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All aboard 2013 Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure!

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All aboard 2013 Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure!

Hurst Bean Co. and Aspen resort scene added to Eiteljorg holiday attraction

INDIANAPOLIS  -- When Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure, presented by Indiana Railroad Company, opens at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, families will experience the palatial snow-capped mountains of an Aspen, Colorado, ski resort. They will also get to see a replica of the Indy-based N.K. Hurst building - a family-owned bean distributor that’s been a downtown staple since 1938.

Each year, Jingle Rails offers guests an amazing adventure through a locomotive wonderland, filled with imaginative landscapes created from natural materials. For instance, the Hurst building is made of shelf fungi, poinsettia pods, grape vine tendrils and red oak leaves. The Aspen resort, the second new point of interest this year, – will stand eight feet high, making it the tallest point of the train show.

“We know a lot of families can’t wait for Jingle Rails to open. It’s become a holiday tradition for train buffs of all ages and fans of the West,” said John Vanausdall, Eiteljorg President and CEO. “But it’s the kids who don’t ever want to leave the Jingle Rails experience.”

  The Hurst and Aspen scenes will be welcome additions to the locomotive wonderland that takes visitors on a journey from Indianapolis landmarks, like the Soldiers and Sailors Monument and Indiana State Fair Ferris wheel, to the Great American West. Visitors will see Old Faithful’s geysers going off and giant cascading waterfalls. Every piece of the exhibit will be produced by Paul Busse and his company, Alexandria, KY-based Applied Imagination. Busse’s inventive holiday creations are only seen in cities like New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C. and Indianapolis. 

Additional highlights of Jingle Rails:

  • Eight ultra-sized G-scale/gauge model trains
  • Nearly 1,200 feet of track
  • 13 overhead walk-under bridges
  • Working waterfall feature
  • More than 30 structures, including:
  • The N.K. Hurst Bean Company and Aspen ski scenes (NEW THIS YEAR)
  • Indianapolis’ Soldiers and Sailors Monument
  • Lucas Oil Stadium
  • The Indiana State Fair
  • OneAmerica Tower
  • Chase Tower 
  • IPL Building
  • Mt. Rushmore
  • The Grand Canyon
  • Yosemite National Park and the Ahwahnee Hotel
  • Grand Canyon National Park and the El Tovar Hotel
  • Glacier National Park and the Glacier Hotel
  • Yellowstone National Park and the Yellowstone Inn
  • Old Faithful (lodge and geyser)
  • Scenes from the Old West, including western towns and Native American dwellings
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. The museum is located in Downtown Indianapolis’ White River State Park, at 500 West Washington, Indianapolis, IN 46204. 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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