Train rides every summer weekend at the Hesston Steam Museum. Come ride one of 3 real steam trains..

Take a ride on 3 different railroads
& stroll among machines of the industrial age

Near Chicago Illinois in Northern Indiana near Southwestern Michigan.


Hours of Operation Ticket Fares Find Us Special Events Calendar



Hours of Operation

Open every Holiday and weekend (Saturday and Sunday) starting on Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend.  Then open every Sunday after the Labor Day weekend until the Ghost Train weekends in mid October (see calendar for details).  Museum Grounds open at 11:30am CDT. Trains start running at 12:00pm (noon) until 5:00pm CDT

  The Hesston Steam Museum is on CENTRAL TIME 

Ticket Fares

Admission and parking are FREE*
*$5 adult admission at the Labor Day Weekend Steam & Power Show only.

   Single ride ticket
   Multiple 4 ride ticket
Children 3-12 years
Children under 3
no charge
no charge


*Every passenger on a train needs a ticket. A multiple-ride ticket cannot be split between other people. Tickets are valid for any train but one ticket per ride is required. Prices are subject to change.


Having a Birthday Party, Company Picnic or other Special Occasion? 
The Hesston Steam Museum offers special
Group Rates for gatherings of 20 or more.



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Find the Museum

Conveniently located near I94 exit 1, only 90 minutes from Chicagoland.

  • Directions - Take I-94 to Exit 1, south to "County Road 1000 North".  Or take the Indiana toll road to Exit 49, north on 139 to "County Road 1000 North" and watch for our billboard.

  • GPS - 1201 E 1000 N, La Porte, IN
    or these coordinates :  N41.75299 W86.67820

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  Special Events 2016


Memorial Day Weekend
May 28, 29 & 30
Our Opening Weekend


Fathers’ Day Weekend
June 18 & 19
Dads ride for a dollar, with paid child
Antique Truck Show on Father’s Day!

Civil War Railroad Days
June 25 & 26
Secret plans have been uncovered by Union Army spies that the Confederate Army will raid trains. Union soldiers will defend. Also a living history encampment at the museum grounds.


4th of July Weekend
July 1, 2, 3 & 4

*only diesel trains operate on July 1 


American Family Day
August 7
Special Pricing on train rides for the family.

60th. Annual Hesston Steam & Power Show (Four BIG days!)

September 2, 3, 4, & 5 (Labor Day)

The show begins at 10:00 am and closes at 5:00 pm CDT


Get on board for one of Indiana's top festivals! Education and entertainment are in store for the whole family as the many uses of turn-of-the-century steam power are demonstrated to the public. Old-time farm machinery, antique cars, and other machines are also on display. The museum also hosts a flea market, and traditional festival treats!.  *There is an admission charge for the Steam and Power Show.

Special "Chicago" Weekend 
October 8 & 9


Featuring former equipment from the Brookfield Zoo and Kiddieland in Melrose Park Two fondly remembered rides from the Chicago area will be giving rides again. The Brookfield, Salt Creek & Western Railroad from the Brookfield Zoo and the Melrose Park "Kiddieland" Steam Train.

Hesston Ghost Train (Three Weekends in 2016)

October 15 & 16  & 22 & 23, 29 & 30

Take a terror-ific ride through the haunted woods aboard the Flying Dutchman Railroad. This is a trip that you won’t soon forget as your train is haunted by many ghoulish creatures. Watch out for the Mad Lumber-Jack that haunts these woods! The Ghost Train is frightening fun for everyone! (Appropriate for small children.)


Candy Cane Express

December 3, 4 and December 10, 11

(first two weekends in December)

Grab a cup of hot cocoa and visit Santa in the caboose. Then take a cozy winter train ride inside our first-class enclosed coach.

Candy Cane Express toy drive
Donate a new unwrapped toy for the U.S. Marine Corps. Toys for Tots toy drive and receive one free train ride!



Visit "I Live Toy Trains"
The toy train store.


Visit our friends at
Find fun things to do for the entire family.


Visit our good neighbor Stateline Stables


Fun Things To Do Near By




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The Hesston Steam Museum is operated by the LaPorte County Historical Steam Society an all volunteer 501(c)(3) not-for-profit

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