Finding 4 Trains on the ex-LE&W in Muncie

Muncie, Indiana, is the junction of two former Lake Erie & Western routes and a crossing with the CSX Indianapolis Line (former Big Four).

Also once serving the city was a Pennsylvania Railroad branch and the Chesapeake & Ohio of Indiana line. However, both of the those have been abandoned.

I was lucky enough during a visit to Muncie last weekend to get four trains, all on the ex-LE&W routes.

First was the 123 with ex-Kansas City Southern power in tow, which is shown crossing CSX in the top photograph.

Next was a NS train 142 which goes west on the Frankfort district then north on the Marion Branch at Alexandria.

Third up was NS 216, an intermodal that goes north on the New Castle District to Fort Wayne and then west to Chicago

It had the Norfolk &Western heritage painted unit and DC to AC conversion unit No. 4000 in special blue and gray paint.

I found a bridge on the Cardinal Greenway, which is built on the former C&O right of way, to get this on but it didn’t quite work for both engines.

Last was the 122 bound for Decatur, Illinois, which had the Lehigh Valley heritage unit trailing.  I got this at Tipton as reported in my earlier post.

I also found a nice depot which was formerly C&O and some abandoned bridges which were ex-PRR and ex-C&O.

The former C&O depot is now a trail head for the Cardinal Greenway.

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon

NS train 142 crosses the White River and West Side Park in Muncie.

NS intermodal train 216 to Chicago crosses the White River on the New Castle District.

The former C&O passenger station in Muncie, Indiana, sits alongside the Cardinal Greenway, a hiking and biking trail built on the former C&O right of way. Amtrak’s Cardinal stopped at this station between September 1974 and April 1986.

The PRR’s branch between Muncie and Converse, Indiana, crossed the White River in Muncie on this bridge. The former Pennsy branch is now abandoned.

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