About this trip idea
Allow 2-3 days.
Southern Indiana is the perfect place for train enthusiasts to chug to for an exciting adventure on the rails.
Stop in Salem
Head to the John Hay Center, a museum complex that includes a pioneer village and the Depot Railroad Museum .
Pull into French Lick
French Lick is home to the Indiana Railway Museum . Hop aboard for a nearly two hour train ride that will take visitors through 20 miles of Hoosier National Forest, limestone rock cuts and the 2,200-foot Burton Tunnel, one of the longest railroad tunnels in the state. Check the schedule for special weekend and holiday rides like staged train robberies and The Polar Express Christmas ride.
Jump off in Jasper
The Jasper Train Depot also offers scenic rail excursions. Riders on the Spirit of Jasper train can enjoy the "Jasper to French Lick Express" or the "Ride & Dine" trips on three beautifully renovated lounge cars.
Plant your feet in Princeton
Head west for a visit to the Princeton Depot . Once the lifeline of commerce and transportation for the county, the Princeton Depot is now home to the Gibson County Visitors Center and features a railway museum with a restored train caboose.
In downtown Evansville, visit the Evansville Museum Transportation Center, part of the Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science . The center features exhibits on aviation, riverboats and railroads including a 1908 steam switch engine, a 1926 tavern lounge car and a circa 1900 caboose.
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