There's a lot to do and see at the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum! While most visitors come to enjoy the lesiurely train rides we offer during the operating season, HVRM is at heart a museum. You may be pleasantly surprised to find a huge assortment of railroadiana, historic photos, and railroad equipment tucked away in the rural town of North Judson, Indiana.
There is FREE admission to the museum and you are welcome to explore the grounds. The museum is open year-round on Saturdays between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm (Central Time).
The focal point of the museum is our replica C&O railroad depot. The depot houses several displays as well as serving as our ticket office and gift shop. The depot was constructed along the former Erie-Lackawanna mainline and is fully ADA compliant. The museum contains lots of historic photos showcasing the history of railroading in and around North Judson. The depot makes a convenient starting point for any visit to HVRM.
Operating Signal System
Trains Magazine called HVRM's signal system "one of the most complete operating railroad signal exhibits on the continent." Indeed, our fully functional signal system contains a broad assortment of signal types in working order. These signals once controlled the movement of high speed mainline freight and passenger trains. More than a dozen wayside signals are on display at the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum.
The latest addition to the museum is Grasselli Tower. Donated by the Indiana Harbor Belt, this 100+ year old structure was moved from East Chicago, Indiana in 2009 to HVRM where it is undergoing a full restoration. The museum has dedicated an entire website to Grasselli Tower where you can explore the interlocking tower in finer detail. The tower is not yet open to the public, but volunteers are usually on hand to provide visitors with a peak at the 19th century computer hidden within it's walls. Eventually, Grasselli Tower will become the focal point of our operating signal system.
Every piece of rolling stock at the museum will eventually find its way through the doors of the HVRM's large backshop and restoration building. Constructed in several phases, the backshop is where heavy repairs and maintenance of our locomotives and cars takes place. While generally open to the public, the backshop may be closed at times for the safety of our visitors.
The museum has more than 30 pieces of rolling stock on display and in various stages of repair. Our collection includes three diesel switch engines, a locomotive crane and several pieces of freight equipment. The crown jewel of the collection is C&O No. 2789 - a steam locomotive built in 1947 and is awaiting restoration. Visit our equipment roster page for more information about our rolling stock or stop by the museum any Saturday to take a look for yourself!