Join us and the Pere Marquette 1225 on October 5th as we celebrate two major milestones in our incredible story that continues to this day! The Steam Railroading Institute will be commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Michigan State University Railroad Club and their initial restoration of the 1225 with an all-day excursion behind the world-famous steam locomotive. As a special bonus, this trip will also operate on the 44th anniversary of 1225’s first fire up at its display site on the MSU Campus; October 5th, 1975! It was the culmination of six years of restoration work by the MSU Railroad Club as the locomotive had not known steam for twenty-two years at that time.
Board the Cadillac Limited at the Mountain Town Brewing Station in Mount Pleasant for a 10:00am departure on this round-trip steam excursion to Cadillac. Experience the autumn foliage and color drenched beauty of Northern Michigan in style; from our vintage coaches to historic cabooses. Enjoy a relaxing ride while visiting with friends, playing cards, snapping some pictures, or just settling in with a refreshing beverage and snack from our concessions car.
Once arriving in Cadillac, passengers will have the chance to explore this beautiful town and take in the different activities during the layover. Information on activities and highlighted destinations will be provided on board the train inbound. The Cadillac Limited will depart at approximately 4:00pm for the return trip back to Mount Pleasant.
Boarding Location: 506 West Broadway Street, Mount Pleasant, MI 48858
Caboose - $129 per passenger*
Caboose Class Includes: • Riding in a historic caboose • Private Conductor • Personal food and beverage service • Cupola view • Room for up to 12 passengers
Coach - $99 per passenger*
Coach Class Includes: • Riding in a vintage 1940's/50's coach • Carhost service • Assigned seating • Access to concessions car and table car
*Plus, $5 advance processing fee.
Steam locomotive 1225 was built in October 1941 by the Lima Locomotive Works for the Pere Marquette Railroad. In 1957, the locomotive was retired and donated to the Michigan State University in East Lansing for display as an outdoor artifact to commemorate the steam era. In 1969, a group of university students commenced the restoration attempt on 1225 to operational service. Work continued in 1983 when the locomotive was moved to its new home in Owosso where the restoration was completed in 1988. Today the Pere Marquette 1225 is owned, maintained and operated by the Steam Railroading Institute, and is renowned for its role in the 2004 Warner Bros. Christmas Classic, THE POLAR EXPRESS™. 1225's blueprints were used as the prototype for the locomotive image as well as its sounds to bring the train in the animated film to life!