About Our Miniature Railroad

One of the most popular attractions at the Steam Railroading Institute is the 7 ½ Gauge Miniature Railroad. Beginning operations in 2009, our little trains are 1/8 scale and operates at 7 ½ gauge-or 7 ¼ inches-between the rails. Guest of all ages enjoy this ride of nearly ¼ of a mile of track that parallels the Shiawassee River Trail on the SRI grounds. 


Free Admission | Donations Welcome

Operating Days

Spring | April - May: Friday and Saturday, 10am-4pm 

Summer | Memorial Day - Labor Day: Thursday through Saturday, 10am-4pm

Fall | September: Friday and Saturday, 10am-4pm

*Operates during scheduled events at the Steam Railroading Institute (Does not operate during North Pole Express)

Visiting Equipment

The Steam Railroading Institute is open to private owners bringing their own 7 ½ gauge equipment to operate on the railroad. Please email info@michigansteamtrain.com or by calling (989) 720-3954 for more information.