Midwest Railroad Fair set for Saturday


LINDEN — Railroad history will be celebrated Saturday during the Midwest Railroad Fair at the Linden Depot Museum.

The local event, set for
9 a.m. to 5 p.m., is a revival of the last major railroad fair in Chicago in 1948 and 1949.

“It is all about railroad past, present and future,” said Gary Vierk, museum president. “The fair is shaping up to be an outstanding event.”

There will be an inaugural trip for the museum’s 1837 replica steam engine. The train will travel and return the distance of the track over a period of one hour. In 1837, this type of engine was operated between Baltimore City to Washington Town.

“You don’t want to miss this reenactment of railroad history,” Vierk said.

Fifteen exhibitors are scheduled to participate in the railroad fair.

The event includes food and music and the historic railroad depot will be open for visitors to view the exhibits and model railroads.

Admission is $6 for adults and $1 each for children 12 and younger includes the fair and all museum attractions.

The museum is located at 520 N. Main St., Linden. It was built in 1909 to serve the Nickel Plate Railroad, from Toledo, Ohio to St. Louis, Missouri, and the Monon Railroad, from Chicago, Illinois to Louisville, Kentucky. The depot closed in 1973 and reopened as a museum in 1993.

For more information, call 765-427-3630 or email


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