Last year we shared our favorite “train stops” in Indianapolis with our Indy Star readers. Since then we’ve added a few other favorites. If your kid lives in Central Indiana and loves trains, we have some great fun for you!

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– Take a ride on the Polar (Bear) Express at these locations throughout Indiana. It’s a special tradition for many train loving families.
Conservatory Crossing is a special display of electric trains, holiday decor and poinsettias in the Garfield Park Conservatory. Enjoy a fun seek and find!
– The amazing Jingle Rails at the Eiteljorg will take your breath away! The beauty of the set up created with natural goods will set the stay for your own little conductor’s future creations.
– Ride the Santa Claus Express at Celebration Crossing at the Indiana State Museum. This Indiana artifact is a historic rite in itself.[/dropshadowbox]

The Indiana Transportation Museum will teach train enthusiasts all about the history of trains and transportation in Indiana. Visitors can take a real train ride throughout the season and enjoy a fun caboose ride for about $5.

Most Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Steve and Liz Nelson allow families to check out their large collection of miniature steam, diesel, and electric trains at Mr. Muffin’s Trains (165 E Main Street, Atlanta, Indiana 46031). Tiny tracks travel through miniature cities and hand painted waterscapes created by this duo. Information: (765) 292-2044 or www.mrmuffinstrains.org.

Pizza King

A great stop for lunch for train loving tots is the Indiana favorite, Pizza King Station. Several locations have a train that circles the restaurant, stopping at tables to deliver beverages. You’ll find this fun at these locations: 7045 Bluff Road and 8100 E. U.S. 36, Avon.

Broad Ripple Ice Cream Station (BRICS) is the former home of the Monon Railway Station. These days, Indianapolis area train loving families can choose from nearly 40 flavors of ice cream. On a cold day, heat up inside in front of the fireplace and on a nice day, sit on the patio and watch passerby’s on the Monon Trail.

Red Line Frozen Yogurt, 5920 E. Stop 11 Road, named for Chicago’s busiest rail line is a southside treat. Choose from 21 flavors of fro-yo and 50 toppings at the counter in a real train car. Take a seat at the back of the train or in the spacious shop that’s fashioned to look like a subway station. Kids will love the magnetic train themed walls. Information: (317) 881-1515.

From Spring until Fall, the Indiana Live Steamers Club offers $3 train rides aboard their real steam engines once a month! Small steam engine trains run the rails at Johnson County Park (3008 Rodeo Drive, Edinburgh). Passengers pay $3 each for a 20-minute ride over and under bridges and through the woods.

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis has an entire area dedicated to transportation by train. Walk in and out of a real train, operate miniature train track lights, crawl around and see the miniature displays, run a train station…there are so many “jobs” for your child who loves trains.

Stay the night at the Crown Plaza Hotel in the Old Union Station downtown. 26 of the rooms are old train cars still on the original tracks! You can even swim in the old train station!

Only about 90 minutes away, the city of Richmond also has a love for trains. On Saturdays and Sundays, check out the model trains and then take a free ride aboard the train at the top of the Richmond Furniture Gallery.

Day Out with Thomas is a favorite for our family. Find this themed train ride and others at the Whitewater Valley Railroad in Connersville.