We have a wheelchair access door and a lift donated by The Braun Company — now we need donations to finish the interior and put the railcar back on the tracks!

About Us

Welcome to the website of the Western Michigan Society for Industrial Heritage, PO Box 273, Coopersville, MI 49404 a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the Preservation, Renovation and Education about the equipment, tools and supporting structures that built Western Michigan.

As you read this, much of the early industrial equipment used to build West Michigan is rotting, rusting or being cut up and sold for scrap. The Industrial Heritage Society’s goal is to preserve this early heritage for the edification of future generations.

Our organization was formed in 2000 and informally chartered by 14 year-old Ryan J. Byle (1987–2001) and has been working on a handicap accessible railcar since our inception.

If you would like to donate to this cause either monetarily, with in-kind services, tools and/or materials please contact us via the form below or call 616-581-9340.

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