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McLean Depot
Train Shop
Winter Hours
Mon - Fri 10 - 6
Saturday 10 - 5
309 - 244 - 5900
Sundays - Dec 1 - Dec 29

What's New ?


** New Product Announcements **


Pre-order / Reservation Deadlines
Several pre-order / reservation deadlines are coming in the next couple weeks. Be sure to get your name on the list. NO up front or down payments are required, so you have nothing to lose by ordering, but you might lose out if you don't!


Recent deliveries of Walthers IT SW1200s and Athearn GM&O F3/7s were all sold out before delivery to shops. Many were out looking for shops that still had them available and I could have sold a dozen more than I received. But reservations didn't reflect the interest these would generate so the manufacturers didn't build as many as they could have sold.
I don't like saying 'Sorry, sold out", as these are also lost sales to me.
The ONLY way to guarantee getting a new product when announced is by placing a Reservation or Pre-Ordering. Recently, I have had to tell some customers that the items they are looking for have sold out, sometimes long before the items even went to production. If you are unsure about reserving, REMEMBER - it costs you nothing, even if you later decide you don't want it afterall. But will save you the time and aggrevation searching for it and, if found, a premium, jacked up price!

Long awaited shipments have the shelves bulging with new models from Athearn, Atlas and Walthers. Intermodal, Flats, Box, Tank and other types that had been on pre-order for the last 12-18 months started rolling in and as in the note above, rolling out. The yard master is running out of track and has been getting creative in making space for the new models


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.

266 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, Soundtraxx, TCS and ESU Loksound 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.


In Stock and Signed by the Authors

The Soo Line in Minnesota

by John C. Luecke and Paul R. Spyhalski
PRICE - $65.00

More in stock books by Luecke and Spyhalski

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Find new, used, rare, and out-of-print books at

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


Upcoming Events

Nov 9-10
Milwaukee WI

Depot will be Closed Saturday
Look for me at the Como Shops booth

Nov 16
Customer Appreciation Day
McLean IL

Celebrating 9 years in business.
Cake, cookies, drinks, chili and hot dogs.

Nov 17
Peoria Train Fair
IL Central College
E Peoria IL


Jan 27
Great Tri-State Rail Sale
La Crosse WI

Mar 28-29
Train Show
Lincoln Square
Urbana IL

May 14-17
Midwest Region NMRA Convention
Peoria IL

Post your event here. Contact me with details.