Ride the “WALLY” cars at the Howell Melon Festival Aug. 15-17

Visitors to the Howell Melon Festival Aug. 15-17 will have the opportunity to see and to ride the bi-level “Mi-Train” passenger cars that could either be used for commuter service between Ann Arbor and Howell (known as the WALLY line) or Ann Arbor to Detroit.

The cars will be available for free public tours on Friday, Aug. 15 after 4 p.m.

Hour-long rides will be given on the cars from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16 and Sunday, Aug. 17. The cost is $20 per adult and $15 per child.

Motive power for the train rides is provided by the Steam Railroading Institute and the Great Lakes Central Railroad.

The rides are given at the Howell Historic Train Museum at 128 Wetmore St, Howell, MI 48843.