Posts Tagged ‘Steam Railroading Institute’

SRI Offering Throttle Time with an 0-4-0

March 7, 2016

The Steam Railroad Institute of Owosso, Michigan, is offering a “hands on the throttle” experience on June 4 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Steam Railroading InstituteFor a $150 fee participants will operate Flagg Coal Company 0-4-0 No. 75.

The event will occur on the grounds of the SRI in Owosso and each “engineer” will have 30 minutes of throttle time.

Participants must be age 12 or older. Children ages 12 to 15 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Engineers must arrive at least 30 minutes ahead of their session time to check in and participate in a short job briefing.

For further information call 989-399-7589 or visit

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

October Fall Foliage Excursions Set in Michigan

September 23, 2015

The Steam Railroading Institute of Owosso, Michigan, will offer three fall foliage trips next month.

The trips include Cadillac to Boyne Falls on Oct. 3, Petoskey to Fife Lake on Oct. 10 and an hour-long trip near Cadillac on Oct. 17. The latter is being run in conjunction with an excursion from Mt. Pleasant to Cadillac that day that is already sold out. There will also be an hour-long countryside trip out of Fife Lake.

All trains will offer snacks, beverages and a limited selection of adult beverages for purchase.

The Boyne Falls trip coincides with that city’s annual Harvest Festival. A shuttle will also be available for those wishing to attend Boyne Mountain’s Skitoberfest.

Tickets for the all-day trips are $79 for coach seating and $39 for economy seating plus a processing fee. Tickets for the Cadillac and Fife Lake countryside trip are $20 plus a processing fee.

To purchase tickets online: or call 989-399-7589.

Pere Marquette 1225 to Pull March Trip

January 27, 2015

Railyard Productions will sponsor a March 14 excursion behind Pere Marquette 2-8-4 No. 1225.

The steam excursion will operate between Owosso and Clare, Mich., and take passengers to the Clare Irish Festival.

Tickets are $124 per person. Limited seating in a caboose is $149 per person. At least one photo run-by will be held.

The train is scheduled to depart from the Steam Railroading Institute facility in Owosso at 9 a.m. The expected arrival time in Clare is 11:30 a.m.

After a three-hour layover, the train will return to Owosso with an expected departure time of 2:30 p.m. and a 6 p.m. arrival.

For more information, go to

PM 1225 to Pull North Pole Express Trains

October 11, 2014

Steam motive power will pull the North Pole Express trains in November and December, the Steam Railroading Institute of Owosso, Mich., has announced.

Pere Marquette 2-8-4 No. 1225 will pull the excursions between Owosso and the “North Pole.”

North Pole Express trips will operate Nov. 22-23 and 28-30, and Dec. 5-7 and 12-13. Ticket prices range from $35 to $55. For more information go to

The 1225 was built in October 1941 by the Lima Locomotive Works.

Michigan Fall Foliage Trips Set

September 24, 2014

The Steam Railroading Institute in Michigan has announced its lineup of fall foliage excursions. Trains will operate on Oct. 4 from Cadillac to Boyne Falls, on Oct. 11 from Petoskey to Fife Lake and on Oct. 18 from Mt. Pleasant to Cadillac.

All trips will depart at 10 a.m. and feature a one-hour side trip for an additional $20 that will run during the layover at the destination city.

The trip from Cadillac to Boyne Falls will take approximately two hours. Tickets are $79 per person plus a $5 processing fee.

During the four-hour layover a shuttle will operate between the boarding site and the Harvest Festival in downtown Boyne City. Another shuttle will take passengers to Boyne Mountain’s Skitoberfest. There is a $2 charge to ride the shuttle to the Harvest Festival.

The one-hour side trip from Boyne Falls will depart at 2 p.m.

For further information or to purchase tickets online, go to or call 989-399-7589.

Excursions Set for Michigan Melon Festival

August 2, 2014

Equipment originally purchased for a commuter rail operation in Michigan that has yet to launch will be pressed into excursion service Aug. 16-17.

