Indiana State Fair train will not run this year

Posted at 12:31 PM, Aug 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-03 22:15:45-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana State Fair train will not run this year.

There were many questions about whether or not the train would run, based on a ban from the Hoosier Heritage Port Authority. 

The ban has been in place since March.

More than 10,000 people relied on the fair train to get to the fair last year, and the Indiana Transportation Museum was hoping to top that number this year.

The ban came after seven former volunteers blew the whistle on the museum's board of directors, alleging wrongdoings, including questionable financial practices, failure to maintain timely and complete records and an inability to properly manage the museum.

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Those whistleblowers were fired after sending the letter to the museum.
The train had run for 33 years. It brought fairgoers from Noblesville to the fairgrounds on 38th Street.
The mayor of Noblesville released this statement Wednesday regarding the State Fair Train cancelation:
"We're disappointed to hear that the Indiana State Fair Train will not be running this year, but the safety of riders is our top priority. We know thousands of families have a tradition and enjoy riding the train to the fair because of the unique experience it provides. However, we agree with the Hoosier Heritage Port Authority's decision to keep suspending train operations until we are certain that no one's safety is in jeopardy."