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The tourism train operating on the Nickel Plate Railroad in northern Hamilton County hosted 9,700 passengers in its inaugural season.

Not-for-profit rail-excursion group Nickel Plate Express reported its passenger numbers this week.

The train began operating in September and ran through December, when its holiday excursion, Reindeer Ride, ended. Reindeer Ride had an average occupancy rate of 90 percent, the nonprofit reported. Nickel Plate Express also hosted several other themed rides, including trips to a pumpkin patch during the Halloween season.

Nickel Plate Express Executive Director Deanna Holt said she is pleased with the occupancy and passenger numbers for the first season.

“Our team worked hard this first year to provide exceptional customer service and fresh programming to keep passengers and community members engaged,” she said in written comments. “I think our passenger numbers show that we achieved this goal. Our wide array of programming themes and strong customer service will help us build on this initial success and grow both revenue and passenger numbers for 2019.”

Ticket prices varied based on the excursion, starting at $19 for adults and $10 for children.

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The Nickel Plate Express was created in 2018 to run a tourism train on the Nickel Plate Railroad from Atlanta to Noblesville. 

The Hoosier Heritage Port Authority, which manages the 37 miles of rail track from Tipton to 10th Street in Indianapolis, signed a 15-year operating agreement with Nickel Plate Heritage Railroad Inc.—which operates the Nickel Plate Express—last spring. Nickel Plate Express spent $485,000 restoring the tracks for the 12-mile stretch of the Nickel Plate Railroad.

The railroad’s owners—Fishers, Noblesville and Hamilton County—chose the organization as the new operator in 2017 after ending a longtime agreement with the Indiana Transportation Museum.

The Indiana Transportation Museum operated the State Fair Train and the Polar Bear Express.

Nickel Plate Express will host Valentine’s and St. Patrick’s Day excursions this winter. Regular weekend excursions will return in April.

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https://www.ibj.com/blogs/21-north-of-96th/post/72073-nickel-plate-express-reports-nearly-10000-passengers-during-inaugural-season

The tourism train operating on the Nickel Plate Railroad in northern Hamilton County hosted 9,700 passengers in its inaugural season.

Not-for-profit rail-excursion group Nickel Plate Express reported its passenger numbers this week.

The train began operating in September and ran through December, when its holiday excursion, Reindeer Ride, ended. Reindeer Ride had an average occupancy rate of 90 percent, the nonprofit reported. Nickel Plate Express also hosted several other themed rides, including trips to a pumpkin patch during the Halloween season.

Nickel Plate Express Executive Director Deanna Holt said she is pleased with the occupancy and passenger numbers for the first season.

“Our team worked hard this first year to provide exceptional customer service and fresh programming to keep passengers and community members engaged,” she said in written comments. “I think our passenger numbers show that we achieved this goal. Our wide array of programming themes and strong customer service will help us build on this initial success and grow both revenue and passenger numbers for 2019.”

Ticket prices varied based on the excursion, starting at $19 for adults and $10 for children.

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The Nickel Plate Express was created in 2018 to run a tourism train on the Nickel Plate Railroad from Atlanta to Noblesville. 

The Hoosier Heritage Port Authority, which manages the 37 miles of rail track from Tipton to 10th Street in Indianapolis, signed a 15-year operating agreement with Nickel Plate Heritage Railroad Inc.—which operates the Nickel Plate Express—last spring. Nickel Plate Express spent $485,000 restoring the tracks for the 12-mile stretch of the Nickel Plate Railroad.

The railroad’s owners—Fishers, Noblesville and Hamilton County—chose the organization as the new operator in 2017 after ending a longtime agreement with the Indiana Transportation Museum.

The Indiana Transportation Museum operated the State Fair Train and the Polar Bear Express.

Nickel Plate Express will host Valentine’s and St. Patrick’s Day excursions this winter. Regular weekend excursions will return in April.
I’d say that’s pretty good for 4 months of operations.  $100,000 plus isn’t bad.


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Nickel Plate Express to celebrate National Train Day

POSTED BY: THE REPORTER MAY 9, 2019

Nickel Plate Express will join the rest of the United States railroad community in celebrating National Train Day on Saturday, May 11.

First hailed as a national holiday by Amtrak in 2008, the holiday celebrates the impact rail travel had on America’s history. The holiday is also a reminder to the public to take advantage of the rail travel that’s still offered today. Traditionally, the holiday is held on the Saturday closest to May 10. On May 10, 1869, the Golden Spike was driven, marking the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in the U.S.

The Nickel Plate Express will honor the holiday with both family and adult rides on May 11 and 12. Passengers can board the historic equipment and pay homage to the rich history of rail travel.

“Nickel Plate Express is excited to celebrate our first National Train Day,” said Dagny Zupin, communications coordinator for Nickel Plate Express. “We look forward to welcoming passengers on board to appreciate this historic day with us.”

Tickets can be purchased at NickelPlateExpress.com.

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Nickel Plate Express rolls in to Cicero Library
POSTED BY: THE REPORTER MAY 8, 2019

On May 14, Nickel Plate Express crew members present the latest news about this not-for-profit organization formed in 2017 at the next Friends of the Library’s Tuesdays with Friends program. The presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Cicero Library. The public is invited.

Hop on board to find out why the organization formed, types of excursions to take aboard the 1956 diesel locomotive, and where future tracks lie. Attendees may be surprised to learn how much they do not know about this special Hamilton County tourist attraction.

The Cicero Library, officially known as the main branch of Hamilton North Public Library, is located at 209 W. Brinton St., Cicero. Visit hnpl.lib.in.us for more information about the library, programs, and becoming a patron or Friend of the Library.