Linden Railroad Museum
Location of former Seaboard/N&W Rwy Diamond
GPS Coordinates: 40.193235, -86.904874
520 North Main Street
About 50 miles NW of downtown Indianapolis IN
Access by train/transit:
The museum sits at the junction of where the Norfolk & Western Railway and
the Monon met.
The Linden Depot is the last surviving junction depot in Indiana. It was
built in 1909 to serve the Nickel Plate Railroad which ran east and west
from Toledo OH to St. Louis 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, which has been restored to its original colors,
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!
NOTE: Saturday, September 19th, 2020, the museum is having a dedication of
their full size replica of the Lafayette Steam Locomotive, which the members
have been working on diligently for the past 3 years!!
Linden was platted in 1852 when the railroad was extended to that point. A post office
has been in operation at Linden since 1851. The Linden Depot was listed on the National
Register of Historic Places in 1990.
The Linden Depot is a historic train station located in Linden, Montgomery County,
Indiana. In 1852 the New Albany and Salem Railroad (later Monon) Railroad cut through
Montgomery County. The old stage road between Crawfordsville and Linden was
given to the railroad as an inducement to get them to build through Linden. 1852 also
saw the building of the first Linden depot, on a site behind the present day Post
Office. The building was moved to the current location in 1881 when the
Toledo, St. Louis and Western Railroad was built through Linden, crossing the Monon at this location.
NKP passenger service ended in 1957. The diamond was removed sometime
in the 1970's. Thanks to Gary.
Open Railway Maps
The museum is 8 miles north of I-74 exit 34 on US 231.
Exit 34 is 39 miles northwest of Indianapolis IN highway I-465, the
"Beltway" of Indianapolis. Linden is about 60 miles (by
road) from downtown Indianapolis.
Exit 34 is 34 miles from the IL/IN border, and 72 miles from Champaign IL.
From Chicago, take I-65 southeast (from Gary IN) to Indianapolis, and get
off (maybe) at exit 178, 43/River Rd, take south till you get to US 52 and
head south till it runs into US 231 in ~1.5 miles, then Linden is about
another 13-14 miles south. It's about a 133 mile trip from downtown
The museum has quite a large variety of railroad signals, some of which are
not native to the immediate area, but nonetheless, provides a really nice
overview of what used to be out there on almost every railroad of the U.S.,
including a B&O CPL, semaphores, searchlight, and colorlight signals.
Top map comes from the USGS archives.
Bottom map courtesy of the University of Texas Library, click here for their index page.
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Aerial shots were taken from either Google or Bing Maps as noted. Screen captures are made
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