By Jane Ammeson
All aboard! This Easter season, several of Indiana’s vintage tourist trains invite families to travel down the tracks with the Easter bunny, choose from baskets of toys for a treat to take home and the chance to hunt for treasures including a Bunny Patch with over 4000 Easter eggs. So, go ahead and hop aboard.
Easter Bunny Express
French Lick Scenic Railway
French Lick, IN
(812) 936-2405; indianarailwaymuseum.org
March 25 at 4pm
Board vintage railroad cars for a trip to Easter Egg Field. Here passengers disembark to hunt for more than 4000 eggs and have their photo taken with the Easter bunny. Proceeds from the Easter Bunny Express go to benefit Goody B’s Teen Center.
Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum
North Judson, IN
(260) 493-0765; hvrm.railfan.net
March 31 at 10am, 12:30pm, and 2:30pm
This hour-long excursion crosses the Kankakee River at English Lake and then returns to North Judson for a stop at a park to hunt eggs and meet the Easter bunny who will be handing out candy and a bag of toys to every child. The Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum has one of the largest collections of working railroad signals so take time before or after the ride to stop by (admission is free). Visitors are invited to touch the museum’s C&O 2789 steam locomotive and take stroll through the museum’s grounds with its displays of rolling stock, engines and memorabilia of railroad history. Purchasing tickets online is recommended as trips have sold out in the past.
Whitewater Valley Railroad
(765) 825-2054; whitewatervalleyrr.org
March 31 at 10am, 12pm, 2:30pm & 4:15pm.
Grab your basket and board the Indiana’s longest scenic railroad, for their 18th annual Easter Bunny Express. Departing from Connersville Grand Central Station, enjoy the two-mile trip to the Easter Bunny Patch, meet the Easter bunny and search for his golden egg. Reservations are recommended. Train operates rain or shine. The egg hunt is open to ages 8 and under.