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French Lick Scenic Railway Museum

8594 West State Road 56
800-748-7246

History:

French Lick Scenic Railway Museum  is a tourist railway and museum located in French Lick, Indiana.  The Museum was founded in 1961 in the town of Westport, Indiana where the railroad operated a tourist excursion, utilizing one small locomotive, three passenger cars, and about twenty volunteers.  Ridership was estimated at about 500 passengers in 1962.  The museum and railway remained in Westport until a move was necessitated in 1971.  The organization relocated to Greensburg, Indiana where it operated until 1976 when it again, it changed locations.  The Museum was relocated to French Lick in 1978 after an agreement with the Southern Railway Company. They deeded the Museum a total of sixteen miles of track stretching from West Baden, Indiana, approximately one mile north of French
Lick, to a small village named Dubois, to the south.  The Indiana Railway Museum currently operates passenger trains over ten miles of this track from French Lick to Cuzco. In 2011, the railroadhad a ridership of over 40,000 passengers

The French Lick Scenic Railway is the ultimate train enthusiast destination, the museum boasts some of the most treasured railway cars and museum quality industry heirlooms, in the United States.

Spend a day with us and ride on one of our historic trains through the beautiful Hoosier National Forest and through the Burton Tunnel. Visit the Museum store and purchase a piece of history to take home from our intricately stocked gift shop that will delight train enthusiasts of all ages.

Throughout the year, the Museum hosts special events like our famous Wild West Hold-Up's and Murder Under the Big Top mystery dinner show.  For the holiday season, The Polar Express is a must attend event! Ride on The Polar Express Train while being entertained with song and dance as you are whisked away to the North Pole where you can meet Santa Claus himself. A truly unique and memorable event for the whole family!



Reviews

Alissa O

Rating:
Sunday, April 29, 2018
If you're looking for something to do in the afternoon (or evening) and gambling isn't your thing, I'd highly recommend taking the train ride. We got the Dome Car Seating ($40/seat) because we wanted the best views on the trip. It was in the afternoon on a Friday so my friend and I were the youngest by at least 30 years. As long as you don't get motion sickness (see below) this is probably the best spot in the house. The seating is limited with a maximum of 24 spots. They are booth style seating and they are pretty generous with the size and leg room. You also get a commemorative steel travel mug which was a nice bonus! At the beginning of the train ride when you are leaving the station and when you are coming back, the first/last five minutes the train really rocks side to side. Maybe it's worse because we were up top, but everyone was joking about not being prepared for being forced into a nap (rocking motion). Some brave souls went to get drinks during this part and after they skillfully climbed the stairs, we helped them get to their seats safely without any split beer. Sorta like ping pong between the booths. Haha. Loved going through the super long tunnel and we got to see a lot of nature. We were on a regular train ride (no theme) near the end of fall so it was a relaxing time where we entertained ourselves. I think the western show would've been awesome, personally. If you have kids, I'd definitely do one of the theme rides as they would be more catered to them.

Amanda Bee

Rating:
Thursday, April 26, 2018
We loved the train ride! Very affordable and reasonable. We went on a day where unfortunately it was raining but the kids still enjoyed themselves. Will definitely make that 2 hour drive back down this summer. The staff were so friendly and knowledgeable.

Bill Houghtaling

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018
A nice train ride on some classic rail road cars pulled by a 1940's diesel engine. One car was a double decker commuter car from the 1960's another was a dinner car (first class ticket required). We had regular tickets and could roan the train except for the done car. Yes, there are washrooms on board. There is another car work a snack bar.

tabitha payne

Rating:
Saturday, June 16, 2018
Our family went to the polar Express train ride and we all had a blast our boys loved it and are wanting to come back again !

Andrea Rudolph

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Friday, June 22, 2018
I took my grand daughter on her first train robbery by actors who have blanks and shoot guns she enjoyed it so much

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