New director boards Nickel Plate Heritage Railroad team


Noblesville resident Emily Reynolds is the new director the Nickel Plate Heritage Railroad team, a nonprofit that operates the Nickel Plate Express train. She was hired in March.

The Nickel Plate Express travels a 12.5-mile track between Noblesville and Atlanta.

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The NPHR Board of Directors cited Reynolds’ skill sets, passion for nonprofit management, experience and knowledge of the community for hiring her.

Reynolds said Noblesville has always been a special place.

“I remember seeing the train come through town as a kid, and I rode it a couple times with my kids when they were little,” Reynolds said. “It is such an important piece of Noblesville.”

Reynolds said she wasn’t looking for a new job but was interested in the position when it became available.

“It was everything I loved to do – working with the community, building a volunteer base, serving a nonprofit,” she said. “It just appealed to me on so many levels.”

Reynolds began working with nonprofits when she was a student at Noblesville High School. She also has helped organize community service projects with the Red Cross.

“This is what I want to do for my life. I want to serve others,” she said.

Reynolds has more than a decade of experience working with nonprofits. She previously served as director of outreach for Servants at Work.

Reynolds said her goals for the Nickel Plate Heritage Railroad is to create a five- to 10-year strategic plan and establish consistent train excursions.

This summer, the Nickel Plate Express, based in Forest Park in Noblesville, will move operations to a new welcome station in the park that the City of Noblesville and Noblesville Parks Dept. are developing. The 1950s-era historic train will depart from a covered platform. Riders from across Hamilton County, central Indiana and even neighboring states travel to Noblesville to ride the train.

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