10 Scenic Train Rides in Michigan That Are Totally Amazing!

May 18th, 2016

In Michigan, there are plenty of ways or means to enjoy the beauty of nature. Some people does it by mountain bike trekking at amazing trails, some go camping and some others go swimming at amazing beaches or lakes.

One of the most often overlook ways is by riding a train. In Michigan, you will have the opportunity to enjoy some scenic train rides that offers nothing but amazing experience.There are vintage locomotives that date back to the early 20th century where you can enjoy great dining experience and entertainment while enjoying the beauty of the state.

Below are some of the most amazing scenic train rides in Michigan that are truly worth the money and time.

MICHIGAN Scenic Train Ride

Blissfield – Adrian & Blissfield Railroad

The Old Road Dinner Train offers a Murder Mystery Dinner Train running about 3 hours and includes a 5 course dinner while being entertained by a cast of actors performing a comical interactive murder mystery. Saturday afternoon family train rides run 1 1/2 hours in duration. Coaches are vintage passenger cars dating from 1937 & 1949. They are fully heated and air conditioned.

Bridgeport – Junction Valley Railroad

Junction Valley Railroad is home to the largest quarter size railroad in the world. A fully stocked railroad hobby shop that is open year round.

Clinton – Southern Michigan Railroad

The Southern Michigan Railroad operates scenic train rides aboard antique equipment during spring and summer months over the remaining tracks of the early Palmyra and Jacksonburgh Railroad.

Coldwater – Little River Railroad

The Little River Railroad is home to one of the smallest Pacific-type locomotives ever built for a standard-gauge railroad. Round trip train rides depart from Coldwater, MI and go to Quincy, MI. Train rides last approximately 1 ½ hours. Museum is located at the 1883 Lake Shore and Michigan Southern depot. Seasonal themed train rides include, but are not limited to, the Easter Bunny Express, the Halloween Train and a Holiday Express.

Coopersville – Coopersville & Marne Railway

Themed train rides aboard the Coopersville & Marne Railway include a Bunny Train, the Great Train Robbery, a Pumpkin Train and a Santa Train. Caboose and locomotive rides also available. The train consists of antique passengers cars, which date from the early part of the last century, travel out into the countryside and through family owned farmlands. The 14 mile rail excursions cross over an open deck girder bridge, four creeks and one road bridge before you arrive at the Village of Marne.

Dearborn – Greenfield Village at the Henry Ford Museum

Narrated 30 minute steam train ride around the Greenfield Village on the Weiser Railroad at the Henry Ford Museum departs from the 1859 Smiths Creek depot. Detroit & Lima Northern 4-4-0 #7 operates on the museum grounds. Center piece for the museum is one of only two remaining Allegheny articulated type steam locomotives, the C&O’s 2-6-6-6 #1601. Built in 1941 and weighing in at 600 tons, this was one of the largest steam-powered locomotives ever built. This locomotive could reach speeds of up to 60 miles per hour. Also, a reconstructed 19th century roundhouse. Amtrak service also stops at the museum.

Flint – Huckleberry Railroad

The Huckleberry Railroad owns 7 locomotives, the #2 and #464 are the primary locomotives that serve the railroad. The Huckleberry Railroad #2, formally known as #152, is a 4-6-0 built in June of 1920 by Baldwin Locomotive Works. Built in 1903 for the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad, 2-8-2 #464 operates an 11 car passenger train over the Huckleberry Railroad. The forty minute scenic train rides travel through the scenic Genesee Recreation Area. Excursions run May through September.

Lake Linden – Houghton County Historical Museum

Historic Lake Linden Mineral Range Depot with a large operating HO scale model railroad depicting the Copper Range Railroad in the 1920s. Museum displays the largest collection of Copper Country railroad artifacts in the area. The Lake Linden and Torch Lake Railroad operates its 0-4-0 Porter No. 3 steam engine each Sunday from Noon to 4 pm. The museum’s gas/hydraulic Plymouth engine operates on Saturdays between 10 am. to 4 pm. as well as weekdays when needed.

Owosso – Steam Railroading Institute

The Steam Railroading Institute offers weekend train rides throughout the summer and several all-day train rides through out the year. The Pere Marquette Railway #1225 takes visitors on the North Pole Express train ride in December. Seven acre site includes a roundhouse and turntable. Visitors center includes exhibits, a model train layout, and the museum’s collection of archival materials and artifacts.

Soo Junction – Tahquamenon Falls Wilderness Excursion

The Toonerville Trolley is an authentic 24″ narrow gauge railroad, making a 5 1/2 mile round trip through the natural Michigan wilderness.

More sources and information:

Scenic Train Rides in Michigan

Scenic Train Rides in Michigan – USA Today


11 responses to “10 Scenic Train Rides in Michigan That Are Totally Amazing!”

  1. Angie Scheie says:

    Great post! There’s something about train rides that is so cool. You have a great list!

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  3. Susan Gyorvary says:

    We will be staying at big bay point lighthouse in October. We are train enthusiasts and would like to ride. How close are you to the lighthouse?

  4. kate says:

    Want to go by train, up the west coast of Michigan from near Kalamazoo to and including the UP.

  5. kate flowers says:

    want to go by train up the west coast of Michigan. Kalamazoo (aproximately) to Marquette and into UP. Could handle bus connections if necessary.

  6. Wayne Erfling says:

    It would be nice to see these on a map…

  7. Cathy Corwin says:

    I am looking for the best place to do a fall color tour in northern Michigan. I have been trying to find one but I only saw the one that was for kids basically. I want one that shows all the fall colors of Michigan.

  8. Luana Crider says:

    Looking for trips to northeri Michigan.

  9. Steve Le Pla says:

    You need to update your page, the Junction Valley Railroad is no longer in business, and is currently closed to the public. Hobby shop is also closed.

  10. Harvey Heeres says:

    looking for scenic fall color train rides in Michigan

  11. k lamar says:

    interested in train ride to upper Michigan to see fall color change. please contact 313.828.2202

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