Safety is a top priority for the Steam Railroading Institute. In observance to Operation Lifesaver’s Rail Safety Week, September 20th-26th, we’re excited to host our first annual Steaming for Safety right here at the Institute on September 25th! Be our guest during this family-friendly open house as we educate and raise awareness on the importance of safety around railroad tracks and equipment.
Programs & Activities
We are all committed to public safety through various channels. Fun and educational programs and activities regarding railroad safety will be provided inside the Welcome Center. In addition, a variety of free items will be available for the public from Michigan Operation Lifesaver and Norfolk Southern. We enjoy these events and opportunities to interact with you!
Pere Marquette 1225
When steam locomotives come through your community, it is especially important to remember and emphasize safety. Pere Marquette 1225 will be in participation as an educational tool through hands-on presentations. Demonstrating the importance of using good judgment around these historic and fascinating equipment. 1225 will not be under steam for this event.
Get up close to a variety of displayed safety vehicles whose top priority is keeping both the public and the railroads across Michigan safe.
"Yard Goat" Caboose Rides
Take a short ride on our historic cabooses for an educational experience aboard our “Yard Goat” Demonstration Train! Learn what it took to keep the busy train yards operating like clockwork when the little switcher engines, known as “yard goats,” worked tirelessly around the clock. $5 Per Passenger Per Trip. 18 months and under may sit on a parent's lap without purchasing a ticket.
After a yearlong hibernation, Guitar Slim and Los Hobos are back! Throughout the event, the Hobo Camp will be bustling with life as you experience the charm, songs and storytelling of a time gone by.
Miniature Train Rides
Unlimited train rides on our 7.5” Gauge Miniature Railroad will be provided throughout the event. Get on board this popular attraction at the museum!
So Much More!
There will be other activities provided at the Institute! Most notably our historic railroad equipment on display for exclusive access!