All Aboard Indiana's Bicentennial Train (VIDEO & PHOTOS)

By Eric Dutkiewicz - 21Alive


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October 2, 2013 Updated Oct 2, 2013 at 9:20 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) - Indiana's bicentennial may be three years away, but commemorations are already heading down the track.

The Indiana Railroad Historical Society's Indiana Bicentennial Train is returning to New Haven from Thursday through Saturday.

It has been five years since the train has come to Northeast Indiana.

"The exhibition is asking you to look at land use, talent, community, all sorts of different lenses that you can take a peek at history," Amy Lamb of the Indiana Historical Society says. "It will connect you to the past and realize that your history is the state's history as well

The 65-foot renovated Amtrak freight cars is a traveling exhibit, The Next Indiana was seen by 58,000 visitors in 24 Hoosier cities between 2004 and 2008.

The free exhibit teaches the significance of locomotives for the time period, and has historical interpreters live out scenes from 1916--Indiana's centennial.

The Bicentennial Train will be open 9 a.m. through 6 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

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