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On this day in MONON History

Red letter dates in MONON Railroad history

-Courtesy Cecil J. Smith, MONON Railroad Historical-Technical Society Publications Committee-

January February
January 10 1956 : CI&L Becomes the MONON Railroad February 1, 1883: LNA&C takes control of ID&C Air Line
March April
March 1, 1886: LNA&C purchases the Orleans, West Baden & French Lick Springs Railway.
April 1, 1886: LNA&C RR purchases the Bedford & Bloomfield RR.
March 15, 1915: CI&L RR takes control of the Chicago & Wabash Valley RR.
April 3, 1974: F-4 Tornado destroys Monticello depot.
March 31, 1897: CI&L Railway incorporated.
April 10, 1959: Passenger service on Indianapolis Branch ends.
May June
May 1, 1865: Abraham Lincoln Funeral Train runs from Lafayette to Michigan City.
June 3, 1947: Ash Grove Wreck. The worst wreck in MONON Diesel history.
May 27, 1955: 500th TOFC moves on Train #73, Chicago to Louisville.
June 24, 1854: Last spike driven on the New Albany and Salem near Putnamville.
June 28, 1949: Last CI&L steam removed from service. MONON completely dieselized.
June 28, 1865 Indianapolis, Delphi & Chicago Air Line Railway Company Chartered.
July August
July 3, 1854: First NA&S train from Michigan City to New Albany.
August 24, 1955: Future MONON Railroad Historical-Technical Society Webmaster born.
July 10, 1863: Morgan's Raiders attack LNA&C near Salem.
July 30, 1971: MONON Railroad merged into the L&N RR.
July 31, 1847: New Albany & Salem Rail Road Company organized.
September October
September 1, 1899: Indiana Stone Railroad completed.
October 1, 1907: Indianapolis & Louisville completed Wallace Junction to Victoria, IN.
September 10, 1898: Chicago & Wabash Valley RR chartered.
October 14, 1943: Partial abandonment of the Bedford & Bloomfield Branch.
September 17, 1951: Train #5 destroys Monon, IN depot.
September 30, 1967: Train #6 arrives in Chicago with last MONON passenger train.
November December
November 9, 1874: Bedford, Springville, Owensburg & Bloomfield RR incorporated.
December 15, 1881 LNA&C Board votes to merge with the ID&C, although ID&C continued operating independently until 2/1/1883.

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