Posts Tagged ‘The Clover Leaf’

Still Standing Though Fading

January 4, 2020

The Nickel Plate Road became a fallen flag in 1964 when it was acquired by the Norfolk & Western.

Yet a vestige of the Nickel Plate continues to stand in Frankfort, Indiana, although the affects of weather and age have faded it.

Shown is the former coaling tower in the yard, which has been out of service since the late 1950s but continues to bear the NKP herald.

Coaling towers are massive structures and the cost of razing them has probably ensure that some continue to stand decades after they ceased to serve a useful function.

Frankfort once hosted two former components of the Nickel Plate, the Lake Erie & Western and the Clover Leaf.

Lines of both railroads are still in place east of Frankfort, but the former Clover Leaf route to St. Louis has been abandoned west of town.

The tracks in Frankfort are now part of the Frankfort District of Norfolk Southern.

Linden Depot Museum Open for the Season

April 20, 2014

The Linden (Ind.) Depot Museum has opened for the 2014 season. The museum is open from noon to 5 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through October.

New this year is opening the building on the south side of the property. The main attraction in this new space is a new HO model railroad that depot volunteers have been working on throughout the winter.

One of the features of this model railroad is an animated circus display. The layout room features connections between trains and the circus. Trains played an important role in transporting circuses from town to town across the United States.

The museum has on display an original eight-seat Star-Back circus bench from the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus. The display also features an original 16-foot sign from the Allen C. Hill Great American Circus.

A number of special events are planned for 2014. Saturday, June 28 will be Nickel Plate Day at the museum. Saturday, July 26 will be Circus Day, featuring a sword swallower and juggler, and Pat Kelly, the clown who is a son of Emmett Kelly.

On Sunday, Aug. 31, the Purdue Boilermaker Express will provide narrated rides through Linden.

Admission to the museum is $4 for adults and $1 for children ages 12 and under. Admission is good for both buildings. The museum is located on U.S. Route 231.

Linden is located between Crawfordsville and Lafayette and at one time was the junction of the Monon and Clover Leaf railroads. The former Clover Leaf, which eventually became part of the Nickel Plate Road, has been abandoned through Linden, but the ex-Monon is still operated by CSX. The route sees Amtrak’s tri-weekly Cardinal and quad weekly Hoosier State.