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2022-2 E-News & Notes 4 August 2022
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Monon Railroad Historical-Technical Society
 E-News & Notes
4 August 2022

It is almost here!!!   Our Annual Convention and Meeting in Michigan City!!!!!!

Our convention will be held at the Ramada by Wyndham, 5820 South Franklin Street, in Michigan City.  Remember, reservations must be made by August 15 to receive the discounted group rate.  The Ramada phone number is 219 814-4088.  It will be a good weekend with a South Shore shop tour Friday afternoon and the evening banquet with speaker Kevin Keefe, who is presently editor of Trains magazine.  Kevin promises to search the photo archives for some Monon images that we may not have seen before.  Saturday we are planning a train trip on the South Shore to Hammond and the evening speaker is Seth Lakin.  Seth is an expert modeler and his presentation will focus on the Monon,  as well as the other railroads that served Michigan City.  The August issue of The Hoosier Line features an excellent article by John Fuller on Michigan City.   Sunday will be the Annual Meeting followed by the traditional swap meet.  The Company Store will be open also.  A convention reservation form is attached.  Hope to see you there!

Archives - In January I asked Rick Dreistadt to become our archivist and he accepted.  For the past two years Rick has sorted through boxes of documents stored in Salem and has begun the task of placing these documents and records where they can be located.  For example, all the Monon timetables are now located in two flat file drawers, where before they were scattered in numerous boxes and filing cabinets.  Rick is uniquely qualified for this task as he was dispatcher for the Monon, and continued dispatching for the L&N, ending his career with CSX.  Now that the pandemic has subsided some, we plan to once again have some “open  archive” dates in the near future.  Check our website for these dates as well at The Hoosier Line magazine.  The archives are also open by appointment, contact Rick at or me at

Jim Craig


   • Annual Convention 2022 Registration form. pdf document

   • 1926 Freight Car Data Record. jpeg image

   • Proposed track extension into McMillan & Son quarry at Peerless. pdf document

   • Fruit Growers Express modeling article by Mont Switzer. pdf document
Stores Department has these models in stock, both ready to run and kits of these unique Monon cars.

   • Monon Railroad Historical-Technical Society, Inc. Membership Application Form pdf document

   • Monon Railroad Historical-Technical Society, Inc. Online Membership Application Form Online @ Monon Store

Monon Railroad Historical-Technical Society remaining dates for 2022 Meetings & Convention

September 16, 17 & 18 Annual Meeting & Convention in Michigan City, IN.

November 5, starting at 1:00 p.m. at the Salem Depot, 206 South College, Salem, IN

Mini Convention Report

The April 16, 2022 “Mini” Convention, held at the Salem Depot was a great success.  It far exceeded anything I had hoped for!  The Company Store had a great day of sales!  We had many old and new society members to visit with.  There were four outstanding presentations during the convention.  Society attendees included many from out of state.  One member, David Stone, traveled from California and also made a generous donation of val maps from the quarry district.  Rick Dreistadt researched train sheets and shared information about unusual movements on the Monon during the 1960s.  We had another outstanding “Modeling the Monon” presentation by Mont Switzer.  In the afternoon, Richard Curtis gave a presentation of what is was like growing up in Monon Indiana with many vintage photos, including some rare Monon video he shot in August of 1963.  Later Seth Lakin, modeler and historian, gave a presentation on the railroads serving Michigan City, the site of this years annual convention. We received many positive comments and plan to have another Mini Convention in 2023.

Convention attendees inspect items during the “Yard Sale” during the Mini Convention.

Mini Convention guest were able to enjoy the Salem Depot’s HO scale Monon layout of Washington County.

Rick Dreistadt shared Monon train sheets with attendees and some of the unusual train movements of the Monon.

The Monon Society will, from time to time, list classified advertisements as a courtesy to Monon Society members wanting to buy, sell or borrow Monon Railroad-related items.  There is no charge for a classified ad and we plan to re-list it until we receive notice that the ad is no longer valid.  Please submit a clear description of the item you wish to buy, sell or borrow and your contact information by e-mail to Monon Editorial Staff at or by letter to the Monon Editorial Staff at Monon Railroad Historical-Technical Society; P.O. Box 91; Salem, IN 47167.

All personal classified ad business transactions shall take place directly between the buyer and seller with no implied involvement by the Monon Society or its representatives.

For Sale:  Monon Route booklet listing all locomotives, freight, passenger and work equipment cars and locomotive diagrams on the railroad as of July 1, 1937, authored by Don Kaegebein and Robert Schultz.  Spiral-bound, soft cover, 79-page booklet - $25.00 post-paid.  Checks or money orders only.  Order from: Don Kaegebein; 455 Jenna Dr; Munster, IN 46321-4212.

For Sale: Monon conductor’s hat badge.  Hard to find item.  $500.00.  Please contact Richard Hebel at (812) 537-0150 if you are interested.

For Sale:  HO Monon Steam Locomotive Decals/White #101W.  This set includes enough decals to do at least two complete locomotives and tenders.  Types include the 2-8-0, 2-8-2 and 4-8-0 freight locomotives, 4-6-2 passenger locomotives plus many others.  Included is “The Hoosier Line” in late script as used on several of the 2-8-2’s and gallon capacities for all classes of tenders.  The cost is $6.55 each PP.  Thanks, Don Kaegebein.  To order, send your check to: Donald Kaegebein, 455 Jenna Dr, Munster, IN 46321-4212.

For Sale:  Monon HO and N-scale Decals - 1945 - 1971 era.  Please send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Model Railroad Supply, 5660 N Quail Ln, Middletown, IN 47356 or contact

For Sale:  MONON steel switch lock and brass key - old, used.  $160.00 Please contact Richard Hebel at 812 537-0150 if you are interested.

For Sale:  Overland  Models, Brass Monon International caboose 81500-81509 OMI 1146, unpainted.  $200.00 contact Jim Craig via email at 

Wanted:  Overland #3828 Monon wooden caboose with off-center steel bay window.  Please contact Donald Kaegebein, 455 Jenna Dr, Munster, IN 46321-4212 or call (219) 838-0649.

Wanted to Borrow:  The key to unlock a Monon main line switch lock that I have.  The lock is a Master Lock Co. #19 SBD and measures 1 3/8” thick, 3” wide and 4 1/2” bottom to top of hasp.  The hasp is 9/16” in diameter.  After unlocking the lock and getting the key number, it will be returned to the owner immediately.  Please contact Donald Kaegebein, 455 Jenna Dr, Munster, IN 46321-4212 or call (219) 838-0649.
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