Are you ready to experience a by-gone era of railroading? Then make plans to visit the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum in North Judson, Indiana. Tucked away in this picturesque rural community, HVRM has become the premier tourist destination for thousands of people who want to experience the sights, sounds and smells of post-World War II railroading.
Centrally located and a short drive from several metropolitan areas, the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum offers you the unique opportunity to become immersed in the railroad history of northwest Indiana. You can explore our quaint depot filled with photos and artifacts. Walk our grounds and inspect various pieces of equipment on display and under restoration. Become amazed at the shear size of our massive C&O No. 2789 steam locomotive. The museum is open year round on Saturdays between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm (Central Time).
There is FREE admission to the museum, but we do charge for train rides.
Between May and October, HVRM offers train rides on authentic railroad cabooses. Even more, you can take in the sights and sounds of the rural landscape aboard one of our open air sightseeing cars. Seating is limited on our trains, so it's always best to reserve your tickets in advance. We also have a number of special events planned throughout the year, so make sure that you mark your calendar and visit our website often!
Guest Engineer Program
Have you ever dreamed of climbing up into the cab and operating a real locomotive? You can make your dream a reality with our Guest Engineer Program. Available by appointment only, guest engineers receive supervised operating experience in one of our diesel switch engines. Jump into the seat yourself or give the gift to a friend or loved one.
Visitors are encouraged to explore the museum and look at more than 30 pieces of rolling stock on display and in various stages of preservation. Check out the progress on Grasselli Tower or visit the backshop where we perform repairs on our equipment. While you're trackside, look skywards to observe several types of operating wayside signals. Don't forget to stop by the gift shop and visit with our friendly staff!
Walk the North Judson Erie Trail
Bring your bicycle or walking shoes and take in the quiet scenery along the North Judson Erie Trail. About 9 miles of the trail is already open to the public between the trailhead at HVRM in North Judson and U.S. 35 near Bass Lake. Built along the roadbed of the former Erie-Lackawanna mainline, the trail is a popular local feature.