Enjoy a leisurely ride across NWI countryside @ Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum

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Published on September 22, 2021 with No Comments

 The Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum (HVRM) in North Judson, is offering a variety of train rides so everyone can take in the sights, sounds and smells of the autumn season.  Ride on an open-air car or vintage coach through rural farm country and along wooded areas before returning to the depot.  

     Saturday, Oct. 2, starts off the HVRM fall season with our Fall Harvest Trains at 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m., Central Time.

     Aboard the Pumpkin Trains on Saturdays, Oct. 9, 16, 23, and 30 enjoy a leisurely, 45-minute trip through northwest Indiana’s countryside.  Upon returning to the depot area, the train will stop at the HVRM pumpkin patch where everyone may choose a pumpkin for just $3.  Trains depart at 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m.; 1:00 p.m., and 2:30 p.m., Central Time.

     The Halloween Twilight Train on Saturday, Oct. 30 departs for a 2 ½ to 3-hour trip at 4:15 p.m., Central Time, which includes a “Not-So-Scary, Scary Animal Show”, which is just as much fun and educational for adults as for children.  This train will return to the museum after sunset, so dress warmly.  Dress in costume or come as you are. 

     Reservations are being taken at www.hoosiervalley.org. Be sure to purchase your pumpkins when train tickets are purchased.  Many of these special trains in October have sold out in the past, so make sure you get tickets early.  Tickets must be picked up in the depot prior to boarding the train.

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

     Unique Gift Idea – Guest Engineers can operate a diesel locomotive with supervision at the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum.  Anyone over the age of 18, who holds a valid driver’s license, can “be an Engineer” for 30 minutes or 1 hour for a nominal fee.  Contact the museum for scheduling.

     HVRM is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and education of railroading history.  Special group events (including school groups) can be arranged during the week by contacting the depot.

     The museum is always free but there are fees for the train rides.  HVRM is open Saturdays, all year-round, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Central Time).  Reservations for train rides may be made online at www.hoosiervalley.org or by calling the depot at 574-896-3950 on Saturdays.

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