There is nothing like a train ride on the Huckleberry Railroad to take you back to a simpler time. Enjoy a 40-minute historical journey behind our authentic Baldwin steam locomotive as it takes you along the shores of Mott Lake, down a stretch of the historic Pere Marquette roadbed, and back into the heart of Crossroads Village. Grab the kids or your favorite travel companion and listen for the call of the engineer’s whistle. All aboard the Huckleberry Railroad!
Huckleberry Railroad now features a newly rebuilt diesel Engine #12 that pulls the train on Thursdays and Fridays. Our coal-fired locomotive Engine #152 built by Baldwin Locomotive Works, will pull the train on Saturdays and Sundays. The narrow-gauge railroad’s collection of cars includes eleven original and replica wooden coaches plus, a classic original red wooden caboose.
History Of Huckleberry Railroad Line
The Huckleberry Railroad earned its name from its leisurely pace, allowing passengers to easily hop off, gather huckleberries, and rejoin the train with minimal effort.
Originating in 1857 as part of the Flint Pere Marquette Railroad Company, this railway was a pivotal part of local history. The Flint Pere Marquette Railroad Company, established on June 22, 1857, initially operated the line from Flint to Otter Lake, later known as the Otter Lake Branch, covering 15 miles. Over time, it expanded, stretching an additional 4.5 miles from Otter Lake to Fostoria, culminating in a total track length of 19.5 miles from Flint to Fostoria.
Through various mergers, Pere Marquette became part of the C&O (Chesapeake and Ohio) Railroad, which eventually joined forces with other lines to form the Chessie System. Today, the Chessie System is recognized as CSX, a significant player in the railway industry.
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