Fall is in the air and that means the Coopersville and Marne Railway is getting ready to depart its annual Famous Pumpkin Train. Adults: $19.75, Seniors (60+): $18.75, Children (2-12): $17.75. Children under two years old get a free ticket. All children’s tickets include a pumpkin that they can pick from the track-side pumpkin patch. The train will depart Saturday’s: Sept. 30, Oct. 7, and 14 at 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday’s: Oct., 21 and 28 at 11 am, 1:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m. Sunday’s: Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 at 1:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m. For tickets or more information visit mitrain.net or call (616) 997-7000. The friendly Conductor will call “All Aboard” at 20 minutes before each departure.
The Famous Pumpkin and her cast of delightful musical characters will “enterTRAIN” you and your guests during the 90-minute ride through family owned farms and fields. During the journey the costumed characters will sing, dance, and entertain the kiddos. All of the vintage train cars are decorated for the season. Some cars are almost 100 years old. Each railcar is heated and has a restroom. The locomotive is a 1950’s era diesel/electric engine. Kids 12 and under are encouraged to come in costume for some holiday fun, and yes, adults may dress up too.
About the Coopersville and 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.