Train rides for all ages

Written by Nicholas Serrano. Posted in Community News

Published on August 31, 2011 with No Comments

The Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum in North Judson is offering a variety of train rides so everyone can take in the sights and sounds and smells of the autumn season.

Aboard the Pumpkin Trains, enjoy a leisurely trip through the rural northwest Indiana countryside and across the Kankakee River at English Lake. Upon returning to the North Judson area, the train will travel to the HVRM pumpkin patch where everyone may choose and purchase a pumpkin for just $1 before returning to the depot.

These trains sold out in 2010, so make sure you get your tickets early.

The Fall Harvest Trains will cross the Kankakee River and continue on through the rural farm country and along wooded areas to LaCrosse, and then return to the depot.

These 10-mile and 20-mile round-trip excursions are great way to relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Take your choice of riding in a vintage caboose, on an open-air car or in a coach.

All seating is first-come so arrive at least 30 minutes prior to departure.

In general, trains will leave on 10-mile trips to English Lake at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. A 20-mile trip to LaCrosse will usually run at 2:45 p.m.

The Fall Harvest train on Oct. 1 and Oct. 15 leave for a two-hour journey at 1:30 p.m.

The Halloween Train on Oct. 29 heads off on a three-hour trip to LaCrosse at 4 p.m. This train will return to the museum after sunset, so dress warmly in your favorite costume.

The train on the Saturday before Halloween is a special event where passengers can enjoy a rare early evening train ride and a Not-So-Scary Scary Animal Show. The Halloween train is a round-trip excursion to LaCrosse with the return trip beginning at dusk. Dress in costume or come as you are.

The museum is always free but there are fees for the train rides. Trains are handicapped-accessible.

HVRM is open Saturdays, year-round, 9 – 4 p.m., Central time.

Reservations for train rides may be made on-line at or call the depot at 574-896-3950 on Saturdays.

Reservations are being taken for Santa Trains on Dec. 10 and Dec. 17.

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