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Midwest Rail Rangers resume educational programs on South Shore Line trains

Midwest Rail Rangers resume educational programs on South Shore Line trains

Midwest Rail Rangers resume educational programs on South Shore Line trains

A Midwest Rail Rangers class on a South Shore Line train is pictured.

The Midwest Rail Rangers have resumed onboard educational classes about the South Shore Line after a 15-month hiatus.

The nonprofit has interpretive guides who provide free history lessons on South Shore Line trains that run between Chicago and South Bend.

Since 2017, the Midwest Rail Rangers have been giving free public talks about Chicago trivia, the Region's steel mills, the scenic Indiana Dunes and the agriculture in LaPorte and St. Joseph counties.

"Our 501(c)(3) non-profit organization provides free historical programs aboard South Shore Line trains between Chicago and South Bend via Hammond, Gary, Dune Park, and Michigan City," Midwest Rain Rangers President Robert Tabern said. "We have a lot of people who like to come join us."

On Thursdays, the Midwest Rail Rangers host programs on the eastbound Train #7 that leaves the Millennium Station stop in Chicago at 8:45 a.m. and on the westbound Train #18 that departs the Airport Station stop in South Bend at 12:49 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

On Saturday and Sunday, programs take place on the eastbound Train #503 that leaves Chicago-Millennium Station at 8:40 a.m. and on the westbound Train #506 departs South Bend-Airport Station at 1:05 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

The narration takes place in a single car usually near the center of the train. Yellow signs are posted directing passengers there.

People can board at any station and join in the program.

No advance registrations are needed, just South Shore Line tickets or passes that can be purchased at a vending machine at the station the same day. Seating in the train car where the program is taking place is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

South Shore Line passengers must follow all COVID-19 protocols, including wearing masks.

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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.

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