The museum will be open this Saturday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm CDT.

Quick Details

Duration: 45 Minutes (Diesel), 20-25 minutes (Steam)

Prices: Starting at $8

Dates: October 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2023

Times: Diesel Trains: 9:00 am (recently added), 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm; Steam Trains: 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm

Seating: Open-Air or Coach (Diesel), Open-Air or Caboose (Steam)

Options: Diesel or Steam Powered

Pumpkin Trains

The Pumpkin Train is one of our most popular trains. Take a fun-filled ride through the crisp rural landscape while enjoying a mix of fall colors! Trains leave the depot in North Judson, Indiana, and take passengers on a leisurely journey. Once again this year, we are offering two unique experiences for our Pumpkin Trains, plus be sure to check out our new Twilight Pumpkin Trains!

Diesel Pumpkin Trains

Our diesel-powered Pumpkin Trains take passengers on a 45-minute, 10-mile round-trip journey from North Judson to English Lake where the train crosses the beautiful Kankakee River before returning to town. We'll drop you off at our pumpkin patch where you can choose the perfect pumpkin for carving!

Steam Pumpkin Trains

Our steam-powered Pumpkin Trains feature the amazing Bock Lumber Company no. 1 steam locomotive. This train leaves the depot in North Judson and takes passengers on a shorter 20-25 minute, 2.8-mile round-trip excursion. We'll drop you off at our pumpkin patch where you can choose the perfect pumpkin for carving!

Twilight Pumpkin Trains

New this year at the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum is a twist on a fan favorite - Twilight Pumpkin Trains! These trains leave at dusk and return in the dark. Each of these diesel-powered trains feature an animal show prior to departure.
Learn more about our twilight adventure.

  • Ticket Prices

    Diesel Pumpkin Trains
    Adults (Ages 16+): $20.00
    Children (Ages 3-15): $15.00 (includes pumpkin)
    Toddlers (Ages 0-2): Free

    Steam Pumpkin Trains
    Adults (Ages 16+): $12.00
    Children (Ages 3-15): $8.00 (includes pumpkin)
    Toddlers (Ages 0-2): Free

    Infants and toddlers may ride the train for free but must ride on a parent's or guardian's lap. Tickets purchased online will be charged a booking fee. Please read our refund policy.

  • Event Details

    Both steam and diesel Pumpkin Trains drop passengers off at the pumpkin patch after their ride. All child ticket holders get to explore the pumpkin patch and choose one regular pumpkin to take home. Additional pumpkins may be purchased on-site for $3.

    Please be aware that steam trains can be dirty! Our steam locomotive burns oil, but there is still plenty of smoke that is filled with particulates that can (and will) stain your clothing.

  • Excursion Dates

    Diesel Pumpkin Trains
    Every Saturday in October
    October 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2023

    Steam Pumpkin Trains
    Every Saturday in October
    October 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2023

  • Train Times

    Diesel Pumpkin Trains
    9:00 am (recently added), 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm

    Steam Pumpkin Trains
    10:00 am, 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm

  • Seating Options

    Diesel Pumpkin Trains
    Purchase your tickets for either coach or open-air car seating. The coach is an enclosed, sealed-window car with padded seats. The open-air cars are open to the elements with bench-style seating. You will make your choice when purchasing tickets. If you choose open-air car seating, please remember that our trains run rain or shine.

    Steam Pumpkin Trains
    General seating is available on our steam excursions. You may choose from either open-air or caboose seating when you arrive, subject to availability.

  • More Info

    • Trains run rain or shine.
    • No smoking, alcohol or pets allowed on the train.
    • There are no working restrooms on the train.
    • All trains operate on CENTRAL TIME (Chicago time).
    • Train times are approximate and we are not responsible for delays.
    • Please arrive at least 30 minutes early, as late boarding is not permitted.
    • We reserve the right to cancel trips and substitute equipment.

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