Michigan AuSable Valley Railroad Closing

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Marty_Knox
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Michigan AuSable Valley Railroad Closing

Post by Marty_Knox » Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:06 am

Howard and Joanne Schrader's Michigan AuSable Valley Railroad has been one of the premier Grand Scale Railroads for the last 20 years. The Schraders have decided to retire, so next weekend, October 14 and 15, will be their last operating weekend. The RR is in Fairview, Michigan, about 3 hours + north of Detroit.
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Re: Michigan AuSable Valley Railroad Closing

Post by dash9 » Tue Oct 10, 2017 8:35 pm

It's been for sale for a while, no takers. If I had a 1,000,000.00 maybe... Hate to pay the property tax on it..

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Re: Michigan AuSable Valley Railroad Closing

Post by Glenn Brooks » Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:57 pm

Pretty amazing locomotives and their route through a national forest sounds very interesting. To bad we don't have something like this on the west coast.

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Re: Michigan AuSable Valley Railroad Closing

Post by mikell » Sun Oct 29, 2017 7:12 am

That place is a few miles from my cabin and my plan was to retire and railroad there. plans change and it's sad. Michigan is losing too many railroads right now.
This one
Junction Valley closed after the summer
Version in Grand Rapids is for sale and closed
And rumors of another for sale
And that's just Grand scale that I know of.

Now we're building and have about 600' on the ground and another couple thousand to go. Couple of more years.

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Re: Michigan AuSable Valley Railroad Closing

Post by mikell » Sun Oct 29, 2017 7:14 am

The taxes should be rather low it's about 10 miles past the middle of nowhere. My cabin is less than $200 and worth probably aa tenth of the railroad.

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Re: Michigan AuSable Valley Railroad Closing

Post by dash9 » Sun Oct 29, 2017 1:24 pm

Just as soon as I find a winning ticket on the ground from the lottery for a 100 million i will buy it.

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Re: Michigan AuSable Valley Railroad Closing

Post by jamesjgould » Sun Jul 15, 2018 6:52 pm

I heard from Jim O'Conner that Howard sold it to a new operator.
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Re: Michigan AuSable Valley Railroad Closing

Post by Marty_Knox » Mon Jul 16, 2018 12:05 pm

It re-opened Memorial Day weekend for the 2018 season.

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