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Although the golden age of railroading may be over, trains continue to delight, inspire and educate.

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As a 501 (c) (3) non profit, all donations made to Nickel Plate Heritage Railroad, which operates the Nickel Plate Express excursions, are tax deductible. Your generous donations help maintain the former Nickel Plate Road and keep our historic equipment up and running for generations to come.

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Step into the golden age of railroading with hands on educational and entertainment experiences.

Through interactive historical experiences, Nickel Plate Heritage Railroad introduces new generations of Hoosiers to the rich history of rail travel. Sit back and enjoy the sites, sounds and experience of a ride on the former Nickel Plate Road in our 1950s Santa Fe equipment.

Goal: Nickel Plate Express was founded in northern Hamilton County in 2017 and began operations in the Fall of 2018. We wish to preserve the rich railroad history of our surrounding communities through educational and entertaining rail programs. As a regional tourism destination, Nickel Plate Express is an economic development asset to Noblesville and Northern Hamilton County, welcoming more than 13,000 passengers each year. In addition to offering excursions, the organization also manages a 150-year-old depot along the former Nickel Plate Road in Arcadia, IN.

Programming: The Nickel Plate Express provides 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 and caboose rides on during select months.

Track: The Nickel Plate Express operates on 12.5 miles of the former Nickel Plate Road between Noblesville and Atlanta owned by the Hoosier Heritage Port Authority. Excursions board out of Noblesville at 825 Forest Park Drive.

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