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"Jingle Rails" Takes You Out West, With Model Trains, at the Eiteljorg Museum

You don't have to love model trains to enjoy it, but if you do, it sure is cool.

INDIANAPOLIS--You can ride all the way from Indiana to the American west and back without leaving the capital city. Nine electric trains are going to places like Mt. Rushmore and Old Faithful, at the Eiteljorg Museum, starting this weekend. 

"Jingle Rails" is in its eighth year, with Applies Imagination, based in Alexandria , Kentucky providing the backdrops and layouts for the 9 "G" model electric, model trains. 

"We have a series of miniature or model trains traveling through backdrops representing the west," said Bryan Corbin, spokesperson for the museum. "It's a chance to see these wonderful and fascinating holiday trains as they travel through these backdrops, which are made of all-natural materials."


The backdrops depict Lucas Oil Stadium, Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Aspen Ski Resort, Hoover Dam, Golden Gate Bridge and others, and the scenes are decked out in holiday lights.

For this season, the eighth year of Jingle Rails, a new destination on the train itinerary is a replica Hollywood, including famous film industry locations. The mountaintop Hollywood sign, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre with handprints and footprints of the stars, the Paramount Studios gates, the Warner Bros. water tower, a Western-movie studio set and the Griffith Park Observatory are depicted in miniature.

“With its intricate recreations of iconic Western scenes, Jingle Rails sparks children’s imaginations and brings back nostalgic memories of favorite Western landmarks for parents and grandparents,” said John Vanausdall, Eiteljorg president and CEO. 

“We are delighted that families return to the Eiteljorg Museum each holiday season to experience Jingle Rails. Between the familiar scenes they already enjoy and the new Hollywood landscape, it again will be a treasured experience for all ages.” 

Jingle Rails is included with regular admission to the Eiteljorg Museum. Adults are $13, seniors are $11, youth ages 5 to 17 are $7, and children ages four and under are free. Discount tickets are available by ordering online at 

It starts Saturday and the last day is Jan. 15.

PHOTO: Eiteljorg Museum

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