Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure at the Eiteljorg Museum

Enter a world of chugging locomotives, bridges and tunnels, and incredibly detailed replicas of national treasures, such as Yosemite National Park, Aspen Colorado and Mount Rushmore to name a few.

Now through January 19, 2014, Indianapolis, Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure is a must-see exhibit at the Eiteljorg Museum in downtown Indianapolis.


Naturally, no train exhibit is complete without trains, and Jingle Rails has 7 of them. Collectively, these G-scale (“Garden Scale”) model trains glide over some 1,200 feet of track, snaking in and out of tunnels, crossing over a network of bridges, including 13 overhead walk-under bridges—captivating to both children and adults.


The “Aspen” display is a must-see. This amazing work features impressive craftsmanship, including a fully functional sky lift with cool, blue lighting effects.


As its western-themed name suggests, the exhibit features replicas of iconic destinations like Mt. Rushmore, The Grand Canyon, an Old Faithful geyser which actually erupts, the Golden Gate Bridge, Yosemite National Park and Aspen Colorado to name a few.


But one key aspect of the Paul Busse exhibits is the incorporation of local scenery. The Indianapolis exhibit, for example, features replicas of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, Indiana State Fairgrounds, Lucas Oil Stadium, One America Tower and N.K. Hurst Company.


One thing that really stands out is the attention to detail. “That’s the type of thing that you’re going to encounter here is fine detail just about everywhere you look, even down to the glass in the windows of the different buildings (which) is made of rosin. And that’s the other thing this display has, is that it’s mostly made of natural materials that have been gathered by Applied Imagination that makes this display,” says Mike Davis, a volunteer at the Eiteljorg Museum.

This rare holiday creation, which is the work of Paul Busse and his talented team at Applied Imagination, was previously only available in New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C., which makes Indianapolis just the 4th city to host the exhibit—a rare privilege indeed.