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There are still seats available for the Curwood Highlander on October 28. Enjoy the nostalgia of a steam excursion from Alma to SRI's hometown of Owosso. A trip about TWICE the length of our popular North Pole Express. Enjoy a day of walking, shopping, sampling local restaurants, touring Curwood castle and visiting the SRI museum.

All aboard the Curwood Highlander behind 1225 this October!

To have your Pere Marquette 1225 photo featured here, please use the hashtag #1225at75

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#1225at75 We have had many inquiries as to the differences between Coach & Caboose Classes and we hope this will help.
Coach Class will have assigned seats in the specific car you have chosen your tickets in. You will have car host service and access to the gift shop, and concession cars during your scenic ride from Alma to Owosso.
Caboose Class is a much more intimate setting with 10 people total. You have a private conductor & some drinks and snacks. There are bench seats, table seats, and cupola seats. The cupola is very popular because you can see over the top of the train which can be an amazing view of the Pere Marquette 1225.

All aboard the Curwood Highlander behind 1225 this October!

Owosso, Michigan. Although one of many small towns and villages of Shiawassee County, this charming town holds a variety of unique treasures. Why not discover them in style with one of Owosso’s very own, the Pere Marquette 1225! Scheduled to head an all-day steam excursion from Alma to Owosso on October 28th, this will be a first for both the world-famous steam locomotive and Steam Railroading Institute. The Curwood Highlander, named after the famous author and conservationist from Owosso, will depart Alma at 10:00 am and head south through the Shiawassee countryside. Passengers will enjoy a journey back in time while riding in one of SRI's vintage coaches or historic cabooses.

Once arriving at the Steam Railroading Institute, passengers can tour the recently renovated museum and backshop, ride the 7 ½” gauge railroad, enjoy live entertainment, and even observe the 1225 being turned on the upgraded New Buffalo Turntable as well as being maintained for the return trip in the afternoon! Downtown Owosso merchants will be rolling out the red carpet to welcome guests from the train. We invite you to take a tour and see what this unique town has to offer; from exploring the local businesses and restaurants, to visiting James Oliver Curwood’s famous castle! Information on activities and highlighted destinations will be provided on-board the train southbound to Owosso. The return trip is scheduled to arrive back in Alma at approximately 7:00 pm.
Boarding Location: 207 Prospect Avenue, Alma, MI 48801

Steam locomotive No. 1225 was built in October 1941 by the Lima Locomotive Works for the Pere Marquette Railroad. In 1957, the locomotive was retired and donated to the Michigan State University in East Lansing for display as an outdoor artifact to commemorate the steam era. In 1969, a group of university students commenced the restoration attempt on 1225 to operational service. Work continued in 1983 when the locomotive was moved to its new home in Owosso where the restoration was completed in 1988. Today, the 1225 is owned, maintained and operated by the Steam Railroading Institute.

Tickets for the Curwood Highlander excursion are $99 for coach class and $129 for caboose class. All tickets can be purchased in advance at www.michigansteamtrain.com or by calling (989) 399-7589.
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#Project76 Special thanks to the Argus-Press for their coverage on the campaign and restoration of the 76. Plus, being featured on the front page of the Argus Weekly! Visit www.michigansteamtrain.com/donations for more information on Project 76 and how to contribute.
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Always cherish those magical moments and precious memories, together. Happy Fathers Day from all of us at the Steam Railroading Institute.
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The Steam Railroading Institute will be CLOSED tomorrow, June 17th, for a company picnic.
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#Project76 How about some "Railroad" attention from Trains Magazine, most appreciated with helping to get the word out for Project 76! 

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#Project76 The word is spreading about our recent announcment on Project 76, including this article by Uplift Shiawassee! Don't forget to visit www.michigansteamtrain.com/donations for more information on Project 76 and how to contribute to both the campaign and restoration of steam locomotive No. 76.

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The land I love.
The home of the free and the brave.

We hope everyone had a Happy Flag Day and remember to keep them flying! 🚂🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
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Are you still looking for a Father's Day gift? One of the best gifts you can give is a trip back in time, where he can make some great memories and experience how train travel was during the Steam Era!

Get your Father a ticket for one of our trips and make it even better when you get a ticket to go with him!

Call (989)399-7589
or visit our website:
www.michigansteamtrain.com

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The Steam Railroading Institute is excited to officially announce the launch of Project 76, a campaign for the complete restoration and operation of 2-8-0 steam locomotive No. 76. Crafted throughout the early months of 2017 with behind the scenes work and strategic planning, Project 76 is spearheaded by a team of SRI's youngest volunteers who’s helping to pave the way for the next generation in railway preservation.

“As young volunteers working on restoring a steam locomotive, we are at a crucial point,” said Logan Schupp, Project Manager of Project 76. “Most of the first generation of steam preservationists are passing on and with them their knowledge.”

"Being a part of such a great group like this is that we can share new, innovative ideas with the world of railway preservation,” said Nate Hatton, committee member.

On June 11th, the Steam Railroading Institute hosted an open house as part of the first annual Open Streets in Owosso. The highlighted feature of this event was an exclusive announcement of Project 76 for those who attended with both the locomotive and restored cab on full display. The young team of Project 76 was also in attendance; handing out brochures, answering questions, and enthusiastically raising an overall excitement for the next steps planned.

Built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in December of 1920, the 76 was originally numbered 40 for the Jonesboro, Lake City & Eastern Railroad before being leased to the St. Louis and San Francisco Railway-AKA, the FRISCO-carrying the number it has today. In 1947, the locomotive was sold to the Mississippian Railway and remained on the roster until the late 1960’s when the continuous cycle of ownerships plagued the 76 for nearly 40 years. In the spring of 2005, the locomotive was purchased by the Steam Railroading Institute and moved to its new home in Owosso. Stablemate to the famous Pere Marquette 1225-a large 2-8-4 steam locomotive-the smaller size of the 76 can not only open a larger market in passenger excursions for SRI, but also a whole new generation of preservationists in steam railroading.

“I'd like to see 76 getting people excited about steam railroading and the way things used to be done!” Hatton stated.

“As a young group of talented individuals working on restoring 76, it is important that we not only absorb as many skills and as much information as possible,” Logan explained. “But that we pass on what we learn so that steam preservation can survive long after we're gone.”

Current price range for the restoration is at an estimate of $500,000 followed by a five-plus-year completion. However, Project 76 is always open to both generous and continuous support from the public and railfans alike. Visit https://www.michigansteamtrain.com/donations for more information on steam locomotive No. 76 and how to assist in both the campaign and restoration for Project 76.
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