Due to the recent spike in Michigan Covid-19 cases, particularly in Shiawassee County, the Steam Railroading Institute's Welcome Center will be closed to the public. At this time, we are closed through Saturday April 24th and we hope to reopen to the public on Friday April 30th.
We will keep you updated as we continue to work through this pandemic.
Thank you and stay safe.
If you're looking for a location to host your next event with a unique flavor, then look no further than at the Steam Railroading Institute! Whether it's chartering a single caboose or renting out the entire museum grounds, SRI is now available as a multiuse event venue with a railroading ambiance straight out of the past!
What We Offer
Working with your caterer or special events planner, the Steam Railroading Institute provides an unforgettable experience for your guests with the type of events offered for both charters and facility rentals.
Conventions and Group Meetups
Photo and Film Shoots
Venues We Provide
The Institute is home to variety of unique venue locations to serve for your own event needs!
The Welcome Center
Housed in our renovated freight warehouse, the SRI Welcome Center contains a large waiting area; surrounded by railroad artifacts and memorabilia, plus a modern projector and screen. From educational presentations to corporate gatherings, the Welcome Center is just the ticket for any indoor event; big or small!
The Hobo Camp
When the hobos aren’t out to play, their fancy Hobo Camp is available for an outdoor small to medium size event; including birthday parties and family celebrations. This venue of the Institute holds a medium-sized open space with a picnic area and the Hobo Camp building, ready for both entertainment and necessary storage needs plus a fridge and freezer.
The 7 ½ Gauge Miniature Railroad
While our miniature railroad is available for all guest to ride on, the ¼ mile of track surrounds a vast open space perfect for all outdoor events; big or small! Whether it’s for a group meetup or a convention filled with a fleet of vintage Model A’s, the large space one requires fits the bill with a little railroad added in for a unique backdrop.
The Yard and Backshop
Both indoors or out, most of our historic and vintage railroading equipment is ready to serve as backdrops for your own unique event needs. Whether it’s recreating the past through a photo shoot with Pere Marquette 1225 on the turntable or providing an educational experience on the maintenance of a railcar in our backshop, the multiple possibilities are ready to roll!
Our three cabooses may not be big, but they’re great fun for the families, especially kids! Rent out one of these historic equipment’s for use as a smaller, stationary event at the Steam Railroading Institute. With a capacity of 12 guests total inside each caboose, they’re the ideal choice for both birthday parties and family celebrations while equipped with all the necessities needed.
Covid-19 Safety Procedures
The Steam Railroading Institute is following all CDC and State of Michigan guidelines regarding Covid-19. To ensure the health and safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors alike, some of our offered events and venues for charters and facility rentals may either contain restrictions or are not available at this time.
Reserve Your Event
To charter and host your next event at the Steam Railroading Institute, please fill out the form below and we will be in touch with pricing and additional information.