Hobo Camp & Free Family Open House

Summer of Steam.pngBe our guest for a Summer of Steam and join us with Lehigh Valley Coal Company 126 as we take the Fun in the Sun out on the road in 2019! Enjoy our one-hour excursions behind the beauty and strength of the steam-powered locomotive, Lehigh Valley Coal Co. 126, as its scheduled to make a return to the Steam Railroading Institute in Owosso, Michigan. Passengers will depart from the SRI grounds for a leisurely train ride through the Shiawassee valley in one of our vintage coaches or historic cabooses. 

Your next stop will be to our very happy Hobo Camp as a special visitor! Join Guitar Slim and his Hobo Gang as you experience the charm, songs and storytelling of a time gone by. Those railroad ramblers will provide you your own hobo “Bindle” with a light snack to enjoy as you visit with those characters that roam the open rails. Sharing is the Hobo Way! 

In addition, we’ll be having our free, family Open House! Activities include free admission to the Steam Railroading Institute, unlimited rides on our 7 ½ gauge railroad, behind the scenes tours of our equipment and backshop, bounce houses, petting zoo, free water and popsicles, and so much more.

Event Location: 405 South Washington Street, Owosso, MI 48867

Event Days and Times 

  • Saturday, June 22nd: 10am to 4pm
  • Saturday, July 20th: 10am to 4pm

LVCC 126 Steam Excursion’s Departure Times: 11am, 1pm, 3pm 

Admission - FREE

Caboose - $15 per passenger*

Caboose Class Includes: • Riding in a historic caboose • Private Conductor • Cupola view • Room for up to 10 passengers • Visit to our Hobo Camp • Personal hobo “Bindle” with a light snack to enjoy

Coach - $10 per passenger*

Coach Class Includes: • Riding in a vintage 1940's/50's coach • Carhost service • Visit to our Hobo Camp • Personal hobo “Bindle” with a light snack to enjoy

*Plus, $3 advance processing fee.

Steam locomotive 126 is a 0-6-0 tank engine that was built in 1931 by the Vulcan Iron Works for the Lehigh Valley Coal Company. Restored in 2011 to operating condition by its owners at the Gramling Locomotive Works in Indiana, the 126 has gained an impressive notoriety in offering train rides and excursions throughout the country as well as starring in the Amazon series Have Steam Engine Will Travel. We are excited to have her join us again this year for our Summer of Steam.

Based on availability, a third option for purchasing tickets will be provided at our Welcome Center during the event.