One of the most popular attractions at the Steam Railroading Institute is the 7.5″ Gauge Miniature Railroad. Beginning operations in 2009, our little trains are 1/8 scale and operates at 7 ½ gauge-or 7 ¼ inches-between the rails. Guest of all ages enjoys this ride of nearly ¼ of a mile of track that parallels the Shiawassee River Trail on the museum grounds.
Free Admission | Donations Welcome
April – September:
Fridays and Saturdays, 10 AM – 4 PM
Also operates during selected scheduled events at the Steam Railroading Institute.
405 S Washington St, Owosso, MI 48867
The Steam Railroading Institute is open to private owners bringing their own 7.5”-gauge equipment to operate on the railroad. Please fill out and submit the form below and we will be in touch with additional information.
Due to our rolling stock being in original historical condition, our fleet of passenger cars is not ADA accessible, and fall under exemption from ADA regulations (Sec. 12142, Sec. 12148). We sometimes have a limited number of seats available for passengers with limited mobility, but passengers will still need to climb several stair steps. Please contact us for more information before ordering tickets. Children 19 months of age and older are required to have a ticket. Infants 18 months or younger that can sit on a parent’s lap for the entire trip do not need to have a ticket. The Steam Railroading Institute reserves the right to change motive power or rolling stock at any time, including substituting diesel power for steam. Departure times are subject to delays due to freight traffic or mechanical issues. All firearms (Concealed or Open Carried) are prohibited on the property or on any locomotive, car, or equipment of the Steam Railroading Institute. Smoking on the train or in the SRI Welcome Center is also prohibited.
Waiver and Release of Liability
All patrons, invitees, guests and volunteers (“Patron”) entering onto any Steam Railroading Institute (“SRI”) property or equipment or participating in any SRI event (“SRI Activities”) is considered voluntary participation and may subject a Patron to the possibility of physical injury, loss of life and loss of or damage to a Patron’s property (collectively, “Risks”) and the Patron agrees to the following waiver of liability of any Risks or Claims at SRI Activities: See Details