The Gregarious Railfan
Vermilion, OH   44089  (population, 10,490)        

GPS: N 41.42081, W 82.36455 - Victory Park   Google map   

Scanner: NS 160.800 [46], 161.070 [64]  

Railroad:  Norfolk Southern Dearborn Division, Chicago Line; NS Lake Division, Bellevue District  

Description:  Vermilion, OH is located in North Central Ohio on Lake Erie approximately 35 miles west of Cleveland.  
The NS Chicago Line here sees up to 90 trains in a 24 hour period. (per FRA statistics) There is a small viewing
platform next to the double track main at Victory Park; and across the tracks is a restored NYC depot which is now
visitor center. Just south a few blocks is the NS Bellevue branch with perhaps another 20 trains per day

Approximate # trains per 24 hours: 90+ on the Chicago Line

boat launch area. N 41.41995, W82.35760  Park in the upper lot.  Good views of the NS crossing the Vermilion
river bridge can be had  from the Vermilion River.  P. Kovac informs me that this is a better spot for viewing trains
than Victory Park.

Other interesting or fun stuff:  Vermilion has an extensive charter fishing fleet for great fishing on Lake Erie.  Also
the Main Street Beach on Lake Erie at the north end of Main St. is a great place to unwind in warm weather.

Local Fast Food:   Burger King and McDonalds at South Shore Shopping Center N 41.42450, W 82.35172 on US-6

Local Breakfast: Susie’s Café (Formerly Janice’s) also at South Shore Shopping Center, 4789 Liberty Ave serves

Local Pub and grub:  Rudy's Bar and Grill, 5665 Liberty Ave N 41.42201, W 82.36681

Ice Cream:  Granny Joe's Ice Creamatorium, 5598 Liberty Ave (US-6) N 41.42207, W 82.36591

Lodging: Less expensive and more options in Elyria, OH N 41.40051, W 82.11662; 13 miles east.

Visitor Info:   Discover Vermillion       
Annotated Google map of Vermilion, OH
With many thank yous to P. Korvac for e-mailing these great pictures of Victory Park to me.  He states in his e-mail " It is a nice place but one
draw back will be that the parking lot is part of a Catholic school from what I could see. So during school parking will be a problem.  There is parking
on the street also look like on the other side of the tracks...   ...Victory Park is a nice place but not that great for viewing trains.
Vermillion OH Visitor Center,  Google Image