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

What's New ?

Have switches that need powering? Several options are available, but a newer option is now available! Control your switches with RC servos. Small, good points holding and realistic slow motion movement (speed adjustable) they can be controlled by local push button, remotely by a dispatcher or thru the thottle by DCC address. The Tam Valley Depot Singlet DCC switch servo set costs less than $18 - that's less than a Tortoise before adding control switches or DCC control.

Blackstone will produce K-28 and K-36 for release in 2014. 5 road numbers each will be in the first run.
A new run a Flat cars and Drop Bottom Gondolas are due out in soon (May-June) 2014. Taking reservations now.
Click here for more info.


New Product Announcements

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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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.

If you placed an advance reservation, copies are currently being signed and sent out.

- $55.00

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

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


Upcoming Events

May 4
IVD Meet
Galesburg Area IL

May 15-18
NMRA Midwest Region Convention
Schaumburg IL

May 18
Chicago & North Western Historical Society
Annual Meet
La Crosse WI

Jun 28-29
Galesburg RR Days
Galesburg IL

Jul 13-19
NMRA National Convention
Cleveland OH

Jul 19
Rail Fair
La Crosse WI

Sep 3-6
34th National Narrow Gauge Convention
Kansas City KS

Sep 14
IVD 50th Anniversary Meet
Spring Valley IL

Sep 20-21
Train Show
Decatur IL

Post your event here. Contact me with details and I will post it.

Click for McLean, Illinois Forecast 

Model Railroad Hobbyist Magazine link