Posts Tagged ‘Monon Railroad’

Arriving in Crawfordsville

July 6, 2020

Amtrak’s westbound Cardinal is pulling into the Crawfordsville, Indiana, station on Independence Day morning.

On the right is the former Monon passenger station, which today is a banquet facility although it still has a station sign.

The Amshack is down beyond the fenced area and barely visible.

No. 51 has its typical consist of two Amfleet II coaches, an Amfleet food service car, a Viewliner sleeper and a Viewliner baggage dorm car.

About five people got on here on this day.

Back in the 1970s, Amtrak’s Floridian passed by this station, but Crawfordsville was never a scheduled stop for the Chicago-Miami/St. Petersburg train.

Amtrak’s Cardinal Flies on the Old Monon

May 30, 2020

Amtrak’s westbound Cardinal is on the money as it flies along northbound on former Monon Route tracks just south of Linden, Indiana, on a Saturday morning.

About 10 minutes earlier No. 51 had made a station stop at Crawfordsville.

The consist is P42DC No. 45, two Amfleet II coaches, two Amfleet food service cars, a Viewliner sleeper and a Viewliner baggage-dorm car.

The road is old U.S. Route 231. The image was made on May 30, 2020.

South Shore Extension Gets Favorable FTA Rating

March 28, 2019

A proposed extension of the South Shore commuter system in Northwest Indiana has received a favorable rating from the Federal Transit Administration.

The West Lake Corridor project would create a new rail line from Hammond on the existing Chicago-South Bend, Indiana, mainline to Dyer, Indiana.

Between Hammond and Dyer the West Lake Corridor would use a former Monon Railroad right of way that was once used by Amtrak’s Floridian.

The FTA awarded the West Lake Corridor project a rating of “medium-high,” which qualifies to advance to receive funding under the federal Capital Investment Grant Program.

The next step is for the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District to begin real estate acquisition and utility relocation.

The project’s capital costs will need to be updated from the current estimate of $665 million,

NICTD said that figure includes construction of four stations, parking lots, a combined maintenance and storage facility, and a focus on sustainability and wetland mitigation.

NICTD expects a construction contract to be awarded in spring 2020 with construction starting later that year.