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2023-3 E-News & Notes 12 September 2023
« on: September 13, 2023, 08:43:31 pm »

Monon Railroad Historical-Technical Society
E-News & Notes Vol. 2023-4
12 September 2023

As of this writing, our Annual Convention and Meeting is two weeks away, September 29, 30 and October 1.  So far we have 46 paid members who will be attending our convention in Bedford.  Space is somewhat limited so if you plan to attend please get your registration form in as soon as possible.  Remember you can download the registration form on our website, at  You can also contact our convention chairman, Ron Simunic, at or 812 322-7306.

We still have a few of the Walthers Jordan Spreaders for sale through the company Store.  We sold out the first batch that we ordered, 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 these HO models up at our Annual Convention!

If you are looking for MONON BRASS, check out the Member’s Classified Ads section.  Past president and one of the original society members, Don Kaegebein, has some rare and very hard-to-find Overland brass models for sale.

Director Dave Morrison and I have been discussing a new modeling project.  With 3D printing, practically anything can be created today.  Reproducing one of the historic Monon limestone depots would be a worthwhile project, so we are considering producing a 3D printed depot in HO scale, if there is enough interest.    If you are interested in this project, let us know which depot you would be interested in, either 1) French Lick, 2) Bedford, 3) Bloomington, 4) Lafayette or 5) Monon.  We can only produce one kit at this time.  Plans and photos for these depots are in the archives, so this is a doable project if there is enough interest.  Email me at and let me know.

For the first time, the Monon Railroad Historical-Technical Society was represented at the 2023 RPM (Railroad Prototype Modelers) meet in St. Louis.  We learned that there are still many modelers interested in the Monon Railroad.  Monon model kits were sold to other modelers representing 17 states other than Indiana.  One of the clinics we attended was presented by one of our members, Seth Lakin.  His presentation covered Monon train number 57, Michigan City to Lafayette on 12-16-1964, and he modeled every car in the consist!  If you wish to view his presentation simply go to Youtube and type in  Monon Train 57 Michigan City to Lafayette.  This is a very informative PowerPoint offering.

Jim C


09-02-1925 Murdock track extension for ILCO PM&B quarry

01-03-66 New Albany switcher

These T-shirts will be for sale at the Annual Convention.  They will also be available through the Company Store after the convention.  This shows both the front and back view of the shirt. The price is $25.00

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.

For Sale:  For Sale - all are HO scale brass, unpainted, and new in original boxes.

1 Overland Model #1207 Monon Rider Car 81214 $300.00

1 Overland Models #1210 Monon Rider Car #81224 $300.00

1 Overland Models #1124 Monon wood caboose with cupola $225.00

1 Overland Models #3831 Monon wood caboose with wood cupola $275.00

3 Overland Models #1146 Monon International steel cabooses, series 81500--81509 $250.00 each.

6 Overland Models #1170 Monon wide vision, cupola bay window caboose series 81525-81532 $250.00 each.

Shipping is $13.00 for one model, $17.00 for two models. 

Send check or money order to:

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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