Hoosier Valley offers rail tours | The star

NORTH JUDSON – The Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum is running special excursion trains this weekend in conjunction with Father’s Day and the North Judson Mint Festival.

The Mint Festival takes place June 17-19 in North Judson, located in Starke County. The HVRM will have special excursion trains on Saturday and Sunday.

Passengers travel in the open air, in tourist cars or vintage wagons. The rail tour travels approximately 8 km from the North Judson depot to the Kankakee River at English Lake before returning to the depot.

Trains depart at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Central Time on both days. The total duration of each trip is approximately 45 minutes.

Tickets are $14 for adults (16 and older) and $10 per child. Children under 3 years old are admitted free. Groups of six or more get $2 off each ticket. The museum recommends purchasing tickets online at hoosiervalley.org as space is limited.

Before or after the train excursion, visitors are encouraged to visit the museum and park where admission is always free. The Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum has one of the largest museum collections of working railroad signals and a restored World War II Pullman Troop Car.

The grounds also feature all types of rolling stock, engines and memorabilia from a bygone era.

At the Mint Festival, there will be a variety of vendors, food, and fun activities for the whole family.

In addition to this weekend, the HVRM has an exciting program of events planned for this season.

Regular Saturday train excursions continue until the end of September. October brings the Fall Harvest, Pumpkin and Halloween trains. Santa Claus trains run at the end of November and December. Times and prices for these special events will vary from regular train excursions.

The HVRM is an all-volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and education of railroad history. Special events for groups, including school groups, can be arranged by contacting the depot.

For more information, visit the website, hoosiervalley.org, for a full schedule of events. Order your tickets on the website or by calling the depot at (574) 896-3950.

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