2014 Schedule of Events

All excursions will run rain or shine so please dress appropriately. Departure times and timetable listings are approximate.

2014 Brochure Our 2014 events and information brochure is now available at the depot.

Click the image to view or download a copy.

Training Class

Saturday, March 22, 2014

ORHS will be holding the first hands-on training class covering our operating and safety rules, locomotive operation and maintenance, switching, air brakes and track maintenance.

You must be at least 21 years of age, an ORHS member in good standing, attended safety and operating rules training and be approved by the committee. All current members of the Mechanical Crew are also requested to attend. If you are interested in learning, please contact us at the depot and leave your name and phone number.

Please note that this is not a certification class in any way. This training is meant to familiarize you with safety, maintenance and operation of our equipment.

Class starts at 9:00 AM at the Depot and will run until about 3:00 PM.


Orrville Spring Flyer

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Medina Loop
Richard Jacobs

Departing from Orrville at 9:00 AM. Returning to Orrville: 6:30 PM.
Boarding starts approximately 30 minutes prior to departure.
Times are approximate and may be adjusted prior to the trip.

In cooperation with the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway, we are pleased to offer the all day, 120-mile Spring Excursion. This excursion will depart from Orrville in Wayne County and return to Orrville.

The trip will depart from 245 McGill Street, Orrville, Ohio 44667 and then proceed northwest through Smithville, Creston, Lodi and Spencer. At Spencer, we'll reverse our direction of travel and proceed east through Medina and Copley to our afternoon stop at Akron-Northside District for an approximate 3 hour layover for lunch and visiting downtown attractions. Departing Akron, we'll travel through Mogadore, Hartville, Canton, Navarre and Brewster returning to Orrville.

The Spring Flyer will again feature Wayne County's own "Keepsake". They will take passengers back to those memorable days of yesteryear when they stroll through the train harmonizing to songs from yesterday to music from legends. Whether it's gospel, a little bit country, the Fabulous 50's, show tunes, patriotic, or a trip-down-memory-lane songs, our passengers will enjoy this trio made up of Kim Beckler, Shirley Wharton, and LaDeane Knapp.

The Akron Glass Works Hot Glass Studio and Zeber-Martell Gallery & Clay Studio in the Northside District will be open for our passengers.

The Akron Trolley also will be available to take passengers to nearby attractions such as the Akron Art Museum and Cascade Locks Park.

An optional  lunch from Luigi's Italian Restaurant consisting of two slices of pizza, salad and a non-alcoholic beverage will be offered to all Premium Coach and Coach passengers for an additional $10.00 charge. Lunch is included in the First Class fare. Your lunch must be purchased with your ticket order. The deadline for purchasing tickets with lunch is 5 PM, Sunday, April 20, 2014. The deadline for purchasing excursion-only tickets is 12 noon, Friday, April 25, 2014. The ORHS concession car will also offer snack food and beverages.

Akron Glass Works Zeber-Martell Studio Luigi's Restaurant

FIRST CLASS: $209. Limited Availability. Lunch is included. First Class passengers enjoy premium amenities including snacks, soft drinks and attendant service.

PREMIUM COACH: $129. Includes snacks and soft drinks.

COACH: $109.

OPTIONAL LUNCH: $10.

Group rates for 30 or more are available for your company, organization or family event. Call the Depot for more information.

A special "Thank You" goes to Luigi's Italian Restaurant for working with ORHS to provide this years mid-trip meal. For more information about Luigi's go to www.luigisrestaurant.com.

 Orrville Spring FlyerClick to view or print the event flyer.

National Train Day Celebration

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Medina Loop
Eric Schlentner

12:00 Noon - 4:00 PM

The National Train Day Celebration in Orrville, Ohio. There will be train and track car rides at 245 McGill St. The Depot and Gift Shop will also be open and other historic sites in Orrville may be open for tours.

Tickets available trackside the day of the event only!

ADULTS: $2.00 per ride.

CHILDREN (12 and Under): $1.00 per ride.

Orrville Railroad Day

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Orrville Railroad Day
Eric Schlentner

12:00 Noon - 4:00 PM

Come to Orrville for Railroad Day and join in the fun! The Orrville Railroad Heritage Society will hold 1.3 mile round trip track car rides on the railroad line at 245 McGill Street from Noon to 4:00 PM. There is a nominal charge for the rides, $2 Adults and $1 Children. Tour the Orrville Union Depot Museum located at 145 Depot Street, off West Market Street, and visit our many railroad displays and gift shop.

The Orrville Union Depot Museum open house will be held in conjunction with the Orrville Music and Rib Fest sponsored by the Orrville Lions Club. There will be an Auto Cruise-in on Friday evening and a Rib Burn Off, Arts & Crafts Show and Kids Activities on Saturday. Live music from many genres will be performed throughout the event. The Depot Museum will also be open for tours from 5 to 9 PM on Friday evening.

Track car rides and other events are at the siding on McGill Street. Train and track car rides are about 15 minutes long.

Click here to view a map of the Depot and the McGill Street boarding and parking areas.

Tickets available trackside at McGill Street the day of the event only!

ADULTS: $2.00 per ride.

