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We have a Fourth of July Fireworks Shuttle on July 4 at 9 p.m. to Thunder in the Valley. Tickets are $5 and can only be purchased at the Depot. Our season is underway with diesel-powered trips at 1 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m., which will normally include a stop at Robbins Crossing Historical Village. Ohio’s Friendliest Train Robbery departs at 6 p.m. June 22, July 13, Aug. 10, 24, and Sept. 14. Please keep watching our Facebook and Instagram accounts for any additional specialty trains we may add. FAMILY FUN IS A TRAIN RIDE AWAY! MAKE TRACKS TO HISTORY!


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The Hocking Valley Scenic Railway is a volunteer-run 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1972 for the restoration, maintenance and operation of historic railroad equipment for the entertainment and education of the general public. Explore our website to learn about the different trains we offer and purchase tickets! Family fun is a train ride away! Make tracks to history!


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Great train ride

From the people helping me to get the tickets to helping us on the train, everyone was great. My 3 year old grandson loved the music and danced on the train. Very fun!

– Carol S., TripAdvisor
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The great train robbery.

We had an absolutely great time on the fall robbery ride. Everyone was having a good time and especially good for the kids! Will do it again and will probably go be one of the robbers!

– Barry H., TripAdvisor
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Great time!

First train ride for most on my party. We had Muncies for a picnic on the train. It was difficult to hear about the history but we were able to make out important details. The village was quite a bit of history. Everyone was friendly and informative. The kids had a great time and that was most important. Friendly staff!!!!

– Michelle M., TripAdvisor
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Train Ride and Robbery - only three times per year

This ride happens only three times per year, it's a nice scenic ride, but...the train is stopped by robbers on horseback! They board the train and take your (fake green monopoly) money. At first, I thought it would scare kids...but on the contrary. It was awesome, and they loved it. They were pleasant robbers that let kids pet their horses. :-)

– Cheryl B., TripAdvisor


If you have an interest in historic preservation and interpretation, we have a place for you! Our friendly volunteers have helped make memories for thousands of families over the last 50-plus years — you can be one of us! If you’re not local to Nelsonville, that’s okay — you wouldn’t be alone! We have many volunteers from up to a two-hour drive away that help out consistently. Please consider joining today!

Join us! The Hocking Valley Scenic Railway has been primarily volunteer-operated for over 50 years. You can be a part of history. There’s always a need for car hosts, brakemen, conductors, shop personnel, track maintainers and more! No prior railroad experience is required. With your willingness to learn, we can train you right from your experience and skill level.

Even though we are entirely self-funded through ticket sales, there’s only so far we can go with volunteer labor and tickets. To accelerate our restoration and maintenance projects to help preserve railroad history and make for an even greater experience to our visitors, monetary (and even tool and equipment) donations are always welcome! We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, so all donations are tax-deductible! Please consider donating today, and we thank you in advance!