This line dates back to 1847 when the New Albany & Salem Railroad was organized with James Brooks as president. In 1854, the NA&S trackage stretched from the Ohio River (at New Albany) to the Great Lakes (at Michigan City). Five years later, the overextended and struggling NA&S is reorganized as the Louisville, New Albany & Chicago Railway.
On April 30, 1865, the LNA&C was one of twenty railroads to haul Abraham Lincoln's funeral train, from Lafayette, Indiana to Michigan City, Indiana.
In 1883 the LNA&C consolidated with the Indianapolis & Chicago Air Line, and the trackage of the new division was soon extended to reach into its namesake cities. On July 1, 1897, the LNA&C was reorganized as the Chicago, Indianapolis & Louisville Railway Company
. On January 11, 1956, the CI&L officially adopted its longtime nickname, Monon
, as corporate title. Three years later, the Monon's passenger service between Chicago, Illinois and Indianapolis, Indiana was discontinued. By 1965, only "The Thoroughbred" remained, with its single daily roundtrip from Chicago to Louisville.
September 30, 1967 marked the final day of regularly-scheduled passenger train service on the Monon, and on July 31, 1971, the Monon was merged into the Louisville and Nashville Railroad
. We are currently offering the following pieces from the Louisville, New Albany & Chicago Railway Company: