Hop aboard the Easter train
NORTH JUDSON — Hop aboard the Easter train Saturday, April 7, at the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum in North Judson Passengers ride in vintage cabooses, a passenger coach, or open-air sightseeing cars. The train excursion is round-trip from the depot and travels more than five miles, crossing the Kankakee River at English Lake, before returning to North Judson. The train then continues on to a park, along the railroad tracks, where passengers disembark for an Easter Egg Hunt and a visit with the Easter Bunny. Each child and youth will receive a bag of Easter items: Toys, and candy from the Easter Bunny. Afterward, everyone will board the train for the trip back to the depot.
The train will depart at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. (central time). The total length of each trip, including the Easter Egg Hunt, will be approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. Ticket prices begin at $7. Purchasing tickets on-line is recommended at www.hoosiervalley.org.
Before or after the train excursion, be sure to visit the museum and grounds where the admission is always free. The Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum has one of the largest museum collections of working railroad signals and visitors are welcome to stand next to and touch the C&O 2789 steam locomotive which is the cornerstone of the museum. Stroll around the grounds to see all types of rolling stock and engines of a by-gone era.
Guest Engineers can operate a diesel locomotive with supervision at the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum. Anyone 18 and older can “be an Engineer” for 30 minutes or three hours for a nominal fee. Contact the museum for scheduling.