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Last run on the Monon

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Last run on the Monon
Posted by CMStPnP on Monday, May 15, 2017 7:22 PM

Old newsreel I found......

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ii8NjKsIC2A

 

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Posted by pajrr on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 2:34 AM

I have a video that shows how the Monon converted the old hospital cars into a first class streamliner. It is sad to watch a train die...I just recently went out to see Ringling Bros pass through NJ for the last time. As I watched it I had happy memories of my childhood.

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Posted by CSSHEGEWISCH on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 6:43 AM

The "Thoroughbred" had been hanging on based on its mail contract for several years.  I can remember seeing the southbound run in the mid-1960's with a C420, five or six mail-express cars and one 1/2 to 2/3 full coach.

The daily commute is part of everyday life but I get two rides a day out of it. Paul
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Posted by 54light15 on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 2:55 PM

the guy narrating the film sounds like Professor Frink from "The Simpsons." 

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Posted by bill613a on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 4:30 PM

The last Monon train to Indianapolis was in 1959.

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Posted by schlimm on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 7:35 PM

54light15

the guy narrating the film sounds like Professor Frink from "The Simpsons." 

 

Or Bill "Frinkie" Frink of the old Eyewitness News team in the 70s, originators of "Happy Talk News."  Image result for bill frink

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Posted by CMStPnP on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 12:17 AM
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Posted by RME on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 9:47 AM

schlimm
Or Bill "Frinkie" Frink of the old Eyewitness News team in the 70s, originators of "Happy Talk News."

Part of the Al Primo (from Philly) revolution.  When it was good it produced things like this

To get to the true I'mwitless News a few years later, I think you have to blame the ineffable Roone Arledge (Silverman's counterpart, in a sense) who wrecked much of sports coverage and then leveraged his formula into News-As-Entertainment ... remember Rose Ann Roseannadanna and Ernie Whiteteeth Anastos as 'anchors'?  At least that's how I remember it from 'the time'.

Not to say you can't do 'happy-talk news' effectively (when I was a news director we didn't cover fires, rapes, murders and such) - but when it gets to Ted Turner's patootie on-air with the 'Good News' that was so beautifully skewered on SNL, you start to wonder where the manipulation stops. 

 

 

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Posted by CSSHEGEWISCH on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 10:02 AM

bill613a

The last Monon train to Indianapolis was in 1959.

 
The "Thoroughbred" to Louisville lasted until late 1967.
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Posted by ATSFGuy on Friday, May 19, 2017 11:07 AM

What parts of the Monon are still in use?

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Posted by Electroliner 1935 on Monday, May 22, 2017 10:03 PM

Amtraks' Cardinal (Hoosier) run over former Monon tracks between Crawfordsville IN and just North of Dyer IN where it connects to the Canadian National (former Grand Trunk) and there are a few other freight only pieces in southern Indiana. I think there is a short stretch North from the KT&I bridge and I think the Indiana Southern operates a piece around Seymour IN

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Posted by BaltACD on Monday, May 22, 2017 10:37 PM

Electroliner 1935
Amtraks' Cardinal (Hoosier) run over former Monon tracks between Crawfordsville IN and just North of Dyer IN where it connects to the Canadian National (former Grand Trunk) and there are a few other freight only pieces in southern Indiana. I think there is a short stretch North from the KT&I bridge and I think the Indiana Southern operates a piece around Seymour IN

Monon never went near Seymour - only the B&O (former O&M) and the PRR.  PRR Operator staffed JO Tower which controlled the interlocking that controlled the crossing of the two carriers at grade.

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Posted by Electroliner 1935 on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 5:37 PM

I think I should have said Mitchell. 

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Posted by Electroliner 1935 on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 5:38 PM

I think I should have said Mitchell. 

 

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Posted by BaltACD on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 7:04 PM

Electroliner 1935
I think I should have said Mitchell.

Mitchell it is - worked there for a week or so, Gus Grissom's (Astronaut) father was the signal maintainer.

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Posted by Electroliner 1935 on Thursday, May 25, 2017 12:26 AM

Back in 67, after learning that it was going to end passenger service, I took my son (6) on the Monon from Chicago to Louisville since I had always wanted to ride it. They had reduced the service to one set of equipment leaving Chicago at 5 pm and getting into Louisville about 12:30 and lv Louisville about 6 am to get to Chicago at 1:30 pm. I had decided to take Monon back to Mitchell, thence B&O to St Louis, PRR to Effingham, & IC to Chicago. Slept on the train (after getting permission) in the Louisville sta. Car cleaners came on woke us up (they were surprised), then turned the lights back out. B&O #1 pulled into a siding (I think it was at Flora) for its meet with #2, and then backed out. I believe this was all hand throw switches. PRR was supposed to lv St L at 6:00 pm but left about 30-35 min late. Connection at Effingham was supposed to be 30 min and I was sweating it but somehow we got the green for the diamonds and as we cleared and stopped, the City of NO hit the diamonds. Very glad they shared the station. I was very glad to get home but got a lot of miles in two days. When were you working that area of the B&O?

 

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