Monon Railroad Timeline
* 1847: The New Albany & Salem Railroad is organized with James Brooks as president.
* 1854: The NA&S trackage stretches from the Ohio River (at New Albany) to the Great Lakes (at Michigan City).
* 1859: The overextended and struggling NA&S is reorganized as the Louisville, New Albany & Chicago Railroad.
* April 30, 1865: The LNA&C becomes one of twenty railroads to haul Abraham Lincoln's funeral train, from Lafayette, Indiana to Michigan City, Indiana.
* 1881: The LNA&C consolidates with the Indianapolis & Chicago Air Line, and the trackage of the new division is soon extended to reach into its namesake cities.
* July 1, 1897: The LNA&C is reorganized as the Chicago, Indianapolis & Louisville Railway Co.
* 1932: The 300 pound (136 kg) Monon Bell is first presented as the trophy of the annual football matchup between DePauw University and Wabash College.
* 1946: John W. Barriger III becomes President of the Monon, bringing aggressive plans for modernization.
* June 29, 1949: Final day of steam locomotive service, as the Monon becomes one of the first Class I railroads to fully convert to diesel motive power.
* January 11, 1956: The CI&L officially adopts its longtime nickname, Monon, as corporate title.
* 1959: The Monon's passenger service between Chicago, Illinois and Indianapolis, Indiana is discontinued.
* September 30, 1967: Final day of regularly-scheduled passenger train service on the Monon.
* July 31, 1971: The Monon is merged into the Louisville & Nashville.
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