Posts Tagged ‘Michigan tourist railroads’

Steam Saturday: It’s Now Extinct

March 12, 2022

Long-gone tourist railroad Marquette and Huron Mountain’s No. 23 is in Marquette, Michigan, on June 11, 1974.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Michigan Group Seeks to Restore Alco RS-1

June 16, 2015

The Southern Michigan Railroad Society hopes to restore a former Ann Arbor Railroad locomotive and use it in tourist line service.

The group wants to use Alco RS-1 No. 21 on a 13-mile former New York Central route between Raisin Center and Clinton in eastern Michigan.

The society acquired two Alco locomotives, Nos. 20 and 21, a caboose and a bunk car from the Michigan’s Department of Transportation. No. 21 was operational until five years ago. The locomotive needs rebuilding of the main and auxiliary generators, a new plow and new windows on the engineer’s side.

Society members also plan to sandblast the exterior and apply primer to the locomotive.

No 20, which is located in Shepperd, Michigan, is expected to be cosmetically restored.

Those seeking to donate money toward the restoration or volunteer to help are asked to send an e-mail message to