During select dates throughout the year, the Northeastern Ohio Live Steamers offer free train rides around a miniature railroad and station house at the Medina Parks Lester Rail Trail.
You can see the full schedule of train ride dates at the Medina County Park District Website. You can also Subscribe to the weekly newsletter as we include the train ride schedule in the weekend events round-up.
All About the N.E.O.L.S. Miniature Train Rides at Lester Rail Trail
After parking at the Lester Rail Trail park, head over to the train station to get in line to ride the trains. Its a short walk from the parking lot.
While waiting in line you can watch the various trains. There are so many different types and sizes of trains including: a steam engine, coal cars, cabooses, box cars, and even little conductors waving out the drivers window.
There are typically 5-6 trains running at the same time, so the wait to ride should only be 10-15 minutes depending on how many people are waiting.
The picture above shows the train cars that riders sit on. While some of the trains had padding, most of the seats were wood and 3-4 people sat on each train section.
The ride was approximately 10 minutes long with tracks winding through the meadow, woods and by various miniature buildings, small bridges and a station house.
There were even railroad crossing signs at the various intersections.
Once your ride is over, you are welcome to get back in line and ride again and again.
When we were there we rode the trains 4 times, took a walk along the hike & bike trail and even found a geocache while we were at the park. It was a great time and we hope to go back to ride the trains again.
Lester Rail Trail
3654 Lester Road Medina, OH 44256 (York Township) .75-mile north of State Route 1
FREE Train Rides are offered on select dates and times throughout the year. You can view the schedule here.
FREE Train Rides are offered on select dates and times throughout the year. You can view the schedule here. Donations are accepted. Many thanks to the Medina Country Park District and the Northeastern Ohio Live Steamers for offering this program.