MP 19.8 1st Subdivision - Ns/SL
State Line was operated by the Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad. The tower was, at one time, staffed with a crew of three operators and levermen. The Chicago & Western Indiana Railroad's mainline began at State Line with the junction of the Wabash, Erie and Monon mainlines. Here also the C&O of Indiana ended its joint trackage with the Erie and continued west to its own yard at Rockwell Street. The B&OCT and Nickel Plate mainlines crossed the C&WI and each other. All railroads mentioned above also crossed over and connected with branch lines of the IHB and EJE. Crystal clear, right?
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Before the freight was built at South Hammond in 1954, the Monon ran several transfer freights into Chicago. Besides runs to the Clearing and Chicago Junction transfers, there were also runs to the Chicago Produce Terminal, the BRC and Canal Street. One transfer ran to Dearborn Station in the early afternoon to pick cars from the Chicago freight house. In the evening a transfer delivered less than carload cars into the freight house at Dearborn. By June of 1970 these tasks had changed considerably and it was no longer necessary to run transfers on a daily basis.
Left, Center and Right: Great series of photos of the Thoroughbred passing State Line Tower. The RS unit in the lead was picked up at South Hammond and would not need to be turned.
Left, Center and Right: Southbound transfer freight passing State Line Tower on its way to South Hammond.
Monon switcher and caboose at State Line, early 1960's. The local is coming off the B&O interchange track.-MRHTS Archives-
Left: Local transfer freight with BL2 #33 at State Line Junction, 1959. Unknown photographer.
Left: BL2 #37 northbound passing the tower about the cross the Harbor Belt, circa 1967. Right: Another shot July of 1967. Northbound passenger passing State Line Tower on its way to Dearborn Station. Passenger service would end in two months.
State Line Junction, 1967. Local freight under power of #13.
C-628 on transfer freight passing State Line Tower. 1965
Left: #502 on point of an inbound Train #5. Right: #501 leads an inbound Purdue Band Special.
Local transfer freight at State Line, late 1960's.
Other railroad action at State Line.
Left: Erie Lackawana passing State Line Tower. A young railfan is thrilled. Right: Nickel Plate Road freight flys by. Both pictures circa 1965.
1974 Action. Left: Erie freight passes State Line. Right: B&O Freight at State Line.
N&W passing through 1974
Above, Left and Right Below: State Line Tower circa 1999.
Left and Right: Two views of State Line Tower, circa 1990. In the image on the right, the Erie is the tracks running from the foreground to the background. The B&OCT are those in the middle of the image running left and right.
State Line Tower 2005
Left: Looking at the location of the former tower. The building was torn down in 2000. During the 1999 Convention the Monon Railroad Historical-Technical Society toured this location. The tower was still standing. Right: Standing on the former Monon right of way looking northwest towards the junction.
Looking south across the CSX and NS crossing at State Line Junction. You are almost looking down the former right of way. Right: Looking west along the CSX line at State Line Junction.
Left: CSX local moving through State Line Junction, February 12, 2005. Right: NS freight southbound crossing the CSX diamond at State Line Junction, February 12, 2005. Photographer was standing to the left of the former Monon right of way when he took this picture.