In past years, the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum Santa Trains have stopped and picked up Santa when he was stranded along the tracks on the outskirts of North Judson, after his reindeer ran off with his sleigh. Santa recently said that he was coming back to Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum on Saturdays after Thanksgiving and into December. Come out and ride in a vintage commuter coach through the countryside for approximately five miles from North Judson to the small town of English Lake. After crossing the Kankakee River, the train returns to the depot. During the trip, Santa sits down with passengers and each child will receive a small gift bag from Santa.
Trains depart on November 27th and December 4th, 11th, and 18th at 10:00 AM, 12:30 PM, and 2:30 PM (central time). The total length of each excursion is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. Ticket prices begin at $14.00 and are pro-rated, depending upon age. Purchasing tickets on-line is recommended, as trains have sold out in past years and seating is restricted this year. Facemasks are required for everyone 2 years of age and older. Purchase tickets at www.hoosiervalley.org.
Before or after the train excursion, be sure to visit the museum and grounds where admission is always free. The Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum has one of the largest collections of working railroad signals. Stroll around the grounds to see all types of rolling stock and engines of a by-gone era.
Visit the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum website (www.hoosiervalley.org) for a complete schedule of events. Order tickets on-line or call the depot (574-896-3950) on Saturdays, 9-4 central time.