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Learn about the historic steel-making region of Northwest Indiana, Indiana Dunes State and National Parks, and the breadbasket region of Indiana. The Midwest Rail Rangers present on-board educational programs aboard South Shore Line trains two to three weekends per month year-round. Come out and ride with us between Downtown Chicago and South Bend, Indiana (no reservations needed!).
Unless noted otherwise below, all EASTBOUND Midwest Rail Rangers programs on the South Shore Line take place aboard Train #503 that departs Chicago-Millennium at 8:40AM CT… and all WESTBOUND Midwest Rail Rangers programs on the South Shore Line take place aboard Train #506 that departs South Bend-Airport at 1:05PM ET. You can board at the starting station or any intermediate stop, however seating is on a strictly first come, first serve basis… with narration taking place on just one car of the train (look for yellow signs in the car we are in).
Upcoming program dates are listed a few months in advance at www.railrangers.org. Narration is provided in only one car of the train (look for yellow signs while walking through the train); there is no extra cost to participate beyond your South Shore Line ticket. Seating is on a first come first serve basis; reservation are not accepted.
The eastbound programs depart Chicago at 8:40 am CT, stop at Dune Park at 10:04 am CT, and arrive in SouthBend at 12:10 pm ET.
The westbound programs depart South Bend at 1:05 pm ET, stop at Dune Park at 1:15 pm CT, and arrive in Chicago at 2:39 pm CT.
South Shore Line Trains between Chicago, IL and South Bend, IN
Varies depending on station you board at
Indiana Dunes, Michigan City & LaPorte, Northern Indiana, South Bend & Mishawaka