Glacier Pass – A New Train Ride Opens at Hesston Museum

    Fans and patrons will enjoy a brand new train ride at the Hesston Steam Museum Memorial Weekend – Glacier Pass. This opening celebrates 150 years of the opening of the transcontinental railroad.
     Long over due, the volunteers at Hesston Steam were busy working on a new attraction at the museum. The work entailed lowering the large elevation in the area by eight feet. In addition, they filled in the low areas that are commonly too wet. In order to accomplish this, the existing track was moved ten feet to the east to avoid flooding. There was a massive amount of dirt material installed.
     With the new elevation the train is able to complete the trail, which is a narrow gauge train track. Narrow-gauge railroads of various sizes existed across the US, especially during the late 1800s. Narrow -gauge is the distance between the rails.
    Out of retirement you can see the 67-ton 1929 Shay logging locomotive, a replica from the 1900s-era depot. Each train travels a different route through a wooded landscape — the longest route travels for 2 1/2 scenic miles.

     Hesston Steam Museum is an outdoor museum operated by the Laporte County Historical Steam Society in Hesston, Indiana. The museum occupies 155 acres. Home of 3 different gauge railroads along with numerous other pieces of steam powered equipment. The other steam equipment is only demonstrated on 3 holiday weekends.  Vintage farm equipment and a flea market is also on display at the museum. 
    Read the full article about my visit to Hesston Steam museum including  a photo gallery and travel tips at www.panoramanow.com/hesston-steam-museum.

Sue Baxter