NEW WINDSOR, Ill. (KWQC) — Those were the days in small town America. The time when the railroad depot was a hub of activity.
In Mercer County, the New Windsor Depot still stands. History on the prairie. The depot was a stop for passenger and freight trains. The original floor, sliding doors, and scale are remnants from a bygone era.
Now, the building is home to the New Windsor Depot Restaurant. Brenda Marshall and her husband bought the depot almost seven years ago. In this small town, it’s a place where local folks gather for good food and conversation. A place filled with railroad nostalgia.
Restaurant employee Rae Eidet’s dad owned an ag distributor business in the building years ago. She remembers taking her children to visit.
A railroad crossing signal is nearby. It, too, is a throwback to local history. The days when the train came to town!