Once known as ”the finest depot on the line north of Grand Rapids.” It was built in 1907 to replace one that despite efforts of a bucket brigade burned to the ground in 1906. The Pere Marquette Train Depot was the center of activity in Alden. With trains arriving daily a favorite evening pastime in Alden was to go down to the depot and watch as passengers headed to one of the areas many summer camps disembarked from the “Resort Special”. More ticket were sold with a destination of Alden than any other spot along the line.*
An extensive restoration of the depot and railcars has been achieved over the past few years as well as an addition of a new large storage building adjacent to the depot. The museum site is a treasure for AntrimCounty.
The Alden Depot Museum will host its annual Model Train Show and swap meet on August 16th and 17th, the opening weekend. The show will continue each weekend through Labor Day. Featured are displays and running model trains from N-gauge to large Lionel Standard Gauge. This is a free show and tables at the swap meet are by donation.
The depot now has a permanent series of model train layouts. Several layouts have been gifted to the museum and members of the NMRRC have built additional layouts. A portion of the layout used for the Festival of Trains is set up each year as well as Paul Delange’s extensive pre-war Standard Gauge layout.
Dates of 2016 Alden Show:
- August 13th -14th: Train show and swap meet 10 – 4:00 pm
- August 20th – 21st: Train Show 1 – 4:00 pm
- August 27th: Train show and Art Fair 10 – 5 pm
- August 28th: Train Show 1 – 4:00 pm
Contact Paul Delange at 231-377-7333 or E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
* Alden Depot – A State of Michigan Historical Site by Pricilla Miller
For more historical information about the depot see: http://www.visitalden.com/historyofalden/depotmuseumhistsite.html