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Explore the charm of Hamilton County, IN, with Nickel Plate Express, where unforgettable journeys meet themed excursions! Immerse yourself in a unique blend of history, adventure, and relaxation as you embark on a scenic train ride through the heart of Indiana. Our themed excursions cater to diverse interests, offering something for everyone. Whether you're a history buff, a nature enthusiast, or a family looking for a memorable day out, Nickel Plate Express has you covered. Experience the rich heritage of Hamilton County while enjoying top-notch amenities and service on board. Our meticulously planned excursions promise a delightful escape, blending the beauty of the countryside with captivating themes that bring history and entertainment to life. Discover the magic of rail travel as you wind through picturesque landscapes, creating lasting memories with loved ones. From seasonal events to special celebrations, Nickel Plate Express ensures each journey is a unique and immersive experience. Join us for a one-of-a-kind adventure that combines the nostalgia of train travel with the excitement of themed excursions in Hamilton County, IN.

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Now booking 2024 trains!

From $18

All aboard for a relaxing ride on the Nickel Plate Express. Enjoy a 90-minute roundtrip ride in the comfort of the coach cars. Watch the sunset as you travel down the historic Nickel Plate Road in Northern Hamilton County.

Beverages and light snacks will be available for purchase on the train.

Date and Time
October 12 and 13 at 6 p.m.

Seating Options

Standard Class Seating

Gaylor Electric car: Select your own seat while booking! These are standard airline style seats.


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 20,000 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 reindeer express train rides, bourbon tastings, wizard express and much more.

 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.

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

Find us here! Located inside Forest Park. 825 Forest Park Dr., Noblesville, IN 4606


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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

Nickel Plate Heritage Railroad, Nickel Plate Express and The Arcadia Heritage Center does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.