Keynotes - Adam Matthews

Beginning in 2016 I was asked to give a Keynote Presentation on the History of Lorain County's Railroads at the Amherst, OH Historical Society. A presentation was created and the next thing I knew I was speaking in front of an audience of 100 people in a hall with standing room only! Since that time I have created multiple presentations covering a variety of topics. 

Places I've Presented - 

Amherst Historical Society

Elyria Public Library System - Railroads 101 Series

North Olmstead Branch - Cuyahoga County Public Library

North Ridgeville Historical Society

Penfield Historical Society

Elyria Kiwanis Club

Elyria Moose Lodge

First Congregational Church - Lorain, OH

Renaissance Retirement Campus


Keynote Presentation Topics

All presentations typically run an hour followed by at least a 30 minute Q&A session. Presentations include photos and videos.

If you are interested in hosting a presentation please use the Contact link to schedule a time.



Keynote Topics

Lorain County's Railroads 

Covers all major railroad companies in Lorain County followed by a section on local railroad museums and currently operating steam locomotives such as Nickel Plate Road 765, Pere Marquette 1225 and Norfolk & Western 611. Includes information on the Great Amherst Train Wreck and the Kipton Train Wreck.


Fantastic Trains & Where to Find Them

Experience the sights and sounds of live steam locomotives from across the USA. The best part is that after this you will know where to see them yourself!


The Nickel Plate Road Story

The New York, Chicago & St. Louis Railroad otherwise known as the Nickel Plate Road was one of the premier railroads in the Midwest and a major player in the industrial development of Northeast Ohio. You will learn all about the route of High Speed Service and its role today as part of Norfolk Southern.


The Evolution of the Steam Locomotive

How do steam locomotives actually work? Literally, learn all the bells and whistles along with Ohio’s role in locomotive development.


The History of Thomas the Tank Engine

The #1 Really Useful Engine has a surprisingly long backstory rooted in railway lore and history. From a children’s book in 1945 to the pop-culture icon of today you will learn all there is to know about Thomas the Tank Engine.


Whistles of Cass 

Experience the sights and sounds of the Cass Scenic Railroad. You will learn how a backwoods logging railroad transformed into top-rated tourist railroad home to a fleet of Shay-type steam locomotives.