Indiana Depot Moved to New Site in Bedford

The former Milwaukee Road passenger station in Bedford, Ind., reposes in the morning sunlight. Both the structure and the tracks are currently unused.

The former Milwaukee Road passenger station in Bedford, Indiana, reposes in the morning sunlight in May 2014. The depot was recently moved to a new location and will become a community information center.

A long-vacant Milwaukee Road passenger station in Indiana has a new home and will be repurposed into a community and tourism information center.

The depot in Bedford, Indiana, was picked up and moved to a new location at 14th and J streets. The station was moved by truck from its previous site at 10th and J streets.

The front of the limestone station now faces the street. In time, the depot will provide tourism information and a gallery providing photographs and information about the Bedford region’s limestone industry.

Efforts to save the station began 20 years ago, led by the Bedford-Urban Enterprise Association.

The group purchased the building in 1995 and later received a $245,000 grant to replace the roof, which was leaking and deteriorating.

The station has been placed on the Indiana Register of Historic Sites and Structures.

Built in 1900 by the Southern Indiana Railway, the station came under the control of the Milwaukee Road in 1921.

The line extended from Terre Haute to Westport, Indiana, and was the only route east of Chicago owned by a western railroad.

The last passenger train to serve the Bedford station was a Bedford-Terre Haute gas-electric car that made its final trips on July 15, 1950.

The tracks by the depot were most recently used by the Indiana Rail Road, but have been out of service since 2009.

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