All aboard for Durand! MARP’s Feb. 21 meeting site


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Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers
Member Meeting Saturday, February 21, 10:00 a.m.
Durand Union Station
200 S Railroad St
Durand, MI 48429

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With two passenger trains and thirty or more freight trains daily, Durand Union Station is THE place to catch railroad fever. And this is THE weekend to be in Durand as the community celebrates their successful efforts to save and restore the beautiful station that played such an important role in the history of Durand.

We will hear how Norma Ward parlayed a $9 donation back in 1979 into a hugely successful effort to save and restore the beautiful station that now houses the State Railroad History Museum, a Library & Archives, model railroading, and extensivedisplays of artifacts, maps, and photos from the great days of railroading on the Ann Arbor and Grand Trunk lines.

We will also hear from the Blue Water Committee that works to promote and enhance passenger travel on the Port Huron to Chicago route.

All this (!) and a meeting agenda that includes information about MARP’s recently lauched campaign to “Get Michigan On Track” with new capacity to meet the growing demands for train service in a time of financial distress for Michigan and its citizens. In addition, we hope to hear from MDOT’s Ron DeCook with news of the implications for Michigan transportation of the economic stimulus bill just passed by Congress.

Please plan to join us on Saturday, February 21. Meetings are informal and we encourage you to attend and bring others who are interested in more and better trains. We usually adjourn to a nearby eatery for more conversation and socializing.

Information about Durand Union Station and the Sunday celebration can be found at:

If you plan to stay for the station festivities on Sunday, accomodations are available at:
Quality Inn Durand
8511 East Lansing Rd.
Durand – (989) 288-0638

Make your train reservations at