The Monon Connection in Monon, Indiana is thought to be the largest detailed train museum in the world!
After spending two hours in this White County museum, I can’t imagine anything larger.
Monon Connection Museum in Monon, Indiana
The Monon Connection Museum was absolutely amazing! I love when our travels take us somewhere that just blows us away. We left in absolute awe.
Originally we wondered if the large freight cars of various sizes, colors, and kinds outside were the museum. Boy, were we wrong. The Monon Connection Museum is connected to the Whistle Stop Restaurant.
It’s amazing to think that this super tiny Indiana town (with a population under 1800) boasts the largest collection of train stuff anywhere.
Indiana Train Museum
Harold Harvey, our tour guide, (who also designed the new Monon town logo) knew absolutely everything about the various pieces in this Indiana museum. Not only a tour guide, Mr. Harvey was the guy who happened to sell the owner (Dale Ward) the first train piece that got the whole thing started in the first place!
Did you know that each of the various train lines had their own dining car china, a pattern specific to them, that differed between regions? The museum has extremely rare patterns and pieces. In one instance, out of three remaining demitasse cups, they have two.
There was an exhibit that recreated the old Illinois Depot. With loads of detail, from the tickets to the timetable, this was a unique life-sized peek into the past!
Whether you consider yourself a train fanatic or just find Indiana history interesting, I would definitely encourage you to check out the Monon Connection Museum.
Just make sure to give yourself plenty of time. We may have spent two hours there, but we still didn’t have enough time to see and read everything.
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