Experience the West Through 'Jingle Rails'

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Train enthusiasts will be delighted with the Eiteljorg Museum's annual holiday exhibit, Jingle Rails. Imagine traveling from Indianapolis to the great American West by rail. This exhibit allows visitors to explore the possibilities with its winding railroads and beautifully-crafted landmarks.

Jingle Rails Exhibit

The railroad changed the face of the West forever and Jingle Rails brings that story to life. The exhibit is a series of trestles, bridges, tunnels, and trains that wind through detailed replicas of both the city of Indianapolis and Western landmarks. Nine trains wind through the elaborate landscape, including lighted passenger trains, trains with vintage posters and advertisements on their sides and freight trains.

Jingle Rails runs from Nov. 18, 2017 - Jan. 15, 2018 and is free with regular museum admission.

Highlights of the Exhibit Include:

  • Eight ultra-sized G-scale/gauge model trains 
  • Nearly 1,200 feet of track
  • More than 30 features including:    
    • Indianapolis’ Soldiers and Sailors Monument
    • Lucas Oil Stadium
    • One America Tower
    • Mt. Rushmore
    • The Grand Canyon
    • Old Faithful geyser (It actually erupts!)
    • The Indiana State Fairgrounds' Normandy Barn
    • Golden Gate Bridge
    • Las Vegas Strip
    • Hoover Dam
  • Access bonus content and videos about your favorite features with your smartphones via QR coding placed on the labels

Full List of Exhibit Landmarks

The landmarks were created with natural materials by Paul Busse and his company, Applied Imagination. They are incredibly detailed and realistic. Indianapolis landmarks featured in the display include the Eiteljorg Museum, Monument Circle (lit up for the holiday season), Chase Tower, Union Station and even Lucas Oil Stadium. The stadium's roof is open and football commentary can be heard coming from inside. After leaving the city, the tracks wind their way through national parks, passing famous sites including Mount Rushmore, the Grand Canyon, Golden Gate Bridge, Yosemite Falls, the Rocky Mountains and Mesa Verde.

Native American villages, pony express stations, hot air balloons and covered bridges dot the landscape. This year, museum-goers can expect to see three new additions including the Las Vegas Strip and the Hoover Dam all made out of natural materials like twigs, moss, and nuts.