North Pole Express

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If you are looking for a leisurely train ride back in time, then check out our schedule of events and order your ticket today.

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Diesel Excursions

Throughout the year, the Steam Railroading Institute offers special excursions that use Diesel powered locomotives. This reduces the cost of the excursion making an all-day excursion more economical.
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Steam Excursions

The Steam Railroading Institute is best known for All-Day Steam powered excursion all over Michigan. Excursions are offered throughout the year. The North Pole Express is a favorite of many.

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Tickets for all of our excursions are available online or by calling (989) 399-7589. Order yours today!

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Updates to the Schedule will be posted here. Check back periodically as we expect additional events/excursions to expand the schedule.

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Steam Excursions

The Steam Railroading Institute is best known for their all-day steam excursions. Every year trips are scheduled and carry thousands of passenger around Michigan behind one of the largest operating steam locomotives in the United States. What are you waiting for? Hop aboard for a trip back in time when life was a little simpler!

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Diesel Excursions

Throughout the year diesel locomotive powered excursions are being offered. Take a look at our schedule to book the trip that is right for you.

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2013 Schedule of Events

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Current Hours of Operation

2013 Hours:


Wednesday – Sunday
10 am to 4 pm
Tours Available


Friday – Sunday
10 am to 4pm

405 S. Washington St.
Owosso, MI 48867

(989) 725-9464


Lecture Series March 28

Earth Day April 22nd

Green Event April 27 


Alma Highland Festival Excursion

May 25, 2013

Join us for a train trip from Owosso to Alma, “Scotland U.S.A.” for the Alma Highland Festival! We arrive in Alma in time for the Parade. Spend the day in Alma enjoying the sights, sounds and food of this annual event and then ride back in comfort to Owosso.

Howell Melon Festival (1 hour trips)

August 17-18, 2013

1:00pm and 3:00 pm

  Come ride with us during the Howell Melon Festival weekend.  Take a I hour train ride in our vintage coaches through the Mid-Michigan countryside, then walk through the historic Howell downtown and enjoy the festivities. Lot to see and do in Howell!


Children’s Health Fair

August 22, 2013

This is a great opportunity to check your child’s immunization record,  an eye exam, as well as connect with local agencies that offer a range of benefit for children. For the kids,  it’s all about the fun!   The 7 ½ in gauge train ride, games, bounce house, music and more make it a must do for the whole family! This is a free event, 10am-2pm

Curwood Festival Chili Cookoff June 8

Father Day Event  June 16

Bring Dad out for a special event dedicated to fathers!


Day Camp June 24


Fall Color Tours:

Mt. Pleasant to Cadillac – October 12 the blaze of fiery color displayed by the Michigan autumn on this relaxing train excursion.  While on board the train, sit back and enjoy the scenery, you’ll arrive in a quaint town setting where you can spend the afternoon leisurely browsing boutique stores and sightseeing. Board the train in the late afternoon to round off our trip with a pleasant and beautiful train ride home. Our Fall Color Tours are the best way to take in all that Michigan color-drenched landscape.

Cadillac to Boyne –October 5 $79/Round Trip

Mt. Pleasant to Cadillac October 12 $79/Round Trip

Owosso to Claire-October 19 $149/First Class Round Trip $79/Coach Round Trip


Halloween Train: October 3

Hunters Widow: November 9