Get your tickets for the Great Train Robbery and come aboard July 16 and July 23 (both Saturdays) to travel back in time to 1858, the same year the Coopersville and Marne Railway track was laid. Departure times are 10 am, 12:30 pm and 3 pm.
You’ll experience a re-enactment of the Jesse James gang trying to rob the train… but fear not, an “armed” guard of the sheriff’s department is on-board. So, too, are a cast of other characters, including dance hall girls.
The train of vintage passenger cars, some almost 100 years old, departs from historic, downtown Coopersville, at 311 Danforth. The 14-mile, 90-minute, round-trip journey hearkens back to simpler times as it chugs its way through family-owned farms and fields. For a brief stretch, the track follows the route of Interstate 96. (Actually, the highway follows the railroad track which was first laid down in 1858. The track follows an ancient water route first cut into the earth by glacial events.)
The Great Train Robbery event is a fundraiser for the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Posse (Mounted Division). Call 616.997.7000 or go here for information.
Adult full fare: $17.50
Senior fare: $16.50
Kids (2-12) $15.50
Kids under two years ride free
Caution: Loud gunfire