Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure
November 6, 2010 through January 9, 2011

Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians & Western Art
500 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204

The Eiteljorg (plans to become) a more active, engaging, sensory experience, President and CEO John Vanausdall said. (He) thinks the crowd pleaser will be a model railway created by Kentucky craftsman Paul Busse thats set to be unveiled in November. 

Vanausdall hopes to make a big impression this winter and in future holiday seasons with Busses' railway creation. Busse and his team at the Applied Imagination studio use materials gathered from the forests of Kentucky to create replicas of famous landmarks. The model will follow an American road-trip theme, starting in Indianapolis, with replicas of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument and Union Station, then moving west.

In creating the new strategy, museum leaders decided they were lacking a must-see holiday tradition, akin to the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestras Yuletide show, or the Indianapolis Zoos light display. The Eiteljorg turned to Busse, whose large-scale models at the New York Botanical Garden and Chicago Botanic Garden draw large crowds every winter. Vanausdall noted that Chicagos garden is actually located in the far suburb of Glencoe, but with the Busse display, winter attendance went from nearly zero to 70,000. He has a more modest 50,000-visitor target for the Eiteljorg, which would make it one of the best-attended events to date. (Information paraphrased from an August 12, 2010 article by Kathleen McLaughlin, IBJNews, www.ibj.com)

Kentucky craftsman Paul Busse uses materials gathered from nature to make replicas of landmarks, including Indianapolis Soldiers and Sailors Monument and Union Station. (Courtesy Eiteljorg Museum)

ILSR and Jingle Rails

Since Jingle Rails is a Gauge 1 ("G Scale") display, several ILSR members signed up to be volunteers, some of whom were on the sign up Indiana RR trip to Bloomington .

Diagram of the Planned Jingle Rails Layout

Preview from Volunteer Training Day - Nov 2, 2010

Above - Take a trip from downtown Indy.........

.....to the Grand Canyon......

....to Paul George!?!

Be sure to stop in to see the display, it is spectacular.

Link to the Eiteljorg Museum

Link to the Artist Paul Busse and his group of people who built the Eiteljorg Museum Railroad Display

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