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Steam Railroading Institute

S. Washington St, Owosso, MI
+1 989-725-9464
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This place has alot of history. It's small. There's not much to the museum inside, but there's alot... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Brittany L
via mobile
A place to get Steamed Up

While the museum is not particularly large or detailed, there are displays of railroading from the... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Rick C
Owosso, Michigan
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S. Washington St, Owosso, MI
+1 989-725-9464
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place has alot of history. It's small. There's not much to the museum inside, but there's alot you can learn. The people there were very knowledgeable about steam engines & answered all of our questions.

Thank Brittany L
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

While the museum is not particularly large or detailed, there are displays of railroading from the past. The major attraction is the steam engine 1225. This large locomotive was the model for the movie Polar Express. In fact the whistle was recorded and used as...More

Thank Rick C
Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

We loved the Polar Express Experience. The 1225 was amazing to see in person. Everyone was very nice and friendly. We took lots of pictures. The Steam Railroad Institute was small but nice. It had a lot of the history of the 1225. There were...More

Thank Baxo1
Reviewed 1 January 2017

We rode behind the #1225 from Owosso to Clare for its 75th Birthday excursion. The car hosts were fantastic at making the trip enjoyable for everyone. The passenger cars are from Canada (originally VIA) and are very comfortable to sit in (avoid the Ex-MARC car)....More

Thank CaseyJones6325
Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

This polar express trip is so worth the money! It is a 4 hour long excursion. The town of Ashley aka. The north pole was great! You are in town for 2 hours and you need all of it to do everything! It is pulled...More

Thank dan22swoosh
Reviewed 20 June 2016

We went the Steam Railroading Institute to the see Original Polar Express. It was out at a Festival but a very Knowledgeable Jim give us a tour of the Steam Engine that was there and we learn a lot of about the 1225, the Original...More

1  Thank familyga996
Reviewed 15 June 2016

We were given an hours privat showing. Super interesting. What a great gang of enthusiasts! Wish I could have gone for a ride.

Thank Raesansan
Reviewed 19 January 2016

We have taken this train trip twice with different grandchildren, ages 4-8. The kids love the time and the real Polar Express experience.

Thank caroljoyj
Reviewed 1 January 2016 via mobile

The exciting thing is that it is the real Polar Express 1225! In December 2014, my son and I watched the movie the Polar Express for the first time. My three year old became obsessed with the engine and the movie. A few months later,...More

2  Thank Baxo1
Reviewed 13 December 2015 via mobile

We went to their North Pole Express experience. It was based off the story The Polar Express. We decided on the cocoa class and choose the Dancer car. It included the yummiest hot cocoa both ways. My son was chosen to help serve the hot...More

6  Thank Pamela S
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Margaret E
1 December 2015|
Response from Bergmensch_WRS | Reviewed this property |
Our tickets were $75.00 each. However we purchased the high end tickets with extras: very nice car, unlimited beverages, some extra stuff, and very comfortable seating with tables. We are returning next year.