SW Michigan Railfanning

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  • From: Hennepin, IL
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SW Michigan Railfanning
Posted by hennepin98 on Friday, September 13, 2013 12:57 PM

Hello Group,

Next week I will be enjoying a few days (Thurs - Monday) in Grand Haven, MI,  While I am there, I would love to catch some rail fanning time and even interested in model railroads.  Does anyone have any suggestions for me of places that are good to visit?  I am ok with traveling maybe up to a hour to hour and a half if its worth it.  I am really not picky on what I get to photograph.  Please let me know if you have any suggestions and if you happen to have the RR frequencies they use in that area - that would be helpful also!  Thank you in advance!


Hennepin, IL

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Posted by MidlandMike on Saturday, September 14, 2013 2:07 PM

Grand Haven is on a CSX branch from Holland, MI, (the Amtrak Grand Rapids train makes a stop in Holland).  The Grand Trunk used to have a cross lake ferry at Grand Haven, and there is a steam engine in the park.  The Coopersville & Marne tourist train is about a dozen miles east.  Grand Rapids is the nearest rail center, with a CSX yard SW of town (S side of I-196), and the Grand Elk yard (former PRR) along US-131 south of downtown.  Ryder Hobbies is the big hobby shop in GR.

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