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Worth The Drive: Buckeye fans will love this locomotive diner in Bellville, OH

Worth The Drive: Buckeye fans will love this locomotive diner in Bellville, OH

Regina Fox

There’s two rules at Buckeye Express Diner:

  1. Eat up
  2. Park across the street if you’re sporting maize and blue

A quick one hour drive from Columbus on I-71 N will spit you out right into little Bellville, Ohio: population < 2,000. This little village in Richland County doesn’t offer much… except maybe one of the best, and most Buckeye-friendly diners in the whole state.

The menu consists of all-American diner classics: burgers, subs, hot dogs, fish sandwiches, fried bologna, grilled cheeses, wings, fries, deep fried pickles, mozzarella sticks, fried mushrooms, mac and cheese, plus indulgent weekly specials.

But, if you’re looking for the full Buckeye Express Diner experience, we suggest the Locomotive Buckeye Pounder. Weighing in at eight pounds, the Locomotive Buckeye Pounder is made with one pound of hamburger, four pieces of bacon, salami, pepperoni, American & Swiss Cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and the diner’s famous bacon-horseradish sauce all between two thick slices of vienna bread.


Finishing this mammoth sandwich is the food feat equivalent of winning the National Championship!

As you mow down your food, careful to dab the grease from the corners of your mouth between bites, enjoy the diner’s impressive collection of Ohio State paraphernalia hanging around the locomotive. Ah yes, the train!

Perhaps the most charming aspect of Buckeye Express Diner is the fact it is housed inside a vintage dining car attached to a steam engine and caboose. The nostalgia and novelty will make you and your family feel like you’re embarking on an adventure into yesteryears—yummy yesteryears, that is.

All aboard the Buckeye Express Diner!

Buckeye Express Diner is located at 810 State Rt. 97 W., Bellville, OH 44813. Visit for more information.


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