The depot railroad museum
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Marjorie M
Salem, IN141 contributions
May 2019
The Depot is a reconstruction of the original Monon Depot in Salem. Many of the furnishings came from the old depot. The displays of Monon memorabilia are outstanding. There is also a real caboose and a gigantic HO railroad exhibit in the basement. The layout duplicates the Monon route through Washington County in the 60's and shows Pekin, Salem, and Campbellsburg, including streets,homes, and businesses that existed at the time. Model railroaders will love this place, but so will casual visitors.
Written 3 September 2019
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jenmaestravels
Louisville, KY24 contributions
Mar 2019 • Family
We were just here for my grandfather’s birthday party. (Family rented the meeting room for the afternoon.) The whole place is filled with railroad memorabilia and local history, and even items that link Salem to other nearby places. Although — in my experience — we were a pretty tame and respectful group, we did have some kids running around and there was plenty of room to keep them occupied as well. At one point, when they found the Thomas the Train books, the kind lady on staff put in a Thomas DVD for them to watch while sitting on one of the old railroad benches.

After most of our group had finished eating, she also offered to give anyone who wanted it a tour of the museum, and several people took her up on it. While we cleaned up the rooms and kitchen after everyone left, she kept telling us all the things she could take care of so we didn’t have to.

The whole party was a breeze and it was nice to have the venue to ourselves for the afternoon (although I’m sure its busier when it’s warm out). Any questions about local railroad history can be answered here for sure! I’d even go so far as to say you might be able to find some family history if you have ties to the Monon. Awesome place.
Written 1 April 2019
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Marjorie M
Salem, IN141 contributions
May 2018
The Depot is a replica of the original Monon Depot in Salem. The upstairs contains many exhibits as well as a meeting room. The downstairs features a scale model of the Monon route through Washington County. Real buildings, homes, and roads are represented in miniature.
Written 23 September 2018
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jtr56
Indiana221 contributions
Mar 2018 • Solo
I have been going to Salem for some time as my son is having practice with his AAU basketball team in the town of Salem. I decided because of the long drive to see what is around. Last Saturday, it was rainy and nasty out so I got my phone out, checked out the Trip Advisor App and looked what was around. No point in me sitting in the gym for 8 hours while he plays basketball. I saw this and thought, hmmm, I will go check it out. No one answered the phone, but I thought it was before 1 PM, so I will just drive over and see. Not too far and surely on this nice wet cold day, it would pass the time looking through the museum and maybe picking up a souvenir for my youngest who still love trains. I find it, not too hard, good signage and easy to follow map quest directions. I pull up about 1 minute till 1 PM. No one there and it looked abandoned. It was raining, so I waited for a few minutes. Still nothing. So I get out of my car and go look around. I called the number again, just went to Fax machine. I looked at the caboose, it was cool. I looked into the windows, it appears cool inside, but really could not see anything, I am sure this museum is worth the $3 admission it has posted, but what a let down. I got back on the website and did find a little disclaimer, weather permitting. So I guess the building does not have heat? I would think this would be hard on the interior. Anyway, I have to give this a terrible rating as there is not much to do in Salem and I was really hoping to get inside. Maybe next time I can get inside and write a better review. Maybe they should have a phone number that says when they won't be open because the sign in the window clearly states it should have been open. So sad I didn't get to see trains.
Written 25 March 2018
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888marciag
Salem, IN17 contributions
Jul 2017 • Family
We visited the Railroad Museum to introduce our son to trains as they helped build America over the years. The collection is extremely impressive and well done. The volunteers and staff are absolutely delightful. They love sharing their knowledge about the trains and the building. The actual building was constructed by the local high school building trades class. They did an awesome job. Our son loved watching the trains run on the beautiful track display. He also enjoyed being Inside the caboose.
This is a must do trip for train lovers of all ages.
Written 15 September 2017
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920piratejenny
Asheville, NC49 contributions
Aug 2017 • Family
Not far from the John Hay Center is the wondrous depot railroad museum - cool with an ambiance of old wood. A real caboose is right outside.
Written 17 August 2017
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jgbtravels
Louisville, KY2,965 contributions
May 2017 • Solo
There are two floors of train exhibits plus an authentic caboose outside. Yes, you can enter the caboose. Upstairs there is plenty of train memorabilia and downstairs is the model train exhibit. Lots of great vintage trains that are quite old. The staff is very enthusiastic and friendly. It only cost $3-a bargain. Don't forget to see the strongbox that John Hunt Morgan and troops pried open during their raid on Salem. It's only a short walking distance from The Hay Center.
Written 10 May 2017
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Marjorie M
Salem, IN141 contributions
May 2016 • Couples
The museum is incredible. The history of the Monon is chronicled through the memorabilia displayed inside. The museum itself is set up like the old depot and there is a real caboose on the grounds. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly but not intrusive. Downstairs the model train set up mimics the county, with handmade scale buildings to show all the towns in the county along the Monon route.
Written 13 February 2017
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Harry B
Livermore, CA171 contributions
Jun 2016 • Solo
The basement model railroad is patterned after the actual Monon line with a miniature model of the town as well. This makes it different than the usual made-up track layouts and worth a long time viewing. The hand-made buildings are in perspective proportionally smaller at distance. Get a tour of the caboose from the docent.
Written 1 December 2016
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becarpenterjr
Pekin, IN85 contributions
Sep 2016 • Family
You should check out the Caboose while you're there and make sure you see the model of Salem with all of the custom models depicting the actual buildings of the town and local area.
Written 1 November 2016
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