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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 Sept. 1.
The cost is $25 per person and includes a catered lunch.

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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.

See you in Durand on Sept. 19, 2015!

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

If you have never been to the Durand Union Station, follow the train station signs on East Main Street south onto Russell Street and west onto Ann Arbor Street. Some GPS directions may lead you to take Railroad Street south from East Main Street. Railroad Street does not cross the tracks.

Click here to go to the registration page.

MARP June 2015 Meeting Includes a Variety of Activities at Flint’s Crossroads Village

Huckleberryrailroad-subheaderThe next MARP membership meeting is scheduled for Saturday, June 20, 2015, at Crossroads Village near Flint. Don Wescott, MARP’s meetings coordinator, has been busy planning a variety of interesting activities following the 10 a.m. business meeting. Members are urged to bring their families and friends and plan to spend the day.

We will gather promptly at 10 a.m. at the Flint Township Meeting Hall in the Crossroads Village (directions below) for a brief business meeting. Following adjournment, we will shift our attention to the many interesting things to do and see at the Crossroads Village.

Folks may wish to have lunch at either the Café on Main Street or the Lakeside Grill located near the Carousel beside Mott Lake. There will be time for a stroll around the Village before the 2 p.m. “All Aboard” signal for a ride on the Huckleberry Railroad. Led by a Baldwin steam locomotive, the train makes an 8-mile loop through the 4500 acre Genesee Recreation Area.

 Crossroads Village was developed as a Bicentennial project. Most of the buildings were rescued from demolition from areas mostly in Genesee County and were moved onto farm land adjacent to the old Pere Marquette line that ran up into the Thumb. The original tracks were converted from standard gauge to 3 ft. narrow gauge to accommodate the vintage equipment that came mainly from Colorado. The engines are coal-fired steam engines and cars are maintained and all restoration of the equipment is done on site.

An added bonus of our visit will be a tour – led by MARP member Dan Mitchell and his colleague Bill Simmons – of the Restoration and Engine House where the rail equipment is maintained.

For information about the Village and its attractions, visit the website The website includes a link to local accommodations should you wish to make a weekend of it. Don has negotiated a $5.00 entrance fee (a significant discount) for MARP members and their guests. This includes the train ride.

The address for Crossroads Village is 6140 Bray Rd, Flint MI 48505. Park in the parking lot. Enter the Village grounds and turn left on Railroad Street. You will find The Flint Township Meeting Hall at the end of the street. The Flint Township Meeting Hall is #28 on the Village Map.

Don would appreciate knowing how many plan to attend in order to set up enough chairs in the meeting hall and to seat us together in the railcar. Please send an email to

Come to Durand May 16, 2015 for a MARP meeting and Railroad Days

The Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers (MARP) will be having its monthly membership meeting at Durand Union Station 200 Railroad Street, Durand MI, 48439, on Saturday, May 16, 2015. The meeting will start at 10 a.m. in the second floor Ballroom at the station.

Following a membership meeting, MARP and DUSI will be co-sponsoring a Durand Railroad Days Program presented by Joseph M. Mishler on the “Flint and Holly Railroad, its economic impact on the area and the man that built it, Henry Howland Crapo”.

The MARP meeting and the program that will follow the meeting are open to all interested persons. Membership in MARP or DUSI is not required, however membership forms will be available for anyone that would like to join and support either or both of these organizations.


MARP meets at the Ypsi Freighthouse April 25, 2015

MARP Member Meeting
Saturday, April 25, 2015
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Ypsilanti Depot Freighthouse
Depot Drive, Ypsilanti MI 48198

Photograph:  August 21, 2009   Ren Farley
Photograph: August 21, 2009 Ren Farley

Map & Directions

We hope you will plan to attend the April MARP meeting being held in Michigan Central’s 1878 Freighthouse, now the focal point of Ypsilanti’s historic Depot Town. If it has been awhile since your last visit, you will be impressed with the work of the Friends group that recently completed a successful crowdfunding effort to continue their vision of creating a vibrant community meeting place.

Our featured speaker, Liz Treutel, is eager to help guide us through the implications for Michigan’s transportation system – including passenger trains —  of Proposal 1 on the May 5 ballot. As a policy associate at the Michigan Environmental Council, Liz is providing invaluable and enthusiastic leadership to the Michigan By Rail project which has undertaken a study to gage the feasibility of returning passenger train service to the Coast-to-Coast route  connecting Detroit-Lansing-Grand Rapids-Holland.

A native of Wisconsin, Liz has adopted Michigan as her new home among the Great Lakes. Armed with degrees in architectural studies and urban planning, as well as work experience with SMART, she is passionate about increasing accessibility and opportunity through transportation policy and linking transportation to sustainable land use, economic development and placemaking.

If you would like to connect with a carpool to the meeting, please  email


Please note this correction to the March issue of ON TRACK:
The 10th Annual Michigan Earth Day Fest in Rochester takes place on April 24-26, not May 24-26.