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Jingle Rails at the Eiteljorg Museum, Nov. 3 to Jan. 6

Jingle Rails at the Eiteljorg Museum

Jingle Rails at the Eiteljorg Museum. Photo provided by the museum and used with written permission.

Press Release
Eiteljorg Museum

Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure, opened last Saturday at the Eiteljorg Museum in White River State Park, 500 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, Indiana, and continues through the holiday season until Jan. 6, 2013.

You can enter a locomotive wonderland, a network of trestles, bridges and tunnels with chugging trains and detailed replicas of national treasures, all made of natural materials like twigs, moss and nuts and wrapped up in holiday trimming. Jingle Rails is a journey to the Great American West – the real West and the West of the imagination. It inspires in guests a desire to know more about the natural and social history of the West, to travel to experience America’s Western treasures, and to learn about the significance of the railroad  in American Western history.

Watch seven trains wind past the local treasures of downtown Indianapolis, including the Eiteljorg Museum, Monument Circle and Union Station and Lucas Oil Stadium, where guests will hear veteran Colts radio announcer Bob Lamey call a game. The trains then head through the national parks of the American West, passing legendary sites, including grand railway lodges, Northwest Coast Native villages, and wonders both natural and human-made—Mt. Rushmore, the Grand Canyon, Yosemite Falls, Old Faithful and more.

The unique part of Jingle Rails is that every canyon and mesa, every lodge and geyser—even the replica of Indianapolis’ own Soldiers and Sailors Monument by Paul Busse and his company Applied Imagination. Busse’s inventive holiday creations are rare and only seen in cities like New York, Chicago, Washington, DC—and now Indianapolis.


  • Seven ultra-sized G-scale/gauge model trains
  • Nearly 1,200 feet of track
  • Thirteen overhead walk-under bridges
  • More than 30 buildings including:
    • Indianapolis’ Soldiers and Sailors Monument
    • Lucas Oil Stadium
    • OneAmerica Tower
    • Chase Tower
    • IPL Building
    • Mt. Rushmore
    • The Grand Canyon
    • Western National Park lodges of Yosemite,
    • Grand Canyon Glacier National Park,
    • Old Faithful (lodge and geyser) in Yellowstone National Park
  • Working waterfall feature
  • Access bonus content and videos about your favorite features with your smartphones via QR coding placed on the labels

For more information, visit http://www.eiteljorg.org/, or call 317-636-9378.

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