Mainline Tour: Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad

 

Mainline Tour

Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad

Railfan Weekend 2017

Michigan’s Historical Gem in the Heart of the State

By Giles Kennedy

Founder/Chief Editor The Ohio Railroader Website

Chief Administrator The Ohio Valley Railroad Gang

 

I have stumbled onto various great places to visit.

Mid-Michigan’s Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad is no exception.

www.genessecountyparks.org/pages/crossroads

(Located northeast corner of Flint, near village of Genesse, MI)

6140 Bray Road

Flint, Michigan

1-810-736-7100

Open mostly Memorial Day until Labor Day throughout the year Wednesdays-Sunday (closed Monday and Tuesday)

Also special events including a once a year “Railfans Weekend”, Halloween Events and special Christmas rides. Also Day Out with Thomas in late summer, usually mid August

$19 for adults for village and train ride ticket.

Again contact them for full details.

STANDARD RATE EXCEPTIONS

  • NO Family, Individual, Group Home Passes or Coupons are valid during Day Out With Thomas event, including the Genesee Belle, Village only or Train
  • Genesee Belle tickets purchased in conjunction with “free admission only pass” are as follows
    • Adults & Seniors – $5.00
    • Children 25 months – 12 years – $3.50
  • Huckleberry Railroad tickets purchased in conjunction with “free admission only pass” are $5.00 for everyone 25 months and older.

Amusement Ride Tickets

The Charles W. Parker Carousel, Superior Wheel, miniature mechanical pony cart, miniature Flyer Train, Venetian swing, and wheelchair swing: $1.25 each or 4 for $4.00

Departures:

Huckleberry Railroad                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

May 27 – September 4, 2017:

  • Wednesday through Sunday: 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 4:00 pm
  • Additional trains may be added as needed

 

My wife Tanya, my daughter Hannah and I literally stumbled into Railfan Weekend.

I had originally planned to visit here on our vacation. I forgot to double check the events calendar on their website. The wife, of course; thought I did plan this. Ha ha ha..

 

The Crossroads Village site sits just north of the small village Genesse, near Flint.

The entire property covers several acres including a 1890’s interpretive village, a small amusement area featuring “The Fastest Carousel in Michigan”, and of course the railroad.

The Railfan Weekend only happens once a year and gives a behind the scenes look at the operations and restoration of the narrow gauge railroad.

And, you all thought narrow gauge only existed in West Virginia and Pennsylvania in the east…..nope. Right at home in the Lake State since 1976. The line was standard gauge when the Pere Marquette had logging operations and various freight. The Mid Michigan Railway Historical Society (also known as The Friends of the Huckleberry Railroad) has been extremely active along with Genesse County Parks since day one.

Usually guests can ride the Genesse Belle riverboat. Alas, it was down for the season due to extensive repairs needed. However, between the railroad and the village; there was plenty to see.

 

The Railfan Weekend allows visitors with paid admission one train rode former DRG&W #464 hauling historic and reproduction narrow gauge coaches.

After that ride (3-4 per day, Saturday and Sunday); they allowed a ride back to the Coach Restoration and Maintenance Shops.

Each staff member and volunteer; whether for the Park System or the Village, was extremely friendly and informative.

On top of all to see and experience; they invite local railroad activists, modelers and Amtrak Blue Water Route staff to show displays and booths.

There are diesels on this old-time operation. A narrow gauge switcher runs the shuttle trains back to the Maintenance Shops, why a small “goat” ferries cars in and out of the yard.

If you have the opportunity to come to the Huckleberry Railroad in early August next year; I would highly recommend it.

I would recommend any time of the year during operations as well. In the fall, they do have limited operation weekends. Again, as stated; various other events are featured on the Village grounds.

Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad is indeed a family treat, railfan or not.

 

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