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McLean Depot
Train Shop
Mon - Fri 10-6
Saturday 10-5

What's New ?


New Product Announcements

IVD 50th Anniversary cars are now available. Two cars commemorating the founding year of 1964 and 50 years on in 2014. The 1964 car is a 2 bay hopper and the 2014 car is a single door boxcar. (Ordering Info)

I took in a consignment of various Proto 2000 models. All have been test run and are smooth and quiet. (Click here for List). These are priced to move.

Cut Rate Corner

I don't have a basement, so I will have a corner to place items that have been gathering dust and price even lower to get them into your hands. These will be placed on the table for a couple weeks and rotated back to the shelf for other items if they still do not sell. Stop by and have a look, it may well be worth your time.

The new Soundtraxx Soundcar Function and Sound decoders have arrived. Offered in single and economical 3 packs.

In Stock Loco Listing

Check the Diesel and Steam locomotive listings. Many hard to find models at great prices.


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NS SD40-2

UP SD40-2

SD40-2 models in stock. Santa Fe and Norfolk Southern are ESU Sound equipped. UP has ESU DCC decoder installed.

Depot price

$179.96 DCC Sound
$119.96 DCC only

If you are interested in a new product - Please let me know to place a reservation. Below are listed links to product announcements. Same discounts apply to reservation, pre-orders and special orders as regular in-stock items. Reservations are non-binding - however without a reservation the item may not be available, having been sold out in advance.

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Illinois Valley Division
50th Anniversary Cars

1964 - When it all started

2014 - Still going Strong

These cars honor 50 years of the Illinois Valley Division. Coal hoppers were still prominent in 1964 at the founding of the IVD giving way to multi-use boxcars 50 years later in 2014. Limited quantities of these cars are available.
Purchase by mail: send a check made out to IVD for $25 ($20 for either car / $40 for both and $5 for postage) to:
IVD 50th Anniversary Car
PO Box 262
McLean IL 61754
They will also be available at our meetings while supplies last for $20.




Where we are:

McLean Depot is located 15 miles southwest of Bloomington/Normal at Interstate 55 exit 145.  We are on historic US Route 66 across from Dixie Truckers Home.

200 E Dixie Road
McLean IL 61754

  Come see the NEW shop in the OLD depot. 


Phone: 309-244-5900  



McLean Depot is a full line model trains hobby shop.

DCC - Digital Command Control Specialist
DCC systems, assessories and installation services at very competitive prices. Largest selection of NCE, TCS, Digitrax and Soundtraxx decoders in central Illinois in stock and ready for installation.

McLean Depot discounts up to 20% off List Price most items in stock or special ordered. We want to make it worth your time to visit our shop.


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The Minneapolis, Northfield & Southern:
From Dan Patch to Dragons

by John C. Luecke and Paul R. Spyhalski
For the first time, the full history of this interesting interurban-turned belt line will be available to students of Minnesota Railroad history.
The book will cover every aspect of this never-say-die short-line from the earliest plans of the "Dan Patch" to the final takeover of the MN&S by the Soo Line and beyond.
Approximately 224 pages, with over 250+ photographs (sixteen pages of color views), 40+ maps and drawings, and more information than anyone, including the authors, ever thought was possible.
Hard cover with Dust Jacket.
In stock now.


Other new, used, rare, and out-of-print books are also available at

comoshop link


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McLean-IL Website
McLean Village website has community calendar, news, and information.


Upcoming Events

Nov 1-2
Train Show
Normal IL

Nov 1-2
NMRA Gateway Division Model Train Meet
Belleville IL

Nov 8-9
Train Fest - Milwaukee WI

(Depot will be Closed Nov 7-9)

Nov 9
Bloomington IL

Nov 16
Peoria Train Fair
IL Central College E Peoria IL

Dec 7
Will County Model Railroad Association Semi-Annual Swap Meet & Open House - Joliet IL

Jan 11
IVD Meet
Springfield Area

Feb 21-22
Mad City MR Show
Madison WI

Mar 7
Boeing RR Club Swap Meet
Queeny Park - St Louis MO

Mar 8
IVD Meet
Peoria IL

Mar 15
Train Fair
Springfield IL

Mar 28-29
Trains in the Heartland
Heartland Community College
Normal IL

Apr 16-19 2015
NMRA Midwest Region Convention
Manitowoc WI

Apr 18-19
Train Fair
Decatur IL

Jun 13
American Heritage RR Train Show
Greenville IL

Post your event here. Contact me with details.

Click for McLean, Illinois Forecast 

Model Railroad Hobbyist Magazine link