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NICKEL PLATE EXPRESS

SCENIC TRAIN RIDES NEAR INDIANAPOLIS, IN

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RIDE NOBLESVILLE'S TRAIN: THE NICKEL PLATE EXPRESS

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FAMILY TRAIN RIDES

Feel the wind, hear the locomotive and truly experience riding the rails in this unique close-up connection to the past.

WINTER TRAIN RIDES

Enjoy a holiday drink in the 21+ Duke Dining Car while riding on a 1950s train through Northern Hamilton County.

 

FALL TRAIN RIDES

Enjoy the flavors of fall while dining on a historic train car. Ride the rails while sipping on samples from 4 Midwest, small-batch bourbons during a 2-hour cruise.

FOCUS ON THE FUTURE: HELP US PRESERVE RAIL HISTORY!

The Nickel Plate Express was founded in Hamilton County in 2017 with the goal to preserve the rich railroad history of our surrounding communities through educational and entertaining train rides. The Nickel Plate Express welcomes more than 13,000 passengers each year to Noblesville and Northern Hamilton County. We also manage the 150-year-old depot along the former Nickel Plate Road in Arcadia, IN.

Join us for our themed excursions from February-December aboard historic 1956 Santa Fe El Capitan cars. Excursions include wine, beer and dinner rides as well as family-friendly holiday programs including our polar express train rides, fall colors train rides and much more.

As we enter a new year, make an investment in the future of rail preservation!

Make a tax-deductible donation to keep railroad history alive in Hamilton County.

Click the button below to donate and learn more about how your donation can help here.

DONATE

As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, all donations made to Nickel Plate Express are tax-deductible. We appreciate your support of railroad history.

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WHAT’S IT LIKE TO RIDE THE NICKEL PLATE EXPRESS?

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Terrific Experience

Had a terrific experience riding the train this summer (2022) with friends. The staff is very kind and knowledgeable. They work hard to ensure that you have an enjoyable time. They serve tasty lemonade and apple hand pie. It is both scenic, relaxing, and a blast from the past. I highly recommend that you make a reservation soon.

– Laurie C. | Google
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Fantastic Experience

We had a great Caboose Ride, made extra special by Conductor Phil. Our daughter was a bit uncertain about the noises- breaks and horn. He went out of his way to make her comfortable, asking about her toy, inviting her to use the horn, and be the special junior conductor. She went from being nervous to having a blast, talking nonstop about it, and pretending to be a conductor the rest of the day. This was a fantastic family event. Long enough to be worth the price but short enough to keep little ones interested. Plus, we learned interesting details about trains. Would love to check out future events! The whole team from check in to boarding to saying goodbye were friendly and great. BUT- Thanks, Phil- you made the experience fantastic.

– Niki M. | Facebook
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Awesome Experience

Staff was excellent and very friendly. Train ride was extremely comfortable and not the “typical” experience we normally have. Will be visiting more often.

– Corey P. | Facebook
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Wonderful Time with Friend!

I had wanted to go on the train for awhile now since both of my grandfathers worked on the railroad. Was not disappointed! Festive atmosphere and very attentive crew. Will plan to ride again.

– Melanie T. | Facebook