Children 19 months and up require a ticket to ride our trains. Infants 18 months and under may sit on a parent's lap without purchasing a ticket.
Board the train 30 minutes prior to departure.
Consent to Photography and Video Recording
Upon entering the Steam Railroading Institute or participating in any events or excursions operated by SRI and by your presence here; you are giving consent to be photographed, filmed and recorded.
Your entry constitutes your consent to such photography, filming and recording, and to be used in all media. You hereby authorize the use of your appearance, voice and name for any purpose whatsoever in connection with SRI. You understand that all photography, filming and recording will be done in reliance on this consent given by you when entering the museum property including but not limited to grounds and train excursions.
Your support and participation are greatly appreciated!
Covid-19 Safety Procedure
The Steam Railroading Institute will follow all local, state, and federal health orders for preventing the spread of Covid-19. Approved face coverings must be worn by all SRI staff/volunteers and passengers, ages two and up, on board the train except when actively eating or drinking. Should guidance or regulations change, we will provide updates regarding additional directives. This requirement is due to our event operating on trains classified as transportation conveyances by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
All Sales are final, no refunds unless Refund Protection Insurance is purchased through our ticket agent. The Steam Railroading Institute reserves the right to change out motive power or rolling stock at any time. Departure times are subject to delays due to freight traffic. All firearms (Concealed or Open Carried) are prohibited on the property or on any locomotive, car, or equipment of the Steam Railroading Institute. Smoking on the train or in the SRI Welcome Center is also prohibited.
Dress for the weather as you will be outside. We strongly encourage that visitors and passengers wear comfortable, closed toed walking shoes. Sandals, heels, or open toed shoes are generally prohibited.
Light snacks and beverages are allowed on the train. Coolers are not permitted. There is food and beverages available at end destinations but there is no concession car on the train.
Alcohol: *ABSOLUTELY NO OUTSIDE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES MAY BE BROUGHT ONTO THE STEAM RAILROADING INSTITUTE GROUNDS AND ON THE TRAIN! IF ALCOHOL IS FOUND, IT WILL BE CONFISCATED. Select excursions will have adult beverages available for purchase in designated passenger cars.
At this time, gift cards can only be processed through the computer at the Steam Railroading Institute’s Welcome Center, so please stop in and see us! You can purchase your tickets with a Gift Card, but you will have to call us directly to do so. Please call Terry Bush at (989) 720-3954.
No group discounts are offered. However, entire coaches are available for reserved by large groups.
Please provide prior notification to the Steam Railroading Institute staff of any special physical needs that are required by a patron visiting the Institute or riding our trains. The museum grounds and excursion cars are not fully handicap accessible due to the historical preservation nature of the property and equipment.
Handicap parking is available on the north side of the Welcome Center with a ramp leading up to the door. Everywhere else throughout the Institute is on one level. Please note that the Welcome Center, outdoor displays, hobo camp, 7.5" gauge miniature railroad and backshop/turntable are spread out with some uneven surfaces. Transportation is available to easily move our guests throughout SRI.
There are NO wheelchairs for rent.
Due to our rolling stock being in original historical condition, our fleet of passenger cars is not ADA accessible, and fall under exemption from ADA regulations (Sec. 12142, Sec. 12148). We sometimes have a limited number of seats available for passengers with limited mobility. Please contact us for more information before ordering tickets.
Hold Harmless Agreement
Upon entering the Steam Railroading Institute or participating in any events or excursions operated by SRI and by your presence here, you and your fellow visitors or passengers agree to hold SRI harmless in the event of sickness (Including Covid-19), physical risk or damage. You assume all related liability for accidents, negligence, combined negligence, and omissions.
Lost and Found
Contact us to ask about lost and found: (989) 725-9464.
When visiting; free parking is available at the Steam Railroading Institute, handicap parking included.
