AAR boxcar custom decorated for the
Orrville Union Depot sesquicentennial.

Eric Schlentner

The Orrville Railroad Heritage Society is proud to announce the Orrville Union Depot sesquicentennial in 2018. To celebrate this milestone, we are offering a limited edition HO scale 40’ AAR boxcar kit produced by Accurail, custom decorated to commemorate the Orrville Union Depot Sesquicentennial.

Get one for your railroad or your favorite railfan!

$47.95 each by mail order
$39.95 each at the Depot Gift Shop

Boxcar Flyer and Order Form Click to download the flyer and order form.

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September 14

A Sad Day for Rail Preservation

We are sad to report the passing of Jerry Joe Jacobson on September 13. Jerry was a good friend to ORHS and will be missed by all of us. For those few who are not familiar with Jerry, he was the man behind assembling the Ohio Central system and then, after its sale to Genesee & Wyoming, the building of The Age of Steam Roundhouse facility in Sugarcreek, Ohio. Our sincere condolences to Laura, their children and their entire family.

The official announcement is available on the Age of Steam Roundhouse website Home page: