Group files intent to sue to keep Indiana State Fair train moving

(WISH Photo/DeAndra Taylor)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The fight over the Indiana State Fair train could soon move to federal court.

The Indiana Transportation Museum on Friday gave notice it could file a federal lawsuit in an effort to allow the museum to continue running the Indiana State Fair train and the Polar Bear Express. Representatives from the museum say they didn’t want to file such a lawsuit but believe they are not being treated fairly by the cities of Noblesville and Fishers, as well as the Hoosier Heritage Port Authority, all of which could be named in a lawsuit.

“We’re here to ensure that the historic, cultural and educational legacy of what the train provides continues to be around. We are here to ensure as an operation we continue to be a positive economic impact on the communities we serve,” said John McNichols, the chair of the volunteer board at Indiana Transportation Museum.

Representatives from the group say they believe their proposal to keep the trains and tracks is not being given fair consideration. A proposal to turn the tracks into a trail is currently favored by the cities of Noblesville and Fishers, as well as the Hoosier Heritage Port Authority.

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