During events and excursions at the Institute, there is only handicap parking onsite. Free parking is available in the public lot located directly north of the museum grounds just across the river. There is a privately-owned lot directly across the street from SRI that offers paid parking. We ask visitors and passengers to be considerate of designated business/residential lots around Downtown Owosso and keep them clear for their customers/residents.
For offsite excursions away from our home in Owosso, such as the Fall Color Tours, passengers will receive email communication with recommendations to designated parking nearby our departure locations.
Cash or Card (We accept all major providers, except AmEx).
Beginning on March 15, 2011, only dogs are recognized as service animals under titles II and III of the ADA. Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support (ESA Animals) do not qualify as service animals under the ADA. For more information regarding ADA Service Animals, please visit: https://www.ada.gov/service_animals_2010.htm
All Service Animals must be leashed and wearing proper Service Animal identifiers (Vest, Jacket, etc.) always. Please call ahead if you will be bringing a service animal onboard.
*Other than the animals defined above, no pets allowed under any circumstances*
All firearms (Concealed or Open Carried) are prohibited on the property or on any locomotive, car, or equipment of the Steam Railroading Institute. Smoking on the train or in the SRI Welcome Center is also prohibited.
When purchasing tickets, there is an option for refund protection insurance. Without this insurance tickets are non-refundable. This option can vary from event to event.
There are restrooms located within the Steam Railroading Institute’s Welcome Center when visiting us.
On board the train, there are restrooms in our vintage coaches and Pere Marquette Parlour cars but not in our diners. For caboose riders, there are NO traditional restrooms in the cabooses. The Ann Arbor cabooses are vintage and have an old fashioned (Out-House Style) restroom and are only used in case of an emergency.
All events and excursions take place at a working railroad facility, whether at the Steam Railroading Institute or offsite.
Please be mindful of your safety and the safety of your fellow visitors and passengers. Watch your step, be mindful of moving railroad equipment, uneven surfaces or bad footing, and pinch points for fingers, arms and limbs. Please don’t walk on railroad tracks and keep back at a safe distance of 25 feet. Always follow the instructions from SRI staff and volunteers.
Your presence and participation indicate that you as a visitor or passenger accept the limits of liability from inherent risks of all activities and operations.
Coach: Vintage coach cars hold up to 70 people. Our coaches are historic 1950's/60’s-built cars with a single direction/type center aisle with two seats to each side. Seats are grouped in fours with two seats facing opposite of two seats. Some of our cars do have a small table in between the grouping. There are steps to climb aboard the train. We do not have loading platforms; we load from the ground and people must be able to walk up about four to five steps. Our Hi-Level coach car that’s used for Coach Deluxe Class is an upper level car and is not accessible for anyone with walking disabilities or is unable to climb narrow spiral stairways. Entrance onto and departure off the trains all require climbing up and down stairs.
Diner: Vintage dining cars hold up to 40 people. Our diners are historic 1950's built cars with a single direction/type center aisle with two seats to each side, and a kitchen area at one end. Seats are grouped in fours with two seats facing opposite of two seats with a table in between the grouping. Due to no steps and doors, passengers would need to access the diners through another car on the train. We do not have loading platforms; we load from the ground and people must be able to walk up about four to five steps.
Pere Marquette Parlour: Vintage Hi-Level dome lounge cars hold up to 20 people. Our Parlours are historic 1950's built cars with a single direction/type center aisle and a mixture of swivel chairs, couches and tables with a kitchen area at one end. The Pere Marquette Parlours are upper level cars and are not accessible for anyone with walking disabilities or are unable to climb narrow spiral stairways. Entrance onto and departure off the trains all require climbing up and down stairs.
Caboose: Vintage cabooses hold up to 12 people. Our cabooses are historic 1930’s/50’s-built cars with a single direction/type center aisle with cushioned benches to each side. The upper level cupula to view the top of the train holds two seats facing each other to each side. There are steps to climb aboard the train. We do not have loading platforms; we load from the ground and people must be able to walk up about four to five steps. The cupula is only accessible by climbing a ladder type stairway on each side.
