Whitewater Valley Railroad Tour
Convention attendees who take this excursion will board a motor coach bus at the convention hotel at 8:30 and will arrived at Connersville at 10 AM. This train ride on the Whitewater Valley Railroad will begin in Connersville at 10 AM and would run from there to Metamora arriving at 11:20 for a 2-hour layover where we can visit this restored canal town. There is a working grist mill, restored canal and lock and a replica of a horse drawn canal boat. There are gift shops and restaurants for lunch at this location. The train will then depart for a return to Connersville at 1:30 and arrive back around 3 PM. We are allowing some time at the end of this tour to look around the WWVR facilities to see their rolling stock and equipment. The tour bus will board for return to the hotel at 4 and be back at the hotel by 5:30.
You can see more about the Whitewater Valley Railroad at: https://whitewatervalleyrr.org
You can see more about the town of Metamora at: https://metamoraindiana.com/
Amtrak Beech Grove Shops Tour
The Amtrak staff will give us a tour of their facility where they are refurbishing existing Amtrak equipment. Actually, the Beech Grove facility is capable of not just refurbishing equipment but totally rebuilding them as well. They work on all kinds of Amtrak rolling stock including HI level Superliner cars and Amfleet cars. Locomotives can receive complete services as well. The facility was originally constructed between 1904 and 1908 by the Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railway known by locals as the “Big Four.” It was later acquired by the New York Central Railroad then the Penn Central and was eventually purchased by Amtrak in 1975. The Beech Grove Amtrak yard is 108 acres in size and still has more than 15 buildings that are in use. One feature still in use is a 21 track transfer table.