The Coopersville & Marne Railway will be closed for an undetermined amount of time. Please check back from time to time in 2021 for our operating schedule. We want to thank you for your patience and understanding during these difficult times. We hope you remain safe during the pandemic and look forward to serving you again in the near future.
To Our Guests:
As we in Michigan are all acutely aware of the ongoing impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on our lives, we want to share with you the steps we are taking at the Coopersville & Marne Railway to help protect the health and safety of our Guests and Staff, which is always our top priority. As of September 30, the Coopersville and Marne Railway is announcing some limited resumption of trains. For the safety of both our passengers as well as our volunteers, many of whom are in an elevated risk category, these trains will operate differently than our normal operations, with additional safety measures in place. As part of our reopening, we are instituting the following changes:
We’re closely monitoring local and national reports on the evolving impact of COVID-19 and, based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). We have developed plans which will allow us to respond timely and appropriately.
If you have purchased tickets for departures which have been cancelled, please contact our ticket office at Reservations@mitrain.net for an exchange or refund. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Again, the health and safety of our customers and associates are our top priority and we're committed to doing our part to help keep you safe.
Community mitigation strategies are crucial to slowing the transmission of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Michigan. These strategies provide essential protections to individuals at risk of severe illness and to health care and other critical infrastructure workforces. Preventing a sudden, sharp increase in the number of people infected with COVID-19 will help minimize disruptions to daily life and limit the demand on health care providers and facilities.
We are urging everyone to follow the MDHHS guidelines to prevent the spread of the infection:
We feel deeply for those who have been affected. Thankfully, as of now, we’re not aware of any volunteer contracting COVID-19, however, we have implemented guidelines that instruct any volunteer who may develop symptoms, or whom come into contact with infected individuals, to stay home and follow the MDHHS’s instructions.
The most up-to-date guidance on these and other mitigation strategies are available at www.Michigan.gov/coronavirus. This matter is rapidly evolving and MDHHS may provide updated guidance.
Coopersville & Marne Railway Board of Directors.
Remember, as Operation Lifesaver says, "Anytime is train time".
We are the Coopersville & Marne Railway, an all-volunteer historic railway operating vintage locomotives and circa-1920's cars from Coopersville, Mich. to Marne, Mich. (about 20 miles northwest of Grand Rapids, Mich.). We run passenger trains from spring to winter, rain or shine, to preserve a little chunk of railroad history and educate our passengers along the way. We train volunteers in operating and repairing railroad equipment, many of whom end up getting hired away by large commercial railroads once they've completed training with us.
We own and operate approximately 14 miles of track between Coopersville and Grand Rapids, Michigan. Our track connects with the Grand Rapids Eastern Railroad, CSX and Grand Elk (N.S.) via an interchange at Walker, MI. We haul freight cars for our customers along the 7 miles of track between Marne and Grand Rapids.
Passenger service is offered only on the 7 miles between Coopersville and Marne. You will cross over an open deck girder bridge, four creeks and a road bridge as we travel through family-owned farms and fields. For a brief stretch, our track follows the route of Interstate 96. (Actually, the highway follows the railroad track which was first laid down in 1858. The track follows an ancient water route first cut into the earth by glacial events.) When the train gets to Marne, the locomotive is uncoupled from the east end. It then moves onto our passing siding alongside of your coach. The passengers wave to the engineer as the locomotive passes their window. On the siding, the locomotive goes through switches and is moved back onto our main track. It is then coupled onto the west end of the train to pull us back to the City of Coopersville.
We offer seasonally themed train events and excursions throughout the year. Our theme trains, from the beginning of the season, are:
Our popular, reduced fare, EnterTRAINment Excursions run on Saturdays from June through September. Sometime during your 90 minute journey through family-owned farms and fields, our Singing Trainman will be in your coach playing railroad and other acoustic songs. Also, the friendly Conductor will talk to you about our hometown Rock Star "Del Shannon", railroad history and our equipment. But, don't worry, you will also have plenty of time to just relax and watch the passing scenes outside of the windows.
Our schedule is subject to change or cancellation in the event of mechanical or track conditions. This is a very rare event if and when it happens. If a departure is changed, passengers who have registered reservations will be notified via email.
We run from April 6th, 2019 through December 22nd, 2019.
Freight car deliveries are the only traffic on our track in January and February.
Hover your cursor over the boxes below to show more detail. Click on any train ride on the schedule to be taken to a page to learn more about it. To see the schedule for different months, click the arrows to the left or right of the month name at the top of the calendar.