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COVID-19 Response Plan

7/22/2020 UPDATE: Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb has issued a mask mandate requiring volunteers and visitors to the museum to wear a mask. This order goes into effect on July 27, 2020. The museum has modified its COVID-19 Response Plan to reflect this change.

7/20/2020 UPDATE: The Starke County Health Department has issued a mask mandate requiring volunteers and visitors to the museum to wear a mask. The order goes into effect on July 22, 2020. Click here to download the order.

9/26/2020 UPDATE: Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb has issued orders to move the state into Stage 5 on September 26, 2020. However, the museum must still follow social distancing and mask orders. As a result, our COVID-19 guidelines will remain in effect.

The museum will be open to the public on the following days:

We have scheduled train rides on each of these days. There are no other days or times scheduled. Our Guest Engineer program has been temporarily suspended.

The museum will re-open with the guidelines outlined below to protect our visitors and volunteers. We thank you for your patience and understanding.

ATTENTION PASSENGERS: WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO MODIFY YOUR SEATING UPON ARRIVAL TO ACCOMMODATE SOCIAL DISTANCING REQUIREMENTS. 

COVID-19 Guidelines

Click here to download these guidelines.

To ensure the health and well-being of our volunteers and visitors during the global COVID-19 crisis, the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum has adopted the following simplified guidelines. Please be aware that these guidelines are subject to change based on requirements from the State of Indiana or other government officials.

IF YOU OR SOMEONE IN YOUR FAMILY OR GROUP FEELS SICK, DO NOT COME TO THE MUSEUM OR ATTEMPT TO RIDE A TRAIN. WE CAN AND WILL REFUSE ANYONE THAT EXHIBITS SYMPTOMS OF THE COVID-19 VIRUS.

Guest Engineer/Throttle Time Programs to Resume

Our Guest Engineer and Throttle Time programs will resume on Saturday, June 20, 2020. All guest engineers will require advanced reservations. Each guest engineer will be individually contacted regarding specific COVID-19 guidelines.

Train Rides to Resume

Train rides will resume, pending availability of volunteers, on select Saturdays during the season. Please visit our website for scheduled operating days. We highly recommend that all passengers purchase their tickets in advance on our website. Seating may be limited or unavailable based on CDC social distancing recommendations. We are requiring that all volunteers, passengers, and visitors wear face masks (with limited exceptions based on directives from public health officials). There will be no late boarding.

Social Distancing

Museum grounds will be open to the general public on select Saturdays during the season. Please visit our website for scheduled operating days. Areas that cannot accommodate CDC social distancing recommendations will remain closed. We will be limiting the number of people that can occupy the depot, gift shop, restrooms, etc. We are requesting that all visitors and passengers maintain at least six feet between themselves and other groups. We are requiring that all volunteers, passengers, and visitors wear face masks (with limited exceptions based on directives from public health officials).

Extra Cleaning Procedures

We will be performing extra cleaning duties, including frequent cleaning of “high touch” areas around the museum and aboard the train. Things such as handrails, doorknobs, countertops, seats, and restrooms will be disinfected more frequently. We are encouraging increased hand-washing and proper hygiene to help prevent the spread of the virus. Sanitization stations will be made available around the museum.

Last updated 9/29/2020.