If you love trains then a weekend visit is in order to Findlay in northwest Ohio. Findlay is the home of the Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation Railroad.
It’s a tiny, quarter scale steam-driven locomotive that was once used at an amusement park in Michigan. Volunteers totally rebuilt the little locomotive and also installed track at their headquarters near Interstate 75 and opened it up to the public for rides.
The day we visited was shortly after they had opened and we found that while it was a thrill to ride behind a real steam locomotive, because of it’s tiny size the smoke from the engine came right back into our faces. They have since corrected that problem with some shields and new tops on passenger cars.
Their season starts on May 29th and runs through September every Saturday and Sunday. They also have special events throughout the year. Visit their website at http://www.nworrp.org or you can drop in at the headquarters at 11600 County Road 99, Findlay, Ohio or call them at 419-423-2995