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2023-3 E-News & Notes 15 June 2023
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Monon Railroad Historical-Technical Society
E-News & Notes Vol. 2023-3
15 June 2023

The Stores Department - We ordered 25 Jordan Spreaders to sell through the company Store, and we sold out!!  However, we have received another shipment, so if you would like to order the Monon X-15 Jordan Spreader please go to the Company Store at and place your order.  We also still have some of the ACF Monon cement hoppers produced by Accurail.  These also can be ordered through the company store.  If you do not wish to pay for shipping you can pick one up at the RPM modelers convention in Collinsville, IL July 28 and 29 or the NMRA Franklin, IN train show the weekend of August 5 and 6.  The Stores will also be at the upcoming Louisville area train shows, the Danville IN and Lebanon IN train shows.  (One of the attachments to this edition of the E-News is information concerning the upcoming RPM meet).

2023 Mini Convention - The 2nd annual mini convention was held this past April 15 and was another successful event!  We had two excellent presentations in the morning from Rick Driestadt and Mont Switzer.  It also added much needed revenue to our finances.  We plan to have another mini convention in the spring of 2024 in Salem.

Donations - I want to thank Society members Authur Sturbaum, Jay Bowman and John Dryden, who recently donated their Monon HO model collections to the MRH-TS.  We use these donations to promote our railroad and our hobby at train shows, our online store, the mini convention and also at our annual convention.  The proceeds from these donations have helped greatly to offset our expenses to operate the society.  Thank you, gentlemen.

2023 Convention - Speaking of conventions, our annual convention is not that far off, September 29, 30 and October 1.  It will be in Bedford, the Limestone Capital of the World.  Reservation forms were mailed with the May issue of The Hoosier Line magazine.  Our convention is still a bargain at only $100, which includes two catered meals, guest speakers, and a bus trip to ride the French Lick Scenic Railway on Saturday.  We will also visit the Larry O’Connor MONON collection on display at the French Lick West Baden Museum.

Rolling Stock - The society has owned several pieces of Monon rolling stock over the past three decades. Today, the reality is that we can no longer afford  the equipment and there is no one willing to perform much needed maintenance.  The most recent insurance invoice was $3,753.90 and that is the minimum amount.  If we were actually using the equipment, the cost would be higher.  After reviewing several proposals, the board voted on May 20 to donate our business car, the Lynne, and the caboose 81532 to the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum in North Judson, IN.  Additional information will be shared in the August issue of The Hoosier Line magazine.

Jim C


RPM convention information

2023 MRH-TS Annual Convention registration form

1968 Merger News release

Modeling Flat Cars from Vol 12 No. 2 THL

1915 Corporate History Chart

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

2023 MRHTS Convention Registration Form
September 29, 30th & October 1st 2023
Bedford Indiana

Name ______________________________________________________

Phone # _____________________ Email__________________________


Name of attendee__________________________________________________   $ 100.00   

Name of attendee__________________________________________________   $ 100.00   

                                                                                                             Total   ___________

Please make your check out to: MRHTS Convention and Mail along with this form to: 
MRHTS c/o Ron Simunic 6297 Viking Ridge Road Bloomington, IN  47408  812-322-7306

If available, would you like a vendor table? They will be very limited and on a first come basis ______ yes?

Download: 2023 MRH-TS Annual Convention registration form

Link to More Convention info
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