10-17-23      Tuesday News     10 P.M.     E-3

Santa Trains will provide Christmas fun on Saturdays in late November and into December.  Ride in a vintage commuter coach through the countryside for approximately five miles from North Judson, Indiana, to the small town of English Lake.  After crossing the Kankakee River, the train returns to the depot and museum grounds.  During the trip, passengers will enjoy visiting with Santa and each child will receive a gift bag from Santa. 

Diesel-powered trains depart on November 25th and December 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd at 9:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, and 3:00 PM (Central Time).  The total length of each excursion is approximately 1 hour.  Ticket prices begin at $20.00 and are pro-rated, depending upon age.  Purchasing tickets online is recommended, as trains have sold out in past years.  Seating is restricted, to give Santa enough time to visit and take pictures with all the passengers.  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 is located at the former crossroads of the Pennsylvania, Chesapeake & Ohio, Erie, and New York Central Railroads.  It has one of the largest collections of working railroad signals.  Stroll around the grounds to see all types of memorabilia, rolling stock, and engines of a bygone era.

The Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and education of railroad history.  The museum is open Saturdays, year-round, and some select Sundays.  Regular train excursions are from May through September.  Special event train excursions are before Easter, during the month of October, and before Christmas.

Visit the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum website (www.hoosiervalley.org) for a complete schedule of events, dates, and train departure times. Order tickets online or call the depot (574-896-3950) on Saturdays, 9-4 Central Time.