Civilians & Soldiers in History Day will be Saturday, July 22nd, at the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum, located in North Judson, IN. This annual event is scheduled to have numerous displays, reenactors, and events depicting various eras of civilian and military life from the Civil War to the modern day. This is a free event and includes the museum grounds. HVRM has a restored WWII Pullman Troop Car; a large collection of working railroad signals; all types of rolling stock, engines, and memorabilia of a bygone era.
There will be a nominal fee for the 10-mile, round-trip diesel train excursions through the Indiana countryside. Train excursions depart from the depot at 10 AM, 12 Noon, and 2 PM, Central Time, and travel about five miles to the Kankakee River at English Lake, before returning to North Judson. The total length of each trip is approximately 45 minutes. Passengers have their choice of riding in open-air sightseeing cars or a vintage coach. Ticket prices begin at $10.00. Groups of 6 or more get $2 off each ticket. Tickets can be purchased, in advance, at www.hoosiervalley.org.
Hoosier Vally Railroad Museum 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 by contacting the depot.
Future Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum events planned for this season are Steam Excursions on numerous Saturdays and/or Sundays, Pumpkin and Halloween Trains in October and Santa Trains running in late November and December. Times and prices for special events vary from regular train excursions. Remember that seating is limited for these special events, and it is recommended to purchase tickets, in advance, before excursions sell out.
Visit the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum website (www.hoosiervalley.org) for a complete schedule of events. Order tickets at www.hoosiervalley.org or call the depot (574-896-3950) on Saturdays or days when train excursions are scheduled.