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M.P. 178.4 - 4th Subdivision -


Left: About half the way to the bridge, I found this spot. It could be where a signal once stood. Another possibility is a water tank or spout during the steam era. I checked my Monon Railroad Profile CD and it did not indicate what was once here. Right: Better look at the structure.

North of Greencastle (Railroad north that is.) the mainline crosses Walnut Creek, Bridge 174.7. Pictured is the Walnut Creek bridge, prior to rebuilding. Date is June 30, 1957.




Setting of the new supports.






Left and Right: Construction of the Walnut Creek bridge.


Left and Right: Additional construction photos.

New deck almost complete.





Looks like the bridge is complete and ready for traffic.








M.P. 177.8 - 4th Subdivision - G

Big Four overpass north of Greencastle, circa 1979. Looking to the south, towards Greencastle.





Meeting north of Greencastle. North and southbound freights meet north of Greencastle in 1970. In the distance is the Big Four bridge.





This business was east of 231, south of the Monon right of way. It was known as Barnaby Lumber and the building burnt in the 1960's.





Greencastle is the county seat of Putnam County. Named after Greencastle, Pennsylvania, the hometown of an early settler, Ephraim Dukes. Dukes settle in the area around 1821. Local legend says when the first settlers attempted to build houses, the wood use for footings started to sprout and grow, so the settler called it his "green castle." One of the many college towns up and down the Monon. Ely Lilly established his first drug store her in 1861.

Greencastle is home to DePauw University and the annual football game between DePauw and Wabash College is better known as the "Monon Bell" game. The DePauw -Wabash rivalry was touted for years as the oldest continuous rivalry west of the Alleghenies, but in fact it is not. The oldest rivalry west of the eastern U.S. mountain range is the University of Cincinnati - Miami (O.) University series which began in 1888. The oldest uninterrupted series west of the Alleghenies is between Kansas and Oklahoma which have met without fail since 1903. The DePauw-Wabash rivalry is the sixth most-played Division III rivalry and equals the 12th-most played in college football.

Photograph and information courtesy DePauw University And Marilyn Culler. Marilyn Culler Photograph

The bell, from Steam Engine #99 was donated by the Monon Railroad in 1932 to serve as a trophy to the winner of the annual football game. In 2003 the visiting Wabash College won 37-20 in the 110th meeting. Since the Monon Bell was introduced into the series in 1932, DePauw leads the rivalry 34-32-6.


Left: Putnam County Court House, opened in 1905, downtown Greencastle, on the square. Right: The Fieseler Fi 103 (V-1) was one of the first guided missiles used in war. The V-1 was developed at Peenemünde by the German Luftwaffe during World War II.


Left and Right: Downtown business district.


Greencastle depot, 1960's. Exact date unknown. You are looking to the southeast. The tracks are headed north. Car crossing the tracks is on 231.







Depot at Greencastle. Left: 1976. The depot is starting to show her age. Right: 1973, looking towards the southeast. Note outside braced boxcar spotted next to depot.

The Monon Grill. Still in business in 2004, the Monon Grill is a landmark in Greencastle. A favorite of both railroad workers and the public.




The Monon Grill back in "the day." Always been a Greencastle landmark.






Steam power at Greencastle: Left: Circa 1946, K-3 4-6-2 #420 arriving in Greencastle. Right: Pacific #420 making a stop with Train #5, at the Greencastle depot 1946. Her ancient journals are being oiled. This picture was about the time double-daily passenger service was restored on the Indianapolis line by President Barriger. The following year, red and gray diesels would silence the steam engines in passenger service.

Steam locomotive 450 at Greencastle, 1931. Note steel water tank in the background. This is Train #6.







Left: F3 #204 bringing the southbound into Greencastle, circa 1964. Right: Another view of the same train as it departs continuing on its journey to Louisville.

Campaign Special. Vance Hartke's 1964 campaign special makes a stop in Greencastle, Indiana. Unknown exact date. Hartke served Indiana in the United States Senate for many years.






December 1967. Two shots of the Greencastle depot. Left: Passing the depot on a freight southbound, December 17, 1967. Right: December 18, 1967, another shot from a passing northbound freight.


