The mission of the Clinton Northern Railway is to preserve the history of the railroad and its impact on small town America at the turn of the century and beyond.

Sep 24 16:03

Bike Ride for the Railway 2014

5-mile route;  35 and 58-mile routes; 10-mile route

The Bike Ride for the Railway takes place on Sunday, September 28, with registration starting at noon at the St. Johns Depot Pavilion, 107 E. Railroad St. 48879.

SAG stops will offer cider, apples, water and donuts or cookies at no additional charge. Delicious pizza supper after the ride, also at no extra charge. Individuals ride for $20 and Families for $20. All proceeds after expenses support the restoration of the rail cars and the Clinton-Ionia-Shiawassee Rail Trail, opening in the spring 2015.

Aug 15 15:25

Silent Auction August 27 to benefit historic rail car restoration

A few items at the Silent Auction

Great deals abound at the Silent Auction before the Elvis Concert in the St. Johns City Park, Wednesday, August 27.

Jul 31 13:29

Bike Ride for the Railway 2014

The third annual Bike Ride for the Railway will take place on Sunday, September Sept 28, 2014 starting at Noon at the St. Johns Railroad Depot, 107 E. Railroad St., St. Johns, 48879

The key information you need is below:

•Family oriented …fun for all ages
•Four routes 5, 10, 30 or 60 miles – all paved roads, all
routes begin at the St. Johns Depot, 107 E. Railroad
•Pizza and pop at the end of the ride served at Main Street Cafe
SAG service with apples, cookies/donuts, and cider
•Pre-registration through August 31: $15 individual - $30
family; Same day registration $20 individual-$40 family
•For more information please call
Jenny McCampbell 989-224-6134,Beth Smith 989 224 6629,
or Kathy Simon 989-593-3642
Please click on the attachment at the end of this article to download the registration form and mail it in.

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History of the Railroad in St.Johns

1853 - St.Johns is organized by a group of speculators who anticipate the building of the Detroit & Milwaukee Railroad through the area

1920 - Grand Trunk Railroad Depot, which is now home to the Clinton Northern Railway, is built on Railroad Street.

1964 - The last Passenger Train ran through St.Johns

1992 - The last Freight Train ran through St.Johns

1996 - The last of the railroad tracks through the city are removed

2006 - A short section of track is laid behind the depot and a 1926 Ann Arbor Crew Car is placed there.