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Rock Island Depot MuseumRock Island Railroad Depot MuseumRock Island Railroad Depot Museum

910 2nd Street
Fairbury, NE 68352
(402) 729-5131
FairburyRIDepot@windstream.net

Hours:
Wednesdays – Sundays
Rock Island Depot Museum in Fairbury Nebraska1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The two-story Rock Island Railroad Depot is a historic stop that's sure to impress. The Rock Island Railroad Depot is one of two remaining brick Rock Island Railroad Depots in Nebraska and is the largest depot still in existence between Chicago and Denver.

Of the 36 Rock Island Depots built in Nebraska, the Fairbury Depot is the only one that has been restored to it's historical integrity. Fairbury's Depot, which housed the Western Division Headquarters of the Rock Island Railroad, is now a Rock Island Railroad museum.

Rock Island Depot Museum in Fairbury NebraskaIt houses Rock Island Railroad artifacts and displays memorabilla donated by former railroad employees and their families. When you visit the Fairbury Rock Island Railroad Depot, you'll see the restored main lobby, ticket office, lounges, and baggage areas. A large model train display is sure to delight visitors of all ages.

Rock Island Depot Museum in Fairbury NebraskaThe second floor once housed the trainmaster's office, superintendent's office, telegrapher and dispatch rooms. These areas have been Rock Island Depot Museum in Fairbury Nebraskaconverted into a conference room, curator's office, model train room, and restored telegraph room.

The beautiful gardens that once graced the front of the Rock Island Depot have been restored and highlight the Rock Island Railroad Memory Wall, constructed by Endicott Clay Products. The Rock Island Railroad Depot has meeting room space available for special programs and meetings, and also a gift shop specializing in train souvenirs.

Rock Island Depot Museum in Fairbury NebraskaSpecial all-day programs are held the first weekend in June and each December. Museum hours are Wednesdays thru Sundays from 1-5 pm, with tours by appointment. Join us the first weekend in June for Rock Island Rail Days.

 
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