Schedule of Events


Please note that we have no excursions currently planned for 2018.

Our 2018 event schedule will be announced soon. Check back often as the full details are yet to be determined and events will be posted here.


Orrville Railroad Heritage Society Open House to Commemorate World War I

Saturday, April 8

Various Times

If You Want to Fight, Join the Marines.

Thursday, April 6, 2017 marks the 100th Anniversary of the US entry into WWI. On this day at 3:12PM, there will be a special wreath laying ceremony at Liberty Park.

The commemoration continues as ORHS hosts special WWI exhibits during its first open house on April 8. Members of the society will display family WWI artifacts which have connection to Ohio and Wayne Countians who served in The Great War, in addition to an exhibit that was previously on display at the Marine Corps University Archives, Quantico, VA

Please join us for both these special events. Liberty Park is located in the corner of the city parking lot near the intersection of W. Market & Depot Streets in Orrville. The Orrville Railroad Heritage Society Union Depot is located at 145 Depot Street, Orrville. Open House Hours: Noon - 4:00 PM. Admission: Free – donations always welcomed and appreciated. Like us on Facebook and check out our website:

Locomotive & Switching Training

Saturday, April 22

9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Members only. Learn what it takes to put the 471 back in service after its winter slumber. Tasks include closing and filling the cooling system, lubrication, topping off the oil and general inspection. A limited amount of switching will also be performed. Heavy boots are required, steel toes preferred and don't forget your work gloves. If you have an ORHS radio, be sure to bring it. If you need a radio, one will be issued to you. Hope to see you there!

Train Set Raffle

Tickets Available Now, Drawing Saturday, May 13

2:00 PM

Tickets $1.00 each or six for $5.00

Bachmann Civil War Confederate Train Set.

Bachmann HO Scale Ready to Run Civil War Confederate Train Set Electric Train Set. With the shots fired at Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861, the War Between the States officially began 150 years ago. Railroading would play a key role in the Civil War, providing logistical support and carrying munitions, supplies, and troops to each side’s respective armies in the field. Lacking the financial power and the more standardized rail system of their Northern counterparts, Southern-held railroads relied heavily on the ingenuity of their railroad men to support the troops. A typical Confederate consist featured an assortment of commandeered railing stock bearing the names of a variety of Southern railroads. In a similar fashion, our Commemorative 150th Anniversary Edition Civil War - Confederate set comes complete with: 4-4-0 American locomotive with operating headlight and tender, Civil War era water car (Manassas Gap), Civil War era box car (Savannah , Albany and Gulf), Civil War era gondola (Fredericksburg and Potomac), Civil War era flat car (Mississippi Central and Louisiana), Civil War era bobber caboose (Atlanta and West Point), 56″ x 38″ oval of E-Z Track, 100-piece set of Civil War military figures (gray), 3 cannons, 4 horses, power pack, and speed controller. Age Rated 14 Up.

Tickets can be purchased from the Depot or ordered by phone during regular business hours.

National Train Day Celebration

Saturday, May 13

11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

The National Train Day Celebration at the Union Depot in Orrville, Ohio. Featured will be multiple model train layouts in different scales, Operation Lifesaver and Rails to Trails of Wayne County. The Depot Gift Shop will also be open and other historic sites in Orrville may also be open for tours.

ORTA Annual Meeting

Saturday, May 20

9:00 AM - Noon

The Annual Meeting of the Ohio Rail Tourism Association will be held at the Depot on Saturday, May 20, at 9:00 AM until noon. The meeting is for ORTA member organizations only.

Railroad Days

Friday, August 18, 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Saturday, August 19, 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Orrville Rib & Music Fest
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In conjunction with the Orrville Lion’s Club Rib and Music Fest the Orrville Railroad Heritage Society will be celebrating Railroad Days at the historic Union Depot. The Depot and Gift Shop, located at 145 Depot Street in Orrville OH, will be open on Friday, August 18 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM and Saturday, August 19 from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Stop by and visit our many exhibits of railroad history in the Depot museum. Admission to the Depot is free during Railroad Days, but donations will gladly be accepted.

For the most up to date information about this event, check back here or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

As part of the Rib & Music Fest, there will be an Auto Cruise-in on Friday evening and a Rib Burn Off, Arts & Crafts Show and Kids Activities on Saturday. Live music from many genres will be performed throughout the event.

A Day of Trains & Tracks

A day of Trains & Tracks

Visit the Age of Steam Roundhouse and Dennison Railroad Museum.
A Motor coach tour departing the Historic Orrville Depot

Saturday, September 9, 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM

Come spend the day with the Orrville Railroad Heritage Society for an exclusive tour of the Age of Steam Roundhouse in Sugarcreek and the Dennison Railroad Museum. We will be meeting at the Historic Orrville Depot 145 Depot Street, Orrville OH 44667, at 8:00 AM to prepare for our 8:30 AM departure.

We will travel by air conditioned motor coach through Amish Country arriving at Sugar Creek in time for our 10:00 AM tour. Our tour will last approximately 2 hours and be conducted by AOS personnel. Please be aware that this is a working railroad facility. Proper attire and signed liability releases are a requirement of admission. The tour will cover a walking distance of 4/10 of a mile. Age of Steam offers no facilities other than ADA compliant restrooms in the Depot. There will be plenty of time for questions and browsing the giftshop at the end of our visit.

