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Saturday, October 14, 2023
Noon to 2:30 PM
Durand Union Station
100 Railroad St
Durand MI 48429

Make plans now to attend! Our featured speaker is Katie Mitzner, Director of Communications for Brightline Trains, who will highlight progress of the country’s first, privately owned and operated high speed intercity passenger train which recently completed a direct connection to the Orlando airport. Are there lessons for Michigan?

The cost to attend is $25 per person and includes a catered luncheon. The registration deadline is Monday, October 9, 2023.


Click the button below to register online using PayPal, a major credit card or a debit card
ACT NOW!  Must be postmarked by Oct. 5
or submitted online by Oct. 9.

Prefer to send your registration by U.S. mail? Click on the form below, print it, fill it out and mail along with your check to:
MARP, Inc.  c/o Jean Merckel
33373 Hampshire Road,  Livonia, MI 48154-2952


August 5: In Person Membership Meeting

NOON – 2:00 PM
Crossroads Village / Huckleberry Railroad
6140 Bray Road, Flint MI 48505

Make plans now to attend the August 05 MARP membership meeting taking place at Crossroads Village in Flint. The meeting will take place from Noon to 2:00 pm, giving members an opportunity to tour the Village or visit the railroad shops prior to the start of the meeting.

There will be no admission fee to the Village for MARP members. Let the ticket office know when you arrive that you are a member of the Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers.

The meeting will convene promptly at Noon in the restored Clinton Town Hall located within the Village.

Following the meeting, plan to finish off your visit with a ride on the Huckleberry Railroad. It is recommended that you purchase your ticket for the 3:00 pm train departure when you enter the Village. The cost for the train is $12.

Wear comfortable shoes, a hat, and bring water to keep yourself hydrated. There is a sandwich shop within the Village if you wish to get something to eat before the meeting.

Visit for more information about Crossroads Village and the Huckleberry Railroad. If you have questions, please send us an email at

2023 Midwest Rail Conference

The Midwest Rail Conference is back! 2023 conference with the theme “Optimizing Rail Investment” will be held in Toledo, OH on the campus of the University of Toledo. Golf Outing, small meetings, and conference reception on Monday, Aug 14th, and conference technical sessions and closing reception on Tuesday, August 15th with field visits to follow on Wednesday, August 16th.

Midwest Rail Conference 2023
University of Toledo, Students Union Building
August 15, 2023
Details at:

June 3: General Membership Meeting

Make your plans now to attend our face-to-face membership meeting at the District Library in Niles.

The meeting is scheduled for the afternoon to allow members to take the train. It is advisable to make your reservation soon.

Amtrak #353 arrives in Niles at 1:00 pm.
Amtrak # 352 leaves Niles at 4:52 pm.
Amtrak #365 arrives in Niles at 11:01 am
Amtrak #364 leaves Niles at 6:32 pm

The Library is in downtown Niles and is a 15 minute walk from the train station. Uber and Lyft services are available.

If you plan to drive to the meeting, please let Chuck Merckel know if you are available to meet the train and transport folks to the Library. Contact Chuck Merckel at  or phone 734-330-0281

Required Disclaimer  

The Niles District Library does not endorse or sponsor this event.