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Company Store / Trailer Maid Trailers
« Last post by Tom Kepshire on April 27, 2017, 10:18:20 AM »
Walthers has released the Trailer Maid trailers in HO Scale and the Company Store just received our supply. There beautifully detailed trailers come two per pack. Perfect for that empty flat car or industry along your railroad.

$28.00 per package of 2. Order on line. By mail, include $6.50 shipping and Indiana Residents add 7% sales tax

Monon Company Stores
1126 Helmen Dr.
South Bend, IN 46615
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Fallen MRHTS Members / Re: Kenneth A. Weller
« Last post by Mike Aufderheide on April 21, 2017, 03:42:10 PM »
I'm very sorry to hear about Ken.  He was always very kind, friendly, welcoming and enthusiastic.  Gone far too soon.

Regards,

Mike Aufderheide
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Fallen MRHTS Members / Re: Kenneth A. Weller
« Last post by George Lortz on April 17, 2017, 05:51:31 PM »
Ken was a very enjoyable and knowledgeable person.  He worked hard as a Board member of the Monon Society and served as Vice-president.

Ken enjoyed being a Monon historian and specialized in gaining as much information as possible regarding former-Monon employees.  He developed a very large spreadsheet containing information about hundreds of Monon employees and folks knew to contact Ken when new employee information surfaced.

He will be missed.

George Lortz
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Fallen MRHTS Members / Kenneth A. Weller
« Last post by Ron Marquardt on April 16, 2017, 12:52:34 PM »
Kenneth A. Weller

Kenneth Andrew Weller, 57, passed away unexpectedly on March 24, 2017 at his home in Lafayette, Indiana.

Ken was born February 11, 1960 in Amiens, France.  He received his BA from Michigan State University and later,
his JD from Indiana University in Bloomington.  Professionally, Ken worked as the executive director for the Legal Aid Corporation of Tippecanoe County for over 30 years.  He was active with several area organizations, including the Monon Railroad Historical Society.  In addition, Ken volunteered his time and efforts to Tippecanoe County organizations, including the Citizens Band of Lafayette.

Ken enjoyed reading, model railroading, and ragtime jazz.  He dearly loved his five cats and will be missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his mother, Barbara "Bobbie" Weller of Sarasota, Florida; sister, Kathryn Weller of Okemos, Michigan; brother, Steven Weller of Sarasota, Florida; and a close circle of friends.

Ken is preceded in death by his father, Edward John Weller.

Services will take place at a later date.  Simplicity Funeral Care handling arrangements in Lafayette. 
Published in the Journal & Courier on Mar. 28, 2017

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The overhead rights are sort of moot anyway, given that the MILW/SOO/INRD connection from Crane to Bedford is long gone. Even 'full-service' trackage rights would have given access to very little business - sadly, CSX and changing times have managed to chase away almost everything from Bedford to New Albany. The grain elevators at Mitchell, Orleans, Salem, and Pekin are either out of business or long gone to trucks - and much of the other manufacturing at Orleans and Salem as well.

Mark J
Columbia MO
Leipsic track-watcher from the 1960s
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Isn't the bridge out south of Bedfored?
Yes - the fire damaged the south end structure. I think I posted a photo of it.
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Isn't the bridge out south of Bedfored?
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Another person posted on the INDIANA BULL SESSION that it has been 7 years and 1 month since CSX filed a notice with the STB about "overhead trackage rights". 7 years is a key time for abandonment. I don't know if this will affect the Mitchell to Bedford section, but the Port Authority has not been able to get a grant to purchase the line.
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What I read is that INRD inherited the Milwaukee Road's rights from the merger, but this is all basically a legal formality since CSX apparently has majority ownership of INRD and has been pushing abandonment of the line for a long time. This is more or less just clearing the final hurdle. Am I correct in that summation?
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Today's Bedford Times-Mail has a legal notice that the Indiana Railroad will file a notice of discontinuation of overhead trackage rights on the Monon railroad between Bedford and New Albany (MP 317.7). This will be filed on April 10th. Docket no. AB-295 (Sub no. 9X).
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