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Northern Ohio Railway Museum
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A railway crane at the museum in 2005.
Established 1965
Location 5515 Buffham Road, Chippewa Lake, Ohio
Type Railway museum

Northern Ohio Railway Museum is a railroad museum located near Chippewa Lake, Ohio, United States. The Museum is a non-profit, educational organization. It was established in 1965, granted 501(c)(3) status by the Internal Revenue Service in 1966 and incorporated under the laws of the State of Ohio in 1976. The membership is approximately 180 electric railway devotees who reside throughout the United States and Canada, with the majority clustered in northeastern Ohio.


The mission of the Northern Ohio Railway Museum is to collect, preserve and maintain for study and exhibition streetcars, artifacts, mementos and assorted railway equipment related to the origin, development and use of transit equipment and operations in northern Ohio. The major focus is building an operating railway museum that will allow the running of the current collection of railway equipment for the education and enjoyment of the public.

Location and facilities

The Museum is situated on 42 acres (17 ha) in the Chippewa Valley, near two Interstate highways. It is 45 minutes from Cleveland, 30 minutes from Akron and 90 minutes from Columbus. Properties consist of two miles of former Cleveland and Southwestern interurban right of way and a 30 acres (12 ha) adjacent parcel for the carbarns, yards and visitor facilities. This property is at 5515 Buffham Road in Westfield Township. The Museum also has an easement on an additional two acres for a loop near Lake Road.

On this site the Museum is collecting, preserving, restoring, displaying and will eventually be operating streetcars and other railway equipment for use by the public. Over thirty railway cars and other railway equipment have been collected. Most, once restored, will be displayed and operated for the public. The collection is stored and displayed in two large “carbarns”. In 1997, the museum erected the Anson W. Bennett Carhouse. In 2003, the John R. McCarthy Carhouse was erected. In these buildings the collection is stored and protected from the elements, and will be restored to its original condition. The heart of the Museum’s operation will be a demonstration railroad. Once completed, it will contain over three miles of track, providing a five mile round trip. To date over a mile of track has been constructed. Building and maintaining the Museum’s property, track and equipment require a number of support vehicles—trucks, tractors, and other specialized equipment. In 2000, the Rowen S. Prunkard Maintenance Facility was erected to house the fleet of internal combustion work equipment.

The Museum has a master plan and all development conforms to this plan. The plan is conceptual and provides for public areas with visitors’ center and interpretive displays, and for service areas with carbarns for service, restoration and storage of streetcars and interurbans. Provisions have been made for both open track and street running. This configuration provides for indoor storage of forty-two full sized interurban cars. That density increases as smaller city equipment is included in the mix. Three of the seven planned buildings are now complete.

Rolling stock and equipment

As of 2020, the museum had ten street cars and one interurban coach plus a number of rail right of way maintenance cars.

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