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2019 Fall Color Tours

Train in fall color
Clay Saren

Longer trains run again

Color Trains return to their traditional, longer route this year. Enjoy a ride from historic downtown Tecumseh, along the Raisin River valley to our museum in Clinton. Cross the Raisin River on a trestle, and enjoy views of the Red Mill Pond, recently opened up by our crews.

The event runs most weekends in October. The October 12-13 runs are in the middle of the Tecumseh Appleumpkin Festival.

More changes in 2019!

Many enjoyed the longer, 2-hour format of the original Fall Color Tours. In recent years we had shortened the ride to allow for more trips and more tickets, but we are restoring the original length of the event.

As always, you book the car you want to ride. We are offering the open-air gondola car, with great views and no roof (fully refundable for weather). And the fully enclosed Memorial Caboose which will now be available for individual ticket sales. Also keep an eye for the smaller "New Haven" caboose which may be offered as well!

Buy tickets here!

Tickets will appear on your credit card statement as Fareharbor, a company which makes online ticketing possible for us. No depot in Tecumsh. For "Will-Call" or any ticket check-in, see the train conductor.


Everything about this event is TBD.

DATES: October 12*, 13*, 19, 20, 26, 27
*These dates leave amidst the Appleumpkin Festival.

TIMES: To Be Determined

TRAIN FARES: TBD, expect $20-24, kids about 40% off.

Seats in the open-air gondola only are refundable for weather - rain or temperatures under 50 at train time - whether actual or expected in the next-day weather forecasts. One refund per customer per season - do not book multiple dates. Call or email for refunds within 48 hours of train time. You must wait until the night before, but we recommend you hold off final decision until the morning of, due to Michigan's ever-changing weather. Or you can wait until train time. You can even come to Tecumseh and play it by ear -- the shops, antique stores and restaurants make a delightful plan "B". Just make sure you contact us within 48 hours AFTER train time.

RESERVATIONS: Go to our Reservations Page to book in advance. Tickets will appear on your credit card statement as FareHarbor.

Sold out? We are working to add capacity. Join our email list for the latest news on that.

MOBILITY CHALLENGED persons: It is not possible to pull a car directly up to the train. There are handicap spots within 200 feet of the train, but those are shared with other downtown businesses. See our accessibility page for more info.

TOURS AND GROUP DISCOUNTS are not available during the Fall Color Tours. Please see our Tour Groups web page for other events all season.

We do not have a depot building in Tecumseh. See conductor for "will call" or lost tickets.


Didn't get advance seats? Here's how to ride anyway. Customers with reservations are allowed to switch to the open-air car, and tend to do so on sunny days. After they board, the remaining seats are available for walk-up sales shortly before train departure. So here are a few tips:

  • Watch the weather. On a rainy day, seating will be pretty tight.
  • Plan on an earlier train, and be ready to switch to a later train if that is full.
  • Try not to procrastinate to the last day.
  • If all else fails, be mellow and let yourself enjoy downtown Tecumseh.
  • Or visit Cabela's in nearby Dundee - just take M-50 east to US-23.


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