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Steam in Indiana?

Postby johnthefireman » Wed Nov 28, 2012 3:13 am

I'm going to be in South Bend, Indiana, for three months in spring 2013, February through April. Anybody got any advice on steam opportunities in the area - railway museums, operating steam locos, etc? I've been looking on the internet, but I usually find that advice from someone who knows the area is more valuable than random googling.

Thanks!
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Re: Steam in Indiana?

Postby edbear » Fri Nov 30, 2012 9:06 pm

Find the TRAINS MAGAZINE from 3-4 years ago which had a state by state listing of steam, tourist and museums. Maybe you could start from there. If you like autos, remember South Bend was the home of Studebaker and you aren't too far from Auburn as in Auburn-Cord-Dusenberg cars and there's a museum to them there.
South Bend also was served by the New Jersey, Indiana & Illinois short line.
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Re: Steam in Indiana?

Postby virtualchuck » Tue Dec 04, 2012 1:42 pm

I can suggest a visit to: http://fortwaynerailroad.org/ & http://hesston.org/ It's a couple hour drive but I also suggest: http://www.irm.org/

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Re: Steam in Indiana?

Postby CarterB » Tue Dec 04, 2012 2:23 pm

I ditto and highly recommend a trip from South Bend over to the Illinois Railroad Museum in Union, IL, well worth it!!\
Nothing steam operating, but close to South Bend is http://www.elkhartindiana.org/department/?fDD=54-0
Bring back the Slumbercoaches!!
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Re: Steam in Indiana?

Postby virtualchuck » Wed Dec 05, 2012 1:56 pm

Here is a site showing the location of almost every steam engine in the state, in case you are looking for something specific?

http://steamlocomotive.com/lists/search ... A&state=IN

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Re: Steam in Indiana?

Postby johnthefireman » Wed Dec 05, 2012 11:32 pm

Thanks, everybody, for all these recommendations which I will definitely follow up.
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Re: Steam in Indiana?

Postby mrconductor55 » Mon Jan 07, 2013 7:37 pm

The Hesston Museum is neat! Its really close to you as well. Its all narrow guage, but they have a big 3ft guage shay
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