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2024-1 E-News & Notes 22 January 2024
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Monon Railroad Historical-Technical Society
E-News & Notes Vol. 2024-1
22 January 2024


In the last issue of E-News I asked if there was any interest in having one of the Monon limestone depots produced in HO scale.  With 3D printing, about any structure or car can be produced.  Unfortunately, I only received four responses.  So at least for the time being, this project has been delayed.  Speaking of models, the society needs someone to step up and chair a modeling committee to produce accurate models for the Monon Railroad.  It would require investigating options for Monon models and presenting this information to the board.  Obviously, this can be done via email, so attendance at the board meeting is not required. Many of our members are retired, so can you devote some time to assist us?

At the November 4, 2023 Board of Directors meeting, I agreed to remain as president for the 2023-24 year and asked the board to help share the workload and respond to emails in a more timely fashion. Rick Dreistadt volunteered to fill the Secretary position and George Lortz has returned to the board of directors.

Join us for a “Monon Day” on Saturday March 23 at the Salem Depot. We will have the usual “Yard Sale” and presentations throughout the day. Including Mont Switzer, Rick Dreistadt, Dave Morrison, and Seth Lakin  (See the attached flyer). Seth was a late addition and his presentation was taken from a Monon switch list for train #57. It describes every car in the train, what it contains, and how to model it.

On December 11, 2023, Caboose 81532 and Business Car No. 2, aka The Lynne, made it to the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum in North Judson, Indiana. The business car was placed inside the “barn” to help protect it from the weather. The MRHTS will work with HVRM to repair and repaint 81532 this spring.

The Company Store will be set up at the following train shows/events:

Sunday January 28 for the NMRA Lebanon IN show, 1300 E 100 S, Boone County Fairgrounds.
Saturday March 16 for the Division 8 show in Louisville KY, 3938 Poplar Level Road, Holy Family Parish.
Saturday March 23 for the Third Annual Mini Convention in Salem, IN MRH-TS HQ's.
Saturday & Sunday August 3 & 4 NMRA Franklin IN show, 250 Fairgrounds Street,  Johnson Co Fairgrounds
Sunday September 29 at the MRHTS Annual Convention

5 Attachments:

  Last Run on #72
  Merger Date Letter
  Mini Convention Flyer
  Monon Station Map
  Story of the Monon

Shown below are some of the Company Store merchandise for sale. 
Go to and click on "MRH-TS Online Store" at the top to purchase.



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:  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.


The first line contains your member number, the year your membership expires, and your level of membership.

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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