We are a small all-volunteer nonprofit preserving a historic railroad line - the only one dedicated to historic preservation. How many museums let you ride the exhibits? Every dollar you spend goes into ties, bolts and oil, to assure this historic railroad is preserved for generations.
Our organization is small and our train is simple, but our railroad is real through and through. If you hadn't heard of us, it's because our organization had been kept very small until the last few years. Now, a new cadre of volunteers (come join us!) is eager to put this railroad "back on the map". Of course we have a lot to do -- so excuse our dust, you will find repairs underway and some things still to be done.
Clinton Autumn Turn on Michigan's heritage railroad
Enjoy a new train ride and see the fall color. This is a new, shorter, and simpler fall ride with more departures. This train departs from Clinton, Michigan, on US-12.
The railroad is the genuine article - Michigan's first branch line railroad, built in 1837 in the Michigan Territory, only 7 years after America's first railroad! This is the only historic railroad in the state preserved by a nonprofit.
The train is historic too - some of them even date from this very railroad! Ride in historic South Shore coach #1. Or reserve a seat in a caboose that ran this line. The open-air gondola car also ran this line before working on Zug Island.
The train will be pulled by one of the first diesel engines ever made, dating to World War II.
New in 2017!
It's a totally new ride, about 2/3 the length (we skip the residential backyards of northside Tecumseh), shorter on time (45 minutes to an hour), and much better priced for the family. There are also a lot more departure times and seats - almost twice as many! Since the turnaround point is remote, we don't disembark people, which wasn't fun anyway for people with disabilities. We also skip the donuts - we'll have cider back at the museum.
As in 2016, you book the car you actually want to ride, without complicated ticket rules. No worries on booking the open-air car - seats in that car are refundable for weather. You can still book the entire Memorial Caboose exclusively for your party. The caboose seats about 18 at windows, plus another dozen or so seats which are not at windows.
Rode last year? Please make your party members aware of the VERY different ride!
You can Reserve Today online or by phone at 734-396-0416.
It's the easiest way to pay with a credit card and assure you a seat. But don't worry, you can walk up too! Tickets will appear on your credit card statement as Ticketbiscuit or Whistletix.
September 23-24 -- at the Clinton Fall Festvial, similar ride in the midst of a festival!
September 30, October 1, 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29
Tecumseh's Appleumpkin Festival is October 14-15, but the train does not go to Tecumseh.
11:00 - 12:15 - 2:00 - 3:15 - 4:30 - - - - - BOOK HERE ONLINE or 734-396-0416
Location: Clinton (320 S Division St)
Ride from the Village of Clinton, Michigan on U.S. 12, just west of Saline and Ypsilanti. Board at 320 S. Division St., Clinton, MI 49236. (directions here) Turn at the Comerica bank and follow the tracks 3 blocks.
Fares (ROUND TRIP):
Adult (age 13-64) -- $11.50 ($10 cash at walk-up)
Youth (ages 2-12) -- $8.35 ($7 cash at walk-up)
Senior (age 65+) -- $10.45 ($9 cash at walk-up)
Babies under 2 -- no ticket needed.
Entire Caboose up to 20 people -- $169 (no walk-up sales) additional people extra
Online service fee already included in above pricing. Telephone fee $1 additional. Walk-ups less.
Seats in the open-air gondola only are refundable for weather - either rain or temperatures under 50 at train time. This can be either actual weather, or that expected in the 24-hour forecast as of 24 hours prior to train. (we don't go farther out than that because of Michigan weather.) One refund per customer per season - do not book multiple dates. Call or email for refunds within 24 hours before, or 48 hours after train time.
Mobility limitations? Please see our Accessibility page.
BATHROOMS -- are not available on the train, due to the historic nature of the train. The Porta-johns did not arrive as expected, but the crew restroom is available for your use. Caution: It's in the middle of renovation, as is the shop around it!
The museum is currently closed due to the volunteers being delayed in completing it.