CHILDREN (12 and Under): $1.00 per ride.

 Orrville Railroad Day flyerClick to view or print the event flyer.

Jumpin' Pumpkin Jamboree

October 25, 2014

Jumpin' Pumpkin Jamboree
Eric Schlentner

12:00 Noon - 4:00 PM

FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY! The ORHS will be hosting our annual “Jumpin’ Pumpkin Jamboree”. Join us for one mile round trip train and track car rides on the ORHS siding to Orrville Junction and back. Train and track car rides will begin at 12:00 noon with the last ride at 4:00 PM. The train and track cars will be leaving from and returning to the McGill Street boarding area. The Depot and Gift Shop will also be open.

Tickets available trackside the day of the event only!

ADULTS: $2.00 per ride.

CHILDREN (12 and Under): $1.00 per ride.

Orrville Autumn Express

Saturday, November 15, 2014

The Orrville Autumn Express scheduled to run on October 11 has been rescheduled for November 15. Departure and arrival times have also been adjusted to 9:00 AM and 7:00 PM respectively.

Tickets still remain for the Orrville Autumn Express and can be ordered online. Click the link below to order tickets.

Orrville Autumn Express
Eric Schlentner

Depart Orrville: 9:00 AM; Return Orrville: 7:00 PM
Boarding starts approximately 30 minutes prior to departure.
Times are approximate and may be adjusted prior to the trip.

In cooperation with the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway, we are pleased to offer our 120 mile, five-county circular “Orrville Autumn Express”.

The trip will depart Orrville and head southeast through Brewster, Navarre, Canton, Hartville, Mogadore, Akron, Copley and prior to our arrival in Medina we will cross the impressive River Styx Trestle. You will disembark for a three-hour stopover at The A.I. Root Candle Co. & West Liberty Commons where many passengers enjoy shopping.

Leaving Medina, we’ll head west to Spencer, turn south and proceed through Lodi, Creston, Smithville and return to Orrville.

An optional buffet style lunch consisting of two pieces of roasted chicken, red skin potatoes, green beans, roll with butter, cake and beverage for an additional $10.00 per person will be offered. Your lunch must be purchased with your ticket order. The deadline for purchasing tickets with lunch is 5 PM, October 4, 2014; 5 PM October 11 for excursion-only tickets.

KeepsakeOn-board entertainment will be provided by "Keepsake". This group will take you back to those memorable days of yesteryear. Audiences enjoy the harmonizing sounds of yesterday... to music of the legends. Whether it's gospel, a little bit country, the fabulous '50s, show tunes, patriotic, or trip-down-memory-lane songs, "Keepsake" sings the songs you love. Hits throughout the years. Music that makes you laugh, cry, and even sing along.

If you'd like more information about Keepsake, call (330) 698-2554.

FIRST CLASS: $209. Limited Availability. First Class passengers enjoy premium amenities including snacks, soft drinks, meal, and attendant service.

PREMIUM COACH: $129. Includes snacks and soft drinks.

COACH: $109.

Group rates are available for your company, organization or family event. Call the Depot for more information.

Click Here to Order Tickets

Riding with Santa

Please note: Details for this event have changed significantly and are still under development so watch the space for more information as it becomes available.

November 29, 2014

Riding with Santa
Richard Jacobs

Come have a visit with Santa aboard The Orrville Railroad Heritage Society’s vintage passenger cars decorated for the Christmas season.  During this short round trip from McGill Street to Orrville Junction, Santa will move through the train to visit with each child and collect their Christmas list. A Christmas Story will be read and holiday music by Harry Arble will be provided.

Departure times are:

  • 11: AM, 12:00 Noon, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM

COACH: Sold out.

All trips leave from the McGill Street boarding area.

Tickets will be available trackside the day of the event and at the Depot during Holidays at the Depot (see below). Tickets may also be purchase by mail by using the form below. Tickets will not be offered online.

Seating is limited on each trip. Tickets sold on a first come, first served basis.

Riding with Santa flyerClick to view or print the event flyer and mail order form.

Holidays at the Depot

Please note: Details for this event have changed significantly and are still under development so watch the space for more information as it becomes available.

November 28 and November 29, 2014

  • November 28: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
  • November 29: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Holidays at the Depot
Richard Jacobs

The Depot will be open and decorated for the holidays. There will be refreshments, depot displays, raffle items, and a working train layout. The Depot Gift Shop will be open. Tickets for Riding with Santa will be available.

ORHS Membership Dinner

December 2, 2014

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Open to members only.

The 2014 Membership Dinner will be at White's Maibach Ford Community Room, 1780 North Main Street in Orrville. We will be serving a catered buffet dinner and desert. Dinner will be $12 per person. Invitations will be mailed to the membership and RSVPs must be received no later than November 22.

Our guest speaker will be Jane Ann Turzillo. Ms. Turzillo has written and published three Ohio railroad-related books: Wicked Women of Northeast Ohio, Murder & Mayhem on Ohio Rails, and Ohio Train Disasters. Books will be available for purchase.

Regular membership business will be conducted after the dinner including the election of officers for 2015 so please plan to attend.


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