Durand Union Train Station
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Michelle and I are going to Chicago to visit the newlyweds, Amber and Michael. Since it's the same amount of time to drive as it is to take the train, and there is no need to burden ourselves with a car we decide to on the train.
This Amtrack train runs from Port Huron to Chicago and we pick up the train 5 hours out of Chicago. It's been a long time since I've taken an American train, and although it's not the same as European or Asian trains, it really is not a bad way to travel. I wish we could use the European example for train travel, which is much more organized without being overly structured. It's such a way of life there, and somehow we always mange to complicate things more than necessary.
Anyway, this is the Durand Union Station (DRD) in Durand Michigan which has a very interesting history. Firstly, Durand is a train town because two major train lines cross here. Although train travel has diminished, Durand still has a strong connection with trains and has many stores and restaurants featuring train themes. The train station itself was falling into disrepair and was sold to the city in the late '70's and then restored and converted into a train museum. I wish I had more pictures of the inside of the station. It really is quite nice.
Once of the most noted events that are featured in the museum is the story of a train collision which occurred in 1903 when two circus trains collided near the station. There are many pictures and news clippings of the event as well as a large display of circus memorabilia. Although small, the museum is free and it is an opportunity to see a historic building.