Ohio Rail Experience
Historic Train Rides

Trip Information

What to Expect

Relax your way across Ohio

The Ohio Rail Experience is not your average train ride. We are combining the best of a historic scenic railroad with the excitement of a mainline excursion. ORE hosts the longest train rides in the United States to feature vintage open window coaches.

We will travel over historic portions of the former Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, Detroit Toledo & Ironton Railroad, and Pennsylvania Railroad. Our trains will offer a variety of onboard experiences with some railcars dating from the 1930s.

However, you do not need to be a history buff to enjoy an Ohio Rail Experience excursion. We have tailored trips appealing to large audiences including sightseers and families. A train ride in itself can be both relaxing and entertaining. Additionally, some of our excursions feature extended layovers with unique activities.

Specific information about each excursion is available on 2018 Tour Schedule page. 

 Our train crossing the Quincy High Bridge in Quincy, OH. Ride over is bridge on our  Lima Limited  excursion this spring. 2018 train rides will feature deluxe class air conditioned seating.

Our train crossing the Quincy High Bridge in Quincy, OH. Ride over is bridge on our Lima Limited excursion this spring. 2018 train rides will feature deluxe class air conditioned seating.


Classes of Service

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Deluxe Class - Car 3200 

Deluxe Coach class seating will be inside the Milwaukee Road 3200 car. This long distance coach car was featured in the 2015 movie "Carol." The 3200 seats 60 passenger. The car features comfortable reclining chairs, and large picture windows. Seats in deluxe class are reserved. The 3200 car is heated and air conditioned. This car is equipped with restrooms.

Deluxe Class - Car 664

Car 664 is a long distance coach car. The car features comfortable reclining chairs, and large picture windows. Seats in deluxe class are reserved. The 664 is fully restored to its original appearance as a Southern Railway long distance coach. The 664 car is heated and air conditioned. This car is equipped with restrooms.

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Lackawanna Coach Class

Coach passengers will be seated in our 1930’s restored Lackawanna coach cars. Our Lackawanna coach cars feature traditional railroad “walk-over” style seating. This allows families or groups of 4 to face each other. Our Lackawanna coach cars are heated and feature open windows. Fans circulate air on warmer days.


Trains tap into some deep American collective memory.
— Dana Frank

Food Service

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Open Air Tavern Car

The Queen City Tavern car, RPCX 1379, was initially built as a coal-fired kitchen car by the St. Louis Car Company in 1953 for the United States Army. It carried the U.S. Army number 89687, and was painted standard olive drab. It was acquired by Amtrak from the U. S. government as a surplus equipment transfer in the mid-1970’s, part of a group of 50 similar cars. The car was numbered 1379 by Amtrak. This group of cars was not usable as kitchen cars by Amtrak, and so in 1975 and 1976, Amtrak rebuilt 30 of the cars, including number 89687, into 50 foot baggage-mail cars for service on long distance trains. Because they were 20 feet shorter than most standard baggage cars, these major restorations were commonly called “shorties”. At the time of the rebuild, Amtrak made major improvements to the brake and electrical systems on the cars, and they were used widely throughout the system in so-called Heritage Fleet trains until about 1990 when the arrival of newer, equipment began to displace them.

The 1379 was acquired by a private owner in an Amtrak equipment auction in 1993, and it was used as a passenger car maintenance work shop. In 2008, it was purchased for the Cincinnati Dinner Train and rebuilt for use as an entertainment car. The car was purchased from the Cincinnati Dinner Train in 2018 by Cincinnati Scenic Railway for operation on LM&M Railroad and Ohio Rail Experience excursions. 

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Sample Menu

Water... $1.00

Soda... $2.00

Domestic Beer... $4.00

Premium Beer... $5.00

Wine... $4.00

Candy... $2.00

Chips... $1.00

Cheesecake... $3.00

Sandwich... $6.00


What to Expect OutSide The Window…

Every trip with the Ohio Rail Experience is unique. We cannot control view beside the line, but we can guarantee that each excursion offers at least one scenic or historic point of interest. Most of our trains travel through rural farmland. However, our Oasis by Daylight, Fireworks Train, and Midland Flyer excursions will offer a look at urban railroading in the Cincinnati Area.  Our Lima Limited will offer views from the Quincy High Bridge. The Midland Flyer will cross the scenic Little Miami River in Loveland, OH. Trains departing from Greenfield, OH will also cross at least one high bridge.