The Depot railroad museum

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Address: 206 South College Ave., Salem, IN 47167
Phone Number: 812-883-1884 or 812-883-2891
Director: Cecil J. Smith

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Days and Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 1-5 p.m. (Saturdays only in Jan. Feb. March)

The Depot is part of the John Hay Center and is located in downtown Salem. It features an extensive collection of toy and model trains and many items of railroad memorabilia, all housed in an 8400 square foot replica of the Monon Railroad's Salem station. The Depot also houses the archives and world headquarters of the Monon Railroad Historcal Society. A speciall feature is a large HO model railroad that depicts Washington County, Indiana, as it was 60 years ago. Every building is an exact replica of ones that existed in Salem, Pekin and Campbellsburg at that time. All have been built by volunteers. Visitors can also tour a 1929 Monon caboose.

Grade Levels:
Group Type: Classes and organizations
Disabled Access:

Elevator and ramps

Program Type:


Admission/Tickets: Adults $2; children 6-12 $1; under 6 free
Length of Visit: Tours are normally 30 to 40 minutes
Max. Group Number: 30
Reservations Needed: group reservations suggested

From I--65 at Scottsburg ---west on SR56 20 miles to Salrm;;

Nearby Attractions: Birthplace of John Hay; Beck's Mill; Salem Speedway; Indiana state parks and recreation areas
Mission Statement:

 To preserve the history of the Monon Railroad which was founded by the people of Salem in 1847

Facility History:

The John Hay Center opened in 1970. The Depot opened in 2001

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