MICHIGAN AuSABLE VALLEY RAILROAD
230 S. ABBE ROAD
FAIRVIEW, MI 48621
While the Schraders worked at building the tunnel and trestles, technicians from Custom Locomotive Works in Chicago were busy constructing the custom diesel locomotive which consists of two F-7 AA units sitting back to back. The front unit contains the engine while the back slug unit uses it 5500 pounds of dead weight to balance the front. Both engines have a combined total weight of 11,000 pounds. The 80 hp Perkins Diesel Engine drives 16 wheels and includes an intricate air-brake system. The engine is 30 feet long, 58 inches high, and took 9 months to build.
The oldest and grandest member is a 1/4 scale, 16 inch gauge Hudson Steam Locomotive. Completed in 1961 by the late E. C. Eddy of Fairview, Michigan, it formerly ran on the Pinconning and Blind River Railroad, giving pleasure to hundreds in the 1960's & 70's. After a 25 year hiatus, the grand oil-fired steam engine, No. 5661, 4-6-4, has been restored and runs on selected Sundays and Holidays. Please call ahead for the steam schedule at 989-848-2225.