Orrville Railroad Heritage Society

Schedule of Events

Come visit with us.

Date and Time by Appointment

Throttle Time Sessions on the #471

GOOD NEWS! Throttle Time with the #471 sessions will be extended starting in May 2020!

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to run a 1,500 horsepower locomotive? Or wanted to peek under the hood to see how it works? ORHS would like to give you the opportunity to do so. Your session will include a safety and operation orientation as well as 20 minutes in the engineer's seat at the throttle. Expect your entire session to last up to one hour. You must be 18 years or older to purchase a session.

Includes an Honorary Engineer Certificate and one year free membership.

Sessions will be at DABO, Inc. (ORHS' rail yard), 2174 S. Crown Hill Road, Orrville, Ohio 44667

Session pricing is $471 per qualified person.

The information and order form can be downloaded below.

Download Throttle Time Order Form

Thottle Time on the #471 Order Form

March 14, 21 and 28, 2020. 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Depot Spring Cleaning

It's that time of the year again to spiff up the Depot for our 2020 season. Three Saturdays in March we'll be doing general cleaning and organizing. If you'd like to pitch in, please stop by.

2020 Event Dates Announced

Tentative dates for for some 2020 events have been released. Watch this page as more information will be added as each event is finalized.

May 9, National Train Day

August 14 and 15, Orrville Railroad Days

October 10, Speeders 'n Spikes

November 28, Christmas at the Depot

More events are likely to be added at any time so check back here for the latest information.

February 3, 2020, 9:00 AM

Train Air Brake Class

This 3 to 4 hr session will cover the basics of train air brakes and is considered mandatory for all locomotive engineers and trainees for the #471 GP7u and Plymouth DL.

All members involved in switching or event train movements are also encouraged to attend.

Please RSVP to either the Depot at (330) 683-2426 or RC Connor at (330) 466-4601.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019. 5:00 PM

Membership Dinner

ORHS invites you to attend our annual membership dinner. Come for food, conversation and to elect your Board of Directors for 2020. This year's dinner will be held at the Top of the Viaduct Restaurant in Massillon.

Doors will open at 5:00 PM with dinner being served promptly at 6:00 PM. A short business meeting will follow including election of  Board officers for 2020.

Meal includes 2 meats, potatoes, pasta, vegetable, salad and coffee or soft drink. Cost is $15.00/person. Members are welcome to bring a guest and/or family members. There will be an automatic 18% gratuity added to each bill. Meal charges will be collected at the restaurant.


Top of the Viaduct Restaurant

607 Lincoln Way West

Massillon OH 44647

Please make your reservation by November 26th either by calling the Depot at (330) 683-2426.

We hope to see you there!

Saturday, November 30, 2019. Noon to 4:00 PM

Christmas at the Depot

Santa will be at the Depot! He arrives at 1:00 PM so bring the kids and your camera!

Come celebrate at the depot as we'll be decorated for Christmas and have car-loads of holiday spirit.

We'll have operating train layouts, refreshments for all and be sure to check out the new, unique items in the gift shop.

Stop by for some holiday cheer!

Saturday, October 26, 2019. Noon to 4:00 PM

Jumpin' Pumpkin Jamboree

Come have a spooky good time!

Decorate a pumpkin.

Games for young and old.

Scavenger hunt.

Enjoy model trains.

At the Orrville Union Depot

Admission is free (donations accepted).

Saturday, October 12 , 2019. 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Speeders n' Spikes

In honor of the 150th anniversary of the driving of the Golden Spike and to show off the work accomplished at our rail yard.

Caboose Rides.

Track Speeder (motor car) Rides.

Cab Rides in the GP7u #471.

Raffle for #471 Throttle Time (see "At the Throttle on the #471 Raffle" below)

Food & Fun!

Swensons Logo

The Swensons Food Truck is Coming!

Hungry? Thirsty? The Swensons Food Truck will be on-site from 10:00AM until 2:00PM.

Please note that the spike driving contest has been cancelled.

Event Location: DABO, Inc. (ORHS' rail yard), 2174 South Crown Hill Road, Orrville, Ohio 44667 between Catrone Trucking and Scott's Miracle-Gro.

Admission is free. Tickets can be purchased for the rides:

Speeder Rides: $6.00 per person. Kids 12 years and under: $4.00 per person.

Caboose Rides: $10 per person.

Cab Rides: $25 per person, 12 years and older.

At the Throttle on the #471 Raffle:

Be the engineer! The winning ticket holder is entitled to up to one hour of safety and locomotive operation orientation including 20 minutes of throttle time in the engineer's seat on our GP7u #471. Limited to those 18 years and older. Tickets are $5.00 each or six for $20.00. Drawing for the winning ticket will be at 3:00 PM at the event. Tickets are non-refundable. The winners session will be arranged by appointment. Download the information and order form below.

Be sure to check out these exhibitors at our event:

Wayne County Humane Society
Kitty Poo Club

Saturday, October 27, 2018. 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Jumpin' Pumpkin Jamboree

Have a spooky good time. Activities for ghouls, young and old.

Ride the Tuslaw Lions’ Mini Train

Decorate a Paper Pumpkin

Games for Young and Old

Play with Model Trains

Scavenger Hunt

Friday, August 16, 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM • Saturday, August 17, Noon to 5:00 PM

Orrville Railroad Day

While you're in town for the Orrville Lions Club Rib & Music Fest, come visit at the Depot for Railroad Day.

Tuslaw Lions Club Kiddie Train Ride.

ORHS newest acquisition, the Lil' Red Engine, will be on display.

The museum and gift shop will be open.

Operating model train layouts.

At the Orrville Union Depot

Admission is free (donations accepted).

Be sure to visit our food booth during the Rib & Music Fest.

More information on the Rib & Music Fest: Orrville Lions Club Rib & Music Fest

Saturday, May 11, 2019. 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

National Train Day Celebration

Join us to celebrate the 150 anniversary of the driving of the Golden Spike.

Virtually visit Promontory Point, Utah.

Get an update on the amazing transformation of DABO, Inc.

Check out our membership program and volunteer opportunities.

Running model trains, crafts for kids, informational displays and more!

At the Orrville Union Depot

Admission is free.


145 Depot Street                    
Orrville, Ohio 44667


Phone: (330) 683-2426         Fax: (330) 682-2426