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Steam Railroading Institute

S. Washington St, Owosso, MI
+1 989-725-9464
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Non-caring and uncompassionate.

I bought 5 tickets for the Cocoa Class, about $425 for the December 18th 2016 4pm run. At about... read more

Reviewed 8 September 2017
Pinconning, Michigan

We went on a day that was free admission: we were told that admission is quite costly and not worth... read more

Reviewed 4 September 2017
Owosso, Michigan
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  • Average6%
  • Poor4%
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“polar express” (16 reviews)
“north pole” (6 reviews)
“mini train” (2 reviews)
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S. Washington St, Owosso, MI
+1 989-725-9464
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Reviewed 8 September 2017

I bought 5 tickets for the Cocoa Class, about $425 for the December 18th 2016 4pm run. At about 1:30pm December 18th on our way to the train, we received a call that my brother-in-law (my wife's brother) had died. Of course that ended our...More

Thank joefunsch
Reviewed 4 September 2017

We went on a day that was free admission: we were told that admission is quite costly and not worth the money unless you're a train aficionado...which we aren't. They had lots of models, pictures, stories and activities. The employees were very knowledgeable.

Thank Rosebush20
Reviewed 9 August 2017

If you like trains, you will the the SRI in Owosso. Home of the 1225! (North Pole Express aka Polar Express) They also have an awesome miniature track and offer rides on a sweet mini train! A lot of fun things to do at the...More

Thank Jordan S
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

This place has alot of history. It's small. There's not much to the museum inside, but there's alot you can learn. The people there were very knowledgeable about steam engines & answered all of our questions.

Thank Brittany L
Reviewed 22 June 2017

While the museum is not particularly large or detailed, there are displays of railroading from the past. The major attraction is the steam engine 1225. This large locomotive was the model for the movie Polar Express. In fact the whistle was recorded and used as...More

Thank Rick C
Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

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 lot of the history of the 1225. There were...More

1  Thank Baxo1
Reviewed 2 January 2017

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 VIA) and are very comfortable to sit in (avoid the Ex-MARC car)....More

1  Thank CaseyJones6325
Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

This polar express trip is so worth the money! It is a 4 hour long excursion. The town of Ashley aka. The north pole was great! You are in town for 2 hours and you need all of it to do everything! It is pulled...More

1  Thank dan22swoosh
Reviewed 20 June 2016

We went the Steam Railroading Institute to the see Original Polar Express. It was out at a Festival but a very Knowledgeable Jim give us a tour of the Steam Engine that was there and we learn a lot of about the 1225, the Original...More

1  Thank familyga996
Reviewed 15 June 2016

We were given an hours privat showing. Super interesting. What a great gang of enthusiasts! Wish I could have gone for a ride.

Thank Raesansan
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Margaret E
1 December 2015|
Response from Bergmensch_WRS | Reviewed this property |
Our tickets were $75.00 each. However we purchased the high end tickets with extras: very nice car, unlimited beverages, some extra stuff, and very comfortable seating with tables. We are returning next year.