Reserve Online or by Phone
"Your 19th century railroad has joined the 21st century"Book online below. Or call our Ticket Hotline at (734) 396-0416. Use it to:
- Assure best choice of seats on Fall Color Tours* or Holiday trains.
- Pay for any listed train with Visa/Mastercard and assure a seat.
- Small service charge applies. This goes to the ticket company not our museum.
Ticketing is simpler now. Simply pick the coach, caboose or open-air car you want to ride in, and there you'll be! No more reserved seat numbers. No need to show up far in advance for best seats.
Book early, plan ahead and come Ride the Rails!Click here for All-Event View. Roll down to see Frequently Asked Questions.
Online Ordering Frequently Asked Questions
Which trains require reservations?
Be sure to get reservations on the Fall Color Tours and Santa trains (Santa at the South Pole). The Color Tours can sell out fast, and the Santa trains will sell out very fast due to a limited number of runs. On those trains, reservations close 24 hours before train departure.
I'm worried about being stuck outside in the wind or rain.
Easy! Buy a seat in an indoor car.
What about that "Reserved" thing you did earlier?We used to have a complicated system where advance ticket holders could board first and choose their seat out of any car. It confused people and was not popular, so it's gone.
I'd rather wait and see what the weather's like.
That can work, but it can also be a bit risky. This Fall Color season, we didn't turn away a single walk-up. However, about 15 left on their own when they realized we could not get them indoors. That's the risk you take, and fortunately they understood that.
One more thing. It's Michigan. "If you don't like the weather... wait an hour." Seriously. We often see trains with the open-air car empty going one way, and full coming back! So don't get discouraged.
Can I use Visa/Mastercard?
Yes, when you reserve online or by telephone. For walk-ups, it's touch and go. Because of our remote locations, we use the modern card swiper on a cell phone. They sometimes do not work.
Can I order by telephone?
Yes. Call our ticket hotline at 734-396-0416.
What if I have a large group?
For large group reservations (over 15), call our business office at 517-456-7677. We may be able to offer you discounts. Our volunteers answer this number as they can, and it may take awhile for us to call you back. All "RESERVED" class tickets need to be prepaid or held by a deposit, so leave plenty of time for mailing checks. Also, some of our trains tend to sell out, so book as early as possible.
Frequently asked questions about the trips
I'm looking for a station building, where is it?
We operate from six locations along our railroad. We only have a station building at one of them (Clinton). It would be cool to have stations everywhere, and your passneger fares help our museum do that. The most common mistake is going to our Clinton station when our departure is actually from elsewhere. Check your ticket or the event.
In downtown Tecumseh, we board right along the track next to Chicago Rd/M-50 at Evans St.
Are the trains heated?
No. For the fall trains we recommend you dress warm for the weather. Even on a rainy day when everyone is inside at the start, we often find that the weather shifts, and many passengers will venture into the open car for the return trip. It helps to be equipped!
Are there bathrooms on the train?
No. But there are bathrooms at both ends of the ride. Most rides are about 45 minutes each way.
What about access for the disabled?
The train cars are genuine historic railroad cars. The steps are a challenge and they were not built for wheelchair access. It's about equivalent to climbing 1 flight of steps in a commercial building. That said, we carry quite a few people in wheelchairs, usually with a little help from their friends. (Our crews are not allowed to carry passengers on board, but other than that, we'll do what we can to help.) Most of our loading areas are on dirt or gravel. If the wheelchair folds, we can carry it on the train, however the spaces on board are not big enough to maneuver a wheelchair, and see also our advice on strollers.
How about strollers?
First, does your train go somewhere you'll want to get out, unload and go some distance? Some of our trains don't. Our trains from Clinton to Tecumseh certainly do, as downtown Tecumseh is lovely. In this case, you'll want to bring a light stroller so it'll fit on the train. We cannot accommodate large or overly bulky strollers, please leave Strollzilla at home.
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SMRS reserves the right to change equipment, route or schedules due to inclement weather or mechanical failures. The Society is not responsible for lost or damaged personal belongings. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.