MARP members meet in Durand July 10, 2010

Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers
Member Meeting
Saturday, July 10, 2010
10:00 am – Noon

Durand Union Station
200 Railroad Street
Durand, MI 48429-1713
(989) 288-3561

The July 10 MARP meeting will be held in historic Durand Union Station. One of the most photographed stations in the entire country, the Durand Station was built 106 years ago at the junction of the Ann Arbor and Grand Trunk lines. The station houses the Michigan Railroad History Museum which includes photos, artifacts, displays and an extensive archive of railroad historical documents.

In January of 2009 a frozen water pipe burst and caused extensive damage to the library and archives. Dan Brooks, President of the DUSI Board of Directors will tell us about the heroic efforts of a host of professionals and volunteers to not only save the collections, but to modernize and enhance the quality of the displays.

The meeting will include information on the upcoming Michigan Northern Arrow train excursion, the first-ever MARP meeting in the U.P. in September, and recent initiatives to enhance passenger train service in Michigan, including a proposal for late evening train out of Chicago, as well as a series of public meetings around the state to develop a State Rail Plan to guide future expansion.

Following lunch at a nearby restaurant, J.R. Valderas and others interested in being involved will reconvene in the station conference room for a National Train Day de-briefing and planning for next year’s event.

Others may want to spend the afternoon browsing the Museum or taking in the extensive model railroad exhibit also housed in the station. Or take a short drive to the Steam Railroading Institute in Owosso.

Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers

          Durand Union Station

          Model Railroad Exhibit

          Steam Railroading Institute
          Owosso, Michigan

          Replacing The Diamond

Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers