The Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum offers visitors the opportunity to learn more about railroading during its heyday. The train rides will take place the first three weeks in October and will travel the Northwest Indiana countryside.
HVRM Marketing Director Loretta Kosloske says the museum likes to show-off the area.
“It’s just a fun time to do it, to get families together,” says Kosloske. “We have found it brings a lot of families together to do fall activities and to do outdoor activities.”
The Pumpkin Trains will travel a across the Kankakee River at Rnglish Lake and return to the North Judson area where travelers will be able to purchase a pumpkin before returning to the railroad depot.
A Halloween Train will also be offered on October 24th will take a three hour trip to LaCrosse for an animal show and educational experience. The fall harvest trains will end October 31st – which also marks the end of the train rides for 2015.
Kosloske says it’s a relaxing time for patrons.
“We do have the open air cars and so you can get the ambiance of being outdoors, and it won’t be that much colder that it is normally,” says Kosloske. “We’ll just be going 10 to 15 miles per hour.”
Closed cars are also offered. The HVRM says the train rides typically sell out in the past. Those interested in riding the trains can make their choice of car to ride in.
Kosloske says that anyone interested in seeing changing foliage is also encouraged to take part in the excursions.