All Aboard! Travel by Miniature Train with the Indiana Live Steamers

If your kids love trains, this activity is for you! From May through October, visitors can travel by miniature train during a public ride day held once a month at Indiana Live Steamers in the middle of Johnson County Park in Indiana.

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Experience traveling by mini train on this miniature transportation network. The trains go about 5 miles per hour, and each scenic train ride covers about nine miles and takes about 20 minutes. Riders will go on a memorable journey through forested parkland, over several bridges, across wide open prairies, and along cattail-lined creeks.


Public loading is at the Platform Located by the McClain Cabin. Five generations of McClains raised their families in this historic cabin, believed to be Johnson County’s oldest home. The cabin was moved to this site about 30 years ago. During the Heart Nut Festival the Cabin is used for displays and usually has weavers and spinners on the front porch.


Parking is available at the McClain Cabin Station, where all public passengers must board the train. Most passengers de-train at The Woodlands Station, a short walk to the McClain Cabin parking area. Other passengers may disembark at Nebo Station or Whistle Stop Station.

To offset club expenses, the club charges a small fee of $4 per person for the trip. The club only accepts cash for the fares.

Find out more information about the Indiana Live Steamers.

What to Expect:

  • Scenic Journey: Take a 20-minute ride through beautiful parkland, crossing bridges, open prairies, and serene creeks. It’s a fun and relaxing way to see the park’s natural beauty.
  • Train Speed: The trains travel at a leisurely 5 miles per hour, perfect for taking in the sights and enjoying the ride.
  • Unique Experience: These miniature trains operate on a real track, making it a truly authentic experience for train enthusiasts of all ages.
  • Historic Landmark: Board the train at the McClain Cabin Station, a historic cabin that is believed to be Johnson County’s oldest home.
  • Affordable Fun: The cost is only $4 per person (cash only), making it a budget-friendly activity for families.

2024 Indiana Live Steamers Public Ride Days:

  • May 18
  • June 15
  • June 28 (During Sparks in the Park)
  • July 20
  • August 17
  • September 21
  • October 19

Upcoming Indiana Live Steamers Public Ride Days:

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