Left: 502 on the local working at Greencastle. -Mel Aurenza photograph- Right: Northbound freight on the passing siding ready to pass the depot. NYC interchange track is also pictured.

F unit 84A on point of train #5 at Greencastle.






Greencastle 2004


Left: Greencastle 2004. North Jackson Street ( Highway 321) crossing. Looking to the northeast. Right: The Monon Restaurant. This restaurant has been in business a very long time and the old depot sat next to it, towards the right side of the picture. Currently owned by Bev and Jerry Monnett. I would highly recommend their food.


Left: Looking east (railroad north) along the former Monon from 231 (N. Jackson Street) crossing. Right: Looking to the west (railroad south). The depot would have one time stood where the vehicles are now parked.

Another look to the railroad south along the mainline and an old siding.







My trip to Greencastle would not be complete without including a brief stop at the old Big Four Depot. Left: Picture post card of the depot in the early 1900's. Right: Same depot, circa 2004. In both pictures, you are looking towards the southeast.


M.P. 180.0 - 4th Subdivision - JA/J

North of Limedale. Freight southbound on the mainline, July 1971.




The town of Limedale was platted in 1864 and originally called Greencastle Junction. 1837 saw the establishment of the post office. The name came from the limestone quarries and lime kiln located in the area. Lone Star Cement continues in operation today.

Limedale Depot. Date unknown. -Ron Marquardt Collection-


Monon J-4 Class #571 roars past the Limedale Tower in August 1946. The tower protected the Monon and Pennsylvania's Indianapolis - St. Louis line.




Hartke 1964 Campaign Special passing the Limedale Tower. The northbound speial is about to cross the PRR.


Limedale Junction, March 1971. Local working the siding at Limedale.






Left: Limedale Junction, circa 1976. The southbound Floridian passing the junction. Right: Moments later a freight on the former PRR come rumbling through.



Left: Looking down the PRR Indianapolis - St. Louis line. Date unknown. The Monon is the tracks crossing just beyond the tower. Right: L&N action at Limedale, 1973. L&N freight at Limedale tower. -Larry Ratcliffe Photograph-

Limedale Tower, circa 1979. Monon mainline is to the right of the building.





CTC Control board inside the Limedale Tower, circa 1972. -Larry Ratcliffe Photograph-







Left: Another view of Limedale Tower, circa 1976. Right: View from the tower, 1979. Monon to the left. Old depot foundation also pictured.



Left: Looking south along the Monon mainline, circa 1984. Right: Looking towards the north along the mainline at Limedale.

M.P. 180.5 - 4th Subdivision -


Left and Right: Bridge collapse at Cement, August 19, 1920. This was the bridge over the lead to Lonestar Cement.

Passing the Star Cement Company plant at Cement, unknown date.



Star Cement Company, circa 1970's. Left: The cement plant, circa 1976. Right: The cement plant 1979. This company was a valuable source of revenue for the Monon.



Views along the mainline 1970's. Left: Looking to the north at Cement. Right: Looking south.


Action along the mainline at Cement. May 1968, freight extra, with BL2 #37 in the lead.





M.P. 183.0 - 4th Subdivision - V


Left: Putnamville, Indiana. March 30, 1977. Looking along the mainline in Putnamville at the curve where the depot was once located. NEW 10-11-2004 Right: Putnamville depot, around 1909. Picture postcard with a date of January 26, 1909 on the back.

Putnamville Depot. Date unknown. -MRHTS Photo Archives-


Left and Right: These images were sent to me by Max Foltz. They are of the Monon wreck near Putnamville, Indiana June 12, 1936.





The five images above are of the same wreck June 12, 1936 near Putnamville, Indiana. They are courtesy of Ken Weller. Photographer is unknown.

Northbound coal train at Putnamville. August 3, 1948, a special 53 car coal movement from Midland to Chicago. The photographer is standing on the US 40 Highway overpass.






Putnamville 2004


Putnamville 2004. Left Looking at the location of the depot pictured above. Looking towards the railroad south. Right: Signal masts stand silent at Putnamville. Looking to the south.


Left: Standing where the depot once stood, looking north. Right: Railroad crossing sign across from the depot site. For a brief moment I considered taking it home with me. It looked lonely. The sign has been there since who knows when, so it just didn't feel right taking it down.

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