Google map 2020
Monon, IN
Nathan Miles Photos 2020
MONON Railroad in red

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Descriptions are to the right and below.

16: A little bit east of the depot on the Indianapolis Branch is this short siding. Looking east toward Indianapolis. 17: The siding must have been installed quite recently, as there is no trace of it on Google Maps. Looking west toward the depot. 18: Looking across Bridge B88.7. Looking west toward the depot. 19: Bridge B88.7. Looking east toward Indianapolis. 20: Milepost 0.0 for the Michigan City Branch is this switch right here. Looking north toward Michigan City. 21: There's a siding off the Michigan City Branch just north of the depot. Looking south toward the depot.
22: The siding ends just north of Water Tower Drive. Looking north toward Michigan City. 23: The foundations of... something on the east side of the Michigan City Branch just south of the East Fourth Street crossing. Looks a lot like a steam-era ash pit to me, but I don't know why there would be one so far away from either of the yards. 24: This pile of asphalt exists on the east side of the Michigan City branch just north of the East Fourth Street crossing. I am about 85% sure this is the old TOFC ramp. 25: Just east of the Arch Street crossing the throw mechanism from a switch is sitting on the ground, uninstalled. 26: This track leaves the main line just west of the Arch Street Crossing and curves to the north to connect to the Michigan City Branch. Looking east toward the depot. 27: On its way to the Michigan City Branch, the connector track crosses US Highway 421. Looking toward the main line.
28: The connector track crossing US Highway 421. Looking toward the Michigan City Branch. 29: Taken from the State Road 16 crossing on the west outskirts of Monon. Looking west toward Chicago. 30: The State Road 16 crossing on the west outskirts of Monon. Looking east toward the depot. 31: Taken from the North Race Street crossing. Looking west toward Chicago. 32: The North Race Street crossing. Looking east toward the depot. 33: Taken from the Arch Street crossing. Looking west toward Chicago.
34: The Arch Street crossing. Looking east toward the depot. 35: Taken from the US Highway 421 crossing. Also shows the east end of West Yard. Looking west toward Chicago. 36: The US Highway 421 crossing. Also shows the Indianapolis Branch switch. Looking east toward the depot. 37: Taken from the West Quarry Road crossing on the south outskirts of Monon. Looking north toward the depot. 38: The West Quarry Road crossing on the south outskirts of Monon. Looking south toward Louisville. 39: Taken from the Water Tower Drive crossing. Looking west toward the depot.
40: The Water Tower Drive crossing. Looking east toward Indianapolis. 41: Taken from the East Quarry Road crossing on the east outskirts of Monon. Looking west toward the depot. 42: The East Quarry Road crossing on the east outskirts of Monon. Looking east toward Indianapolis. 43: Taken from the Water Tower Drive crossing. Looking south toward the depot. 44: The Water Tower Drive crossing. Looking north toward Michigan City. 45: Taken from the East Third Street crossing. Looking south toward the depot. 46: The East Third Street crossing. Looking north toward Michigan City.
47: Taken from the East Fourth Street crossing. Also shows the Michigan City Branch end of the connector track. Looking south toward the depot. 48: The East Fourth Street crossing. Looking north toward Michigan City. 49: Taken from the East Fifth Street crossing. Looking south toward the depot. 50: The East Fifth Street crossing. Looking north toward Michigan City. 51: Taken from the Reed Street crossing. Looking south toward the depot. 52: The Reed Street crossing. Looking north toward Michigan City.
53: Taken from the State Road 16 crossing. Looking south toward the depot. 54: The State Road 16 crossing. Looking north toward Michigan City. 55: Taken from the West County Road 900 North crossing on the north outskirts of Monon. Looking south toward the depot. 56: The West County Road 900 North crossing on the north outskirts of Monon. Looking north toward Michigan City. 57: About a mile and a half north of town is the Monon Connection museum. This bit of bush art is what welcomes you when you get there. 58: A Monon flatcar, specifically CIL32258, at the Monon Connection museum.
59: A Monon boxcar, specifically CIL1620, at the Monon Connection museum. 60: A Monon caboose, specifically CILC283, at the Monon Connection museum. 61: Another Monon caboose, specifically CILC302, at the Monon Connection museum. 62: Another Monon flatcar, specifically CIL7003, at the Monon Connection museum. 63: Another Monon boxcar, specifically MON15030, at the Monon Connection museum 64: And finally, the centerpiece of the outdoor exhibit, is this crane painted as MON80005. Despite actually being BRC190, it's still quite cool, and what brings you in from the highway. There were other non-Monon cars at this museum, as well as much more inside, but there's enough pictures here already. I highly recommend a visit.


























































1: The depot still stands, and is still used by CSX as the yard office. Looking south toward Louisville.

2: This depot is the one built in 1953, after the original depot was destroyed by a speeding passenger train. Looking north toward Michigan City.

3: Taken from the Indianapolis Branch-Michigan City Branch diamond. Looking west toward Chicago.

4: The Indianapolis Branch-Michigan City Branch diamond. Looking south toward Louisville.

5: The Indianapolis Branch-Michigan City Branch diamond. Looking east toward Indianapolis.

6: The Indianapolis Branch-Michigan City Branch diamond. Looking north toward Michigan City.

7: This little display north of Water Tower Drive is the town's way of honoring the Monon. It's a nice sentiment, despite the fact that this caboose is actually ex-Reading Railroad and was never owned by the Monon.

8: In addition to the caboose, there is this little monument in the park as well.

9: A close up of the dedication plaque on the monument.

10: Rounding out the display is this historical marker.

11: A yard track in the West Yard has gotten a second life as a spur for Van Meter Trucking. Looking east toward the depot.

12: A better view of the spur itself. Note the spotted hopper cars.

13: A view of the west end of West Yard. It's not as big as it once was, but there is still plenty of room for switching cars. Looking east toward the depot.

14: Looking across Bridge 88.5. Also shows the north end of South Yard. Looking south toward Louisville.

15: The south end of South Yard. For a bit while I was in town, there was a CSX locomotive darting around here assembling a train, before taking it north toward GT Crossing. I wasn't able to get close enough for a picture though. Looking north toward the depot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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