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  • Wheels Event

    The “wheels” portion of the 2014 Train Expo: Locomotives Wings and Wheels” will be held at the Auto Diesel Institute of Baker College (ADI) located at 1400 M-52 in Owosso and is open from 10:00am-7:00pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

    There are some very special things to see at the ADI.

    The prestigious Gilmore Car Museum is providing some very special cars for display inside the ADI. The Gilmore is well known for its extensive collection of rare and unusual autos.  Along with these very special autos visitors can also see the early days of transportation, the “one horse power” kind. DeVries Nature Conservancy will have on display a turn of the century horse drawn carriage and the “snow tire” variety, a horse drawn sleigh carriage. These are fine examples of the kind of vehicles manufactured in Owosso by the Owosso Carriage and Sleigh Company one hundred years ago.

    Friday’s car cruise will wind through the cities of Corunna and Owosso before returning to the ADI.  Residents and visitors are encouraged to bring your lawn chairs out and enjoy the parade of beautiful cars!

    Vintage/classic cars will be arriving throughout the day, (check in begins at 8am) and be on display at the ADI until the car cruise at 7:00pm.

    Saturday and Sunday each feature a car show. The Saturday features a juried car show. Check begins at 8am. See a variety of beautiful automobiles on display. Awards will be announced at 3pm (top 30/ Best of Show). Sunday’s show is participant judged (top 30/Best of Show). Registration forms for the car shows/cruise are available for down load. Cost for car registration for the car cruise/show is $15.

    The “wheels” venue will have music, great food vendors and a fun bounce house for the kids!

    Admission is only $5

  • Photo Charter

    There are a few tickets left for the night photo charter and the air plane photo charter book yours now and do not miss this once in a life time oppertunity. Click on the photo button to book your spot.

  • Wade Shows Providing Midway

    Join us for fun, food, entertainment, and exciting carnival rides!

    Wade Shows will be providing the Train Expo with some of the most popular thrill rides for thrill seekers and kiddy rides for the little ones.


    Purchase your unlimited ride armbands through JUNE 18 for only $15.00 each! Pre-sale armbands are valid for use on any one day of the event from open until close. Armbands will be available for $20.00 at the event.

  • Ride in a Dome Car

    SRI is pleased to announce that luxury class will be riding in a dome car for the half day trips.  This will include a brunch for the morning trips and dinner dor the afternoon trips.  Seating is limited so get your tickets now.


    ~~When the Steam Railroading Institute welcomes attendees to Train Expo 2014, June 20-22 in Owosso, Michigan, one of the more intriguing elements will be a 400 square-foot LEGO display, creating a never-before-seen metropolis that includes specific buildings found in Michigan. The city/train display requires many hundreds of man hours to set up, rises upwards of 10 feet tall, must be transported in sections in dozens of large boxes and has over 500,000 pieces.

    "It will have all the characters from The LEGO Movie somewhere in the display," says Terry Bush, event coordinator for SRI. "Children will be able to search for the characters while they enjoy the layout, which looks so realistic."

    The Michigan LEGO Users Group (MichLUG, - made up of adults and young adults who get together to have fun with LEGO products - provides the display, along with the painstaking workmanship and dedication to detail that it requires. The group meets semi-regularly throughout the year and participates in a half-dozen conventions and events annually. The Train Expo 2014 will mark a re-appearance for MichLUG; they provided a tremendous LEGO display at the 2009 show, which proved especially popular for families and children of all ages.

     "Engineering is a big part of what each of us bring to the group, along with being able to picture things artistically," explains MichLUG Club Founder Chris Leach. "We have 30 people in our group, and many of us either have an engineering background or have some sort of software (design or operations) abilities. We all have our areas of expertise. It's what we do - and what we enjoy." 

    Leach says LEGO has been around since 1920s when it was in wood form, before moving to plastic in the 1940s. "For our group, it's all part of our passion for LEGO and a great match to honor the history of steam trains," he adds.

    For tickets/ information about Train Expo 2014, go to To purchase tickets call (989)399-7589 or click

  • The Locomotives are starting to arrive for the Train Expo

    The Leviathan arrives for the Train Expo.

  • Youth learn Project Management and Industrial Art Skills at SRI

    ~~What better way to learn about project management and Industrial Arts then to re-build a locomotive! That is what the Explorers Post 1225 at the Steam Railroading Institute (SRI) is about to do. The Explorers will introduce their project at a press conference Friday April 25th at 4:00pm.
    The Explorers Post at SRI affords an opportunity for youth from 14 to 21 to learn about the railroad and its many facets, as well as develop leadership skills, and life skills through the creation and development of special projects. Through their projects at SRI Explorers learn technical, marketing, retail, service, creative and management skills. These valuable skills will serve them for the rest of their lives.
    “Refurbishing the Mississippian 76 is a very exciting project, “said Kevin Mayer, Director of Operations at SRI. “When it’s finished we (SRI) will have two operating locomotives on our grounds, which will greatly increase the opportunity for steam excursions well into the future. Youth members will be able to take pride in their labors for years to come.”
    The 76 locomotive was built by Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1920. It had seen many years of use before it was retired and fell into disrepair. In 2005 the 76 was purchased by the SRI.
     Now the hard work begins to bring this majestic iron machine back to life.
    Donations will be extremely important for success of this restoration and should be made to (will go live any day), or contact Terry Bush at 989-720-3953 or

  • Half Day Train Rides Announcement

    The Pere Marquette 1225 WILL be pulling the other half of the Half Day Trips to Alma! Come experience the magic of riding behind the "Real" Polar Express, the locomotive used as the model and sound in the movie!

    PM 1225:
     Friday - June 20, 2:00 pm
     Saturday - June 21, 8:00 am
     Sunday - June 22, 2:00 pm

    For Ticket Info call (989)399-7589 or online

  • What is Train Expo 2014 ?

    Coming June 20th - 22nd 2014, the sounds of steam whistles, the clickety-clack of steel wheels on rails, the smell of coal smoke and excitement of children of all ages will take over the Steam Railroading Institute in Owosso, Michigan. This quaint American Town is located in the central region of Michigan just outside of Lansing. All the charm of Owosso will welcome tens of thousands of visitors from all over North America and other regions of the world to Train Expo 2014. The theme of the weekend will be Trains, Planes & Automobiles! The Steam Railroading Institute has an award winning collection of railroad equipment and railroad artifacts. The museum is an interpretive experience for visitors of all ages. During the weekend of June 20th - 22nd, 2014, visitors to the museum will experience an even greater museum. Steam and Diesel Locomotives from around the country will be on display for visitors to tour the cabs, take photos, watch demonstrations and much more. Huge model train layouts will be on display including a massive all-Lego model train. Railroad vendors from around the globe will have unique items for purchase that you won’t find any where else. Families will be able to take an half-day excursion or shorter one-hour train ride behind various vintage locomotives. For the thrill seeking visitor, you will even be able to pull the throttle and blow the whistle on one of these steam locomotives. Scaled down miniature trains will be hauling passengers around the grounds of the event as well. Train Expo 2014 will allow visitors of all ages to experience railroading at its best. With an expected attendance of 30,000+ for the three day festival, the Steam Railroading Institute will be buzzing with railroad excitement. Railroad equipment is currently being arranged. As soon as a final list of equipment attending the event and a schedule is finalized, it will be posted here.