SUPPORT KEEPING TRAIN HISTORY ALIVE IN HAMILTON COUNTY!
Nickel Plate Express is looking ahead to an exciting future. In 2022, we opened a renovated depot station inside Forest Park thanks to the City of Noblesville. Be a part of our exciting growth and future by making your tax-deductible donation.
As a 501 (c) (3) non profit, all donations to Nickel Plate Express will be tax-deductible.
For donation, just mail your tax-deductible donation to Nickel Plate Express at P.O. Box 425, Arcadia, IN 46030
Engineer Jay Harmon waves while bringing the 426 through Hamilton County. Photo by David Wilcox
The 426 is delivered to Frankfort, IN to begin service on the Nickel Plate Road in 1953. From “Nickel Plate Road Diesel Locomotives” by Kevin J. Holland.
PAST GIVING CAMPAIGNS
FULL THROTTLE: RESTORING THE 426
In 2019, we mounted a campaign to restore one of Hamilton County’s most beloved locomotives for the 2020 season. A GP7L built in LaGrange in 1953, NKP 426 spent the majority of its life in freight service in Frankfort, IN on the Nickel Plate Road. It remained in service until 1977. Thanks to generous local donors, 426 was successfully returned to service in July 2020 and operates regular weekend excursions between Noblesville and Atlanta.
Nickel Plate Road No. 426 is truly a Hoosier treasure – it encompasses the Indiana railroad essence through its heritage, the people it has touched, and its role in building Indiana’s economy. The engine has been a part of my life personally as well. From the time I was young, No. 426 was one of the pieces of railroad equipment that got me excited about the field of railroad preservation. The Nickel Plate Road speaks volumes to the Hoosier story, and being a native-born Hoosier myself, draws upon those personal connections. Having spent many of my formative years in the railroad preservation movement working with this locomotive, I’m excited to see it enter another lease on life. It is my hope that the next generation of railroad preservationists and community members alike see themselves within the story of the railroad and are able to build stories of their own with this engine.- Cameron Nichols, Indianapolis
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