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The Pere Marquette #1225 2-8-4 Berkshire Class locomotive is the sister locomotive to the Nickle Plate Road’s #765.
Owned by the Michigan State Trust for Railway Preservation, Pere Marquette #1225 is used for rail excursions on the Great Lakes Central Railroad.
This is the same locomotive that inspired the book and Warner Brother’s movie The Polar Express!
Note: Notice the bilevel passenger cars that this train is pulling? The double-decker cars were built in the 1950’s and 1960’s are subleased from the Michigan Department of Transportation. The MDOT is now spending $1.1 million a year to lease from Great Lakes Central Railroad 23 double-decker passenger cars for a proposed commuter rail service between Detroit and Ann Arbor, Michigan. The project is still years away from being completed!
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If you’ve ever taken a ride on the Pere Marquette #1225 or a train like this let us know in the comments below! Would love to hear your experience on this classic piece of history!