The mission of the Clinton Northern Railway is to preserve the history of the railroad and its impact on small town America at the turn of the century and beyond.

Jul 31 14:29

Bike Ride for the Railway 2014

The third annual Bike Ride for the Railway will take place on Sunday, September Sept 28, 2014 starting at Noon at the St. Johns Railroad Depot, 107 E. Railroad St., St. Johns, 48879

The key information you need is below:

•Family oriented …fun for all ages
•Four routes 5, 10, 30 or 60 miles – all paved roads, all
routes begin at the Depot
•Pizza and pop at the end of the ride served at Main
SAG service with apples, cookies or donuts, and cider
•Pre-registration through August 31: $15 individual - $30
family; Same day registration $20 individual-$40 family

Jul 17 15:59

Rail-Car Moving Cancelled for Now

I am very sorry to say that the historic rail cars in St. Johns will not be moved this weekend as planned. There is a last-minute discrepancy regarding property lines in the area of the Depot. Since nobody wants to move the cars more than once, all is on hold until the property lines are officially determined.

Stay tuned...

Jul 16 16:27

Historic Rail Cars to be Moved

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These 3 historic rail cars are to be moved July 19 & 20 about 40 feet SIDEWAYS to sit on the north side of the upcoming C-I-S Rail Trail. All who would like to see this unusual engineering feat are welcome to drop down to the St. Johns Depot and watch the progress. This will be accomplished by experienced railroad professional with tracks - not cranes.

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History of the Railroad in St.Johns

1853 - St.Johns is organized by a group of speculators who anticipate the building of the Detroit & Milwaukee Railroad through the area

1920 - Grand Trunk Railroad Depot, which is now home to the Clinton Northern Railway, is built on Railroad Street.

1964 - The last Passenger Train ran through St.Johns

1992 - The last Freight Train ran through St.Johns

1996 - The last of the railroad tracks through the city are removed

2006 - A short section of track is laid behind the depot and a 1926 Ann Arbor Crew Car is placed there.