North Pole Express

2010 Tickets Now on Sale Get your tickets early for this years North Pole Express. The Magic starts Nov. 26th.

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If you are looking for a leisurely train ride back in time, then check out our schedule of events and order your ticket today.

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Diesel Excursions

Throughout the year, the Steam Railroading Institute offers special excursions that use Diesel powered locomotives. This reduces the cost of the excursion making an all-day excursion more economical.
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Steam Excursions

The Steam Railroading Institute is best known for All-Day Steam powered excursion all over Michigan. Excursions are offered throughout the year. The North Pole Express is a favorite of many. Check out our schedule page for more info and book a trip back in time today!

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Tickets for all of our excursions are available online or by calling (989) 725-9464. Order yours today!

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Train Schedule

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Steam Excursions

The Steam Railroading Institute is best known for their all-day steam excursions. Every year trips are scheduled and carry thousands of passenger around Michigan behind one of the largest operating steam locomotives in the United States. What are you waiting for? Hop aboard for a trip back in time when life was a little simpler!

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Diesel Excursions

Throughout the year diesel locomotive powered excursions are being offered. Take a look at our schedule to book the trip that is right for you.

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Cadillac Fall Color Steam Special

Celebrate the glorious fall foliage behind a Lima Berkshire! This year, the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society's Nickel Plate Road 765 will be powering the Steam Railroading Institute's fall excursion to Cadillac, Michigan on October 16th. This extraordinary train will depart from "Scotland USA", Alma, Michigan at 9 a.m., with a planned arrival into Cadillac at 12:30 p.m. Following a 2 ½ hour visit of downtown Cadillac, the passengers will board at 3 p.m. for a scheduled 7:00 p.m. return to Alma. Coach tickets start at $125 each.

On October 23rd, NKP 765 will be hauling our "Autumn in Alma" special from the Steam Railroading Institute in Owosso to Alma and return. Board at 9 AM at the Steam Railroading Institute, where we will travel to Alma, Michigan, "Scotland USA", home of Alma College. Explore and stroll through Alma's quaint downtown, and then board for any early afternoon return to SRI, where you will be able to explore the Steam Railroading Institute's Owosso Site and PM #1225, currently undergoing repair and restoration for its mandatory FRA inspection, or stroll through downtown Owosso. Coach seats are $99 for this event.

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North Pole Express 2010


Nothing touches a childs imagination like the magic of Christmas. Share the joy this holiday season by taking the family on a magical train ride to the North Pole. This exciting four-hour journey includes hot cocoa, visits with Santa, holiday rides, model railroad displays, live entertainment, holiday crafts and shopping in the Kris Kringle Mart. Passengers will enjoy the nostalgic ambiance of riding the American rail while viewing the winter scenery of Mid-Michigan. Passengers depart from the Steam Railroading Institute in Owosso, Michigan, and will be riding the rails in vintage passenger cars that will be pulled by one of Great Lakes Central’s historical diesel locomotives. General admission is $70 for adults and $40 for children (12 and under) and are non-refundable. Private coach and caboose rates also available.

NEW in 2010!!! Cocoa Class – Add an extra touch of sweetness to your trip to the North Pole by experiencing specially topped, unlimited cocoa served in your very own North Pole Express souvenir mug. This tasty option would not be complete without a homemade cookie like grandma used to make. “Cocoa Class” will enhance this unforgettable experience. $85 for adults and $55 for children (12 and under). Space is limited, so be sure to tell your friends and family to book their seats today.


2010 Dates & Times are as Follows:

Departure Dates Departure Times
Friday, November 26 9:30am & 3:30pm
Saturday, November 27 9:30am & 3:30pm
Sunday, November 28 9:30am & 3:30pm
Saturday, December 4 9:30am & 3:30pm
Sunday, December 5 9:30am & 3:30pm
Saturday, December 11 9:30am & 3:30pm
Sunday, December 12 9:30am & 3:30pm
Saturday, December 18 9:30am & 3:30pm
Sunday, December 19 9:30am & 3:30pm


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