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More than 100 years of railroad history is preserved in a converted railroad depot in downtown Franklin.

Signs instructing passengers where to line up and workers what to check at each stop are nailed to the walls. Coal shovels speak to the time when the “iron horses” were powered by steam.

Signal lanterns are encased in glass, showing the ways that the trains communicated before radio. A large-scale model of a Michigan Central Line car is the centerpiece of the room.

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