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MONON's WOOD CABOOSES

Monon Caboose 302
Monon Caboose 80010
Monon Caboose 80011
Monon Cabooses 80010 and 80011 together

MONON's TRANSFER CABOOSES
These cars were built in Lafayette, Indiana, in 1956 and were built by the Monon for the Monon. They were numbered 81551-81553.

Monon Transfer Caboose 81551
Monon Transfer Caboose 81552
Monon Transfer Caboose 81553

 

MONON's EXTENDED VISION CABOOSES
The first extended vision caboose was purchased from Thrall in 1951, and was numberd 81515. In 1952, the International Company steel cabooses were purchased. Then, in 1956, the Monon built their own extended vision cabooses in Lafayette, Indiana. They were numbered 81525-81532.

Monon Thrall Caboose
Riveter's Nightmare #81515

 

Monon Caboose 81525
Kentucky Railway Museum
New Haven, KY.

 

Monon Caboose 81526
Blue Grass Railroad Museum
Versailles, KY

 

Monon Caboose 81527
Erwin, TN

 

Monon Caboose 81528
Indiana Transportation Museum
Nobelsville, IN

 

Monon Caboose 81529
Wrecked And Scrapped

 

Monon Caboose 81530
Stevenson, AL

 

Monon Caboose 81531
Whereabouts Unknown

 

Monon Caboose 81532
French Lick, Indiana

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MONON's RIDER CARS

Also known as Head End Cabooses.was the name the Monon applied to several cars used to haul less than carload freight and crew members on local freights. Eight cars were constructed by the Lafayette Shops, but other cars were also used. Here is a roster of road numbers and types:

Caboose Built Using Retired/ Disposition
C-206
2-18-1937
Box 2843
12-8-1945
C-207
2-19-1937
Box 2122
09-29-1945
C-208
03-01-1937
Box 2118
01-25-1945
C-209
03-05-1937
Box 2224
01-31-1946
C-211
04-27-1946
Gon 32023
Renumbered 81211
C-212
08-01-1945
Gon 32114
Renumbered 81212
C-213
12-28-1946
Gon 31958
Renumbered 81213
C-214
10-10-1946
Gon 3105
Renumbered 81215
C-218
09-14-1947
Army Kitchen 8745
N/A
C-219
09-13-1949
Army Kitchen 8760
N/A
C-330
12-28-1953
Army Kitchen 8762
Storage Mail Car 201
C-221
03-24-1952
Army Kitchen 8747
Storage Mail Car 202

 

Monon Rider Car 81212
Monon Rider Car 81213
Monon Rider Car 81214
Monon Rider Car 81215
Monon Rider Car 81225
 

MONON's INTERNATIONAL CAR COMPANY STEEL CABOOSES
Notice the variations in paint schemes. There are differences even on the same car in these pictures. These cars were numbered 81501-81509. All have a center cupola.

Monon Cabooses as they were delivered paint.

Picture taken 1955 at South Hammond. -Courtesy Tim Swan-

Number illegible. Similar to 81502

Number would be C-36? Since that was the scheme until the 1956 reorganization.

Below is a listing of several Monon cabooses still in existence today, as reported by railroad fans on the Internet. Many thanks in particular to Roger Kirkpatrick for this information.

City
State
Monon Number
Location

Calera

AL

Monon C-361

Ex-Monon 81502 Heart of Dixie Railroad

Duluth

GA

Monon 81515

CRR 1064, Southeastern Railway Museum, Atlanta Chapter, NRHS

Bloomington IN Monon 81403 Willery Stone Company, Country Club Road
Bloomington IN Monon 81409
Carl First Stone Quarry, Country Club Road. Only framework remains.
French Lick IN Monon 81532 French Lick, West Baden & Southern RR, built 1956.
Monon IN EJ&E 179 Not Monon City Park, north of town, east of US 421
New Albany IN Unknown Owned by a former Monon trainman.
Noblesville IN Monon 81528 Modern, cupola bay window caboose. Restored 1995. Monon Society, Indiana Transportation Museum.
Noblesville IN Monon 81551 Transfer caboose, built 1959 in Lafayette. Monon Society, Indiana Transportation Museum.
Salem IN Monon 81402
Owned by the Washington County Historical Society, and is displayed at The Depot Museum, Salem, IN
DeCoursey KY Monon 815?? Along Rt 17 or 177?, south of town.
Brandenburg KY Monon 81506 Olin Park, Olin Corporation.
Francesville IN Monon C-302 Monon Connection Museum, Francesville, IN (Under restoration)
Merrillville IN Monon C-234 Michigan City, Indiana. Under restoration Picture 2007
New Haven KY Monon 81525 As L&N 6916, Kentucky Railway Museum
Versailles KY Monon 81526 As CRR 1065, ex-L&N, Bluegrass RR. Museum, L&N Historical Society.
Akron OH Monon ??? Wood, bay window, Quaker Square. CI&L trucks.
Erwin TN Monon 81527 Private Owner, Erwin TN.
Linden IN Monon C283 On display Linden Depot Museum. Also carried 80010 While In MOW service.

 

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