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. 

  • Private Tours

  • Field Trips

  • Educational Programs

  • Birthday Parties

  • Family Celebrations

  • Conventions and Group Meetups

  • Corporate Events

  • 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 7.5" 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!

The Caboose

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.

Reserve Your Event

To 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 on chartering and facility rentals.


Private events at the Steam Railroading Institute are not offered for chartering in November and December due to the busy North Pole Express operating season. This form is for the use of renting the museum facilities as an event venue only and not for requesting tickets. Click here for more information on ticket availability for SRI's scheduled events and excursions.

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