MICHIGAN AuSABLE VALLEY RAILROAD
230 S. ABBE ROAD
FAIRVIEW, MI 48621
The Schraders moved to Northern Michigan in 1990 and spent several years establishing a mail order catalog featuring gift ideas for the railroad enthusiast. During these years the formulation of the Michigan AuSable Valley Railroad began. Plans were made for the future ground breaking by
designing the layout of the track and having blueprints drawn for the several buildings that now inhabit the 40 acres of jack pine forest located in beautiful Northern Michigan. The site, which overlooks the Comins Creek Valley, proved to be the perfect location for visitors from all around the experience the beauty and serenity of the great north.
In 1994, the Schraders broke ground for the Michigan AuSable Valley Railroad Station and the 72 foot long engine house. Friends and family members were recruited to help with the laying of the 16 gauge track which contains over 5500 ties spanning over a mile. Four switches were added to the route in 1995 while work was done to restore 7 passenger cars that originally ran on the former Pinconning and Blind River Railroad, that was also located in Fairview, Michigan.
From April 15 to December 2, 1996 the Michigan AuSable Valley Railroad saw the construction and completion of 2 wooden trestles; the longest of which spans over 220 feet, and a 115 foot wooden tunnel. Passengers, when emerging from the darkness of the tunnel are greeted with a breathtaking view of the valley below and immediately sense the thrill of crossing the first trestle. This part of the trip is a favorite for guests and is especially enjoyable during autumn when the fall foliage is at its peak.