Join us!

Our railroad is all-volunteer run and operated. No experience necessary, you are welcome to join us! Together, we are a fellowship of like-minded individuals who work to preserve Michigan’s first branch line railroad and build Michigan’s railroad museum.

The Society is a public-benefit charity that educates the public about railways. We are not a club and do not provide private benefits to members.


Membership has its benefits. It is the gateway to volunteering. You can ride the train for free during the summer season, you’ll get our Railway Express newsletter, and voting rights on key decisions about our future. You can attend training sessions, membership meetings, and work days to help improve our railroad and keep it operating for generations to come!

Regular (18 years and older) – $30

Family (one adult and related children or two related adults) – $50

Junior (16-17 years old) – $25

Sponsor (individuals, corporations and other organizations) – $60 This is great for business we offer advertising space on our train for your business’s. This also includes free trips for your employees during our summer season. Please reach out if you have any questions.

Stop by the office for a Membership Application on any operating day or fill out a form online and mail it in!

Membership begins on the 1st of the month following receipt of dues, with annual renewal dates of January for those who join October through March and June for those who join April through September. There is a 30 day grace period for renewal.

Come volunteer

You get to entertain people, operate full sized trains, contribute to amazing restoration work, and put this museum on the map. Watch as together, we build Michigan’s finest railroad museum for the benefit of all.

Many of our opportunities involve working on the train, or along the track. For that, some training is required, because there are some things you need to know. We do frequent training sessions as well as on-the-job learning to get you up to speed fast. It’s a great time to meet other volunteers and get involved!