Pumpkin Express Train Ride | Nickel Plate Express

The Pumpkin Express is not available in 2022. We will update if this changes or if this experience is available again in the future.

When you’re riding aboard the Nickel Plate Express, the fun is in the journey. Family trips and themed holiday rides to take in the scenery between Noblesville and Atlanta, Indiana are popular and create thrilling memories for little train enthusiasts, even without stops or a new destination. But once a year, this railroad offers the Pumpkin Express. This autumn excursion travels to a nearby pumpkin patch where you can hop off the train, choose a pumpkin, and enjoy a fall festival before returning to the station!

The Pumpkin Express is a 20 minute train ride from Noblesville, Indiana to Arcadia, Indiana to the Hamilton Heights FFA Pumpkin Patch. Once you arrive at the pumpkin patch, passengers disembark to the pumpkin patch where pumpkin themed carnival games are set up, hay rides around the pumpkin patch are departing regularly and pumpkins are ready to be picked from the field. High school students offer face painting and pumpkin carving and concessions are available for purchase. Families will have one hour to explore the pumpkin patch and participate in the fun and games.

You might also want to book your reservations early for the Reindeer Ride Express, the Christmas themed train ride through Nickel Plate Express.

The pumpkin patch is the largest fundraiser for the FFA group at Hamilton Heights and they work hard all year, planting and nurturing the pumpkin patch. The Nickel Plate Express train ride is a special way to get to the pumpkin patch — your kids will talk about it for a long time!

At the time of publishing, ticket prices were $19 for adults and $10 for kids. Pumpkin prices started at $2 and were no more than $6 for the biggest pumpkins. You will need cash to purchase pumpkins.

Pumpkin Express rides are scheduled for noon and 3 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday in October.

Here’s a list of all of the Indianapolis area train rides.


3 thoughts on “Pumpkin Express Train Ride | Nickel Plate Express”

  1. I’m glad you covered this because their website doesn’t have very much information! I have three more questions. You have a 20 min ride to the patch for pumpkin picking and the activities before the train heads back? Do you pay for each activity? Which patch does it go to? Thank you!

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