The Coopersville & Marne Railway has announced its passenger train schedule for the 2020 season. Included are the ever popular EnterTRAINment Excursions, featuring local area musicians, as well as special theme trains throughout the year.
The new season kicks off with the Second Annual “Beat the Train 5K” race on Saturday March 21st. Some of the proceeds for this event are donated to the Western Michigan Society for Industrial Heritage; a non-profit organization that is a handicap accessible car for use on the Coopersville & Marne Railway. Additional information about this event can be found at beatthetraincoop.com.
The Easter Bunny and its cast of wacky musical friends come to Coopersville on March 28th to begin three weekends of Bunny Train entertainment for passengers of all ages. This year’s cast features members of LionHeart Productions from Grant, Michigan.
On Memorial Day, May 25th, the Coopersville & Marne Railway will honor America’s veterans with its “Veteran’s Troop Train.” Veterans ride for free for this special event, as a Thank You for their service to our country.
June begins a full season of activity on the rails. EnterTRAINment Excursions will be featured on two Saturdays and one Wednesday each month from June 6th to September 5th. The Wednesday trains return this year after having been cancelled in 2019 to allow for track maintenance.
The always popular “Great Train Robbery” moves from July to June this year. It will include two trains each on Saturday June 13th and Saturday June 20th. Featuring bad guys, good guys, dance hall girls and lots of horses you’ll experience train travel as it was in the Old West.
Our friends from LionHeart Productions return in August to present another “Murder Mystery Train.” Come out for an evening train ride on Saturday August 15th and Saturday August 22nd, and match wits with you fellow passengers to determine ‘Who Dunit.’
Our Famous Pumpkin and his friends, Scarecrow and Li’l Crow return each weekend in October. They will entertain passengers with songs and jokes on the annual “Pumpkin Train.”
Then each weekend from Thanksgiving to Christmas the train becomes home to Santa Claus along with his elves and a story telling Princess; for the “Santa Train.”
A complete schedule of Coopersville & Marne Railway activities for 2020 is attached. In addition, some other activities, to be announced later, are still in the planning stages. Those include special events to commemorate the Grand Opening of a new full-service station, in historic downtown Coopersville, as well as the 30th anniversary of the Coopersville & Marne’s first train on July 4, 1990.
The Coopersville & Marne Railway is West Michigan’s “All Volunteer Vintage Railroad.” It features a leisurely 90-minute ride from Coopersville to Marne and back; allowing passengers to experience rail travel as it was in the 1950’s.