About Hoosier Heartland Trolley Co. (HHTC)

Hoosier Heartland Trolley Co. was founded in 2018 as an Indiana nonprofit corporation to save the last remaining pieces of Indiana’s electric railway heritage. The organization exists to spark imagination in people across all walks of life through experiencing the art, science, culture, technology and economic empowerment of Indiana’s world-renowned electric railway industry from the 20th century. Read the full press release.

As of May 13, 2019, the Internal Revenue Service has designated HHTC as a 501 (c)(3) public charity.

OUR MISSION

Hoosier Heartland Trolley Co. exists to spark imagination in people of all ages by bringing all walks of life together to experience the art, science, culture, technology and economic empowerment of Indiana’s world-renowned electric railway industry from the 20th century.

OUR VISION

 Hoosier Heartland Trolley Co. is developing a world-class organization to preserve the legacy of Indiana’s electric railways and the people who made it possible. This will be an immersive experience that is educational, entertaining and authentic as a true mode of transportation. 

OUR PLAN

Phase 1 - Rescue

We will relocate our collection to a secure, private site for stabilization until a permanent home is secured.

Completed fall of 2018 -

Read the recap of THI&E No. 81 and Union Traction No. 429 and No. 437

Read about the relocation of the last Indianapolis streetcar, Indianapolis Railways No. 153

phase 2 - Restore

We will engage with industry professionals to restore our collection of trolleys to operation, starting with Indiana Union Traction Interurban No. 429.

-Our #Electrify429 Campaign aims to have our first car “Noblesville” restored by its 100th birthday in 2025. 

Phase 3 - Run

We will secure a permanent site in which to maintain, operate and interpret our collection and associated artifacts for public education, transportation and entertainment.

- Our company goal is to have a permanent site secured in Central Indiana along with a strategic site plan by 2023, which will mark the 5-year anniversary of the organization’s founding.

Phase 4 - Revive

 As part of our long-term vision, Hoosier Heartland Trolley Co. will ultimately create an immersive experience to revive the electric railway setting that was once commonplace in Indiana. This immersive experience will serve as a dynamic, entertaining and educational economic development tool. 

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Board of Directors

President, Austin Mace; Vice President, Cameron Nichols; Treasurer, William Hazen; Secretary, Lavonne Stage; Members-at-Large, Jakob Stage, William Whitmer.

The Hoosier Heartland Trolley Company seeks to develop the board with community leaders, business professionals, and experts of various nonprofit and museum-related disciplines that are passionate and committed to our plan, mission, vision, and core values.

The board’s current professional expertise is comprised of emerging technology/entrepreneurship, marketing/advertising, transportation, sales, agricultural consulting, and education.