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March 15, 2014 - LCCA Special Event Aboard Pere Marquette 1225 Steam Train

The Lionel Collectors Club of America (LCCA) is proud to announce a special steam train excursion headed up by the Pere Marquette No 1225 Steam Locomotive engine on Saturday, March 15, 2014.   The LCCA is offering seats aboard the LCCA’s reserved  passenger cars as part of 'Railyard Productions’ “1225 Return to Rails Excursion” round trip inaugural run from Owosso MI to Clare MI.  

The Pere Marquette No. 1225, operated by the Steam Railroading Institute in Owosso, will power this “Return to Rail" excursion. The locomotive is currently undergoing a federally mandated 1,472-day inspection, but is scheduled to make its inaugural run from Owasso to Clare MI on Saturday, March 15, 2014. 

The train will depart Owosso MI at 9 a.m. and arrive at Clare  MI at 11:30 a.m. Riders will have a 3-hour layover in Clare to partake in the Clare Irish Festival, which will coincide with our excursion. The train will depart Clare at 2:30 p.m., running backwards to Alma, where it will be turned for a 6 p.m. arrival in Owosso.

Lima Locomotive Works built No. 1225 in October 1941 for the Pere Marquette. In 1957, officials at Michigan State University, seeking an outdoor monument to commemorate the steam-era, saved the locomotive from a scrap yard. In 1969, university students set out to restore the locomotive, but were unable to complete the project. In 1983, No. 1225 was moved to Owosso and restoration resumed. The locomotive returned to excursion duty in 1988. This train was used for the animation modeling for the popular Castle Rock Entertainment animated production feature film “The Polar Express ” featuring the voice of Tom Hanks.    

LCCA member tickets are $144.00 per person for coach seats and will include two photo shoot run-bys and a special limited edition LCCA billboard frame and special insert to commemorate this inaugural run.   To register and  pay for this event, please go to our website registration page.   Space is limited, so make your reservations prior to 12-1-13.  For more information about the No. 1225, visit

We are currently investigating overnight hotel group accommodations and possible activities for Sunday, March 16.   Additional information will follow.

To attend, register by sending the linked form to the business office or fill out LInk to on line Registration and Form.

If you like steam trains, you will not want to miss out on this tremendous opportunity to share this experience with other LCCA members aboard the inaugural run of the Pere Marquette 1225’s run from Owosso to Clare Mi.  We hope you can be there to enjoy and have FUN!

Best regards,

Al Kolis
President Elect & Special Events Manager
Lionel Collectors Club of America
248 709-4137