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MONON Newspaper and Magazine Articles / Re: South Hammond Yard death
« Last Post by Eric Reinert on May 24, 2022, 02:18:20 pm »
The harsh reality of fooling around in the rail yard at night. This is the follow up article in the Hammond Times regarding the Inquest into the tragedy.
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MONON Newspaper and Magazine Articles / South Hammond Yard death
« Last Post by Eric Reinert on May 24, 2022, 11:07:39 am »
After years of searching, I've finally found an event that was memorialized in a letter my Grandfather (Edward P. Reinert) wrote to his Mother while my Great-Grandfather was serving as a Government Locomotive Inspector at Baldwin Locomotive works during World War 2. They moved to Philadelphia in 1943 and returned to Hammond sometime in 1946. He (Paul R. Reinert) then went back to the Monon as a "Switch Engineer", having been employed by the Monon since 1915. First as a Fireman then promoted to Switch Engineer in 1924. (He also served as a Railroad Fireman in the US Army Transportation Corps in France during WW1. His old contacts from this time in the service were the reason he was offered a job as inspector in the 1930's. He took the required test and passed, was offered the job, but declined at that time. He was later re-offered the job, and decided to "do his part" for the then-current War effort.)
My Grandpa wrote this letter, entirely in prose, advising her of the various happenings back in Hammond which included this small part:

"A boy was killed in the Monon Yard. It happened when he and another young Pard', Were ducking between cars when a cut came in, He was killed in an instant or a moment within."

The event I found in the Hammond Times archives is dated July 13, 1944 and shows the boy on the ground with a cop standing over him. A downright horrific photo, the likes of which were quite common then.
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Diesel Locomotives / Re: F3A #s 102, 105, 107 and 112
« Last Post by Eric Reinert on May 16, 2022, 10:24:00 am »
Here's another photo for you George: A shot of Number 105, formerly number 62A From a Gary Everhart contribution to rrpicturearchines dot net. I missed this one for a long time because only the Business car number was labeled, as 105 is definitely not the focus of the photo. Taken in 1963, sitting on the South side of the roundhouse at South Hammond.
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Monon EMD SW1 DS-50 / Monon DS-50 Restoration Work Update May 7, 2022
« Last Post by Rick Berg on May 08, 2022, 04:29:44 am »


Monon DS-50 Restoration Work Update

Update by Les Beckman
May 7, 2022



New photos for the DS-50 from May 7, 2022 at the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum:

Photo 1 shows the empty track in the West Annex of the Shop where DS-50 has been sitting since her arrival at the museum.




Photo 2 shows the unit sitting outside the West Annex.





As John Wotkun watches, David Miller is seen in the 3rd shot using a Sawsall to cut the old wood flooring out of DS-50's replacement cab.



In the 4th photo, David is seen removing some of the old wood flooring.



In the afternoon, the replacement cab is moved into the Shop and placed at the end of the empty track (5th photo).





The 6th shot shows the DS-50 back on its West Annex shop track with the replacement cab positioned in place behind it.



The Monon projects continue ongoing at Hoosier Valley!


Much more still to do, but we're getting there!
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Monon Caboose 81551 Restoration Work Update

Update by Les Beckman
May 7, 2022



New photos for Monon Caboose 81551 from May 7, 2022 at the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum:

Here is a photo of Ken Davenport working on 81551 at Hoosier Valley today.  This past week, Ken removed all of the fixed windows, broken or welded in place, put some red paint around them, and made arrangements for replacement glass for all of the windows.





The Monon projects continue ongoing at Hoosier Valley!


Much more still to do, but we're getting there!
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Thanks, Rick!  What dedication!
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Monon Caboose 81551 Restoration Work Update

Update by Les Beckman
April 30, 2022



New photos from April 30, 2022 at the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum:

Some photos from today at Hoosier Valley:

First photo shows the museum's S1 ALCO pushing Monon transfer caboose 81551 toward the Shop.






Once inside the Shop, Ken Davenport is shown in the 2nd shot, removing the protective tarp from the 81551.





Ken is seen in the 3rd photo, trying to remove one of the welded shut widows in the 81551.





The 4th photo is evidence that Ken was successful in removing not just one welded shut window, but also a second one!






The Monon projects continue ongoing at Hoosier Valley!


Much more still to do, but we're getting there!
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Monon EMD SW1 DS-50 / Monon DS-50 Restoration Work Update April 30, 2022
« Last Post by Rick Berg on May 01, 2022, 11:48:56 am »


Monon DS-50 Restoration Work Update

Update by Les Beckman
April 30, 2022


New photos from April 30, 2022 at the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum:


Meanwhile, John Melnik was given the job of cutting out the cab sides of C.I.L. DS-50 (photo number five) for preservation.





The 6th shot shows the two cut out sides; one sitting in front of the other.





In our last report, we showed the fireman's seat inside the replacement cab for DS-50.  David Miller, Mark Belmonte and Les Beckman struggled with getting that fireman's seat out of the cab and were finally successful, as can be seen in the photo.  David and Mark also removed a piece of screwed down plywood from the floor on the engineer's side of the replacement cab.




The Monon projects continue ongoing at Hoosier Valley!

Much more still to do, but we're getting there!
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Monon EMD SW1 DS-50 / Re: Monon DS-50 Restoration Work Update April 23, 2022
« Last Post by Chuck Stewart on April 24, 2022, 06:32:56 am »
This old fool was surprised to find the original cab floor made of wood instead of steel….not as slippery?
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