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April 19, 1924. A derailment of a freight train caused the collapse of the north end of the Wabash River bridge. A new pier and two new spans were built to replace those damaged.





Left and Right: Two more looks at the April 24, 1924 Wabash River wreck.-Mahlon Eberhard Collection-


Northbound freight crossing the Wabash, 1969. Note in the photo to the right, the train receives a little help, from a little friend. -Dave Ritenour photos-


North of Lafayette. This picture, taken May 1960, shows a southbound train 73 with a A-B-A set of F3's coming up on the Wabash River bridge. The span of the bridge is 600 feet. J. Parker Lamb Jr. photo. Right: The Wabash River bridge, spring 2003. After record rainfalls the river is coming close to the tracks. -Courtesy Gene Cassman-


Jim Bennett took this photo of the Wabash River bridge. You are looking toward the north. Date of the photo unknown.





The Wabash River is over 500 miles in length and flows from the state of Ohio to the Ohio River south west of Mount Vernon, Indiana. The name is a contraction of Miami and Algonquian Indian words for the river. The first bridge was completed July 1, 1853. It was a covered bridge. The current bridge has 6 spans and has a total length of 620 feet.


Left and Right: Looking across the Wabash River north of Lafayette, Indiana. Exact date unknown. Looks like it may be in the middle of the rainy season.


Left and Right. The Wabash River bridge. These pictures were taken in 2005 from the south bank of the river.

Wabash River bridge, early 1960's. Noticed A-B-A consist of F units on the freight.






Amtrak Era. Good shot of an Amtrak crossing the Wabash River on the former Hoosier Line.






MP 117.4. This location is just north of the north lead for the Shops Yard. The siding leads off to industries once served by the Monon. The tracks were taken out years ago. The BL2 is more than likely working a local freight and is southbound. -Dave Ritenour Photograph-

Looking south, towards Shops Yard, from the north yard lead. This location was also known as the "Gaza Strip" to Monon Railroad workers. -Dick Fontaine Photograph-






North of Lafayette. This northbound passenger has just passed under the U.S. 52 overpass and is heading towards the Wabash River bridge. Picture is circa 1964 and the train is #6 with a newly painted RPO-baggage car on the end. The tracks to the left of the train is the yard lead for Lafayette and the shops.






Left: Leaving shops. Northbound freight leaving the shops. Right: Same train meets a southbound coming into Shops, 1971

The mainline north of the Lafayette yard. Southbound Monon steam locomotive coming into the yard. The wide water bridge is also pictured. In the distance is the Highway 52 overpass.




Southbound passenger stopped at the north end of the Shops Yard. The Wide Water Canal bridge is also pictured. Highway 52 overpass in the distance.







Two shots of the Widewater Bridge, north end of the Shops Yard. Left: Northbound passenger crosses the bridge over the old Wabash and Erie Canal. This photo is circa mid-1950's. Highway 52 overpass can be seen in the background. Right: Another view of the bridge, 1960's with a southbound local freight arriving at the Shops Yard.


Left: View from the engineers window southbound, The locomotive is crossing the Widewater bridge and US 52 overpass can be seen in the distance. This area was known as the Gaza strip and was there before they made it the New Yard lead.  It was there and it ended just north of the bridge.  That explains why they had the Horn Track behind the old yard office. Right: Northbound freight with #64 in the lead stops at the Yard Office. -Both photos, Hill Family Collection, courtesy of Steve Hill-

After crossing the canal bridge, the first structure encountered in the Shops Yard, the Yard Office. -MRHTS Archive Collection-





CSX activity on the former Monon mainline, circa 2006. Northbound freight sits north of the Wabash River near the start of the Brookston Block. In the distance you can see the Wabash River bridge.







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Lafayette is a highly urbanized area with a city population of around 45,000. In early times the city was a meat packing center and the city is surrounded by farmland. Founded near the head of the navigation for the Wabash River, it was chosen as the county seat of Tippecanoe County in 1826. The city was named in 1824 by its founder William Digby for the Marquis de la Layette. It was often spelled with two words until the last half of the 1800's. The Wabash and Erie Canal opened in 1843 connecting Lafayette and Toledo, Ohio. The first railroad was the Lafayette and Indianapolis (NYC) and was completed in 1852. The New Albany and Salem was second to arrive and demanded to run down any street it chose. They were finally given the green light to put track down 5th Street. Trains continued to use 5th Street until July 22, 1994 when a new railroad relocation was completed.



North side of Lafayette. In 1959 the Monon stopped using the depot, built in 1902, in downtown Lafayette. Until another brick structure could be built, the railroad used a retired grill-coach car #67 as a temporary depot. You are looking north. Station was located at the north end of the street running section through downtown. Right: A color look at the temporary depot which by the time this picture was taken was no longer being used.

