Copyright 2012. All rights reserved. Indiana Historic Rail Road Museum, French Lick Scenic Railway.
The Indiana 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.
The railroad has continued to grow and currently boasts a roster of over 65 pieces of rolling
stock and locomotives, 9 full-time staff, 350 members, and 60 volunteers. In 2011, the railroad
had a ridership of over 40,000 passengers.
The History of the French Lick Scenic Railway Museum
Maintenance of Way Crew
Does my child need a car seat?
It is not necessary to bring car seats for children.
Are there bathrooms on the train?
Yes there are limited bathrooms located on the train,
as well as at the halfway point in Cuzco.
What is there to do at Gradman Station?
The train is at Gradman Station for only about 10 minutes in order to provide an opportunity to use the restrooms, stretch
your legs and give the crew time to prepare the train for
its return trip to French Lick.
How long is the trip?
The trip is 20 miles round trip with a short 10 minute stop
at Gradman Station. It takes approximately 1 3/4 hours (slightly longer on robbery weekends)
Are the trips steam or diesel powered?
Currently all trips are powered by diesel locomotives.
When are the robbery weekends?
Does the train have heating and air conditioning?
The train does have heat during the cooler months. Some cars do have air conditioning - it is on a first-come first serve basis. Keep in mind these cars are 1920's era, and the air conditioning only works somewhat during the hotter months.
What credit cards does the Museum accept?
The Museum currently accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. The Museum does not have a debit card feature offering cash back. ATMs are located only a short distance from the Museum.
Does the Museum accept personal checks?
The Museum does not accept personal checks for fares or for purchases in the museum store. Group reservations made in advance may be paid using a personal check. For further questions call 1-800-74-TRAIN.
How do I get to the Museum? Please visit our Home Page
and click on the interactive map to get turn-by-turn directions from your location.
Are the robberies suitable for young children?
The robberies are comparable to watching an old western movie on television. There are loud noises from black powder pistols, a staged gun battle, and horses. See out Special Events page for info.
What time zone does the Museum follow?
The museum is on Eastern Time all year round. The Museum does observe Daylight Savings Time. Please visit our Home Page for the local time and weather!
Are there discounts available?
Are food and drink available on the train?
Yes. Drinks and snacks (i.e. cookies, candy bars, crackers, etc...) are available on the train. Beer, wine & soft drinks are available on the train. Sales on the train are cash only.
How soon before departure time should I arrive?
It is recommended that you arrive at least 20-30 minutes before departure. On holiday or robbery weekends, as wells as Tuesday trips, you may want to arrive 45 minutes before departure.
Can I make reservations?
Is there a gift shop?
Yes the Museum does have a Museum Store featuring a variety of items.
Are there opportunities to volunteer?
Can I become a member of the French Lick Scenic Railway?
Does the Museum run trains from French Lick to Jasper? Service between Jasper and French Lick is offered on a scheduled basis. Please visit www.spiritofjasper.com for more information.
Can I smoke onboard the train?
No. Smoking is not permitted on the train, however during the stop at Gradman Station, smoking is permitted outside of the train.
Is there a picnic area near the Museum?
Yes. The Museum has several picnic tables that are available for use by our visitors. Most of these are under a roof. Use of these tables is on a first come - first served basis.
Frequently Asked Questions