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GRAYLING - The Polar Express is coming to town - or rather, the inspiration for the film version of the renowned steam engine train.
The retired Pere Marquette steam locomotive No. 1225 will make multiple stops in Grayling October 15-16.
"This is the first time there will be passenger traffic here since the 1950s," said Barbara Greene of the Crawford County Historical Society. "I think it will bring back a lot of memories for a lot of people. If you've never heard the sound of a steam engine whistle, it's something to hear."
Tickets are available both days for the historic railroad route - the former Michigan Central line from Kawkawlin to Grayling then north to Mackinaw City. A separate 22-mile trip from Grayling to Frederic and Lewiston(*) also is planned with a LSRC Alco diesel locomotive.
Kay Cosgray, chairwoman of the historical society board, said the "Grayling Steam Special" event is a fund raiser for the Crawford County Historical Museum(*), an old train depot in downtown Grayling. A dollar from every ticket sold will benefit the nonprofit organization.
"We're trying to make the museum viable again," Cosgray said.
More information is available at (248) 541-1000
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