My spouse is a big railroad buff, so we planned to stop at this museum on our way to Chicago. It is easily-accessed on a secondary road off I-74, or even I-65.
This is a small place, but packed "to the gills" with memorabilia. There are three rooms inside the old depot, including a public restroom, but there is NO air conditioning, so on a hot day you might want to bring some water with you.
Outside the museum are numerous train artifacts, signals, lights, track sections, and a caboose, which is open to inspection (not handicap accessible, unfortunately). One of the volunteers, Gary, took us to another train car, where model train layouts and circus items are on display. We loved watching the trains run, and seeing all the memorabilia from the days of the circus coming to town by rail. Gary had many stories to relate about the history of the circus trains. I believe this room was cooled by fans or air conditioning, as I don't recall it being overly warm.
There is a small gift shop as part of the museum, and they take cash or credit card. The admission fee was not bad, and I felt it was very much worthwhile for all the displays, and for the work that was done to create this lovely tribute to the past. This site is recommended even for those with small children, who will most likely love the outside displays, as well as the model trains.
Note that there currently (summer of 2016) are road closures if you are heading north, as we were. One of the volunteers, Elizabeth, gave us excellent directions to detour around the construction and to our next stop, Battle Ground.
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