A Holiday Tradition Returns to the Eiteljorg Museum: Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure

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Jingle Rails at the Eiteljorg Museum is a holiday locomotive wonderland that takes guests on an imaginary train trip to the West. This returning holiday tradition boasts new additions including Lucas Oil Stadium and Golden Gate Bridge

Yellowstone National Park in Jingle Rails at the Eiteljorg Museum.

Guests will be transported into a locomotive wonderland, a network of trestles, bridges and tunnels with chugging trains and detailed replicas of national treasures, all made of natural materials...

On Nov. 5, 2011, The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art’s popular holiday tradition, Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure, presented by The Indiana Rail Road Company, will return. New additions this year include Lucas Oil Stadium, Golden Gate Bridge and additional trains, the Durango Silverton Line and Southern Indiana Railway.

Guests will be transported into a locomotive wonderland, a network of trestles, bridges and tunnels with chugging trains and detailed replicas of national treasures, all made of natural materials like twigs, moss and nuts and wrapped up in holiday trimming. Jingle Rails will be a journey to the Great American West – the real West and the West of the imagination. It will inspire in guests a desire to know more about the natural and social history of the West, to travel to experience America’s Western treasures, and to learn about the significance of the railroad in American Western history.

Watch seven trains wind past the local treasures of downtown Indianapolis, including the Eiteljorg Museum, Monument Circle and Union Station and Lucas Oil Stadium, where guests will hear veteran Colts radio announcer Bob Lamey call a game. The trains then head through the national parks of the American West, passing legendary sites, including grand railway lodges, Northwest Coast Native villages, and wonders both natural and human-made—Mt. Rushmore, the Grand Canyon, Yosemite Falls, Old Faithful and more.

The unique part of Jingle Rails is that every canyon and mesa, every lodge and geyser—even the replica of Indianapolis’ own Soldiers and Sailors Monument by Paul Busse and his company Applied Imagination. Busse’s inventive holiday creations are rare and only seen in cities like New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C.—and now Indianapolis.

Highlights of Jingle Rails:

  •     Seven ultra-sized G-scale/gauge model trains
  •     More than 600 feet of track
  •     Thirteen overhead walk-under bridges
  •     More than 30 buildings including:

    Indianapolis’ Soldiers and Sailors Monument
o    Lucas Oil Stadium
o    OneAmerica Tower
o    Chase Tower
o    IPL Building
o    Mt. Rushmore
o    The Grand Canyon
o    Western National Park lodges of Yosemite,
                Grand Canyon Glacier National Park,
             Old Faithful (lodge and geyser) in Yellowstone National Park

  •     Working waterfall feature

Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure is presented by Indiana Rail Road Company and sponsored by Southern Indiana Railway, LDI, Ltd., OneAmerica, Chase, Indianapolis Power & Light Co., Butler Family Foundation, Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, James and Gina Bremner, Mothershead Foundation Mark M. Holeman, Inc., Planes Companies, Nordstrom and Target.

The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art seeks to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the art, history and cultures of the American West and the indigenous peoples of North America. The museum, which opened in 1989, is located in Downtown Indianapolis’ White River State Park. For general information about the museum and to learn more about exhibits and events, call (317) 636-WEST (9378) or visit http://www.eiteljorg.org.

Editor's Note: video at right is from the 2010 exhibition.

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