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.

Aug 18 2013


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

Aug 07 2013

Visitors galore

Jenny and the Marie getting ready to be moved, the car not the lovely lady.

The one week that the McCampbells were gone the depot and cars were under the guidance of Dobby Everts. Dobby is our man to go to for putting on our special events. Well this time he covered for them while they were in the Chicago area for a family reunion on Jenny's side as well as for her 70th birthday.

Dobby did such an excellent job as indicated by the number of folks that stopped by the depot and the sales in the gift store.

The next week the depot was again busy with a steady flow of families from many different parts of the county and state.

May 11 2013


Sunday, May 12, 2013 - 13:00 - 15:00

The St. Johns Depot was open for the first time this year, last Sunday. It will be open every Sunday from then until the END of October.
The team has not had a grand opening as there are some things that need to be done before a crowd can be handled. The team is installing a protective shield around the Jerry Banks Layout and a small bridge is being made to make the passages a mite safer while transferring from caboose to museum car. The team calls the two cars, Scrappy and Annie.