Families enjoy Fair Train tradition

(WISH Photo/Dustin Grove)
(WISH Photo/Dustin Grove)

Fishers, Ind. (WISH) – For many families, the fun at the Indiana State Fair every year begins with the trip there.

“I love going on the train,” said Barbara French, of Noblesville. “It’s a lot of fun and it’s less hassle. You don’t have to drive and deal with all of the traffic.”

The Indiana Transportation Museum Fair Train has been running for more than 30 years. It runs from Fishers to the fairgrounds every 90 minutes.

“Nine trips a day, sometimes 10 on select concert days,” said conductor Cameron Nichols.

It takes more than 150 trips over the fair’s 17-day run – a third more trips than years’ past, according to museum officials.

As more people continue to ride the train, which is operated through the non-profit Indiana Transportation Museum, Nichols said it will open the door to more options down the line beyond the fair.

The museum already offers special trips including a “Polar Bear Express” train for families in December. But Nichols said they look to expand further year-round.

“We see ourselves as a cultural asset and we want to be a part of the Indianapolis community, so we’re looking at other ways we can tie in with the Indianapolis community besides the state fair,” he said.

He said that includes other events throughout the year at the fairgrounds.

“There are also other things going on in Indianapolis that we look to possibly, in the future, extend down to reach such as Mass Ave and maybe even further,” Nichols said.

Museum officials said a lot of that depends on ticket sales and donations.

State Fair Train Ticket Prices are as follows:

  • Monday, Wednesday and Thursday = Adult $12, Child $8, Children Under 2 FREE
  • Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and  Sunday = Adult $13, Child $9, Children Under 2 FREE

Parking may be reached by following the signs on 116th Street or 126th Street to Lantern Road south to Municipal Drive.

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