All aboard Central Indiana’s newest train excursion! The Nickel Plate Express is a historic train for kids and adults that runs between Atlanta, Indiana and Noblesville, Indiana.

About the Train

The Nickel Plate Express uses rare 1950s Santa Fe equipment, well known to train aficionados. The El Capitan Hi-level cars feature two levels, similar to the classic London double decker buses. Historically, these cars were designed to compete with airlines and provide passengers with incredible countryside views as they traveled from coast to coast. Very few El Capitan Hi-levels remain today, making it a unique train experience.

Nickel Plate Express


In October, ride the Pumpkin Express to the pumpkin patch. In November, adults can enjoy the Ales & Rails Express or Uncorked Express, both featuring a full-service bar in the upscale lounge car. End the year with the Reindeer Ride as the train is lit with dazzling Christmas lights made possible by Gaylor Electric. Visit with Santa, sip hot chocolate and sing along to your favorite holiday carols.

Nickel Plate Express

Things to Know

Tickets may be purchased online at

The train departs from Forest Park in Noblesville or downtown Atlanta, Indiana so be sure to check your ticket.

Concessions are available for purchase in the dining and lounge car. No outside food or drink is permitted.

The train runs all the way south to Logan Street on the Noblesville Square.

Nickel Plate Express

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Book your tickets now for the Pumpkin Express and Ghost Express in October!

The Pumpkin Express takes passengers to a pumpkin patch in Arcadia, where a complimentary fall festival awaits, including hayrides, obstacle courses, fall games, pony rides and face painting. Guests should bring cash to pay for pumpkins, as all pumpkin proceeds support the local FFA chapter at Hamilton Heights. After an hour of fun at the pumpkin patch, the train will take guests back to Atlanta where they boarded.


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