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All Aboard Jingle Rails at the Eiteljorg Museum


Visit the West both of real and imagination this holiday season at the Eiteljorg Museum. Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure takes you on a whimsical journey to the great national parks of the American West starting in Indianapolis. Each landmark is made in exquisite detail using natural materials like twigs, bark and moss. Then, see some of the greatest photographs of the American West through the lens of more than 80 National Geographic photographers in National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West.

Indianapolis, IN (PRWEB) November 02, 2012

This Saturday, 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. Added to the layout this year is the Indiana State Fair, including the coliseum, Normandy Barn, the Midway Arch and much more.

Guests to Jingle Rails will be transported into a locomotive wonderland, a network of trestles, bridges and tunnels with chugging trains and detailed replicas of national treasures.

Watch eight trains wind past the local icons of downtown Indianapolis, including the Eiteljorg Museum, Monument Circle, 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 are made of natural materials 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:

  • Eight ultra-sized G-scale/gauge model trains
  • Nearly 1,200 feet of track
  • Thirteen overhead walk-under bridges
  • Working waterfall feature
  • More than 30 buildings including:
  • Indianapolis' Soldiers and Sailors Monument
  • Lucas Oil Stadium
  • The Indiana State Fair
  • OneAmerica Tower
  • Chase Tower
  • IPL Building
  • Mt. Rushmore
  • The Grand Canyon
  • Western National Park lodges of Yosemite,
  • Grand Canyon Glacier National Park,
  • Old Faithful (lodge and geyser) in Yellowstone National Park

The Eiteljorg Museum is honored to have these supporters of Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure. Without their help this exhibit would not be possible. Special thanks to presenting sponsor The Indiana Railroad Company and to sponsors American Senior Communities, Butler Family Foundation, Chase, Citizens Energy Group, Indianapolis Power & Light, James and Gina Bremner, LDI, Ltd., OneAmerica, Planes Companies and Woodley Farra Manion Portfolio Management.

Two great reasons to visit the Eiteljorg Museum this fall

Another exhibit, National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West, will open at the Eiteljorg on Oct. 27 and run through Feb. 10. The exhibit features the best images of the West published by National Geographic over its 125-year history and includes works by nearly 80 different photographers including popular names like Ansel Adams, Edward S. Curtis and Annie Griffiths. National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West was organized by the National Museum of Wildlife Art in collaboration with the National Geographic Society and Museums West, presented nationally by The Mays Family Foundation and presented locally by Lilly.


The Eiteljorg Museum seeks to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the art, history and cultures of the American West and the indigenous peoples of North America. Through its Project New Moon campaign, the museum is attracting new audiences with dynamic new interpretations of its mission. The museum 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

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