Photo courtesy of the Steam Railroading Institute.
The Steam Railroading Institute (SRI) of Owosso is offering a unique way to see the fall colors of the Lower Peninsula: an all-day train tour. The SRI will be hosting a series of trips: October 3, round-trip from Cadillac to Boyne Fall; October 10, round-trip from Petoskey to Fife Lake; and October 17, round-trip from Mount Pleasant to Cadillac. The series’ migration south over the month of October ensures great colors on each tour.
Tickets cost $39 for Economy Class, $79 for Coach Class or $109 for Caboose Class (round-trip) per person and trains leave from their starting points at 10 am. The train then heads out into the fall Michigan scenery for three hours. At each train’s destination, visitors can alight to enjoy lunch, shopping, and general sightseeing. At about 4:00, everyone gets back on board and the train returns to its original destination.
The train is pulled by a Great Lakes Central diesel engine and cocktails are available on board for purchase. Visitors are also welcome to bring their own picnics to enjoy on board or at their destination. According to SRI’s event coordinator, Terry Bush, this fall color tour is especially popular among couples and groups of friends, including senior citizens. (The long day makes it less ideal for young children.)
There is no assigned seating on board, but some trains do sell out, so Bush encourages people to purchase tickets in advance. Tickets may be purchased by visiting the SRI website or by calling (989)-399-7589.
Editor's Note: Material in this article originally appeared on ELi on September 23, 2014..