Mad River & NKP Museum (Bellevue)

Located at 253 Southwest St. in Bellevue is the Mad River & NKP Museum.  The Museum opened in 1976 as a Bicentennial project.  NKP is the AAR (Association of American Railroads) reporting mark and is short for Nickel Plate Road [New York, Chicago & St. Louis Railroad Company] which ran through Bellevue from 1882-1964, when it merged with Norfolk & Western Railway.  In 1982, the company then merged with Southern Railway to become Norfolk Southern.

The museum displays several train engines and cars.  Some of the box cars are mini-museums of their own.  And if you remember cabooses- which were obsolete by the mid-1980s- there are a few of those here as well.

This caboose was built by the Nickel Plate shops at Ironville, OH in 1956 and became part of the Museum's collection in 1988.
This caboose was built by the Nickel Plate shops at Ironville, OH in 1956 and became part of the Museum’s collection in 1988.

The museum is open Daily from Memorial Day – Labor Day from Noon to 4PM.  It is also open on weekends in April, September, and October.  Admission is $7.00 for Adults, $6.00 for Seniors (Age 60+), and $4.00 for children (Ages 3-12); younger than 3 is free.

Museum brochure in PDF:  http://www.madrivermuseum.org/brochure.pdf

Museum website:  http://www.madrivermuseum.org/index.html

Distance from Ohio cities:

    • 16 miles South of Sandusky
    • 70 miles West of Cleveland
    • 57 miles East of Toledo
    • 102 miles North of Columbus
    • 213 miles North-Northeast of Cincinnati
    • 84 miles West of Akron
Plates from the Dining Car on the NKP Railroad on display at the Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum in Bellevue.
Plates from the Dining Car on the NKP Railroad on display at the Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum in Bellevue.
Seaboard Airline #6102. The car was built by Budd in 1939 and seats 48. It was used on the New York to Florida streamliners and was acquired by the Museum through an Amtrak auction in 1981.
Seaboard Airline #6102. The car was built by Budd in 1939 and seats 48. It was used on the New York to Florida streamliners and was acquired by the Museum through an Amtrak auction in 1981.
Inside one of the box cars at Mad River & NKP Museum is itself a mini-museum.
Inside one of the box cars at Mad River & NKP Museum is itself a mini-museum.
NKP #329. Built in 1957 and was part of a 9 unit order by the Nickel Plate. It was used primarily for transporting coal in the Wheeling District. It was retired in 1981 and donated to the museum for Norfolk & Western Railway.
NKP #329. Built in 1957 and was part of a 9 unit order by the Nickel Plate. It was used primarily for transporting coal in the Wheeling District. It was retired in 1981 and donated to the museum by Norfolk & Western Railway.
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