Monon Railroad Passenger Trains
All passenger trains on the Monon had even train numbers Northbound, and odd numbers Southbound. For example, train 5 was the Chicago to Louisville Day Express, and train 6 was the Louisville to Chicago Day Express. The Monon had a single-track mainline, so when trains met, one of them had to pull into a siding to let the other pass.
The Varsity - Train 1-2. This short-lived
train ran between Bloomington and Chicago on Friday evenings and Chicago
on Sunday. Its purpose was to serve the weekend travels of the college
sudents along the Monon. These colleges included, St. Josephs College (Rennselear),
Purdue University (West Lafayette), Wabash College (Crawfordsville), DePauw
University (Greencastle) and Indiana University (Bloomington). The Varsity
operated during the school year. It was inaugurated in January 1950, discontinued
in June 1950. It also made a brief return in the spring of 1953. It was
equipped with coaches and a grill coach.
The Red Devil - also called the French Lick-New Yorker.
Monon (trains 330-331); Pennsylvania (trains 426-437); This train was jointly operated, between the Monon and the Indianapolis & Vincennes (Pennsylvania) R.R. from Indianpolis to French Lick, Indiana. The usual consist was one baggage or combine car, coach, parlor car, and one or two pullmans. The Monon's 4-4-2 Atlantics were frequently used for this run.
The Louisville Day Express - also called the "Thoroughbred".
Monon (trains 5-6) - Operating Chicago to Louisville, this was the longest lived of the Monon's varnish, lasting until Septermber, 1967. Usual consist was baggage, RPO, coach, cafe-lounge, parlor car. Monon management retired this train in style, behind new high hood steam generator equipped Alco C-420's.
The Night Express. - Train #3-4. Also known as the
This overnight train operated Chicago to Louisville. It carried pullmans bound for the hotels at West Baden and French Lick. Usual consist was baggage, express, coach, pullmans. This train disappeared from the timetable after 1949.
The Hoosier -
Monon (trains 14-15) Daily train operating Chicago-Indianapolis. Usual consist was baggage, mail/express, reclining seat coaches, observation, lounge-parlor car, dining-bar car. This train was discontinued in 1959.
The Daylight Limited -
Monon (train 37) Daily train operating Chicago-Indianapolis. Usual consist was baggage, coach, dining car, parlor car, observation/library car. This train connected with the C.I.&W. to Cincinnati, OH. Unfortunately, due to the automobile and the depression, this train was dropped from the timetable during the 1930's.
The Midnight Special -
Monon (trains 35-36) The overnight train operating Chicago-Indianapolis. This train had connections to and from Cincinnati via C.I.&W. Usual consist was baggage, mail/express, coach, and two pullmans. The Midnight Special was discontinued in 1945.
The Tippecanoe -
Monon (trains 11-12) Daily train operating Chicago-Indianapolis. Usual consist was baggage, mail/express, reclining seat coaches, dining/parlor car. This train was discontinued in 1959.
The Chicago Limited -
Monon (train #38) Daily train operatinv Indianapolis-Chicago, connecting with the C.I.&W. from Cincinnati. OH. Usual consist was baggage, coach dining car, parlor car, observation/library car. This train was another victim of the depression and was discontinued during the 1930's.
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