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 Co., 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.
The exhibition will be on display during museum hours from Nov. 5-Jan. 8, 2012.
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.