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The Indiana Transportation Museum provides a unique experience for people of all ages and backgrounds. Through the operation of the 34 mile Nickel Plate Heritage Railroad, representative of Indiana and America’s rich railroad history, guests are immersed back in time as they travel to communities and events between Indianapolis and Tipton, Indiana.

Guests board an authentic, streamlined passenger train, and travel throughout Central Indiana to and from the Indiana State Fair, North Pole, restaurants and community festivals with the help of era representative staff along the way.

Guests may also visit community festivals along the line as well as Forest Park throughout the year , and experience how freight train crews lived their lives through rides on the Caboose & Open Air Car Train.

Although the Museum is an experience for thousands of people every year, traveling between various towns and cities to different events, the Museum’s base is its Forest Park location, open April through October. At this location, care for the train takes place, displays are maintained to help interpret Indiana’s railroad history and many train rides originate.

Forest P ark Location


The museum’s central location is located in Noblesville’s Forest park, off State Road 19, and serves as a boarding point for much of the operating season during Aril through October. Not all events and train rides originate at the Forest Park location. The museum operates over 34 miles of track, and chooses originating destinations based upon regional popularity. Check an event or ride’s page to confirm boarding locations.

The Forest Park location also hosts the museum’s maintenance and restoration facilities, which can be made available for tour by contacting the office at prior to one’s visit. During visitation, the museum politely guests not to enter restricted areas for maintenance and restoration, which are marked.

The Forest Park location also features:

  • A display building
  • A caboose for tour
  • Historic, Hobbs Depot
  • Other railroad equipment with interpretive signage



Forest P ark Location Admission


Admission to the grounds at Forest Park is $3 for adults (13 and up) and $2 for children (2-12). Children under 2 are free.

Tickets for trains that board at the Museum have admission built into the price.

The museum’s season begins in April with regular operations ending the last weekend in October.  Popular holiday events take place in November and December, and are held in Fishers.

During the regular season, the Forest Park location is open to the public Saturdays and Sundays. If a train is scheduled to operate earlier than regular opening time, facilities will open one hour prior to that train’s departure.  If a scheduled train departs after regular closing time, facilities will remain open until departure.