Train Ride Experience
all aboard for something different
The Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad operates over 5-15 miles of track in Warren County Ohio. Most trains travel between Lebanon and Hageman Junction for a 9 mile round trip. Unless noted otherwise, trains return to Lebanon without stopping for a layover.
The train travels through suburban Warren County by way of Lebanon, Turtle Creek Township, and Union Township. Some excursions continue on to either Mason or Monroe. The train follows the Turtle Creek for the majority of the route. The train crosses 5 bridges, including a large offset truss bridge over the Turtle Creek approximately halfway through the ride in each direction.
Our rail line used to be a part of the Cincinnati, Lebanon, and Northern Railway. The railroad first reached Lebanon in 1881 and replaced an inefficient stagecoach route that largely followed today's US 42. The CL&N was a narrow gauge railroad connecting Cincinnati to Dayton by way of Lebanon. The railroad was known as "the highland route" because it did not pass through any local river valley. This made major flooding along the line rare. Passengers will learn more about the history of the CL&N on board most excursions.
Passengers will travel in vintage passenger coaches hauled behind one of two diesel locomotives. This includes our GP7, number 55, the oldest continuously operated locomotive of its kind in the United States.
Our standard Lackawanna coaches, build in 1930, feature traditional railroad walkover style seating and open windows. We also offer deluxe style seating in passenger cars built between 1940 and 1960. These coaches feature air conditioning and plush 2 by 2 style seats. All train cars are heated and feature restroom access unless noted.
Excluding North Pole Express and Day Out with Thomas, passengers will have access to our open air concession car, the Queen City Tavern. A small section of snacks, drinks, and gifts will be available during the train ride. Alcoholic beverages are available on most train rides. The former baggage doors slide open on warmer sunny days.
Throughout the ride passengers will have the opportunity to interact with our friendly on board staff. Passengers will have the opportunity to get a picture with a real life train conductor before, during, or after the ride.