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2018 Season opens Friday, April 6

Friday, April 13th is the 25th Anniversary of the Museum! Come help us celebrate!!

Museum Hours

April through October

Friday, Saturday, Sunday

12 noon to 5 pm


$5 adults, $1 children 12 and under








25th Anniversary Steam Locomotive Project

Linden Depot Museum is building an historic replica of an 1837 Norris 4-2-0 Steam Engine

How do YOU plan to help the museum in this endeavor?

This project will require the talents and material contributions from a lot of people and from many sources.  100% of all donations to the steam engine project will go directly to the construction of this historic engine.

Please mail all contributions directly to the museum with Steam Locomotive in the memo line and mail to

Linden Depot Museum       PO Box 154       Linden, IN  47955

Linden Depot Museum, aka Linden-Madison Township Historical Society, is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation


Photo of Norris 4-2-0 Steam Locomotive

Why this particular steam locomotive?

This 1837 Norris engine incorporated all of the following properties of early steam engines:

a horizonal boiler

a circular domed firebox

a leading bogie (a four-wheel swiveling pilot truck)

cylinders outside of the wheels and frame

cam-operated valves on top of the cylinders

a bar frame

driving wheels in front of the firebox rather than behind, thus increasing the proportion of the engine's weight being carried on the wheels

This resultant locomotive design was considered to be the best in this period of railroad development.  Norris produced nearly 1000 locomotives from 1832-1861.  While most of these were used in early United States' railroads, seventeen were exported to Europe between 1839 and 1842.  The "Lafayette" was named after the Revolutionary War hero, Marquis de LaFayette, and was the first of eight Norris locomotives purchased by the B&O Railroad in 1837 and may have been the first standardized production model locomotive in the entire world.