Schedule of Events

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Please note that ORHS operates two locations:

All on-rail events will be held at our DABO/ORHS rail yard located at 2174 S. Crownhill Rd. in Orrville - between Scotts Miracle Gro and Catrone Trucking.

The Orrville Union Depot Museum is located at 145 Depot Street in downtown Orrville. The Depot and gift shop will be open during all public events. 

Scroll down to see our entire 2022 schedule or use the buttons below to jump to our popular events:

Saturday, April 16, 2022, 11AM to 3PM
Easter Egg Hunt

Do you have a little railfan at home? Bring the kids to meet the Easter Bunny! Take a motor car ride down to the Sugar Creek bridge to look for Easter eggs. The Bunny will be there to meet you. This is a great photo opportunity in a setting unlike no other. Some special eggs may have a ticket for a free ride on our open air passenger car.

Local food wagon Patrick Farms will be there with delicious menu choices. Stop by, take a ride, snap some pictures, laugh, make memories, and enjoy some great local food. Remember - your patronage is appreciated, supports preservation efforts, and stays in the Orrville Area!

Tickets can be purchased at our rail yard during the event. Motor cars will run every half hour or as determined by demand.

Pricing is $4 per ticket, adult or child. $5 per ticket if paying by credit card. Lap children under two years are free.

The Union Depot Museum and Gift Shop will also be open until 4PM.

We hope to see you there.

April 18 through April 23, 8AM to 5PM
Depot and Rail Yard Work Week

Members-only. We're getting the rail yard and Depot in shape for the 2022 season. Depot work consists of general cleaning and organizing. Rail yard work consists of gathering of scrap materials, organizing track materials and general cleanup.

Saturday, April 30, 2022, Noon to 3PM
Motor Car Rides 

They're back! One of our most popular rides! Get up close and personal with the railroad on a motor car, also known as a "speeder", from the boarding area to the current end of track past the Sugar Creek bridge. Motor cars were once the main transportation for track workers and materials in remote areas. The ride lasts about 15 minutes.

Tickets can be purchased at our rail yard during the event. Motor cars will run as determined by demand.

Pricing is $4 per ticket, adult or child. $5 per ticket if paying by credit card. Lap children under two years are free.

The Union Depot Museum and Gift Shop will also be open until 4PM.

2022 Train Rides - May through October

Climb aboard our newly converted open air passenger car #501 and take a 40 minute ride throughout our rail facility and down to the bridge over North Fork Sugar Creek (the stream, not to be mistaken for the Village of Sugarcreek).

If the great outdoors is not to your liking or if you want to have a small party, our recently refurbished caboose #330 will also be available for up to 10 guests.

New for this year: Do you want to see how it's done? How about riding the jump seat in the locomotive cab? Limited to 16 years and up.

NEW! Caboose pricing for available dates in October are reduced to $100 from $150!
Pricing is $15 plus online ticketing fees per seat in open air car #501 (non-refundable). This car holds a maximum of 28 guests. Pricing for caboose #330 is $150 (except for available online booking dates for the month of October at $100) plus online ticketing fees for the entire caboose (also non-refundable, individual seats not sold separately). The caboose holds a maximum of 10 guests. Pricing for the locomotive jump seat is $25 plus online ticketing fees. 

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Train Rides are available on the following dates and times:

May 2022:

5/14: Train rides in open air car #501 and caboose #330. 11AM; 1PM; 2PM; 3PM.

5/28: Train rides in open air car #501 and caboose #330. 11AM; 1PM; 2PM; 3PM.

June 2022

6/25: Train rides in open air car #501 and caboose #330. 11AM; 1PM; 2PM; 3PM.

July 2022

7/9: Train rides in open air car #501 and caboose #330. 11AM; 1PM; 2PM; 3PM.

7/23: Train rides in open air car #501 and caboose #330. 11AM; 1PM; 2PM; 3PM.

August 2022

8/6: Train rides in open air car #501 and caboose #330. 11AM; 1PM; 2PM; 3PM.

8/20: Train rides in open air car #501 and caboose #330. 11AM; 1PM; 2PM; 3PM.

September 2022

9/3: Train rides in open air car #501 and caboose #330. 11AM; 1PM; 2PM; 3PM.

9/17: Train rides in open air car #501 and caboose #330. 11AM; 1PM; 2PM; 3PM.

October 2022 is Pumpkin Hayride Month. Kids get a free small pumpkin!
New! Special Caboose rate of $100 plus online ticketing fees for 10/1, 10/15, 10/22 and 10/29!

