The book and movie of the Polar Express has enchanted people for years. It has also inspired train museums of all sizes to bring a bit of the magic to rail fans.
While the Linden Depot Museum (link) is a relatively small museum, it is well worth the 20 minute drive from Lafayette. On the outside is some rolling stock which includes a Nickel Plate caboose to explore.
Located in the old Monon Depot, trains still run past on the track behind.
One room features a layout of the Linden area in HO. That room also has a narrow gauge HO mountain mining area and a diorama of a 1930’s train station.
The other layout room has been changed around and features an O scale train as though put beneath the Christmas tree.
Around the wood burning heating stove at tree made of light strands is draped from the ceiling. Around it is a suspended O scale Polar Express.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons until Christmas the Depot will be open. Admission fee is waived for this event. Bells, like the one in the movie, are on sale for $10 as a fund raiser. The gift shop has a variety of items for the rail fan in your life. You may also consider a membership as a gift.