Avoid Labor Day Riverfest Traffic — But See the Show — with the Fireworks Train

This train goes from Norwood to the Montgomery Inn Boathouse and offers views and food without the hassle of parking

click to enlarge Avoid Labor Day Riverfest Traffic — But See the Show — with the Fireworks Train
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Avoid the nightmare of Riverfest traffic with the Fireworks Train

This handy train takes fireworks fans from the Norwood Eagles Station down the former Pennsylvania Railroad Oasis to the Montgomery Inn Boathouse. Passengers will disembark the train at the Boathouse for several hours to enjoy the show, then re-board and head back to the station. The total trip time is six hours and food is available on the train.

Tickets — which run between $20 and $60 depending on your age and where you sit — sell out very, very quickly, but at the time this was published there were still some available.

Trains are operated by the Ohio Rail Experience, which, according to its Facebook page, offers this: "Passengers will ride in vintage railcars pulled by a historic diesel electric locomotive. ORE trains will feature open window coaches from the 1930s. Climate controlled deluxe coaches from the 1940s and 50s will also be offered at a higher fare. Passengers can enjoy the breeze from one of our two open air baggage cars. A small selection of food and drink, including alcoholic beverages, will be available in our tavern car."

The Labor Day Riverfest celebration, launched more than four decades ago to celebrate the 10th anniversary of radio station WEBN, officially signals the end of summer in Cincinnati with a series of colorful explosions in the sky. In addition to food, music, major traffic jams and one of the largest firework displays in the Midwest set to music from 102.7FM (you are 100-percent guaranteed to hear “Smoke on the Water”), festgoers can expect to see half a million other humans and a river full of boats.

The train leaves at 5 p.m. from 2863 Harris Place, Norwood. 

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