10/1: Train rides in open air car #501 and caboose #330. 11AM; 1PM; 2PM; 3PM.

Special Farm Tour Event, 10/8 and 10/9:
10/8: Train rides in open air car #501 and caboose #330 in conjunction with the Wayne County Farm Tour. The train will run as predicated by demand. The ride will be approximately 20 minutes long. Ride tickets for this day are available only at our DABO/ORHS rail yard and are not available online. All ticket prices for Car #501 and Caboose #330 are $10 each. The locomotive jump seat will be $20. First come, first served.

10/9: Train rides in open air car #501 and caboose #330 in conjunction with the Wayne County Farm Tour. The train will run as predicated by demand. The ride will be approximately 20 minutes long. Ride tickets for this day are available only at our DABO/ORHS rail yard and are not available online. All ticket prices for Car #501 and Caboose #330 are $10 each. The locomotive jump seat will be $20. First come, first served.

10/15: Train rides in open air car #501 and caboose #330. 11AM; 1PM; 2PM; 3PM.

10/22: Train rides in open air car #501 and caboose #330. 11AM; 1PM; 2PM; 3PM.

10/29: Train rides in open air car #501 and caboose #330. 11AM; 1PM; 2PM; 3PM.

Boarding begins 10 minutes prior to departure. Please note that the trains will run rain or shine.

Open Air Car #501
Open air car #501
Open air car seating
Seating in #501
Caboose #330
Caboose #330
Caboose #330 interior
Caboose #330 interior

Train Ride Terms & Conditions

  • All trains run at our DABO/ORHS facility located at 2174 S. Crown Hill Road, Orrville, Ohio 44667.
  • ORHS reserves the right to cancel or reschedule any rides as necessary.
  • Caboose Ride purchaser MUST be present and part of the riding party. Party cannot be larger than ten (10) total participants. Lap children must be less than 2 years of age and will be counted towards the ten maximum members of the party.
  • ORHS will provide one (1) car host for each car.
  • Ride purchaser assumes all liability during the session.
  • Restrooms are NOT available on the rail cars. A portable toilet is on premise for use before and after the rides.
  • Pets or comfort animals are not permitted on ORHS railroad equipment.
  • Please note that the caboose is vintage railroad equipment and is not ADA Compliant.
  • We do have an ADA compliant ramp to the flat car but please note that the parking area is not pavement but compacted stone. Please take that into consideration if using walking aids or wheelchairs.
  • NO REFUNDS ON RIDES CANCELLED WITHIN 24 HOURS OF THE SCHEDULED SESSION.
  • All trains run rain or shine so dress appropriately.

Throttle Time Sessions on the #471
May 15, 2022 through September 18, 2022

Throttle Time is back! Throttle Time with the #471 sessions will resume starting in May 15, 2022.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to run a 2,000 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 a minimum of 30 minutes in the engineer's seat at the throttle. Expect your entire session to last one hour. You must be 18 years or older to purchase a session.

Includes an Honorary Engineer Certificate.

Sessions will be at the DABO/ORHS rail yard), 2174 S. Crown Hill Road, Orrville, Ohio 44667.

Pricing: Session pricing is $349 per qualified person through September 18 so get your order in soon. Add an additional hour to your session for $199.

Add a second person to your session for two hours total for $199.

Take eight guests along in the caboose during your session for FREE!

Available dates: May 15 & 29; June 12 & 26; July 10 & 24, August 7 & 21; September 4 & 18.

After receipt of your order, we'll call you to confirm a date and time. Typically, sessions are scheduled for Sundays. Special arrangements may be accommodated.

The information and order form can be downloaded below.

Friday, November 25, 2022, 6PM to 8PM
Orrville Annual Home for the Holidays

Stay tuned.... Details will be posted as soon as available.

Saturday, November 26, 2022, 3PM to 9PM
Christmas at the Depot

Stay tuned.... Details will be posted as soon as available.

Tuesday, December 6, 2022, 5PM to 7PM
Annual Membership Dinner & Meeting

The Orrville Railroad Heritage Society will hold its 2022 Annual Membership Dinner on Tuesday, December 6, 2022 from 5PM-7PM. Location has yet to be determined.

Current members in good standing are encouraged to attend. A short business meeting and elections will take place. There will be time for socialization.

Attendees are responsible for selecting and paying for their own meals.

We'll update this listing when more information becomes available.

We hope to see you there.

Address

145 Depot Street
PO Box 11
Orrville, Ohio 44667

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