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Steam Railroading Institute, Owosso

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  • This privately run Museum, the visitor gets an individual, competent leadership across the site for visiting locomotives and wagons. Here you can see, can touch and admire the steam locomotive, which was used as a model for the animated film "The Polar Express" (including noise), the 1225. touching, even for people who know everything about trains and their history.
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  • 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 l...  more »
  • 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 VI...  more »
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  • i love chasing it , but our ride was terrible- i bought my tickets 5 months in advance , means nothing , seating is first come first serve- i sat in a storeroom with my son and the cars owner ,and the restroom next to the storeroom had a problem so the urine stench , well lets just say that was that! !
  • The best part was the train ride. Ashley was pretty but it was so crowded and the lines so long that my kids didn't have time to even see Santa or go into that center at all. I would suggest in the future that it be a little more organized in Ashley so that the Polar Express passengers can enjoy the whole thing. My children also didn't have time to make any crafts, get their faces painted or anything... Bring lots of money with you as everything is expensive but we really enjoyed our family day out and the reindeer were awesome.
  • Went here in 2011 with my dad and mom. Since I'm a railfan, this is a great railroad place I've been too so far. The people that volunteered and worked there were really nice to me and my family and they gave us a tour in the museum and in the roundhouse workshop were 1225 was. 1225 was still out of service around that time because of her overhaul and rebuild, even tough she wasn't running that day when I went, I was still able to see her in the workshops and get great pictures of her during her rebuild. As of that, they also gave me free pictures of 1225 in the 1940s and 1990s too keep as a souvenir. We also got to ride on the little miniature train they had in the yard when Kevin Mayer brought it out. I was so happy I got to bring them home with me so I can remember this place forever and for seeing my favorite steam locomotive, 1225.
  • The experience was fun for our grandchildren to ride the train and see the steam engine up close. All of the people involved from the ticket takers, conductors, and people of Ashley were warm, friendly and very helpful. The disappointment for me was the town of Ashley. These people are trying very hard but the atmosphere of the town just doesn't lend itself to the feeling of Santa's workshop and the North Pole. I kept thinking the atmosphere of the town of Frankenmuth would have been more fun. At the least the decorations could be upgraded some and the food improved. We ate at the Soup Kitchen and the hot dogs were shriveled and overcooked. Best part is the train ride.
  • This was the most boring four hours of my entire life!!! I want my money back!!! Seriously Do not waste your money!!!