The Indiana Rail Experience is a program of the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society, Inc, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to preserving, displaying, and operating historical railroad equipment relevant to the Midwest. The Fort Wayne Railroad is an all-volunteer organization funded entirely from donations, memberships, and ticket sales.
We inspire, educate and transport thousands each year with the power of our industrious past and Nickel Plate Road steam locomotive no. 765
The Indiana Rail Experience is a celebration of our region’s remarkable railroad history and made possible through a special partnership with the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society and the Indiana Northeastern Railroad.
Formally incorporated 30 years ago in 1992, the Indiana Northeastern has revitalized 100 miles of railroad in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio that was once almost completely abandoned in the 1990s. The railroad now sees over 5,000 freight carloads a year, serves 25 industrial and agricultural industries, and supports over 500 jobs in the region.