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.

Apr 17 11:30

Bike Ride for the Railway 2015

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Save the date: Sunday, September 27, 2015 at 11:00 AM will be the 4th annual Bike Ride for the Railway, which supports both the restoration of the rail cars through Clinton Northen Railway Museum under the Clinton County Arts Council, and the Friends of the Federik Meijer Clinton-Ionia-Shiawassee Rail Trail.

The Bike Ride for the Railway features multiple routes from 7 to 60 miles long that use the rail trail and paved roads through the mid-Michigan countryside. (Portions of the trail outside the cities are paved with crushed limestone laid last fall.)

Apr 06 14:42

Help us Fund Restoration of Marie

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As you can see, the Marie is in dire need of a makeover! In order to restore her to her former glory, we are seeking donations to total $10,000.00, through Go Fund Me. Any amount of donation is appreciated and all are tax-deductible. Your contributions will help restore this grand old lady while enhancing the education and preservation of the history of a bygone era. To contribute, please go to

Thank you for supporting our continued efforts.

Feb 09 22:22

Wow, time has flown by.

The snow has fallen along with the temperature and the many hands have become idle. Snow has covered the cars, the walk way into the depot, while removed is not filled with foot prints. The HO Layout sits quiet but all things have been kept under a watch full eye.

The CIS trail is now finished and waits for the snow to melt and the grand opening to be held. One can see the foot prints of occasional walkers, few though.

The RR team will soon meet and begin planning a schedule of tasks and a more active recruiting of volunteers (HINT HINT).

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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.