ELDON DEPOT COMMITTEE NEWSLETTER~WINTER 2014~
Jerry Fackler Estate Gifts
The Eldon Depot has had an exciting winter. In early December we received a visit and monetary gift from the trustees of the Jerry Fackler estate in the amount of $500,000. This is in addition to $20,000 we had previously received from his estate. The trustees also donated $20,000 to the Eldon Trail Committee for future trail development. Jerry Fackler had a vision to preserve the depot and Eldon’s railroad history well into the future. We are so grateful to Jerry and are committed to make his vision a reality.
Laying the Rails
We are currently excavating an area in front of the depot and will be placing additional rail to house a future engine for the caboose. The additional rail will also provide a space for other rail cars as they become available. Having an actual engine, rail cars and the caboose will greatly improve the museum experience for our visitors.
New Exhibits and Improvements
We have two new exhibits including, a new ticket window in the waiting room and a functioning crossing signal pedestrian bell. The operator’s room has received a new coat of paint this month and windows in this room have been repaired.
Sumner Family Donations
We wish to thank Craig Sumner for his numerous generous donations of funds and most recently his donation of two large signals to the depot. Craig’s father, Vince Sumner worked for the Rock Island Railroad in Eldon and his mother Juanita was an active early member of the depot committee. He is an example of how the roots of the railroad in Eldon run deep.
Visitors and Tours
The depot saw many visitors during the Christmas in Eldon Holiday weekend. The holiday weekend is a step back in time, featuring historical sites in Eldon. The depot was decorated and open for visitors. It is always good to see new and old friends during the holiday season.
We encourage visits and tours to the depot. We are open Monday through Friday from 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM for coffee. Tours and other visits can be scheduled by contacting Fred Thomas at 641-652-7217.