‘The Polar Express’ Train Rolls Through Northern Michigan

Saturday, a historic steam-powered train stopped in Northern Michigan.

The Pere Marquette 1225 journeyed from Mount Pleasant to Cadillac to mark the 50th anniversary of the Michigan State University Rail Road Club.

The MSU Rail Road Club started restoring the train back in 1969.

At the time, it hadn’t been used in more than two decades.

Saturday, the train made its comeback and took passengers on a fall color tour. Dozens came to see it stop in Cadillac.

Passengers say the vintage locomotive is a rare relic of a by-gone time.

“The significance of the Pere Marquette 1225 is not a lot of steam engines survived once dieselization occurred, you know, steam was obsolete,” said passenger Adam Bass.

The train is most famous for being the inspiration for the locomotive in the movie “The Polar Express.”

You can take a Christmas-themed ride on the 1225 starting in November.

You find ticket info here.