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Chicago & Alton Railroad Depot

Open Now: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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What a history lesson

This is like walking back in time. If you love trains this is a must visit. You get to see... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Dick C
Gladstone, Missouri, United States
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A hidden gem!

My husband and i visited in Oct. and were pleased to receive a personal guided tour from the... read more

Reviewed December 29, 2018
Kendra P
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is like walking back in time. If you love trains this is a must visit. You get to see everything from tickets to how the Station master lived.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed December 29, 2018

My husband and i visited in Oct. and were pleased to receive a personal guided tour from the volunteer manning the station. He was a wonderful host (sorry friend, I can't remember your name even though we met again when you were manning the desk...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 25, 2018 via mobile

A great museum filled with train artifacts and memorabilia. Great to learn about train depots back In the days and see how everything worked. Staff was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. Had a lot of really cool things to see.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 29, 2018

What a wonderful display of historical memorabilia from the Independence line and the Chicago Alton railroad. I have lived in Independence my whole life and had never been in this depot until this week. What a hidden treasure. It was manned by a volunteer who...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed August 27, 2018 via mobile

This is a great museum to visit and located on the same grounds of the National Frontier Trail Museum. There are a LOT of railroad artifacts inside the museum. This museum is a former railroad depot that is unique in that it’s a two story...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 13, 2018

As this is operated by volunteers, this is a work in progress. That said, the upstairs restoration of the family rooms of the RR agent is complete and very informative. Well done. The volunteer guide was very informative about the depot, the various exhibits and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 1, 2018

My Mom took us here; our ancestors worked for the railroad and most likely used some of the same tools housed in here. Amazing railroad history, informative docent. Thanks for preserving our history!

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed July 22, 2018

PROS: great docent; interesting exhibits on the 2nd floor; interesting rail road items on the 1st floor. CONS: none; wished they had more items in the gift corner; I wont hesitate to buy items or replicas from the great exhibit upstairs .

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed July 9, 2018

Took the tour for I'm a big train fan since I work for the railroad myself. Always like to look at some old train stuff and learn more about it. Great self guided tour and quite a bit to look at there.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Eddie R
Reviewed July 3, 2018

We were just walking by and decided to stop in (there is no admission fee, just donations). The downstairs depot is full of old railroad stuff. The docent gave us a tour that was nice. Then we went upstairs - wow. The upstairs was used...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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