Traveling Through Indiana on Vintage Railroad Cabooses

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Published on September 28, 2010 with No Comments

Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum

All Aboard! The Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum trains depart from downtown North Judson every Saturday during the months of May through October. Ride in vintage cabooses or the “open air” car which is a flat car with benches, railings and a roof. While traveling through farm country, car hosts inform passengers of the area’s railroad history as well as the history of the Kankakee River and Grand Kankakee Marsh. Wildlife, flowers and butterflies are plentiful.

The Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization. The engineers and conductors are volunteers who have been certified by the Federal Railroad Administration. Volunteers have laid the track in the area and maintain the museum, gift shop, cars and locomotives.
One of the museum’s many attractions is a Chesapeake and Ohio steam engine from a bygone era. Railroad memorabilia and pictures are housed in the depot as well as some train cars. In one section of a WWII Pullman troop car is a model train layout of North Judson during the early 1950s when up to 125 trains came through the town daily.
The majority of the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum train rides go to the English Lake area, crossing the Kankakee River which takes approximately 45 minutes, round trip. Other train rides continue past the Kankakee River to LaCrosse, which takes approximately one hour and 45 minutes, round trip.
Several cars are handicap accessible. For more information and pricing,visit www. hvrm@railfan.net, or call the museum at 574-896-3950. Train rides are available Saturdays, May through October. The museum is open on Saturdays, year-round, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. On Oct. 2 and 16, train rides are at 1:30 p.m. to LaCrosse.

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