Linden Depot Museum
The Linden Depot is the last surviving junction depot in Indiana. It was built in 1908 to serve the Nickel Plate Railroad which ran east and west from Toledo, OH to Louisville, MO, and the Monon Railroad (formerly the CI&L Railroad) which ran north and south from Chicago, IL to Louisville, KY. The Depot closed in 1973, and re-opened as a Museum on April 13, 1993.
In this original building are housed many items of railroad memorabilia pertinent to the Nickel Plate and Monon Railroads as well as some from other railroads. There is a Museum Store and an antique ride-on train for children aged six and under.
On the grounds of our museum complex is a Nickel Plate Railroad caboose, which is open for all to explore. There are also four 100-year old semaphores, including the double-bladed one pictured on the right as well as other railroad signs and signals.
On the south side of the property, is the building in which we are in the process of constructing a new HO-gauge model railroad. When finished, this railroad will have four independent tracks that will travel through Southwestern-style mountains, a canyon, a riverbed, through a town that looks much like Linden did in the 1960s, past an animated circus and an animated carnival. We are letting our visitors see how this model-building progresses. There are operating trains on all four tracks, and we have finished about half of the mountains, including the landscaping around the animated carnival; we will be working on the rest of the mountains throughout this season. Come and enjoy this exciting attraction.
Also in this building are two static N-gauge model railroads, and numerous O-gauge, HO-gauge and N-gauge trains on display. In keeping with the carnival and circus on the HO layout, we have numerous circus-related items, including Star-Back seats, circus tent poles, and our very own Clown Car!
The mission of the Linden Depot Museum is to preserve and protect the historic 1908-built Linden Depot and its railroad memorabilia as well as to promote its related railroad history. The mission includes the acquisition, restoration, preservation and display of railroad equipment, artifacts and momentos related to railways past and present.