MP B 118.6 2nd Subdivision -
Radnor Store, Post Office and Barber Shop, circa 1908. Photo is one of many great photos at the Carroll County Historical Museum's Web Site.
1913 Flood at Radnor. Photo is one of many great photos at the Carroll County Historical Museum's Web Site.
Left: April 1977, Radnor Indiana. Looking south along the mainline. Right: April 1981. Looking to the north.
April 1981, another view of the mainline, looking south.
Washout along the Indianapolis line near Radnor. The washout was caused by heavy rainfall which unsuccessfully attempted to drain through a small culvert under the right of way. It was plugged by debris, which dammed up the flow. When it went, it created a large crater and was replaced with a stone structure. August of 1957 or 1958.
Left and Right: More photos of the washed out roadbed.
Left: Another look at the washed out section. Right: Monon hopper cars deliver fill and new ballast.
Left and Right: More images of the washout. Crews work to sure up the tracks and roadbed.
String of hopper cars bring new ballast and fill to the washout site.
Radnor 2004. Not much remains. Just a faint footprint of the old mainline. Left: Looking north along the abandoned mainline. Right: Looking to the south.
M.P. B120.1 - 2nd Subdivision - K
Ockley depot. Date unknown. Man in the photo is Elmer Moore. The depot sat on the east side of the mainline. Photo was shot from near the Jerk Water Road crossing.
From the Carroll County Historical Society. Left: Looking at the Ockley Lumber Company, circa 1913. Right: Ockley Grocery And General Store, circa 1933.
Ockley Elevator 1970.
Ockley Indiana, April 1977. I believe in this picture you are looking to the south.
Left: Looking to the north, April 1981. Right: Looking south along the mainline. Note absence of the elevator and siding has been removed also.
Ockley 2004. Left: Downtown Ockley, looking towards the south. The bridge is a few miles in the distance. Right: Looking at the former right of way, left to right and crossing a box culvert bridge. North is to the right side of the image.
MP B 122.1 2nd Subdivision -
Original wooden trestle across Wailcat Creek.
Wildcat Creek Bridge, circa 1970's. The bridge itself is hard to pick out in these images, however, it is there.
A slightly better view of the bridge, March 1959, as Train #11 rumbles across. The bridge had a speed limit of 25mph and was the longest bridge on the Monon at 1278 feet.
Freight on the Indianapolis Branch crossing the Wildcat Creek bridge, August 1969.
Cab view looking across the Wildcat Creek Bridge. -John Eagan Photo-
On the way to the 2004 Monon Railroad Historical-Technical Society Annual Meeting and Convention, I was able to accomplish one of the wishes on my "wandering list." Thanks to Gene Remaly and Bruce Dunk, I was able to walk the old right of way to the Wild Cat Creek bridge. Then, we walked over it. What a thrill. Left: On the railroad south end of the bridge looking to the north. Right: Almost at the half way point.
Left: Standing on the north bridge abutment looking back towards the railroad south. Detail of the bridge. On our journey we met the bridge keeper, a rather large raccoon. He allowed us to pass. Right: Looking to the railroad north on the north side of the bridge. At the convention several members sopke of crossing the bridge on motor cars.
Wildcat Creek Bridge 2006
June 3, 2006 was another trip to the longest bridge on the Monon. This trip we were able to get down to the valley below the bridge and take some pictures. We also collected some artifacts, some railroad spikes from the bridge. Time is taking its toll on the bridge. Back in 2004, we tried to remove some spikes but they would not budge. This trip several came up with ease.
Left: Your Webmaster proudly displaying some treasure. Two spikes rescued from the Wildcat Creek Bridge. Right: Looking to the railroad north at the bridge from underneath.
Left: Look at park of the wooden trestle supports. These look in better shape than the steel supports. Right: Looking up at the trestle and one of the steel supports and the ivy growing around the support.
Left: Another look at how Mother Nature is attempting to engulf the bridge. Right: Standing on the floor of the valley looking towards the railroad north.
Left: Looking railroad south at the bridge. Right: Another view of the bridge from the floor of the valley looking towards the railroad north.
Left: Looking north across the deck of the bridge. Right: Looks solid to me. Now neither of us decided to test the strength of the wood.
Wildcat Creek 2007
NEW 04-29-2007 Mother Nature taking its toll on the Wildcat Creek bridge. It will just be a matter of time before it come tumbling down. For those interested in Railroad Archehology, this bridge is NO LONGER SAFE. THEREFORE, KEEP YOUR DISTANCE.
MP B 122.2 2nd Subdivision -
The word "Owasco" is an Iroquois word for "place by the floating bridge." Owasco came into being in the year 1884 after the building of the Monon Railroad in 1883, however, there are some who claim the railroad arrived in 1881. The first lot purchased in what was the beginning of Owasco was by Catherine M. Roth, lots 4 and 5 in the original plot. The price paid by her was $120.00. The railroad did a thriving business for many years through Owasco. A depot was built; passenger trains stopped; mail was sent in and out, and much shipping in and out was done. Stock pens were built east of the tracks and near the crossing which made it handy to ship stock both in and out. Carloads of coal, implements, and even a carload or apples were sent out. Later the stock pens were removed, and shipping then consisted of logs which were hauled in from the surrounding territory and sent out.
Owasco, Indiana. Left:Looking north along the mainline. Wildcat Creek is in the background of this photo. Right: Mainline looking toward the south.
Left: L&N Action along the former Monon at Owasco. GP38-2 6016 leads train # 991.. Right: And naturally, the caboose is trailing on the end. Caboose #6457.
Crossing at Owasco. You are looking toward the north and the Wildcat Creek bridge. Pictured is the classic Monon green light crossing signal.
NEW 01-25-2011 Famous Monon crossing "Green Light" signal at Owasco. Crossing is south of the Wildcat Creek bridge. Mid 1970's. -Lowell Susdorft Photograph-
Owasco 2004. You are on the grade crossing looking to the railroad south and Rossville.