M.P. A43.1 - 3rd Subdivision - AK
Haskells was founded in 1855, when Samuel Brush opened a store. Mr. Brush was also poatmaster. Also known as Haskell's Station, named for the family of James Haskell, who settled in the area around 1834. Haskell's Station appeared in the early railroad timetables.
Haskells passenger depot, date unknown. Depot sat on the northeast side of the Monon and Grand Trunk Western crossing. The depot fronted on the GTW. Behind the depot, to the north, there was once an old caboose body. It was used for a handcar house and car inspector's office.
Car inspector's office. Old caboose body in use. You are looking northeast. The interchange track with the GTW runs behind the shed pictured and was in the northeast quadrant.
Left and Right: Great shots of the depot and freight office (old caboose) and a handcar, which is operating on the Monon. Date of the photos unknown.
Left: The Haskells Depot with First Trick Operator Carl Carpenter and wife posing. They are standing on the Grand Trunk Western tracks. Right: The Tower at Haskells. -Ken Smith Photographs, courtesy Chuck Smith-
Carl Carpenter inside the Haskells Tower. -Ken Smith Photographs, courtesy Chuck Smith-
Another picture (although slightly fuzzy) of the depot at Haskells. Photographer unknown.
Haskells freight depot.
October 12, 1952. Passenger extra southbound at Haskells. This extra was probably headed to Lafayette with Notre Dame football fans. Sandy Goodrick photo, courtsey MRRHTS.
June 1971, Alco C-420 #506 on the lead of train #56 across the Grand Trunk Western diamonds at Haskells. -Robert Olmstead photograph-
Looking north from the cab of a locomotive at Haskells. Date is unknown, but it is believed to be early 1950's. In the distance is the end of the interchange track and siding.
North of Haskells. F3 203 leads freight northbound on the Michigan City line north of Haskells. In the distance you can see the depot.
Looks like trouble at Haskells. BL2 #38 is probably the trailing unit and has just shoved around to the GTW and derailed on what they called the outside crossover while coming back. The inside crossover connected the main to the old and new storage tracks that the GTW delivered to the Monon. The left track is the main and the right (kinked) track is the old storage track. -Additional information courtesy Mike Albert-
Another look at the derailment. -Mahlon Eberhard Collection-
October 18, 1952. Grand Trunk Western 5046 local frieght sitting east of the Monon crossing. Sandy Goodrick photo, obtained through Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum, North Judson, Indiana.
November 1966. Northbound freight with F-Unit 204 in the lead paying a call on Haskells.
Monon signal south of Haskells junction, November 22, 1973.
Monon locomotive #407 pulls northbound freight towards Michigan City, just south of the diamonds at Haskels, May of 1965. The single C628 can easily handle the cars over the Michigan City branch.
Monon freight, date unknown, northbound of 900S near Haskells.
Looking south across the GTW diamonds, circa 1974.
Another shot looking north along the former Monon. Depot is gone, but caboose shed is still standing. Circa 1974.
After the line was abandoned. Looking north along the former mainline. Caboose shed is gone, and nature is reclaiming the land.
Looking south along the former Monon mainline.
Haskells is one of those places that unless one knew exactly where it was at, you would miss it. During one of my wandering weekends I thought I covered the Michigan City Branch from Wanatah to Michigan City. A member of the Monon Society's e-mailing list inquired if I had any pictures of Haskells. I had never heard of Haskells. I checked the map and the very next Saturday, I took another drive and found what was left of Haskells.
There is an automobile storage/ junk yard south of the GTW mainline at the end of Haskell's Road. It is the only business, or resembling a business, left. The abandoned Monon right of way is still visible north and south of the GTW mainline. During my investigation, I found some old roadbed for the interchange track which ran north from the GTW to the Monon. The interchange started east of the State Road 421 GTW crossing and ran parallel, north of the GTW to about 300 yards east of the junction. Here it curved north and eventually joined the Monon. North of the depot there was once a two track passing siding. The interchange track, parallel to the GTW is easily walked much of the way. There are ties still visible in the ground if you look hard enough.
The area north of the junstion, where the depot, freight station and old caboose body used to sit, is now overgrown with weeds and trees. When looking at old pictures of the depot and inspection shed I could not help but notice that at one time it was clear open land. It took some doing but I was able to follow the old interchange from the GTW to aproximately where it joined again with the Monon. The double track siding north of the junction I presumed was now part of a farmer's field. It was not an east journey. The open space that is so prominent in the old pictures have been replaced with brush and trees. Word to the wise: Never wear shorts when treking through underbrush and trees. My legs were pretty well scratched up and I itched for hours.
Other than, what appears to be, part of a cement foundation on the northwest corner of the former crossing, nothing else remains of the old Monon. Hard to believe that once there was a station and activity at Haskells.
Left: Abandoned Monon mainline, looking south. Photo taken from a point just north of depot. Depot would have been on the left. Right: Another view of same general location.
Taken from 900S looking north towards GTW tracks at Haskells.
900S and Haskells Road, looking south.
Looking west along GTW. Monon crossed between second and third telephone poles on left side of photo.
Along the abandoned interchange track. Looking west from along GTW mainline. Interchange veered off to the right and connected with the Monon north of the crossing.
Photo of ties from the interchange track which ran north of the crossing. Most of the old interchange roadbed is still accessable.
Abandoned mainline north of crossing. Looking north towards Westville. This picture was taken where I came out of the brush following the interchange. The double track siding would have started just north of this point and be off to the right. I did walk north to about where the trees end on the right side of the right of way. Past the trees, on the right, are fields which come right up to the old right of way.