Passengers can walk between cars except for the caboose. Caboose riders may not leave the caboose until the train is at a complete stop.
There are a select number of events where shuttle service may be available. All passengers will receive communication service when it is offered for an event.
If an event or excursion says sold out online, we CANNOT sell any more tickets. If someone refunds their ticket with Refund Protection Insurance (RPI), their tickets will automatically open on-line. Always be watching. We DO NOT have a waiting list.
Running of the Pere Marquette 1225 and other historic steam locomotives are not guaranteed. All our events and excursions include the disclaimer that we reserve the right to switch out motive power in the event of a rare mechanical issue. We will do everything possible to run the 1225, but a steam locomotive built in 1941 can be unpredictable.
Strollers are allowed when visiting the Steam Railroading Institute for tours and special events taking place. For excursions, strollers must meet the following qualifications:
- Strollers must be 25lbs or less and be able to fold up.
- Double and triple strollers are not permitted.
- Strollers must be easily lifted onto the train.
- Strollers that do not meet the qualifications will be denied access to the train.
The Steam Railroading Institute’s Welcome Center and excursion cars are heated and cooled accordingly.
Buyers beware for private ticket resales on social media. We do not intervene in these transactions. Be aware of numerous potential scams. If you feel like you are experiencing a scam please call us right away by contacting us at (989) 720-3957.
All times are approximate. Because track conditions can change (Always Do!), a normal excursion can fluctuate depending on the speed we have to travel.
Waiver and Release of Liability
All patrons, invitees, guests and volunteers (“Patron”) entering onto any Steam Railroading Institute (“SRI”) property or equipment or participating in any SRI event (“SRI Activities”) is considered voluntary participation and may subject a Patron to the possibility of physical injury, loss of life and loss of or damage to a Patron’s property (collectively, “Risks”) and the Patron agrees to the following waiver of liability of any Risks or Claims at SRI Activities:
- a. The Patron agrees, to fullest extent permitted by law, to release and hold harmless Great Lakes Central Railroad, Inc., State of Michigan, Department of Transportation, its commissioners officers, directors, employees, agents, volunteers, and contractors (collectively, “Releasees”) from any claim, demand, loss, liability, damages, and attorney fees and costs whatsoever arising from, related to, or resulting from these Risks (“Claims”), except those caused totally by the negligent acts or omissions of any or all of the Releasees: and,
- b. The Patron agrees, to fullest extent permitted by law, to release and hold harmless SRI, its officers, directors, employees, agents, volunteers, and contractors (collectively, “SRI Releasees”) from any claim, demand, loss, liability, damages, and attorney fees and costs whatsoever arising from, related to, or resulting from these Risks and Claims; and,
- c. The Patron agrees without exception to rely on SRI insurance liability coverage limits if the Patron asserts any Claims against SRI related to the Risks resulting from and during SRI Activities. For clarity, the Patron waives all rights of Claims or Damages against the Releasees and SRI Releasees except insurance coverage limits of SRI for such Claims or Damages.
- d. This Agreement shall be binding on any Patron’s estate, heirs, executors, administrators, successors, and assigns, as well as any other party asserting a Claim on behalf or on behalf of a Patron’s estate.
- e. I hereby expressly agree that (1) this Agreement shall be governed and construed according to the laws of the state of Michigan without regard to its conflict of laws provisions and I expressly submit to the jurisdiction of such courts.
- f. This Agreement contains the entire understanding between and among the parties concerning these matters.
- g. I hereby expressly agree that if any portion of this Agreement is held invalid, the balance of the Agreement shall nonetheless continue in full legal force and effect as permitted by law.
Events and excursions operate regardless of the weather; visitors and passengers should plan accordingly. Unless there is a State of Emergency declared by local or state government forbidding us from operating, we will run. We will do our best to contact you in the case of an emergency. If your event or excursion is unable to run due to an emergency, your tickets will be fully refunded.