Tour and Train Ride or Engineer for a Day Course at Midwest Railway Preservation Society (Up to 52% Off)


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In a Nutshell

Visitors wander through an interactive train museum and a historical rail yard and roundhouse full of restored vintage locomotives and cars

The Fine Print

Expiration varies. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Valid only for option purchased. Groupon is only valid for the day which you purchased it. To redeem, bring Groupon voucher to Midwest Railway on your scheduled day any time between 12pm and 3:30pm. Last tour for the day starts at 3:30pm. Children under 12 are free with adult Groupon purchaser. Must wear closed toed shoes. Children must always be supervised. Site and equipment are not ADA- accessible. Registration required for Engineer for a Day course; course not available to redeem until March 19 and after. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Choose from Two Options and Five Dates

  • $19 for a museum visit, guided tour, and train ride for two ($40 value)

Visitors get to explore the interactive museum and take a tour of the rail yard and other sites, climbing aboard trains from the turn of the century. A train ride showcases the power of the engines. In October, guests tour a haunted car for thrills and frights. On Saturday, December 12 or 13, guests participate in the above activities. For these Groupons, however, Santa Claus presides over the 25-minute train ride.

This Groupon is valid on the following Saturdays and Sundays:

  • October 10
  • October 24
  • November 14
  • November 28
  • December 12 (Ride with Santa!)
  • December 13 (Ride with Santa!)

  • $249 for an “Engineer for a Day” course ($365 value)

Would-be engineers attend a three-hour course that cover locomotive operations. Once adequately trained, they spend 1.5 hours under the watchful eye of the instructor driving a locomotive, hooking up freight and moving it around the yard. Students leave with a certificate and a photograph.

Kids are free with adults that have a Groupon. Must wear toe-closed shoes. View detailed directions to the Midwest Railway Preservation Society here.

Midwest Railway Preservation Society

While most of Cleveland gets from point A to point B via automobile, the spirit of the locomotive is alive and well at Midwest Railway Preservation Society. A historical rail yard and the restored B&O Roundhouse serves as home base for the group's efforts, which includes restoring trains and educating the public at large. Here's some of what to expect once you cross to their side of the tracks.

  • Eye Catcher: the bright red caboose at the entrance, which stands in contrast to the industrial complex's dark steel buildings
  • Crown Jewels: restored passenger cars, steam locomotives, and a B&O boxcar, the showpiece of the rail yard
  • Pro Tip: you might recognize the 1918 Locomotive 4070 steam engine—currently being restored—from its appearance in the 1984 Robert Redford film The Natural
  • Special Programs: train rides and seasonal events throughout the year, including tours of a haunted train car in October
  • Leave Your Mark: the society seeks volunteers to help out in the restoration of vintage locomotives and other pieces, no special experience necessary

Customer Reviews

Big Fun !
Pamela H. · August 21, 2016
I bought this Groupon for my husband for Christmas. His father worked on the railroad and he loves all types of trains...real and model. He found this to be one of the most wonderful gifts he has ever received. He LOVED driving the train, and 3 weeks later, he is still talking about it with much enthusiasm.
Barbara L. · August 17, 2016
This was a great experience. After a short safety review it was on to the train. The engineer and brakeman were both very pleasant and knowledgeable. They instructed me on the various controls and safety. Then I actually drove the train. They also gave a history of the preservation society, and what they are doing. This was an outstanding experience, complete with a photo at the end.
Patricia L. · August 13, 2016

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