Madison County Historical Society

The Madison County Historical Society is very proud to present "Christmas Trains and Dollhouses" exhibit again this December.   

We are so excited to have this exhibit and hope everyone will take the time to come and see it. 

The "Trains" are on display week days from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  Extended hours for the train exhibit are as follows:

  • Saturday, December 15th, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Mark your calendar and make plans today for your trip to the Christmas Train and Dollhouse exhibit.

For more information on model railroading, please contact Roger Hensley at the History Center at 765-683-0052.

The History Museum is located on the corner of West 11th and Meridian Streets, downtown Anderson, Indiana.  This is another free exhibit so come one and all, especially bring the children!  You will not be disappointed.

FOR MORE TRAIN PHOTOS go here.

 

SPECIAL

There is a small operational On30 layout for the kids and grandkids to operate!  Ask Roger.  He will be glad to help you.

Model Trains On Exhibit

On exhibit is a replica of a 1/4 scale model of the Baker Valve Gear ready to operate on a New York Central Railroad steam locomotive.  This is a large wooden setup built by Maurice Lewman, a retired engineer.

Also on display for viewing is an HO, On30, O Scale Traction, O-27 Gauge(Lionel), N Scale, S gauge American Flyer layouts, and an HO Ringling Brothers and Barnum, and Bailey 1946 HO scale circus train.

INDIANAPOLIS & BELLEFONTAINE RAILROAD COMPANY

The railroad line was planned to pass through Pendleton and elsewhere in Madison County, which most citizens were in favor of the construction.  In June 1894, the county commissioners voted to subscribe $16,000 for stock in the railroad company.  This was paid for in four equal installments and spent within the county.  O. H. Smith served as the I&B Railroad Company president at the time.

In 1852, the I&B was completed on east through Madison County and on to Bellefontaine then to Cleveland, Ohio, known as the Bee Line.  The old I&B became a part of the New York Central Line of the Big Four System.  Regular mail service was accomplished with the establishment of the railroad.

In 1853, the completion of the telegraph lines along the railroad right of way changed communication and growth with Anderson and Pendleton booming in trade and business.