Photos provided // Restoration on the 12 miles of railroad track between Atlanta and Noblesville in Hamilton County began last week in Atlanta. The project is expected to take about five weeks and will end in Noblesville in June.
Photos provided // Restoration on the 12 miles of railroad track between Atlanta and Noblesville in Hamilton County began last week in Atlanta. The project is expected to take about five weeks and will end in Noblesville in June.
Restoration began last week on the 12 miles of railroad track between Atlanta and Noblesville in Hamilton County.

The project, which will take about five weeks to complete, started in Atlanta and will finish in Noblesville in late June.

Restoration will consist mainly of tie replacement and maintenance on rail joints. Restoration and maintenance conclusion is subject to time extension for extra work. Atlanta Pacific Rail will oversee the restoration.

Other work to be done on the line includes bridge inspections by the Hoosier Heritage Port Authority, as is required by law, as well as weed and brush mitigation efforts. Work to improve some railroad crossings is also under consideration.

“We’re excited to have the crew here preparing the tracks for our historic train,” said Deanna Holt, executive director of Nickel Plate Express. “We want to encourage people to use caution when crossing railroad intersections and watch for the crews as they ready the tracks.”

Nickel Plate Heritage Railroad has secured funding for track restoration through traditional bank financing. It’s expected that all three Santa Fe Hi-level passenger/dining cars and locomotive equipment will be delivered by late summer.

The community can watch for the1950s train as it completes test runs along the restored line in August, with excursions beginning in early September.

Ticket information will be available in the coming weeks.