This past weekend we were at our cabin near Mio, and decided to take the AuSable Valley Railroad for a ride. Located just east of Fairview Michigan, it is one of those pleasant little surprises that leaves you saying “I’m really glad we done that!” The railroad is a 1/4 scale passenger train with a couple diesel engines and also a steam engine. The 20 minute ride takes you through a 115 foot wooden tunnel, and two trestles. The longest one (220 feet) goes over the Comins Creek Vally. That’s the one you see in the picture.
You purchase your ticket from the train depot, where you can buy some popcorn and a coke while you wait for your ride. There’s also a gift shop. The whole operation is first class. It’s clean, well kept, and a definite adventure to put on your “fun things” to do list. The owners are friendly and go out of their way to make sure you enjoy yourself.
So if you are ever in the Mio/Fairview area; do you and your family a favor, and take them for a ride on the AuSable Valley Railroad. Call for open dates, as Labor day and a couple Fall color days are the only times she’ll be running for the rest of the year.