The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis has brought back a holiday favorite exhibit. Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure is once again presented by The Indiana Rail Road Company. Guests will be transported into a miniature wonderland with a network of trestles, bridges and tunnels with chugging trains and detailed replicas of national treasures. Jingle Rails will be a journey to the Great American West – the real West and the West of the imagination. This fascinating exhibit prompts the visitor to learn about the significance of the railroad in American Western history.
The 2013-2014 version of Jingle Rails features eight different G scale trains running around the display area. The 1200 feet of winding tracks take the trains past the local sites of Indianapolis including Monument Circle, Union Station, the State Fairgrounds and Lucas Oil Stadium. Travel through the national parks of the American West, including grand railway lodges, Northwest Coast Native villages, and wonders both natural and man-made—Mt. Rushmore, the Grand Canyon, Yosemite Falls, Old Faithful and more.
The unique part of Jingle Rails is that every canyon and butte, every lodge and geyser—even the model of Indianapolis’ own Soldiers and Sailors Monument—is made with natural materials by Paul Busse and his company Applied Imagination. Busse’s inventive holiday creations are usually only seen in cities like New York, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. Indianapolis is now on that short list.
Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure is presented this year by Indiana Rail Road Company and sponsored by Indianapolis Power & Light Co. and One America.
The Jingle Rails exhibit runs from November 23, 2013 to January 19, 2014. The Eiteljorg Museum is located in Downtown Indianapolis’ White River State Park. Open Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 12-5 p.m. Public tours Sat.-Sun., 1 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day. Hours may vary on holidays and days when downtown events restrict traffic on streets near the museum. For general information about the museum and to learn more about exhibits and events, call (317) 636-WEST (9378) or visit the Eiteljorg website.