Posts Tagged ‘Monon’

CSX to Restore Service to Section of Ex-Monon

January 23, 2020

A recent online report said CSX will restore service to a four-mile portion of the former Monon Railroad in New Albany, Indiana.

The segment in question is between the K&I Bridge over the Ohio River to North Vernia (Grant Line Road Crossing).

The carrier plans to provide service to Northwest Ordinance Distilling, which is owned by the Sazerac Company.

Northwest Ordinance opened in November 2018 in a facility that once hosted a Pillsbury Prepared Dough Products Plant. The Pillsbury plant closed several years ago.

The former Monon line in question, known as the Hoosier Subdivision, has been abandoned from North Vernia to Cloverdale, Indiana.

The Hoosier Sub was last used as a through route by the Indiana Rail Road, which access it via a connection from a former Milwaukee Road branch between Terre Haute and Bedford, Indiana.

The former Milwaukee Road line was abandoned after the INDR ceased using it and has been converted into a hiking and biking trail.

CSX will reach what remains of the Hoosier Sub on trackage rights on Norfolk Southern in Louisville and over the K&I bridge.

The Hoosier Sub still had several semaphore signals in place when it last lasted used.

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.