Jingle Rails: Trains, Models and Holiday fun at the Eiteljorg

Company Site:www.eiteljorg.org
Hours:Mon–Sat: 10 am–5 pm Sun: Noon–5 pm
Location:500 West Washington Street Indianapolis, IN 46204
Notes:Every canyon and mesa, every lodge and geyser is created by Paul Busse and his brilliant team at Applied Imagination.
Cost:Adults: $12 Seniors 65+: $10 Children 5–17 & Full-time Students with ID: $6 Children 4 and under: Free Members: Free Native Americans: Free IUPUI: Free
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The Eiteljorg Museum, located in downtown Indianapolis, IN has a wonderful exhibit every year around the Holidays. Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure is a new and favorite tradition for our family around the Holidays.  Model trains travel through tunnels, over bridges and around landmarks like the Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore and several well known places local to Indianapolis!

Jingle Rails is a wonderful exhibit and a great tradition for the Holiday season. It is included in the admission to the Eiteljorg Museum which has a lot to do besides checking out the Jingle Rails!

2014-11-30 17.22.46-1 copyArt galleries, a cafe, various exhibits like Jingle Rails and an amazing play area for kids that help them learn about the historic and modern West. There is a totem pole, a stage coach, dress up like your from the 1800s, try out a dulcimer and even try your hand at weaving!

All of that is there all the time but Jingle Rails is only there from Nov. 22, 2014 – Jan. 19, 2015 so you have a chance to check it out along with the rest of the museum.

There is a model of the Indianapolis’ Soldiers and Sailors Monument, Lucas Oil Stadium, The Indiana State Fairgrounds’ Normandy Barn, and the One America Tower from Indianapolis. The Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore, the Golden Gate Bridge and Old Faithful the geyser which actually erupts!!! In all there are over 30 features and 1,200 feet of track!

Here is a gallery of our adventure through Jingle Rails 2014.

The detail is amazing and everything is made with natural materials like twigs, moss, various tree barks and nuts. After careful inspection I concluded that not only would I never have the talent to do even half as good I would never in a million years have the level of patience needed to create any part one of these beautiful models.

Every wonderful piece is made by Paul Busse and his brilliant team at Applied Imagination. We are very lucky to have his work featured at the Eiteljorg. His holiday creations are rare and only seen in cities like New York (the work he has done for the Botanical Garden’s Holiday Train Show is phenomenal!), Chicago, Washington, D.C. and lucky for us Indianapolis!

We spent an hour alone just looking in there at all the trains and displays. The Diva recognized the State Fair and now wants to go again and both kids saw the Hot Air Balloons on the ceiling and want to go up in one. My son now wants to visit all the areas we saw on display but especially wants to visit Old Faithful to see it erupt.

I am not sure I can accurately describe the wonder and excitement you feel when you are walking through Jingle Rails. I can show you though! Check out the video of our adventure. It can’t capture the magic, you will have to experience everything first hand for that, but it can give you a hint of what it is like.

This exhibit is truly magnificent and is a must see for the holidays. I cannot imagine our Holidays without a visit to Jingle Rails. We will probably visit it again closer to Christmas this year because once is just not enough.

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“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.”
~ Norman Vincent Peale

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