Jingle Rails consists of nine G-scale model electric trains that roll past iconic scenes and landmarks of the American West and the skyline of downtown Indianapolis. On display are miniatures of Monument Circle and Lucas Oil Stadium as well as the Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone National Park and the Golden Gate Bridge.
A major new feature is an artistic representation of one of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It recreates the IMS oval with two fanciful Indy cars racing around the track and the Pagoda, scoring pylon, flag stand, grandstands and the Yard of Bricks finish line with the Goodyear Blimp overhead, accentuated by authentic race day sound effects.
Other new eye-catching elements in the model train layout are the historic Spanish Colonial missions of the Southwest, including the Alamo, the San Francisco de Asis Mission and several others.
Eiteljorg President and CEO John Vanausdall stated that after 10 years, Jingle Rails provides family memories of the holiday season.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays, and noon until 5 p.m., Sundays. The museum will be open late, until 8 p.m., on Mondays in December. Admission is $10 for adults, children 4 years and under are free, with advance tickets available.
A team of volunteer guides, including model-train enthusiasts, staff the Jingle Rails display and answer visitors’ questions.
Jingle Rails continues through Jan. 20. Fifth Third Bank is the presenting sponsor.