There is something captivating about spending a day riding the rails: the click-clack of wheel against track, the gentle bounce and sway of the cars and the constant stream of scenery whizzing by. And there are plenty of train excursions to choose from in our corner of the Midwest. Below are a few of our favorites nearby train rides: Take a step back in time: LM & M Railroad Historic Downtown Lebanon, OH Operating since 1881, The Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad carries passengers along scenic routes in southwestern Ohio. History buffs and train enthusiasts alike will enjoy this 14-mile stretch of track. In the summer months, themed rides like the \u201cPrincess Express\u201d and \u201cMeet Daniel Tiger\u201d will delight little ones. The over-21 crowd will get a kick out of \u201cPizza and Beer\u201d or \u201cWine and Cheese\u201d excursions. And guests of all ages will enjoy a ride behind a real working steam engine during the \u201cSummer Steam\u201d excursions in August. LM & M Railroad Pay homage to train enthusiasts: Hocking Valley Scenic Railway Nelsonville, OH Managed, operated and maintained completely by volunteers, the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway pays tribute to train enthusiasts. Regular weekend excursions take riders on a scenic round-trip ride along the historic Hocking River Valley. Those looking for a bit more intrigue can opt for a ride on \u201cOhio\u2019s Friendliest Train Robbery\u201d or the one-day-only \u201cAll Caboose Train.\u201d Spend a Day Out with Thomas: Whitewater Valley Railroad Connersville, Indiana This 19-mile scenic railroad dates back to 1867 and offers regularly scheduled excursions throughout the year. June 22-23 and 28-30, young train enthusiasts can take a ride with Thomas and meet Sir Topham Hat during a \u201cDay Out with Thomas.\u201d Enjoy a bit of intrigue on the \u201cWild West Train\u201d or take a relaxing ride through the Whitewater Valley with special guest Abraham Lincoln aboard \u201cThe Statesman.\u201d Day Out with Thomas: Whitewater Valley Railroad Enjoy a picture-perfect getaway: French Lick Scenic Railway French Lick, Indiana Sit back and enjoy the beauty of the Hoosier National Forest aboard the French Lick Scenic Railway. In addition to standard excursions, the railway offers themed rides throughout the summer like the \u201cWild West Hold-Up\u201d and \u201cDinosaur Adventure Train.\u201d French Lick Scenic Railway Get a taste of luxury: Spirit of Jasper Jasper, Indiana Return to the Golden Age of rail travel on beautifully restored trains. Take an excursion to French Lick or enjoy dinner and drinks during a \u201cRide and Dine\u201d excursion. Better yet, leave the little ones with a sitter and enjoy date night with a \u201cChocolate, Wine and Dine\u201d option for guests 21 and over. Be sure to check out the Parlour Car, which features a modern take on a classic train with leather couches and a flat screen television. Ride in style: Nickel Plate Railroad Atlanta, Indiana Ride in style aboard groundbreaking Santa Fe Hi-level cars from the 1950s featuring two levels that resemble a double-decker bus. All seating is on the upper level, offering stunning views. Excursion themes range from Princesses and Superheroes to Trivia rides, offering a little something for everyone. Nickel Plate Railroad Get in on the action: Kentucky Railway Museum New Haven, Kentucky The Kentucky Railway Museum gives visitors a glimpse into the history of rail travel with their collection of railroad artifacts and memorabilia housed in a replica of the original New Haven Depot. They also offer regularly scheduled train excursions, but are best known for their interactive \u201cTrain Robbery\u201d excursion. Kids will learn about the history of the area, enjoy the story of a great train robbery and learn about how trains work. Kentucky Railway Museum also offers \u201cDay Out with Thomas\u201d excursions one weekend only: June 7-9, 2019. No matter what sort of adventure you are after, a day spent riding the rails is sure to be a hit with your entire family. All aboard!