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.

Dec 08 20:16

Mail your Letters to Santa in the Railroad Post Office

HO HO HO Fat Jolly Old Elf seeks letters and wish lists from children of all ages.
Purpose - to have smiles and happy squeals on Christmas morning.

If you haven’t mailed your letter yet, be sure to complete your list and a note to Santa himself.... That Jolly Old Elf..... And put it in the mail slot of St Johns own mailcar at the depot. The RPO (railroad post office ) car has a slot to send your letter off to the north pole! Hurry and mail your list so it will be there when Santa checks his list!

Oct 12 16:32



Get into the HALLOWEEN SPIRIT at the St. Johns Depot on Sunday, October 20, 1:00 – 3:00 PM. Outside there will be a pet-costume contest, decorated-pumpkin contest and old-fashioned games to play. Inside, the Depot will be transformed into a tableau of witches, ghosts, monsters, etc., many of which are walking around, playing games, building their own monsters and eating snakes – oops, snacks! Plus: the return of the Haunted Hallway.

Aug 18 21:58


Sunday, September Sept 29, 2013. 1 PM

Clinton Northern Railway (CNR), a branch of the Clinton County Arts Council (CCAC) and the Friends of the Fred Meijer Clinton-Ionia-Shiawassee Trail (FMCIS) are holding a bike ride fund-raiser to help with the expenses of the restoration of CNR’s 4 historic railcars and to support the development of the much-anticipated rail trail. We hope that you can ride with us! If you can’t participate, please consider sending a donation made out to CCAC/Railroad or to FMCIS and mail it to 107 E. Railroad Street, St. Johns, MI 48879. In fact, if you aren’t in this area, you may want to hold your own off-site Bike Ride for the Railway and donate what you raise.

The key information you need is below:

• Begins at the Depot in St Johns 107 E Railroad St
• Family oriented…fun for all ages …take the trivia challenge… prizes
• Three routes 20, 40 or 60 mi
• Tasty hot meal included at the end of the ride served at the Main Street Cafe
• SAG service - all paved roads
• Pre-registration up through August 31: $15 individual - $30 family
• Same day registration $20 individual - $40 family
• For more information please call Jenny McCampbell 989 224 6134, Beth Smith 989 224 6629, or Kathy Simon 989-593-3642
• Visit our websites: and

Please print and sign the attached entry and waiver

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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.