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MARP meets Oct. 10, 2015 in Mount Pleasant

MARP Member Meeting
Oct. 10, 2015, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
CMU Research Corporation
2625 Denison Drive
Mt Pleasant, MI 48858

Please plan to join us in Mt. Pleasant as we explore the question “Passenger Trains on the Annie Again?” As you know, the folks in Traverse City have created a good deal of excitement around the idea of reviving passenger train service between Traverse City and Ann Arbor, a project they call A2TC.

We are fortunate to have as our speaker, Chris Bagwell, who will give his perspective as Executive Vice-President and General Manager of the Great Lakes Central Railroad (GLC) on potential for passenger services along the former Annie route. He will also update us on the status of the MITRAIN equipment that was refurbished by GLC for use on the proposed WALLY and Ann Arbor-Detroit commuter routes.
Also on the agenda is Erin Strang, President and CEO of the Central Michigan University Research Corporation, and our host for the meeting. She will lead a group discussion of ideas for instituting a local shuttle service in Mt. Pleasant.
Following the program and business meeting, we will gather at one of  Mt. Pleasant’s former railroad depots for our usual no-host lunch.
Our Speakers:
Chris Bagwell is Executive Vice-President and General Manager Great Lakes Central Railroad (GLC). Chris is well known to MARP for his enthusiastic work retrofitting the MITRAIN cars and facilitating their display at events. Chris was honored in 2013 as a “Rising Star” by Progressive Railroading. You can read his profile here. Chris recently “starred” as well in a video talking about GLC operations in Michigan and promoting the proposed WALLY commuter train.

Erin Strang is President and CEO of the Central Michigan University Research Corporation. CMU-RC is a non-profit business accelerator that provides guidance to entrepreneurs to bring their ideas to market. CMU-RC is designated a Michigan SmartZone — one of 15 technology-oriented centers across the state — established to offer tax incentives while supporting research development and commercialization of new  technology to promote economic growth.

Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers

Priority Boarding Available at Chicago Union Station in the Legacy Club

Priority boarding is now available at Chicago Union Station for an introductory price of $20, offering access to Amtrak trains ahead of general boarding.

The priority boarding fee includes access to the Legacy Club located in the southwest corner of the Great Hall where coach passengers, commuters and others can enjoy a quiet, comfortable atmosphere to wait for trains or unwind after traveling. The Legacy Club features include:

  • Priority boarding for all Amtrak trains
  • Comfortable, quiet lounge seating
  • Complimentary refreshments
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi and charging stations
  • Train status displays
  • Satellite TV

The Legacy Club is open daily from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. Daily access passes are available for $20..

For more information, speak with a uniformed Amtrak employee at Chicago Union Station or stop by the Amtrak kiosk in the Great Hall.

Sleeping car passengers, Business class and Amtrak Guest Rewards Plus and Select Executive members will continue to have complimentary access to the Metropolitan Lounge in the Concourse level of the station.

Reservations and information are available at, our free mobile apps and at
1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245).

Register now for the 2015 Annual Meeting on Sept. 19 in Durand

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Durand Union Station
200 Railroad Street, Durand MI 48429
Sept. 19, 2015
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Make plans now to attend the Annual Meeting, taking place at the historic Durand Union Station. Our keynote speaker is Jim Mathews who is bringing enthusiasm and a new perspective to his duties as President and CEO of the National Association of Railroad Passengers. Also invited is Tim Hoeffner of MDOT’s Office of Rail to update us about progress on the Chicago to Detroit corridor and other developments in Michigan and the Midwest.
If you plan to attend, please by register Sept. 9.
The cost is $25 per person and includes a catered lunch.


Prefer registration by U.S. mail? Click on the form below, print it, fill it out and mail along with your check.

Click on this form and print to register by mail.
Click on this form and print to register by mail.

Amtrak Train Days at Grand Rapids Amtrak Station July 25, 2015

Vernon J. Ehlers Station 440 Century Avenue SW, Grand Rapids Michigan, 49503
Vernon J. Ehlers Station
440 Century Avenue SW, Grand Rapids
Michigan, 49503

All Aboard Grand Rapids to Celebrate Amtrak Train Days!  On Saturday, July 25, 2015, the Amtrak Exhibit Train is pulling into the Grand Rapids Amtrak Station from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Meet us at the station and come aboard for a free self-guided tour through Amtrak’s past, present and future.  For the youngest rail fans, stop off at Chuggington Kids Depot, featuring toy train and coloring tables.  There’s something that’s bound to strike a chord for everyone!

For additional details on the Exhibit Train Tour, please visit:

The 13th Michigan Railroad History Conference — Sat., Oct. 17, 2015


The 13th Michigan Railroad History Conference will take place at the Lansing Community College West Campus, in Lansing. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. The program begins at 8:30 a.m. and lasts until 5:00 p.m. There will be an Afterglow at Clara’s with an opportunity for informal discussions about Michigan railroad history after the conference.

Field trips will be caravan style with no additional cost if attending the conference. RSVP necessary to attend (trips may be canceled due to low attendance). Field guides will be handed out at point of embarkation. The MRY-Owosso Branch field trip will start at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, October 16th and run from Lansing to Owosso. The MRy-St Johns Branch field trip will start at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 18th and run from Lansing to St Johns. Field trip participants will be contacted with the assembly points.

Poster presentations are still accepted until August 31, 2015; contact conference chairperson if interested in exhibiting a poster. Poster presentations are static visual presentations to be exhibited in the areas around the presentation room. They should be able to communicate the story of the subject without the poster presenter being present and be of reasonable size.

Limited vendor space is available. Contact the MRHC for availability and cost. Talks are subject to change without notice.

Address of Lansing Community College-West Campus is 5708 Cornerstone Drive, Lansing. The campus is on the southwest side of Lansing. From I-496 get off at Exit 1, South Creyts Road. Head south on Creyts Rd to Mt Hope Hwy. Turn east on Mt Hope Hwy to Sanders Road. Head north on Sanders Rd to Cornerstone Drive.