Originally known as the Indiana History Train, the Indiana Historical Society’s Indiana Bicentennial Train has welcomed more than 71,000 visitors in its six years of travel. It consists of three 65-foot renovated Amtrak freight cars and features a free exhibition, The Next Indiana.
Relying heavily on IHS's extensive collections, The Next Indiana encourages guests to look at where Hoosiers have been, how they got there, and where they are going through the lenses of transportation, land use, talent and community.
Temporary “depots” are also set up to provide an enjoyable, comprehensive experience. Visitors can participate in hands-on and educational activities, catch a 1916 interpreter presentation, connect with IHS’s mission, and purchase items from a pop-up History Market.
The Bicentennial Train and its accompanying activities are all free and open to the public. Every visitor will receive a complimentary pass to visit IHS's Indiana Experience at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center.
Support for the 2014 Indiana Bicentennial Train is provided by The Indiana Rail Road Company, Norfolk Southern Corporation and Kroger, in partnership with the Indiana Bicentennial Commission and Indiana Humanities.
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