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Oakland County Hosts Bus Tour of Detroit Railway

The tour will retrace the historic railway and provide information to participants.

The public is invited to join a bus tour retracing two main routes of the Detroit United Railway in Oakland County on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The "Oakland County Rode the Rails" tour is presented by the Oakland County Historical Commission, Oakland County Parks and Recreation, and the Farmington Historical Society.

Participants will travel two of the main routes of the interurban line that once served thousands of rail commuters in Oakland County. Participants will hear from authors and railway historians about the D.U.R. and its importance to local communities, as well as learn about the historic buildings that served the railway and the communities that thrived along the rail routes.

This four-hour bus tour via an Oakland County Parks and Recreation coach bus will begin and end in Farmington at the site of the historic Botsford Inn, travel north through Royal Oak to Pontiac and back through the lakes area of central Oakland County.

Brian Golden, member of the Oakland County Historical Commission and author of Farmington Junction, a Trolley History will be joined along the route by Helen Jane Peters, who will talk about the Sylvan Lake Inn. Kenneth Schramm, author of Detroit’s Street Railway, will also share his extensive knowledge of the D.U.R. Ticketholders will receive a tour booklet providing additional information about the railway system.

Tickets are $30 per person and include lunch at in Birmingham. Tickets can be reserved in advance, but are limited in number.

For more information or to purchase tour tickets, contact Brian Golden, tour conductor, at 248-701-8112.

—The above information was provided in a press release.

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