Train rides every summer weekend at the Hesston Steam Museum. Come ride one of 3 real steam trains..

Take a ride on 3 different railroads
& stroll among machines of the industrial age

Near Chicago Illinois in Northern Indiana near Southwestern Michigan.




The Hesston Steam Museum in beautiful Hesston, Indiana

May 16, 17, 18 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) 2014

The Hesston Steam Museum is the Spring 2014 Sponsor
of the Regional Convention



COME ON OUT to The Hesston Steam Museum and bring your trains!
Rain or Shine


Who's Invited?

If you are into large scale "ride-able" model railroading you are welcome to attend. You do not need to bring equipment but we encourage you to do so.  You are invited to bring your 7.5" gauge steam, gasoline, diesel, electric powered equipment (IBLS standards please) or 14" (contact us prior to bringing 14" ga.). If you're new to the hobby, this will be a GREAT place to find out about us. Sorry, the general public is not invited to this event.

Registration Form

The Hesston Steam Museum Steam Museum Rules

  • Steam engines need to have documentation (proof) of a current  hydro test. The current (within 12 months) hydro from your Live Steam/Diesel railroad or club is probably sufficient. Click here for details.

  • You must be at least 16 and hold a valid driver's license if you are operating equipment at the museum.

Read The Hesston Steam Museum's Rules as they pertain to this event.

Cost to attend

There is a nominal Registration Donation of $20 per vehicle (a max. of 5 persons) plus $5 per person (that covers all days). 


Our new restaurant "Docs" will be open morning noon and night.

There will be a Welcome Reception Friday evening at a local restaurant.

The Banquet Dinner will be held on Saturday Night at the at the museum's restaurant.  A full dinner will be served with salad, your choice of entree, dessert and soft drink.  $15 per person.


See the current list of vendors.  Vendor List

Are you a vendor? Do you sell live steam/diesel cars or locomotives or accessories or related items?    Vendor Registration Form


More Railroad Fun at the The Hesston Steam Museum

In addition to the 7.5" gauge track, the museum's 14" gauge "Park Train" steamers will be in operation along with one of The Hesston Steam Museum's full scale narrow gauge (2' and 3' gauge) trains Schedules TBA.

Cab Ride Raffle

While attending the convention, purchase a raffle ticket to win a Cab Ride in one of the Museum's Narrow Gauge Locomotives. You can only purchase raffle tickets at the event. Rides will be given on Saturday and Sunday during the convention. Riders must be able to climb in and out of the cab and be wearing long pants and closed toe shoes at the time of the ride.


The Hesston Steam Museum is inviting all Diesel, Steam and related vendors to come join us at the convention.  Vendor Registration Form


Several of the vendors have volunteered to conduct seminars.  They will be held Saturday PM. Click for details.

"Behind the Scenes" Tours  

We will be conducting tours of our Engine House and Machine Shop. Tours will be lead by the Museum's director Ted Rita.

Flea Market / Swap Meet

Sell your assorted railroad (scale or 1:1 scale) items at our swap meet table.  Swap Meet will begin Saturday after lunch.  And a last chance swap meet will be held Sunday AM.  More about the swap meet.


There are dozens of hotels in the area to fit any budget. To see a partial list of near by hotels, click this link.


*You can set your RV or travel trailer or tent up right at the Museum. There will be a $10 donation per night for campers requiring electric and water.  No charge if you camp in a tent.




Other things to do in the area


Find the Museum

Conveniently located near I94 exit 1, only 90 minutes from Chicagoland.

  • Directions - Take I-94 to Exit 1, south to "County Road 1000 North".  Or take the Indiana toll road to Exit 49, north on 139 to "County Road 1000 North" and watch for our billboard.

  • GPS - 1201 E 1000 N, La Porte, IN
    or these coordinates :  N41.75299 W86.67820

  • Google Maps - Find us using Google Maps





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