Eastbound Nickel Plate 2-8-4s 741 and 764 have just crossed the Michigan Central, passed the depot and are about to cross Washington Street. A person can tell from the exhaust that the 700s are working hard. The train is probably #56 (CB12). The South Gary, Indiana depot telegraph call is “JO”. Photo is from the Perry Lucas family.
NKP #741 and #764 - South Gary, Indiana
Plenty of milk cans are awaiting the arrival of the Lake Erie & Western train at Tyner, Indiana. The depot was on the northeast corner of the railroad tracks and French Street. This line later became the Nickel Plate Road’s Indianapolis – Michigan City Division. Arbrey Bryant is the man in the photo. Photo is from a newspaper clipping.
LE&W Depot - Tyner, Indiana
The eastbound South Shore train has just crossed the Nickel Plate at Michigan City, Indiana while a southbound NKP train waits in the clear. The Shops Station in just out of the photo on the right. This crossing was not interlocked and both railroads were required to stop at the crossing. The photo is undated, but would after 1959, when the NKP adopted the simplified paint scheme. Photo from the HVRM collection.
South Shore Train - Michigan City, Indiana
Plenty of wooden timbers were used in building the approach to the Ohio Electric’s bridge of the Pittsburgh, Ft. Wayne & Chicago’s tracks west of Monroeville, Indiana. You can see the PFtW&C depot on the right, in the background. I would guess that the electric line intended to fill the trestle with dirt. The concrete bridge abutments are still there and the former PFtW&C is now a single-track railroad. Postcard view from Bob Albert collection.
Ohio Electric Bridge - Monroeville, Indiana
The Pennsylvania Railroad had track pans at Davis Station, which is west of Hamlet, Indiana near the Kankakee River. Steam locomotives could scoop water on the fly, thus avoiding a stop for water. This photo shows a crew of men keeping the ice out of the pans in the late 1920s or early 1930s. Some of the granite stones from these pans were used to build the horse and pony barn at the Hamlet fair grounds The view is looking east and you can see the pump house on the right. Photo from Almy Awald collection.
PRR Track Pans - Hamlet, Indiana
Three railroads crossed at the tiny town of Wilders, Indiana. This newspaper clipping shows the freight house, depot, tower and an unidentified building. The Erie ran east – west between the depot and freight house, The Monon ran north –south past the freight house and tower, and the Chicago, Attica & Southern ran north – south on the west side of the depot and freight house. The CA&S crossed the Monon just north of here and paralleled it to LaCrosse. Traces of all three railroads can still be seen at this location. Clipping provided by Elmer Mannen.
Erie / Monon / CA&S - Wilders, Indiana
Nickel Plate Road 2-8-2 624 has been seen by many people rusting away at Hammond Civic Center, here is the 624 in better time passing the Otterbein, Indiana depot on November 16, 1952. I am guessing this westbound freight is a local because of the rider car and it’s short length. Photo by Sandy Goodrick.
NKP 2-8-2 #624 - Otterbein, Indiana
We are way out of northern Indiana with this picture; in fact we are at Huntingburg, Indiana on the Ferdinand Railroad. The occasion is the last run of a passenger train on the railroad on August 24, 1952. The train is at the Southern Railway depot. The passenger car, #305, was built as an interurban trailer and was purchased in 1939. The steam engine, #9, was purchased from the LNA&C in 1951. Both were scrapped in 1953. Photo by Wilfred Nickel and information from Craig Berndt.
Ferdinand Railroad - Huntingburg, Indiana
This photo shows agent C. R. Lee at the original Indiana, Illinois & Iowa depot at Hamlet, Indiana. The view is looking north toward the tower at the Pittsburgh, Ft. Wayne & Chicago crossing. Built about 1895, this depot was destroyed by fire in 1911 and was replaced with a more modern building in the same year. Photo from Almy Awald collection.
Original 3-I Depot - Hamlet, Indiana
The clean up and repair to the Pennsy depot is underway from a train wreck on December 21, 1956. When the train derailed it destroyed the Railway Express Agency office and damaged the freight room area of the depot along with destroying the bay window. When the depot was rebuilt the bay window was omitted, the REA office was not rebuilt. Photo from Bob Jachim.
PRR Train Wreck - North Judson, Indiana
On March 22, 1958, B&O 4-8-2 720 is eastbound with a passenger train at Walkerton, Indiana. The train is crossing the New York Central and is about to cross the Nickel Plate. The tower and freight house stand in a triangle between the three railroads. The freight house is gone but, the tower is still standing. The top floor burned in the 1960s and the tower was rebuilt with only two floors. Photo by Sandy Goodrick.
B&O Tower - Walkerton, Indiana
The Wabash depot at Wakarusa, Indiana was built about 1893 and was a rather large and ornate structure. Sometime in it’s life the passenger waiting room was removed from the building, dramatically altering it’s appearance. In the late 1970s, the depot was moved across the street and became the center of the Wakarusa Historical Society museum. Postcard from Bob Albert collection.
Wabash Depot - Wakarusa, Indiana
This is the tower that controlled the Pennsy and Nickel Plate crossing at Bunker Hill, Indiana. This 1941 view is looking west and you can see the Pennsy depot and the Elm Street overpass. A person would not be able to identify this location today, as the tower, tracks, depot and bridge are gone. Photo is courtesy of M. D. McCarter Photographs Photographs, please check our links page for his catalog.
PRR / NKP Tower - Bunker Hill, Indiana
The Pennsy and Monon crossed at Reynolds, Indiana and used this depot. The depot appears to be a standard Panhandle design and parallels the track going across the picture, so that makes me believe the train is on the Monon. Postcard from Bob Albert collection.
PRR / Monon Depot - Reynolds, Indiana
This is a rare view of the Nickel Plate facilities at Brems, Indiana. You are looking west; the section foreman's house is on the near left with a mail crane in front. Note the extension on the Western Union line pole. Past the house is a box car freight house and the depot. There were also other boxcars near the depot that were used as housing for laborers. The passing track on the right was removed during World War 2. Photo from Almy Awald collection.
NKP Facilities - Brems, Indiana