Steam Railroading Institute, Owosso

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#97 of 198 in Museums in Michigan
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  • I love the Polar Express movie and everything Christmas. My son is 3 years old and really getting into it as well. We decided to take him and while we all had fun...I think I had really high expectati...  more »
  • We waited all year to do this, we bought our tickets in February 2017 for Nov 2017 trip. It was Very Expensive, cocoa class 4 tickets after fees almost $400. The train ride was nice. Kids really enjoy...  more »
  • This was a congested ill planned pathetic attempt to weasel people out of their money with a cute name for short train ride to nowhere. You start out standing in the cold in line which they don't have...  more »
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  • The Polar Express experience was fantastic. It's so neat that this train serves as the basis for the movie. The town you travel to was alright. The crafts were very inexpensive. The food was somewhat expensive for what it was. Most places are cash only and there was only one ATM in the town at the gas station so plan accordingly. There was also a petting zoo, pony rides and also some small carnival rides for young children. You can visit Santa there but the lines are long. If you do choose to see Santa go do something else in town first and then come back because the line does get considerably shorter.
  • We arrived with plenty of time for the train, but because the bathrooms aren't working on the train there were huge lines for the toilets in the station. They said it was because the toilet lines were frozen. But it clearly was foreseen, as the many NO TOILETS ON THE TRAIN signs were laminated and mounted on the walls. We were shouted/yelled at by almost every staff person in the station about hurrying up, standing in line (with not a single other person), and so on. This was not the good start we were looking for. There train was much better, though the only food options are snacks like chocolate bars and chips. I hadn't realized that there old steam engine was pulling a bunch of more modern retired Canadian railways passenger cars, such as VIA trains. The town is nice, the magician was great, the reindeer were beautiful, and Mr & Mrs Claus were wonderful. Everything is cash only. Having paid 75$ each for the train, it was a bit disappointing to then need to pay for so many other little things. I would budget 30$ each as cash spending money for town. Food next to the train tracks before heading back was stadium food (hot dogs & pretzels), but it was also surprisingly good. We appreciated the volunteers in the train. The music and hot chocolate were fun. It would have been nice to have a small printed schedule.
  • Extremely excellent place to take the family especially if you have kids that enjoy trains and working around being around real trains they have great guides and in the history goes deep also gives you the opportunity to take a train out of town on a real set of tracks opposed to just in a circle like other destinations offer
  • The train is pretty good. That is all. No bathrooms on the train...you get to Ashley and they have 2 urinals and a stall for 900 people..half are male. Ashley is a terrible place. They have less than 300 people who live there and they nickel and dime everything you do. BRING CASH TO ASHLEY. Magician was free. Be hungry for some overpriced hot dogs when you get there. My kids were bored in Ashley. I expected better decorations and a little more effort put into it. Nope. Will we be doing the PE ride again? Nope, not until they do something better in Ashley.
  • This was cool to see the real steam locomotive in the Warner Bros movie the Polar Express. I can't believe I saw my first Berkshire ever. My favorite Lima built Berk. I've known 1225 since 2009. I wish 1225 went to another state after a while.
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