The Pere Marquette steam locomotive No. 1225, better known as the Polar Express, will make it's official appearance this weekend, which will commemorate with the steam railroading institute celebrating 50 years.

According to WILX, MSU students established the Michigan State University Railroad Club in 1969 with a goal of restoring No. 1225.

They worked to restore the actual displayed monument that was on campus since 1957.

Eventually it was relocated to Owosso in 1983 and the group the MSU Railroad Club became the Michigan State Trust for Railway Preservation, which is now known as the Steam Railroading Institute.

The school trains Santas, Mrs. Clauses, and elves from around the world.

Here's a fun fact: in case you didn't know, No. 1225 was in the 2004 Warner Bros. Christmas movie, The Polar Express.




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