Posts Tagged ‘Linden Indiana’

Early Morning on the Monon Sub

July 6, 2022

It is early Saturday morning on the CSX Monon Subdivision, which is so named because decades ago this was the mainline of the Monon Railroad between Chicago and Louisville, Kentucky.

Train L413 originates in Lafayette, Indiana, and runs as far south as Cloverdale, serving grain shippers along the way. The crew has dropped off cars as an elevator south of Crawfordsville and is headed back toward Lafayette.

The ex-Monon is mostly gone south of Cloverdale. This segment north of Crawfordsville sees around 10 trains a day and also hosts Amtrak’s tri-weekly Chicago-New York Cardinal.

This image was made from atop the U.S. 231 overpass a mile or two south of Linden. The view is looking southward toward Crawfordsville.

Article and Photograph by Craig Sanders

Ghost of the Monon Meets Ghost of the Pennsy

September 21, 2019

For a fleeting moment in Linden, Indiana, the ghost of the Monon met the ghost of the Pennsylvania Railroad.

The occasion was the passage of the final trip of Amtrak’s Hoosier State from Indianapolis to Chicago.

Two former PRR passenger cars were chartered to operate on the final trip including the Frank Thomson, a blunt end observation car. Thomson was the sixth president of the Pennsy.

I didn’t plan to get a reflection of a retired Monon semaphore signal in the window of the Thomson as the Hoosier State passed this railroad museum located at the restored joint Monon-Nickel Plate road passenger station.

But sometimes you get lucky.