Steam, street running in Lafayette, September 1938. Steam locomotive #229 running down 5th Street.






Street running in Lafayette. Steam locomotive makes its way down 5th Street in Lafayette. Date unknown.





Not sure why this image was not posted before this. This picture, circa early 1900's shows a passenger train making a stop in Lafayette.





Passenger train stops in front of the 1902 depot, just out of the picture to the left. The unusual 3 story building on the right is still there. The year is 1922. -Ken Weller Collection-


The year is 1925. Pictured is the special arriving in Lafayette with the IU football team and fans. Unknown original photographer.




The year is 1967. The last Monon football special loads up on 5th Street prior to heading south to Bloomington for the IU - Purdue Oaken Bucket Game. The Hoosiers won 19-14 and represented the Big 10 in the 1968 Rose Bowl.






More street running in Lafayette. Left: The Thoroughbred making its way through the streets of Lafayette, August 1958. Right: C-628 #400 pulling a freight slowly through the streets of Lafayette.

Lafayette, Indiana 2003. Left: One of the unique features of the former Monon was the love affair with street running. Pictured is the former depot on 5th Street, now a civic playhouse or theater. Right: At least they left part of the old track still in the street. This section is in front of the former depot.


Lafayette, Indiana the way it was. Left: Built in 1902, using Indiana Limestone, the Lafayette depot was a classic and was used until 1959. Right: Monon C420 in the lead of the Thoroughbred northbound at Lafayette, September 1967. The last Monon passenger train. J. Anthony Koster photo.


Left and Right: 1947 Exhibition Train making a stop in Lafayette. -Lloyd Kimble Photograph/ MRHTS Archives-


RDC in Lafayette, making a stop in downtown Lafayette, April 8, 1950. This car ran trial runs on the Monon.


Lafayette 1947. Train Number 6, with F3 #84 in the lead is making a station stop. Louis A Marre photo.






Southbound freight at Main Street. With U23B #605 in the lead, this southbound leaves the yard, June 1971. It's destination, Louisville. Mike Schafer photo.






What a difference a few months make. Left: Mikado 510 with southbound Day Express down 5th Street. Right: Later that same year F381 A&B on southbound Train 5 at the same location.


May 26, 1947. General Motors Train Of Tomorrow arrives on 5th Street in Lafayette. The E7 leads the chair car Star Dust, diner Sky View, sleeper Dream Cloud and lounge-observation Moon Glow through the streets of Lafayette. Right: July 27, 1947 and the new Hoosier is rolling down 5th Street.

Right: May 22, 1948. Black and Gold F3 draws freight down 5th Street.






Left, Right and Below: Street carnival on 5th Street. Southbound makes its way through the scene.



Left, Middle and Right: Street running on 5th Street.


Lafayette, Indiana 1965. NW2 14 awaits its next assignment.







Left: Passenger train making its way down 5th Street. Unknown date. Courtesy John Eagan. Right: Alco C-420's #510, 504 and 506 sit at the Shops. Courtesy Don Christensen and John Strombeck.



Left: Salem Street Monon Office Building, exact date unknown. Judging by the vehicles pictured, 1950's early 1960's. Right: Office building, circa 1976.

Another shot of the Monon office building at Salem Street. Date unknown. -MRHTS Photo Archives Collection-







Left: Looking at the former 4th Street underpass. Right: Another view of the Office Building (right) and the Freight House and Passenger Depot.

Monon F3A #84 on the point of Train #5 making a station stop in Lafayette, July 1961.





Northbound Train #6 coming into the Salem Street depot.






Left, Right and Below: Construction of the final Monon Depot and Freight House in Lafayette, IN. -MRHTS Photo Archives Collection-



Left and Right: The last Monon Depot at Lafayette, at Salem Street. -Charles Huffer Collection-


Left and Right: Director's Inspection Special sits at the Salem Street depot. -Dick Fontaine Photographs-


Left and Right: Director's Special passing through the Shops Yard. -Dick Fontaine Photographs-


Two more views of the Salem Street Depot, both circa 1961.


Lafayette, Indiana Freight House. Left: Side view of the Freight House. Right: Looking south at the Freight House. Note High Speed Merchandise box cars spotted. Both pictures circa 1950's.

The Lafayette Freight House, front view. -MRHTS Photo Archives Collection-


Left and Right: Two more views of the former downtown Lafayette freight house.


Approaching the 4th Street underpass, October of 1967. The mainline passed under 4th Street before taking up street running down 5th Street in Lafayette.





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