Interurban car

The Interurban rail transportation offered transportation to the big cities of Cleveland or Columbus or a day at Seccaium Park.

BUCYRUS -- “Clang, clang, clang goes the trolley.” Well, at least that used to be a sound heard several times each day in downtown Bucyrus and in other parts of Crawford County — or was it a whistle? Or both?

Weʼll never know for sure, since the days of the Interurban are gone for good as is most everyone in Crawford County who ever took advantage of easy interurban rail transportation to the big cities of Cleveland or Columbus or a day at the park, Seccaium Park to be specific.

Ralph A. Pfingsten

Ralph A. Pfingsten

But a program on Tuesday is the next best thing, hearing all about the Cleveland, Southwestern & Columbus Railway from its inception in 1876 to its demise in 1931 at the Open Meeting of the Bucyrus Historical Society. The April 23 meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the handicap accessible lower level Community Room of the Bucyrus Public Library, 200 E. Mansfield St.

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"Our speaker for the evening will be Ralph A. Pfingsten, from Berea, Ohio, a retired science teacher, herpetologist, author and active volunteer at and long time member of the Northern Ohio Railway Museum in Seville, Ohio," said Dr. John K. Kurtz, President of the Bucyrus Historical Society. "Back in 2016 Mr. Pfingsten was the speaker at the Lowe-Volk Nature Center in Leesville, giving a similar presentation but we felt that after three years an encore presentation was due, with special attention to the Bucyrus aspects of the Interurban line which served our area well for so many years.

"The speaker is excellent, the subject matter fascinating, and the evening is free to one and all."

Light refreshments will be served at the conclusion of Mr. Pfingstenʼs presentation and there will be ample time for questions.