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Train expo comes to Mid-Michigan

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Historic steam trains are back on the rails this weekend in Shiawassee County at one of the largest train expos in the country. 

"You know there's only a handful of those left like this in the country," said Terry Bush, events coordinator.

Patrons can take a step back in time for a ride on an old-fashioned steam engine locomotive.

The train expo rolls into town in Owosso this weekend. 

It's a chance for every one to experience the mighty "chug-chug-chug" of the steam engine as it sets off down the tracks.

"They have a unique sound, a unique character, they have a presence. And they can't be duplicated by diesel," Bush said.

Residents can ride on eight steam trains at the expo this weekend, but there are other really cool trains on display as well. One of the trains is the Leviathon. It was handmade to look like Lincoln's funeral train. 

For one of the train rides at the expo, patrons may want to hide their wallet. A train robbery-themed trip takes patrons back to the Wild West with an interactive show

"Guitar Slim and his band of desperadoes will rob the train, they will steal the blueprints of the train, and a big pot of money as well," Bush said.

Patrons will also be able to take a ride in the train from the movie the Polar Express.

"It's cool. Kids have an affinity for it. Their faces just light up to be around the trains. And that North Pole connection to that movie has reborn the love and excitement for steam trains. And for older folks, it brings back some nostalgia, to a more romantic time," Bush said.

The train expo takes place at the Steam Railroading Institute in Owosso. The entrance fee is $25 and prices for the ride vary by trip.

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