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2022-3 E-News & Notes 13 November 2022
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Monon Railroad Historical-Technical Society
  E-News & Notes Vol. 2022-3
13 NOvember 2022

Election News - Just to update you on the 2022-2023 elections.  There were no election ballots sent out this year as the number of open seats matched the number of candidates.  Officers are Ron Simunic Vice President, George Carpenter Treasurer, Don Toon Secretary and I remain your President for another year.  Board members elected to a  two year term are Jamie Stewart, Frank Van Bree, Rick Dreistadt, and Dave Morrison. Rick and Dave are new to the board.  Board members whose term expire in 2023 are Mike Benham, Steve Long, Don Toon, and Lee Wheeler.  Since Don Toon accepted the secretary position, one  seat to be filled.  That open seat was filled as per the by-laws, at the November 5 board meeting, with Joe Crnkovich again joining the board of directors.  Joe is lifetime member number 4, a retired railroader who is  extremely knowledgeable of Monon operations.  We are pleased to have Joe back on the board.

Stores Department - Recently I was talking to one of our members who had just purchased a back issue of our society magazine The Hoosier Line on eBay.   He paid $24.95 plus 5.95 shipping for the issue!  We have back issues of almost all THLs for sale at a much reduced price!!!  Sales from our Stores Department help pay the rent so please consider checking with us if you need back issues.  Go to, click on Monon Store then The Hoosier Line magazine and you will be able to see back issues for sale. 

Correction - In the last issue of the E-News I reported that one of our members made a generous donation to the archives of val maps from the quarry district that we did not have.   His name is Chris Stone and I mistakenly wrote that it was David Stone.  My apologies Chris and thank you again for the donations.

Mini convention 2023.  Our first mini convention held last April was so successful that we plan to do it again this spring!  It will be held at the Depot in Salem, IN again on APRIL 15, 2023!!!!

Membership Dues - Yes it is that time of the year again.  Unless you are a lifetime member, please consider paying your dues in the near future.  A form is attached or you can pay online at . Thanks.

ATTACHED TO THIS ISSUE - There is only one attachment in this edition and it should be of great interest to society members.  It is a gem from the archives, a 1958 program for a tour given by the Chicago & Western Indiana and the Belt Railway of Chicago.   The Monon Railroad was one of five railroads that shared ownership of the C&WI.  It is an 18 page document with detailed historical information. Unfortunately the referenced map in the report was missing and on page 15 part of the narrative was also missing.

PDF Attachment

The Monon Society will list classified advertisements in our E-News & Notes as a courtesy to our members wanting to buy, sell or borrow Monon Railroad-related items.  There is no charge and we plan to re-list it until we receive notice that the ad is no longer valid.  Please submit a clear written description of the item you wish to buy, sell or borrow and your contact information. Then mail  it to “Classified ads” 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. 

Wanted to Borrow:  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.

Membership Application Forms

There are two ways to become a new member or renew your membership.

ONLINE:  To join or renew your membership go to

click on Memberships, select the membership you would like and pay online.  While you are there, browse the selection of Monon items now available for purchase.

POSTAL MAIL:  Download the form at:

Print and complete the above form and mail with your remittance to:

Monon Railroad Historical-Technical Society, Inc.
P O Box 91
Salem, IN 47167-0091
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