MARP meeting – June 12 – New Buffalo

Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers
Member Meeting
Saturday, June 12, 2010
11:45 am – 3:00 pm

The Harbor Grand
111 West Water St (a few hundred yards from the station)
New Buffalo, MI

Viki Gudas, Executive Director of the Harbor Country Convention and Visitors Bureau, will join us to talk about the great success New Buffalo has had in leveraging two key assets:  The perfectly located train station and convenient train service.  New Buffalo and the CVB are role models for our state for community involvement concerning rail service.  Ridership over the last 12 months has increased 37% vs. the previous 12 months and recent data is even more impressive!

Viki will highlight what she, along with others in the community, have done, what they are planning and what this means for Harbor Country.

Since we all would like to see the results in our communities that New Buffalo has seen, you won’t want to miss this meeting to learn more about what you can do in your community.

Because of this special meeting, Amtrak has agreed to have train 351 and 352 (Wolverine service) stop in New Buffalo on the 12th.  For people travelling from the east on the Wolverine, you ONLY will need to book a ticket to Kalamazoo.  Arrival time in New Buffalo should be about 11:00.  The Harbor Grand is located a few hundred yards from the station!  We will start once the Bluewater passengers arrive at 11:34.

For those heading back on the Wolverine you will have two options:  Train 352 will leave around 2:30 (book ticket ONLY from Kalamazoo to your destination) and train 364 leaves at 6:23. 

If you are travelling by train to the meeting, we recommend you take some extra time in New Buffalo to enjoy the sights.  The beach is within walking distance of the station and there are many great places to grab a bite.  For more great things to do while you are in New Buffalo, visit the website:

Of course you can try your luck at the Four Winds Casino.  They offer shuttle service to/from the train station

For those of you that are into model railroading, especially in “O” gauge, the “I Love Toy Trains” store is nearby too. Same for you railroad history buffs, the Coal Tower and Round House of the Pere Marquette are still standing near the New Buffalo Railroad Museum (which also has a Pullman Troop Sleeper and Chessie System box car). Unfortunately, the museum is not open on the weekend.

We will have a sandwich buffet lunch at the Harbor Grand during our meeting

We look forward to seeing you on the 12th!

Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers