Lima Activities

On this page we are listing other activities and sites that relate to Lima. You may want to map out your restaurant plans before you go or you may want to spend time in Lima seeing some of the local sites. This page will both list tourist sites and web sites for your convenience.

1. Cut and paste the link below into your URL to the Lima/Allen County Convention and Visitor's Bureau web site. The Bureau's web site contains information about upcoming activities, restaurants, shopping, parks, other recreation activities, local churches, and maps.

2. The Allen County Museum is building a new addition that is to be devoted to Lima's railroad history and will be the new home to a full size Shay engine built at Lima Locomotive Works

The address is:
620 West Market St.
Lima, Ohio 45801

Tele: 419-222-9426

Allen County Museum Web Site

3. As stated earlier, Lima was a rail center in the golden days of the railroad. Lima was home to the Lima Locomotive Works which built some of the most modern and fastest steam locomotives in the world. Lima Locomotive Works got started building the innovative geared engines called Shays. They were used on tight radius logging and mining company owned railroads.

Additionally, Lima was served by five different railroads. Those railroads were the B&O, Pennsylvania, Erie Lackawana, Nickle Plate, and Detroit Toledo and Ironton. Lima hosted such famous passenger trains as the B&O's Cincinnatian, the Erie's Phoebe Snow, and the Pennsylvania's Broadway Limited. 

Currently there is very little of this past remaining in Lima. There is one Shay engine on display at the Allen County Museum with a couple of other items. The Museum is at 620 W. Market Street. Our Wingate Hotel is at 170 W. Market Street,and they are fairly close. 

Another item of interest is one of the last steam engines built by the Lima Locomotive Works. The 2-8-4 Berkshire is on outdoor display at Lincoln Park. Lincoln Park is at the corner of Shawnee St. and Elm St. Shawnee St crosses route 117 at the Hospital between the Civic Center and all the restaurants at 117 and I-75.

The final item of interest is the Pennsylvania passenger station that serviced the Pennsylvania and the B&O.  Both the fabled Broadway Limited and the Cincinnatian stopped at this station. At this time it has been preserved and is used by the city's utility staff. It is in nice condition. It is located North of Wayne St off of Union St at the railroad tracks. It is a classic Pennsylvania Station.

4. Once again, if you find something of interest for this page, let me know. I will be glad to add your items of interest.