Nickel Plate Express

Make room on your fall bucket list for the Nickel Plate Express! Settle into the cozy 1956 train for a relaxing and comfortable way to see Indiana’s stunning fall foliage. With magical family rides and delicious date experiences on the schedule, here are four ways to make unforgettable memories this autumn.

Wizard Express: Oct. 10, Oct. 23, Oct. 30
It’s no secret October is the most magical and mystical month of the year. Keep your wands ready for this all-ages magical ride. Cruise the tracks while learning new spells, sipping butter beer and socializing with other members of the wizarding world. Bring the whole family for a magical experience, or have an adult-only date night, complete with flights of potions!

Pumpkin Express: Oct. 2, Oct. 3, Oct. 9
One of the best fall traditions? Visiting the pumpkin patch! Let the Nickel Plate Express deliver you to the patch in style and discover a new family tradition. Once at the patch, pick out a pumpkin, enjoy a ride on a vintage tractor and play plenty of fall games.

Harvest Dinner Express: Oct. 22, Oct. 29
One of the best things about fall is that? The seasonal and earthy flavors. Take a seat in Nickel Plate Express’ 1956 dining car for a three-course harvest feast. Indulge your pumpkin passion with handmade pumpkin ravioli in a sage butter sauce and finish up with a homemade cinnamon apple pie served a la mode. Using ingredients from local farms, this ride is the perfect way to enjoy the sights and tastes of fall.

Bourbon Express: November 13

Chilled? Warm yourself up with some of the Midwest's best small-batch bourbon neat or on the rocks! Take a 90-minute cruise through Hamilton County and over Morse Reservoir while sampling an array of small-batch bourbons and snacking on a locally prepared charcuterie tray. After you've chosen a favorite bourbon, our bartenders will be shaking and stirring up signature bourbon cocktails sure to make you feel warm and fuzzy.

With delicious dining options and a nostalgic, relaxing atmosphere, a ride on the Nickel Plate Express is the perfect way to spend a crisp fall day. Explore the full fall calendar and find your new favorite autumn adventure at