Flushing Area Museum
This museum is housed inside the restored Cincinnati, Saginaw & Mackinaw (GTW) depot. They offer a collection of displays as well as an operating Lionel layout. Their mission statement state their intentions are, "to collect, acquire, preserve and interpret the history and cultural development of the area in and around Flushing, Michigan."
Green Village At The Henry Ford
One of Michigan's most well-known museum this complex features an impressive collection of artifacts related to the history of transportation in this country and host various events throughout the year. They feature several pieces of rolling stock and steam locomotives, a few of which are restored and even offer train rides. To learn more please visit their website.
Houghton County Historical Museum
This museum is open from June through October and features several various exhibits inside related to the area's local history, including railroads. They also operate short train rides behind narrow-gauge 0-4-0T #3, a small, historic steam locomotive built by H.K. Porter in 1915.
The Huckleberry Railroad is part of the Crossroads Village
& Huckleberry Railroad Park, a popular tourist attraction in Flint
that offers much more than just train rides (such as camping, boating,
paddleboat rides, fishing, beaches, and more). While the railroad’s star
attractions are two steam locomotives, #2 and #464 the Huckleberry
actually owns seven locomotives in total.
Junction Valley Railroad
Located in the town of Bridgeport, this organization offers quarter-scale train rides from late May through early September each year. They also host a special trip for Halloween. Finally, be sure to check out their hobby shop!
Little River Railroad
The Little River Railroad is based in Coldwater, Michigan
offering rides as far west as Quincy, about 6 miles away. The railroad
normally uses its 4-6-2 Pacific steam locomotive
to pull trains although they also have a small 0-4-0 tank engine on
hand for special events as well, which occur at various times throughout
Saginaw Railway Museum
This museum is based in its hometown of Saginaw and located within the Pere Marquette Railway's restored depot moved from Hemlock. Along with historic artifacts they feature a small collection of rolling stock and they are working to restore the Michigan Central/PM Mershon Tower. They are open on select days between May and November.
S.S. City of Milwaukee
This unique museum is actually a restored, coal-fired railroad carferry which has been converted for use as a museum. They also offer several special events throughout the year on-board the boat.
Southern Michigan Railroad
The Southern Michigan Railroad, based in Clinton, has been in operation since 1982 operating about 13.5 miles of a former New York Central line acquired from Conrail. They operate from the spring until December each year, hosting several special trips during that time.
Steam Railroading Institute
The Steam Railroading Institute, based in Owosso, Michigan is the home of Pere Marquette 2-8-4 #1225, star of the hit movie The Polar Express.
Throughout the year SRI operates diesel-powered excursions and on rare
occasions does so using one of its operable steamers, such as #1225.
During the Christmas season they operate their North Pole Express using none other than #1225. If you want to ride on the true Polar Express train, this is it!
Tahquamenon Falls Wilderness Excursion
The Tahquamenon Falls Wilderness Excursion located in Soo Junction,
Michigan operates a short-stretch of narrow-gauge trackage in the
state's beautiful upper peninsula.
Thomas Edison Depot Museum
Located inside the Port Huron's restored Grand Trunk Western depot is part of the larger Port Huron Museum complex. Their mission statement notes, "The Port Huron Museum celebrates the history and culture of the Blue
Water Area and fosters an appreciation of other peoples and places.
Through exhibitions, education, and public programs, the Museum inspires
knowledge of the past, participation in the present, and an imagination
for the future." The depot museum features a number of displays as well as a restored baggage car outside.
Tri-Cities Historical Museum
This museum, located inside the GTW's restored depot at Grand Haven, features a wide range of exhibits telling the history of the local area. They also showcase Pere Marquette 2-8-4 #1223 along with several other pieces of rolling stock. The museum is open on select days throughout the year.
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