Our motor coach will then travel to the Dennison Railroad Museum. We will enjoy an outdoor BBQ luncheon and tour their museum and rolling stock. The museum features a model layout of the Dennison Yard, a feature exhibit called “Quarantine-Diseases of War”, and exhibits of railroad history.

We will wind our way home and return to Orrville at approximately 6:30 PM.

The ticket price includes: A get acquainted continental breakfast, air conditioned motor coach transportation, admission to Age of Steam Roundhouse and Dennison Depot, luncheon at Dennison and all taxes and tips. Ticket presale will begin June 9 and must be purchased by mail order only. Forms will be available at the Depot, by clicking the link below or on our Facebook page. Additional information and release forms will be included with your tickets.

This trip is limited to Passengers 18 and over
Air Conditioned Coach Seating $90.00
Presale Begins June 9, 2017
Last Day to Purchase August 25, 2017

Trains & Tracks Order Form. Click to download the order form.

National Rail Safety Day

Saturday , September 30

Rail Safety Week Logo

The Orrville Railroad Heritage Society is a participant in Railroad Safety Week which focuses on national public awareness of safety around railroad tracks and is sponsored by Operation Lifesaver Rail Safety Education in conjunction with the Association of American Railroads.

Our restored 1868 Union Depot, located at 145 Depot Street, will be open from Noon to 4PM and the public is invited to join us to learn more about railroad safety, statistics, and Orrville area railroad history. There is no admission for the event, but donations are always welcome, encouraged, and appreciated!

Members will be on hand to discuss aspects of railroad operations such as use of radio channels/frequencies, railroad terminology, railroad property issues, and rules to LIVE by with regard to appreciating the strength and power of trains on the move, while keeping safe.

Just Added: We are also hosting a scavenger hunt based upon Operation Lifesaver posters that can be found in the windows of various store fronts around Downtown Orrville. Participants are encouraged to visit our website and Facebook Page for the list of questions to use for the hunt. Participants should present their completed list in person to the ORHS Gift Shop to win a prize during the day and time of the event. This contest is open to all ages, so make it a learning experience and have a little fun walking around downtown together to find the answers! One prize to a participant please.

Scavenger hunt quiz form. Click to download the Railroad Safety Scavenger Hunt Quiz form.

Orrville Community Yard Sale

Saturday , October 7

Sponsored by the Orrville Chamber of Commerce.

Orrville Yard Sale
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Bargains are to be found all around Orrville, Ohio during Orrville Community Yard Sale Days on Friday, October 6 and Saturday, October 7th.

Jumpin' Pumpkin Jamboree and 1st Annual Dutch Oven Cook-Off

Saturday, October 28

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Come visit with us to help get you in the Halloween spirit. The Orrville Railroad Heritage Society (ORHS) will be hosting our “Jumpin’ Pumpkin Jamboree” and First Annual Dutch Oven Cook-off at the Orrville Union Depot located at 145 Depot Street in Orrville, Ohio on Saturday, October 28 from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM.

For the Kids:

A jack-o’-lantern judging contest will be held at the Depot. The contest is limited to Orrville area children age 10 and under. Please bring your pumpkins already carved before noon so that they can be displayed. Cash prizes for the best carved a jack-o’-lanterns of $25 for first place, $15 for second place, and $10 for third place will be awarded. Parents may help children at home. Judging will start around 2 pm.

Various games on the half hour from 12 noon to 3 PM.

Meet Chuck Craig and hear about the making of "Night of the Living Dead"

Test your cooking skills:

The First Annual Dutch Oven Cook-off will be sure to whet your appetite. Up to fifteen teams will compete for the best dish prepared in a Dutch oven cooked over a charcoal fire. The Judges Choice wins $100 cash. The Community Favorite wins a new Dutch oven filled with Smucker’s products. Samples, while they last, can be tasted for $3 each. $25 to enter the cook-off. Entries much be received no later than October 19.

For updates about this event, come back here or visit our Facebook page.

Dutch Oven Cook-off Registration Form Click to download the Dutch Oven Cook-off entry form.

Dutch Oven Cook-off Rules Click to download the Dutch Oven Cook-off rules.

Route 30 Express

Saturday, November 18

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

For the 16th year we will join the Route 30 Express to be held on November 18, 10 am to 4 pm, with tours of our Pennsylvania Railroad passenger station, built in 1868. O and N gauge model trains will be on display.

Home for the Holidays

Sponsored by the Orrville Chamber of Commerce

Friday, November 24

5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Orrville Home for the Holidays
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A seasonal mix of entertainment and holiday open house events in downtown Orrville. Merchants will provide a full evening of family fun at Orrville's Home for the Holidays.

Our 18th annual Home for the Holidays open house will be held Friday evening November 24 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. The Depot will be decorated for the holidays and cocoa, cookies, popcorn and our holiday fruit punch will be served. The gift shop will be open. Check the Orrville Chamber web site for other activities in town.

Christmas at the Depot

Saturday, November 25

12:00 Noon - 4:00 PM

Come for Christmas cookies, cocoa and have your picture taken with Santa & Mrs. Clause. We'll also feature a reading of "The Night Before Christmas" and operating model train layouts. The gift shop will be open so you can purchase gifts for your favorite railfan.

The Depot dress for the holidays.