North Delphi and Delphi 2004
North Delphi 2004 and 2006
Former Delphi Belt tracks in North Delphi. Left and Right: Pictured is some of the original Monon tracks on the Delphi Belt. These tracks are north of the Wabash And Erie Canal Interpretive Center. There is a bridge over the canal that uses the original railroad bridge abutments. It is part of the walking trail.
Left: Delphi Belt tracks still in use by NS. Right: Globe Valve Company, closed and sitting silently.
Left:Looking to the railroad north along where the mainline once ran. Today it is part of the Delphi Crushed Stone Company, still being served by the Norfork Southern. Right: Old mainline tracks, looking railroad south towards Delphi. The tracks pictured were once part of the mainline through Delphi.
Not much is left of the old right of way. Some track is still being used as a spur by the Norfork Southern to the Delphi Crushed Stone Company. It was known as the Delphi Belt and served such industries as Globe Valve Company, Peters Manufacturing, Great Western Canning and others.
Left: Looking east, towards downtown, along the former Monon. This track is currently a NS spur which leads to Delphi Crushed Stone Company. This picture was taken from the walking trail at the Wabash And Erie Canal. We visited the Interpretive Center and walked the canal towtrail. Right: Market Street looking west, or railroad north, towards Monticello. The Monon depot on stood in the area west of where the vehicle is park. Note concrete loading ramp in the distance.
Left: Yep, that is me, doing what I do best. Waving to the camera. The former Monon is right behind me. In order to continue following the trail, we had to cross the tracks. Right: Looking at the former Wabash and Erie Canal from the former railroad right of way. The Interpretive Center was very informative on the canal and its history. Very friendly volunteers too. When in that area, I highly recommend a visit.
Left: Looking (railroad south) along the mainline. The elevator is still in operation. Right: Looking at the location of the Wabash Railroad depot. It sat on the east side of the curve, where the Carrol County water rescue vehicle is sitting.
The day of wandering ended without any attempt to pick up the former mainline south. Was pressed for time, so we headed back towards South Bend. I am planning another expidition to try and locate the area where the Milroy Statues may have once been. I have been advised that to protect them from vandalism, they were covered up. They would be nice to see in person, however, I understand the need to preseve their location's secret.
On my way to the 2004 Monon Railroad Historical-Technical Society's Annual Meeting and Convention, I was provided a guided tour in and around Delphi. We wandered the south end of the line from town. Left: Current NS right of way. The Monon mainline ran next to the tracks pictured, to roughly this location then turned south. The old right of way can still be seen. Right: It is really hard to see, both in person and on the picture, but we are almost standing on top of where the Monon crossed a local interburban line. The wooden rails to the bridge are hard to see. This location is just railroad south of the old 25 bridge.
The Fort Wayne and Wabash Valley Railway interurban line at Delphi. These photos are courtesy of Jim Wolfe, who has been exploring the old interurban line. Left: Looking at the viaduct along the former FW & WV RR line. Right: Detail of the roof of the viaduct. The Monon's Indianapolis line crossed the line on top.
Left: The shadows know. Looking back to the railroad north over the Route 25 bridge. This bridge was built in the early 1960's. We are standing on the right of way. Right: Mainline would be to the left. Here we are standing on a spur into the an elevator railroad south of Delphi. It was once served by both the Wabash and Monon.
Left: Another view of the elevator spur. According to my tourguide, the Monon would normally cut one locomotive loose from the train and run it up into the spur. The rest of the train would proceed south across the Deer Creek bridge and wait while the first locomotive pulled the cars out from the elevator. Right: Remains of an old section house north of the Deer Creek bridge.
Left: Looking north along the mainline from the Deer Creek bridge. Obstructions were erected to keep people off the bridge. Right: What a beautiful view of Deer Creek. Yes, it is a very high bridge.
In 2006 the former right of way between the State Road 25 bridge and the Deer Creek bridge has been converted into a walking trail. The works continues on this trail but you can now walk from the Milroy Cabin site railroad south all the way to the High Bridge. Left: You are looking railroad south along the right of way from the south end of the SR 25 bridge. Right: Concrete signal base about 25 yards south of the SR 25 bridge.
Left: Looking to the south along the former Monon right of way. Right: This location is about midway between the SR 25 bridge and the High Bridge. As you can see, the brush has been cut back and the trail is easy to walk. The scenery is beautiful too.
Quest For The Milroy Sculptures
East of Delphi, along the Monon mainline were these sculptures, known as the Milroy Sculptures. They date back to the 1890's and legend has it that the passenger trains slowed down so that the passengers could view them. I have been told they still exist, but, to avoid vandalism, were covered up.
On my October 2004 visit, I did some detective work. After walking the mainline south of town, I feel that we have two very probable locations where these sculptures might be. The last thing Carroll County needs is railroad artifact hunters digging up the countryside, so for now, we will not pin point where we think these works are hidden. We did locate a monument to commemorate the 1826 home of General Sammuel Milroy. The marker was erected for the 1816-1916 Hoosier State Centennial.
Left and Right: Hoosier State Centennial marker of the location of the pioneer cabin of General Samuel Milroy.
Left: The Milroy Cabin site has been added to the Delphi Historic Trails. This trail runs from the cabin site to the High Bridge. Right: Historic Landmark plaque at the Milroy Cabin site. There is now a trail to the monument pictured above. Back in 2004 we had to cut through underbrush to get to the monument.
Looking along the former right of way railroad south. Note the embankment to the right side of the image. The Milroy Cabin site would also be to the right side of the image, on top of the embankment. Right: Obscured during our 2004 visit, I noticed this telegraph pole during some exploration of the embankment.
Another mystery associated with the Milroy Sculptures? While looking over the terrain of the embankment, I came upon a place where some excavation had taken place. What focused my interest was the telegraph pole. I wanted to get a closer shot and when I stepped through the brush, I noticed that part of the embankment had been removed. I know that it is hard to see in these photos, but an area about 7 feet wide had, some time ago, been removed. When you stand at the base of the embankment, you note that maybe 12 inches had been removed. It did not look like recent excavation. Unless you are right on top of it, you would miss it entirely. Could it be possible that the Milroy Sculptures were found and removed years ago? Interesting, but this location is 100% wrong. The sculptures were never here.
I have hesitated posting these pictures for fear that people might attempt their own explorations. BMIA Operative Jim Wolfe has spend considerable time also searching for the Milroy Statues. He sent me some photos of a recent exploration to Delphi. The house pictured on the left and right was the home of Samuel Milroy. The picture on the left is the house from the former right of way. Near the house there is a bridge known as Milroy Crossing. It resembles several viaducts built to help farmers get to their fields. The crossing is pictured below. From the right of way, this brige is nearly invisible. Based on some eyewitness accounts, this is the location of the sculptures. They were cut into the embankment, not from stone as rumored. It would be impossible to view these from the railroad tracks. They were obliterated when the embankment was expanded by the railroad.
Delphi Drawings From The Monon Archives
The images are courtsey of Ken Weller and the Archives, Monon Railroad Historical-Technical Society, Inc.
Bulletine Board Delphi Depot. (Click to view full size.)
Floor Plan For The Delphi Depot (Click to view full size.)
Plot Plan Of The Delphi Depot. (Click to view full size.)