The Steam Railroading Institute, in partnership with the Great Lakes Central Railroad, will offer hour-long rides during the Howell Melon Festival.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children. For more information, or to reserve seats, go to

The former Chicago, Burlington & Quincy bi-level coaches are owned by the Great Lakes Central and were acquired to be used in the proposed “Wally” commuter train service between Howell and Ann Arbor.

Now known as Mi-Train, a car will be displayed starting on Aug. 15 at 4 p.m. in front of the depot and museum in Howell.

Owosso Train Festival Begins Today

June 20, 2014

The 2014 Train Expo opens today in Owosso, Mich. Sponsored by The Steam Railroading Institute , the three-day event has been dubbed “Locomotives, Wings and Wheels” and will feature a variety of transportation venues throughout the weekend.

Steam locomotives Nickel Plate Road No. 765 and Pere Marquette No. 1225 will operate passenger excursions.

Both locomotives will pull half-day train excursions will operate from Owosso to Alma and return. The four-hour round trip excursions will depart Owosso each morning at 8 a.m. and again at 2 p.m.

Additionally, visiting steam locomotives from the Little River Railroad will be operating one-hour train rides from Owosso several times each day.
All slots to operate Flagg Coal Company No. 75 and Lehigh Valley Coal Co. 126 have been sold out.

Lerro Productions will conduct a series of night photo sessions on the evenings of Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. These sessions will provide photographers a chance to photograph the visiting equipment and Pere Marquette No. 1225.

Additional attractions include an antique car display and an air show featuring vintage World War II aircraft. For more information, go to

Michigan Steam Group Wins Preservation Award

May 8, 2014

The Steam Railroading Institute of Owosso, Mich., has received the 2014 Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation.

The award was given on Wednesday at a ceremony in the Michigan Statehouse in Lansing and was given for the Institute’s work in restoring Pere Marquette steam locomotive No. 1225.

“The Steam Railroading Institute will be accepting this award on behalf of its incredible volunteers who work tirelessly to see that SRI is a viable organization for its patrons and who brought PM 1225 back to life,” said David Shorter, executive director of SRI.”We are so proud of our volunteers and truly appreciate what they do for SRI.”

The State Historic Preservation Office initiated the award program in 2003 to recognize historic preservation achievements that reflect a commitment to the preservation of Michigan’s character and the many archaeological sites and historic and structures that document the state’s past.

NKP 765 to Appear at Owosso Train Festival

February 22, 2014

Nickel Plate Road No. 765 will be one of the headliners at Train Expo 2014 in Owosso, Mich., in June.

The four day festival (June 20-24) also will feature Gramling Locomotive Works’ 0-4-0Ts, Flagg Coal No. 26, and Lehigh Valley Coal No. 126.

Of course the Pere Marquette 1225 will be hand as well given that the festival is being sponsored by the owner of the 2-8-8 Berkshire, the Steam Railroading Institute, which operates.

Festival organizers also noted that vintage vintage aircraft, and automobiles will be on display.

day excursion each day to Alma. It will head the 8 a.m. departure on Friday and Sunday and the 2 p.m. departure on Saturday. The 1225 also will similar half-day excursions from the expo.

According to SRI Director of Operations Kevin Mayer, each trip will last about four hours and will include photo runbys.

Little River Railroad 0-4-0T No. 1 and 4-6-2 No. 110 will pull one-hour trains rides.
During the festival, visitors will have the opportunity to operate the tank engines.

The Vintage aircraft expected to be on display include World II era include B-17 and B-25 bombers, a C-47/DC-3 transport, and a P-51 Mustang fighter.

NKP 765 was a star attraction at the 2009 railroad festival held in Owosso. The Berkshires are slated to part of night photo sessions coordinated by Lerro Productions.

For more information on Train Expo and to order tickets, go to For more information on the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society and No. 765, go to


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