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About Us

Our History

In October 2005, after seeing a picture of the Lodi depot on the eBay web site, the “Save the Depot” committee was formed to try to save the depot from demolition. The Committee submitted a photo and a story to the Trading Post, a local newspaper, looking for other enthusiasts to get involved to save the depot. We soon had the core group for our museum officers. On December 20, 2005, we met at a local restaurant to have our first meeting. We contacted the Orrville Railroad Heritage Society (ORHS) for information and guidance. In 2006, the ORHS helped us forge a relationship with the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway (W&LE) so we could begin negotiations. In 2007, we received permission from the W&LE to start the groundwork to make the depot ours. It was then that the Save the Depot committee was renamed “Lodi Railroad Museum”. From this beginning, we grew from just saving the depot, to becoming a museum to save and collect information and history pertaining to the railroad’s effect on the Village of Lodi and surrounding Harrisville Township. We received the deed to the depot on December 21, 2008.

Rhe Cleveland & Southwestern station.We are now a 501(c)3 non profit, educational and historical organization. To call us just a railroad museum would not be totally accurate as we chose to broaden our scope to include Lodi’s history. We include the modern W&LE and its predecessors: the original W&LE, the Nickel Plate, the Norfolk and Western, and the Norfolk Southern railroads. We also include the Baltimore and Ohio, Chessie System, and the CSX railroads which still run through Lodi. The Cleveland & Southwestern electric interurban system also served the Village in the early 20th century. The farther we go in our historical research, the more fascinating it is see how the Village’s and the railroad’s histories intertwine.

Operation Lifesaver

Operation Lifesaver is a public service education program dedicated to preventing and reducing fatalities and injuries at highway-rail grade crossings and along railroad rights-of-way. We have certified Operation Lifesaver Presenters available to educate the public on highway-rail grade crossing safety and provide vital information about the dangers encountered when people trespass on railroad property. Our free safety presentations include a talk with colorful visuals and informative videos are available to any group, business, organization and schools. Please contact us for more information.

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