Indiana Transportation Museum
The Indiana Transportation Museum ( initialized ITM, reporting mark ITMZ ) is a railroad museum located in the Forest Park neighborhood of Noblesville, Indiana. It owns a variety of preserved railroad equipment, some of which still operate today.

Overview
The Indiana Transportation Museum is an all-volunteer operated not for profit museum dedicated to preserving and showcasing railroads of Indiana, and share this equipment and information with the public, as well as operate trains to show how people travelled across the country in years gone by.

Heritage railroad
The Indiana Transportation Museum operates excursion trains on 38 miles (61 km) of a former Nickel Plate Road line, originally built for the Indianapolis and Peru Railroad today owned by the Hoosier Heritage Port Authority, which is made up of the cities of Indianapolis, Fishers, and Noblesville, IN.

Preservation
At the beginning of 2003, the museum's crown jewel, Nickel Plate 587, was taken out of service for a federally mandated boiler rebuild. Since then, much work has been ongoing the past 7 years for the restoration of this historic locomotive. In 2008, ownership of the engine was transferred from the Indianapolis Parks Department to the ITM permanently. She is expected to steam again by late 2011, if all goes as planned.

Location
The museum and restoration facilities are located in the northwest part of Noblesville, 20 miles (32 km) north of downtown Indianapolis, approximately 1 mile (1.6 km) north of the intersection of State Route 32 and State Route 19. Visitors can enter at the north or south enterance to Forest Park and follow the main road to the museum.

Events
  • The Indiana Transportation Museum operates many different excursions, ranging from holiday trains to shuttles in freight cabooses. The Indiana State Fair Train is a major event, running hundreds of trains last year. ( " Fair Train"
  • The Hamiltonian is a dinner train which operates from Fishers Station to 1 of 2 restaurants in Noblesville on select evenings. http://www.itm.org/events.html for more information on running trains.
  • The Fair Train is an major event, running hundreds of trains transporting thousands of people to the Indiana State Fair, Indiana State Fair with 10 round trips each day of the fair during August.


School programs
The museum offers a school program entitled Railroads In The Midwest that features a pre-visit classroom workbook, tour of the museum grounds, and an excursion train ride.

Membership
The museum is a non-profit organization whose members donate volunteer time and money to the operation. Membership includes copies of a newsletter, various discounts, as well as tax deductions for any donations. There are several levels of membership as explained on the website, http://www.itm.org/membership.html

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