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A Second Day in Indiana 5/11/2021

by Chris Guenzler

We awoke at Terre Haute, Indiana at the Drury Inn, a new hotel chain for us and we would easily stay here again. The two of us went to Bob Evans for breakfast before we drove east to Cloverdale. Here would be our first station of the day.

The Monon Railroad Cloverdale station built in 1885. Elizabeth was quite amazed that there was both towns named Sullivan and Cloverdale in Indiana which had existing stations since these two communities are the starting point and terminus of the Fraser Valley Heritage Railway in Cloverdale, British Columbia, which she is heavily involved in.

The station board for this station is inside the building waiting to be installed.

The Cataract Falls Covered Bridge built in 1876 over Mill Creek.

History board inside the bridge.

A view through the bridge.

Looking downstream toward Cataract Falls through the window of the bridge.

Elizabeth and the Cataract Falls Covered Bridge.

The historical plaque about the bridge.

Cataract Falls.

How Cataract Falls developed.

One last view of the bridge before we drove to Greencastle where we found a surprise.

Baltimore and Ohio caboose 1971, originally Chesapeake and Ohio 3321 named "J.J. Hunter" who was a conductor on the B&O Railroad.

The Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railway station in Greencastle currently being used by CSX. From we found the second station in town.

The Pennsylvania Railroad freight house built in 1894. I drove us out to the covered bridge in Greencastle.

Dunbar Covered Bridge built in 1880 over Big Walnut Creek.

The information sign on the side of the bridge. We made our way east to Clayton.

The Terre Haute Indianapolis and Eastern Traction Clayton station. Our next stop was Plainfield.

The Terre Haute Indianapolis and Eastern Traction station and sub-station in Plainfield built in 1907. This was the second largest interurban company in Indiana at the 1920s height of the "interurban era". This system included over 400 miles of track, with lines radiating from Indianapolis to the east, northwest, west and southwest as well as streetcar lines in several major cities. It was formed in 1907.

This serves as a community meeting hall and can be rented.

The National Register plaque. We then drove into Indianapolis.

Indianapolis Union Station built in 1884. There was nowhere to park so we made a mental note to return and headed next to Anderson.

On the way to Anderson. We stopped for lunch at Subway at Woodbury.

The Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railway Anderson station built in 1887 and is home to the Big Four Performing Arts Center.

The historic Anderson Street Railway plaque beside the station. We drove across the river to the car shop.

Union Traction Interurban shops. Union Traction was the largest interurban system in Indiana with 410 miles of interurban trackage and 44 miles of streetcar lines in Anderson, Elwood, Marion and Muncie.

The Union Traction Company's office building was also in Anderson. I drove us next to Alexandria.

Union Traction octagonal waiting shelter in Alexandria.

Indiana' First Interurban historical sign. Elizabeth and I continued our adventure by driving to Matthews.

We passed this sign on the way to the covered bridge.

The Cumberland Covered Bridge, also known as the Matthews Covered Bridge, built 1877 and spans the Mississinewa River.

Plaques inside the bridge.

The Cumberland Covered Bridge.

Elizabeth and the bridge.

The covered bridge scene. This is the first bridge we have visited that had a guest book to sign and Elizabeth did. We then went into Matthews and found the station.

The Pennsylvania Railroad station built in 1894. We then drove over to Ceylon.

On the road to Ceylon.

Also on the road to Ceylon we believe this is a church from another time.

The Ceylon Covered Bridge built in 1897 over an old channel of the Wabash River.

Elizabeth and the bridge.

On the way to Decatur we passed through Berne and this striking clock tower.

The Pennsylvania Railroad Decatur station built in 1902 by the Grand Rapids and Indiana Railway, which Pennsy bought in 1918.

The plaques on the side of the building.

The Fort Wayne and Decatur passenger station.

A very nice house across the street from the passenger station.

The Fort Wayne and Decatur ticket office which was located on the lower floor of this building. From here we drove to New Haven where we found the NKP 765 shops and the gate was open so we parked and met one of the members who showed us around the shops.

Nickel Plate 2-8-4 765 in the shop building.

Nickel Plate SD9 358 was also in the shop building built in 1957 and donated in 2010.

Wabash Railroad wooden caboose 2543 built in the early 1900's. The member let us climb into the cab of 765 to take photographs.

Elizabeth sitting in the engineer's seat.

Myself, the author, in 765's engineer's seat.

Nickel Plate wooden caboose 141 built in the early 1900's for the Lake Erie & Western Railroad and donated to the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society in 1975 and is the only remaining Lake Erie & Western caboose.

The interior of Wabash caboose 2543.

The rear view of the wonderful 765.

Elizabeth and the 765.

The interior of Nickel Plate caboose 141.

The stove inside this caboose. We asked if we could take photographs outside and they said yes so that is what we did.

Chicago Burlington and Quincy dining car 194 "Silver Diner", later Amtrak 8551.

Nickel Plate bay window caboose 451 built in 1962.

Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society tool car 701 built for the United States Army as a kitchen car in 1953. It is named "Glenn E. Brendel".

765's auxiliary tender 767.

United States Navy Plymouth switcher 25.

United States Army Davenport switcher 1231. I thanked them for being accommodating to us and now we will find the Wabash station in this town of New Haven.

The Wabash Railroad New Haven station built in 1895. From here I drove us to Jersey Mike's where we picked up sandwiches and took them to the Best Western Plus Hotel in Fort Wayne. We watched NCIS and for a change, did not write a story tonight. We called it a night afer a great episode as we had an early start tomorrow.