Situated on the site of the former Ann Arbor Railroad’s steam shops and roundhouse in Owosso, the Steam Railroading Institute’s mission is to educate the public about steam era railroading in Michigan and the Great Lakes region. From individuals to large groups of school children, SRI is open to the public on select days from April to September for visits and tours.

Once you enter the Steam Railroading Institute, check in at the Welcome Center. Be sure to pursue the gift shop full of SRI and Pere Marquette 1225 souvenirs, as well as a host of other fun railroad-related toys and specialty gifts. The Welcome Center also houses our exhibits, a model railroad layout, and SRI’s collection of artifacts and archival materials in our library.

Volunteer Tour Guides will escort visitors through the entire Insititute to get a unique, behind the scenes look at the equipment and collection that's rarely accessible during our scheduled events and excursions. The highlight of the tour is a visit to our Backshop where the Pere Marquette 1225 is housed when not operating. There visitors will get a firsthand look at what it takes to restore, maintain and operate railroading equipment from the golden age of steam.

7 1/2 Gauge Miniature Railroad

Train rides on the Steam Railroading Institute's 7 ½ Gauge Miniature Railroad are available on select days.

Events & Excursions

A variety of events and excursions are offered throughout the year at the Steam Railroading Institute as well as offsite.


Free Admission | Donations Welcome


Spring | April - May: Friday and Saturday, 10 AM - 4 PM  

Summer | Memorial Day - Labor Day: Friday and Saturday, 10 AM - 4 PM

Fall | September: Friday and Saturday, 10 AM - 4 PM

October – March: Closed to the public, except by appointment or event.