Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the difficult decision was made to suspend both excursions and events for the 2020 season. Around this time, the North Pole Express would be full steam ahead to the Village of Ashley for their Country Christmas event. Every year we see many new and returning faces as eager as ever to be up close and personal with the Pere Marquette 1225. Near and far, you have come to celebrate in the spirit of Christmas with us and we are honored to be able to continue that tradition with you… Socially distanced of course! The Steam Railroading Institute is excited to bring you the sights & sounds of our classic Christmas journey straight to the comfort of your own home!

As part of our 'Save Our Steamer' fundraising campaign, we are pleased to bring you a North Pole Express Experience package this holiday season! By donating $50 or more, you’ll receive the following:

  • Commemorative North Pole Express tickets mailed to you.
  • Access to our virtual North Pole Express experience.
  • Automatically added to our Notify Me list to receive immediate announcements on future events and excursions.

The North Pole Express Experience brings ALL of the sights and sounds of our magical Christmas excursion straight to your home! We bring you an exclusive video for this experience that puts you trackside as the Pere Marquette 1225 travels full steam ahead to the Village of Ashley for their annual Country Christmas event. The virtual experience also includes a view from the Engineer's seat allowing you to see the crew in action! Along with lots of steam, there is also great fun for the kids; A cookie decorating demonstration, hot chocolate recipe, and other holiday entertainment are all on the timetable! Here to tell you more is our host of the North Pole Express Experience, Conductor Parker​​​​​​!

Important Note: To ensure the arrival of your North Pole Express Experience in time for Christmas, we ask that you please submit your donations by mail no later than December 18th, and online donations by December 21st. 

It is not required to have a commemorative ticket for each member of your household to partake in this virtual experience, ticket quantities are offered per donation amount of your choosing.

With so much uncertainty in the world today, the Steam Railroading Institute continues to be faced with many challenges. The lack of excursions and events this year leaves SRI with a great financial void. We need your help to continue to move full steam ahead! Your donations to the Steam Railroading Institute are tax deductible as charitable contributions to the extent allowed by law. Please visit michigansteamtrain.com/save-our-steamer or mail your donation to Steam Railroading Institute; P.O. Box 665, Owosso, MI 48867.

The Steam Railroading Institute would like to thank you for your continued support and for helping keep steam era railroading alive for future generations!