In the 1920s, Indianapolis was one of the most innovative cities in the nation. But after “the dark tragedy of the roaring twenties,” Indianapolis lost its edginess for decades and only recently has begun to regain it.
The Federal Surface Transportation Board has ruled in favor of a plan by Fishers and Noblesville to convert the Nickel Plate Railroad into a recreational trail, removing the last big legal hurdle faced by the project.
A not-for-profit group is taking legal action against Fishers, Noblesville and Hamilton County, saying officials violated public-access laws when making decisions regarding the future of the Nickel Plate Railroad corridor.
The Indiana Transportation Museum has requested a judge grant a temporary restraining order to give it more time to move out of Forest Park in Noblesville and prevent the city from seizing its equipment and trains.
The Hoosier Heritage Port Authority and Nickel Plate Heritage Railroad Inc. have approved a 15-year operating agreement, making way for the new Nickel Plate Express tourism rail line to begin offering rides this year.
The Noblesville-based Indiana Transportation Museum recently lost a court battle that would have allowed it to revive the annual Polar Bear Express from Fishers to Indianapolis. But the museum has found a new route for the holiday excursion.