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Visiting Michigan Railroad History in Tecumseh

on July 2, 2013
Downtown Tecumseh Michigan Hobby shop

Look! A train!

Kids love trains. It’s no secret that mine do — whether it’s a Day out with Thomas the Tank Engine, catching a train ride at an amusement park, or admiring a painted sign (above), they’ve never met a train they didn’t want to ride. So when I saw that the Southern Michigan Railroad Society was having a free “Trains, Trucks and More!” day in Tecumseh, Mich., I knew we had to attend.

We decided to make it a day trip to Tecumseh — which is just under an hour’s drive from Ann Arbor. We first drove to the charming downtown area, where we found several of the Art Trail Tecumseh exhibits peppered along the main street.

Art Trail Tecumseh Horse

Horsing around with a bird. (Not the real title.)

Art Trail Tecumseh pay phone

Must have been a wrong number.

Art Trail Tecumseh Sign

Several pieces were located in this annex.

Art Trail Tecumseh Fish

Nothing fishy about this art exhibit.

Walking around looking at the sculptures worked up an appetite in us all, so we were happy to find the Dog House. I counted 30 different hot dogs on the menu, plus the restaurant had sandwiches, paninis, wraps and salads.

The Dog House Tecumseh

This is one dog house you’ll want to be inside.

My husband went for the Popper Dog, with cream cheese, jalapenos and bacon; I went with a more traditional Reuben.

The Dog House Tecumseh hot dog

The Popper Dog at the Dog House.

My son had the Big Kahuna with pineapple and bacon; my daughter, on the other hand, broke ranks and chose the grilled peanut butter and jelly.

Dog House Peanut Butter Jelly

Grilled PB&J.

With our bellies full, it was time to make our way to the Trains, Trucks and More!” event.

Tractor at Southern Michigan Railroad Society

This pretty tractor was part of the “and more!”

I enjoyed seeing the old farm equipment, but my kids’ sights were set on the trains. First we rode in the engine of this diesel engine…

Diesel Train Enginer at Tractor at Southern Michigan Railroad Society

We rode the rails in this diesel engine.

Then we hopped aboard this car.

Maintenance car  Diesel Train Enginer at Tractor at Southern Michigan Railroad Society

Maintenance car rides.

After the ride, we were able to go in and explore some of the old engines and coaches that were parked along the railroad tracks.

Train-Coach at Southern Michigan Railroad Tecumseh

Exploring the coaches.

Under a tent, the society had put together displays of historical photos and videos, and even had a volunteer demonstrating model railroading.

Model train set at Southern Michigan Railroad

One of the model train displays.

My kids both enthusiastically took part in placing down the grass and bushes, with the help of the most patient man in the world, the volunteer who let rugrats like mine “help.”

Model train set at Southern Michigan Railroad

Building a model train set.

The event took place from noon til 6 pm, and we spent a good two hours exploring all that there was to do. The kids learned a lot from the many volunteers on site who patiently explained the history behind the train coaches or how the diesel engines worked.


6 Responses to “Visiting Michigan Railroad History in Tecumseh”

  1. Andrew says:

    How much fun. What a great way to keep the history of our rails alive.

  2. Kim Orlando says:

    LOVE the art! Love that you take your kids to see art that is off the beaten art path. So cool.

  3. I love the quirky sculptures around town. That is just the fun type of location that my family enjoys.

  4. Alysia says:

    Hi, I found you on the Travel Bloggers Facebook page. I live in Macomb County, north of Detroit. This looks like a lot of fun, we’ve never been to Tecumseh. When I went on the website, it said that the Art Trail sculptures will be on display through April 2013…just wanted to confirm that you were there recently? I’m happy to find another Michigan blogger!

    • Teresa says:

      Hi Alysia – nice to meet another Michigan blogger! Yes, we were there recently and saw the sculptures. I noticed too that the Tecumseh site said they were only on display through April 2013, but the Midwest Sculpture Initiative site says the sculptures will be on display through April of 2014: Hope you do go and see them – our kids really enjoyed the sculptures!

  5. […] railroad museums that we didn’t even know were nearby: the Southern Michigan Railroad (which we recently visited) and the Saline Railroad Depot Museum. We also added a few more destinations to our summer travel […]

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