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The Drive back to Chicago and the Monon Connection Museum 7/22/2013

by Chris Guenzler

Dave and I woke up to rainy Ohio morning and I checked the doppler to see where the rain was heading. It looked like by the time we would get to Lima the rain should be done. So first we headed to the Marion Station and waited undercover hopping a train would show up.

On this visit all I shot was the tower in Marion. After 45 minutes we headed west towards Lima. At Kenton we stopped and picked up our usual McDonald's breakfast. From here we made our way over to Lima.

The John H Keller Lima Lincoln Park Railroad Exhibition.

Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 779.

Nickel Plate Road Caboose 1091.

Nickel Plate Road Business Car 5.

The Uniopolis, Ohio Detroit, Toledo and Ironton station is on display here.

Lima Locomotive Works Historical Marker.

S 89 stone milepost. From here we drove over to the first station we knew was here in Lima.

This station was used by both the Detroit, Lima & Northern and Ohio Southern Railroads. Next we went to the other station in Lima.

The Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne and Chicago station in Lima.

Lima Stone Co 2 truck Shay 10 is inside the Allen County Museum. We headed west towards Lima but had to make another stop before leaving Lima.

We found a Chicago, Fort Wayne and Eastern train switching their yard in West Lima.

CF&E GP-38-2 3886.

CF&E GP-38-2 3883.

CF&E GP-38-2 3882. From here we headed to Indiana and made a stop at the Two EE's Winery. Dave did some wine tasting in order to buy his wife a bottle that she would like. From here we went to Lima and found some stuff at the railroad crossing there.

A Monon Railroad baggage cart.

The Monon Railroad historical marker.

Monon Caboose 81579.

A Monon semaphore signal. From here we went over a block to our next stop in Monon.

The Monon Railroad crossed the Monon Railroad. It went north to Michigan City, west to Chicago, south to Louisville and east to Indianapolis.

The Monon Station in Monon. We drove north to our next stop.

Monon Connection Museum

We pulled in to the parking lot and I started my picture taking. First was the crane right out front.

A crossing signal.

Monon crossing signals and nice plant display.

A Monon concrete milepost.

A Monon wig wag crossing signal.

A Monon crossing gate.

Maintenance equipment.

A smaller semaphore.

A slow sign.

Railroad Crossing Stop Look and Listen.

Yard Limit sign.

Sign for the restaurant at the Monon Connection Museum.

Ballast hopper.

Museum scenes.

Crossbuck with flashers.


Brownsburg station light post.

Warning Structure will not clear man on side of car.

Look Out For Cars crossing sign.

Monon flat car 32258.


Greencastle station light post.

Freight car trucks.

Semaphore signal.


Maintenance dumper.

Morton station light post.

Yard Limit.

Monon tractor trailer.

Fort Wayne station light post.

M&SL Outside Braced Box Car 51646.

Railroad Crossing Danger.

Kingan Wooden Box Car 3045.

Wabash Caboose 2822.

Semaphore signal.

Position light signal.

Museum scene.

Railroad Crossing Danger.

Semaphore signal.

RR Crossing sign.

Lineside signal.

Do Not Walk nor Trespass on the Bridge.

Museum scene.


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