Posts Tagged ‘Pere Marquette No. 1225’

Pere Marquette 1225 to Pull All-Day Trip in October

July 26, 2017

Pere Marquette No. 1225 will pull an all-day trip in late October.

The 2-8-4 will travel from Alma to Owosso in an excursion named the Curwood Highlander. The Steam Railroading Institute said the Oct. 28 journey would be the first time the engine has pulled an all-day excursion between those two points.

The train is expected to depart from Alma at 10 a.m. Coach tickets are $99 per person and caboose class tickets are $129 per person.

PM 1225 to Pull August Excursions

April 20, 2017

Pere Marquette 2-8-4 No. 1225 will pull nine roundtrip excursions on Aug. 19 and 20 between Owosso and Howell, Michigan.

The hour-long trips are being conducted in conjunction with Howell’s annual Melon Festival.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children. Caboose seating is available for $25 for adults and $20 for children.

The excursions will depart from the Ann Arbor Railroad station in downtown Owosso.

The Lima Locomotive Works Berkshire will be fired up on Aug. 18 for hand on the throttle sessions to allow participants up to 30 minutes to operate the locomotive.

North Pole Express Tickets on Sale

February 27, 2017

Tickets are now on sale for the North Pole Express trips hosted by the Steam Railroading Institute of Owosso, Michigan, to be run later this year.

Steam Railroading InstituteThe trips will be pulled by Pere Marquette No. 1225, the locomotive that was used as the prototype for the steam engine in the 2004 Warner Bros movie The Polar Express.

The four-hour trips begin on Nov. 17 and will operate through Dec. 17. Trains leave from the SRI facility in Owosso and travel to the Country Christmas festival in Ashley, Michigan. The trip includes a two-hour layover in Ashley.

New for this year will be cocoa class tickets ($79), which include unlimited hot chocolate, a souvenir mug and bell, and a 1225 collector’s item.

SRI is also introducing economy plus bi-level class ($49), which provides a seat in a bi-level coach.

Other ticket classes are economy ($39), caboose ($1,500) and coach ($59). To purchase tickets call 989-399-7589 or visit www.michigansteamtrain.com

 

PM 1225 75th Anniversary Trip set on Saturday

November 3, 2016

Pere Marquette 2-8-4 No. 1225 will be in action this weekend pulling a sold-out excursion from Owosso to Clare, Michigan.

Steam Railroading InstituteThe trip is in part an anniversary celebration for the 75-year-old locomotive that was built by Lima Locomotive Works in October 1941.

The train will depart Owosso at 8 a.m. and is expected to reach Clare at noon, traveling over 71 miles of former Ann Arbor Railroad trackage.

The departure from Owosso is expected to be at 4 p.m.

In Clare, actors in 1940s dress will welcome the 1225 with, a brass band, birthday cake, and tours of the town’s train station that was used by the Ann Arbor and Pere Marquette.

New River Train Marks 50th Anniversary

October 22, 2016

Chartered trains through West Virginia’s New River Gorge marked their 50th anniversary this month.

West VirginiaThe trains are sponsored by the Collis P. Huntington Railroad Historical Society and operated this year between Huntington and Hinton on the third and fourth weekends of the month.

Past years have seen such steam locomotives as the Nickel Plate Road No. 765, Milwaukee Road No. 261 and Pere Marquette No. 1225 pull the trains, but these days the motive power is Amtrak P40DC and P42DC locomotives.

The trains travel over the Kanawha and New River subdivisions of CSX.

For the 2016 trips, Amtrak assigned heritage units  822 and 156 to the 30-car trains, which included 24 private cars.

Among the private varnish in the consist this year was: Passaic River, Powhatan Arrow, St. Augustine, Wenonah, Nokomis, Lake Pepin, Alexander Hamilton, Wisconsin Valley, Super, Dome, Dover Harbor, Prairie View, Scenic View, Braddock Inn, New York Central 38, New York Central 43, Morris County, Birken Diner, New York Central 448 Diner, Kitchi Gammi Club, J. Pickney Henderson, Berlin, Moonlight Dome, Silver Lariat, and Dearing.

Volunteers Needed to Help with PM 1225

July 17, 2016
The Steam Railroading Institute in Owosso, Michigan, has issued a call for volunteers and mechanics who are needed to help get Pere Marquette No. 1225 ready for its annual inspection at the end of July.

Steam Railroading InstituteThe  2-8-4 is scheduled to pull steam excursions for the Mellon Festival in Howell, Michigan, on August 20 and 21 and mechanics are needed to work between Tuesday and Saturday.

Those interested should contact Keven Mayer, the SRI’s chief mechanical officer at 989-725-9464 extension 6 or to stop by the SRI’s offices in Owosso.

PM 1225 to be in Action This Weekend

June 17, 2016

Pere Marquette No. 1225 will be in Hamburg, Michigan, this weekend (June 17 and 18) to offer half-hour train rides.

Steam Railroading InstituteThe 2-8-4 owned by the Steam Railroading Institute of Owosso will be a star attraction at Hamburg’s Family Fun Fest

The excursions will begin at noon on Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday. Boarding will be at the Merrill Road crossing. Passengers will ride in four passengers cars and two cabooses.

PM 1225 to Pull Trip on June 4

April 18, 2016

Pere Marquette No. 1225 will pull an excursion on June 4 between Mt. Pleasant and Cadillac, Michigan.

Steam Railroading InstituteThe train will depart from the Mountain Town Station Brewery and Restaurant loading platform in Mt. Pleasant at 9 a.m. and arrive in Cadillac at noon.

The train will return to Mt. Pleasant at 4 p.m. Passengers will have four hours to spend in Cadillac during the Back to the Bricks festival. The 1225 will be on display during the layover.

The train is expected to arrive back in Mt. Pleasant at about 7 p.m.

To purchase tickets, call 989-725-9464 or visit http://www.michigansteamtrain.com/tickets

North Pole Express Tickets to go on Sale

March 5, 2016

Tickets for the North Pole Express trains sponsored by the Steam Railroading Institute of Owosso, Michigan, will go on sale on March 10.

Steam Railroading InstitutePere Marquette steam locomotive No. 1225 is expected to provide the motive power for the trips.

Tickets will be available in three classes, coach, cocoa, and caboose. An email message announcing that tickets are going on sale did not specific the ticket prices, but information on the group’s website indicated that they were $55, $75 and $1,500. It is not clear if that was last year’s prices or this year’s year fares.

Further information is available by calling 989-399-7589 or visiting

http://www.michigansteamtrain.com

Pere Marquette 1225 to Pull June Trip to Cadillac

March 4, 2015

Pere Marquette 2-8-4 No. 1225 will pull a trip on June 6 from Mt. Pleasant, Mich., to Cadillac, Mich., and return.

The excursion will take passengers to the Back to Bricks car show being held that day in Cadillac. The train will depart at 9 a.m. and have a four-hour layover.

Tickets are $49 for economy class, $99 for coach and $129 for caboose seating. All tickets carry a $5 per ticket handling charge.

It will be the first trip to Cadillac for the 1225 since 2009 when it teamed up with Nickel Plate Road No. 765 for a fall excursion.

For tickets all 989-399-7589 or  visit www.michigansteamtrain.com