IOTD Grant Awarded
The Indiana Office of Tourism Development (IOTD) has awarded the Town of North Judson a Destination Development grant in the amount of $31,897. This grant, funded through state appropriated dollars, is for the development of the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum to increase awareness among leisure travelers and enhance the marketing and promotion effectiveness of Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum Inc., and Indiana tourism. The Destination Development grant program is intended to contribute to the development and improvement of local economies and communities by means of enhancing, expanding and promoting the travel, tourism and hospitality industry.
Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum operates excursion trains on the rail corridor owned by the Town of North Judson. The Town and the Museum will match the $31,897 grant, in cash and inkind labor. The funds will be used in a project entitled “Project 600”, which will see 600 new railroad ties installed along a stretch of track west of English Lake, on the LaPorte County side. The project area is between the Towns of North Judson, and LaCrosse. Total project cost is $69,794.
Since May of 2006, Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum has carried 42,195 passengers on its excursion trains, operating primarily on Saturdays, with occasional weekday field trips. Round trips between English Lake and LaCrosse are offered on Saturdays, boarding at the railroad depot in North Judson. Train excursion season begins in May and runs through December. For more information about Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum and train schedules, please visit the web site at hoosiervalley.org.
Mark Knebel, Secretary
Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum Inc.
North Judson IN