Archives Photograph Collection

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title:

Monon Train Number 211

image number:

P0033885

description:

According to George W. Hilton on page 316 of his 1978 book entitled "Monon Route" this engine, Number 211, was one of the 22 engines with a 4-8-0 wheel configuration. The 211 was built in April of 1900, was renumbered 231 in 1911, and was retired in April of 1949.

The engine in this picture might be sitting at one of the two non-brick roundhouses that were located in Bloomington. One of these was located along Morton Street just north of Kirkwood, and the other was located just south of South Street (known today as Hillside Drive).

The name "Menke" can be read directly below that portion of the image showing a male individual standing on the train. The only Menke that could be found attending I.U. around 1905 was Alvin Frederick Menke who graduated in 1906 with a degree in chemistry. The Menke pictured here seems to match the image of A. F. Menke's senior picture on page 54 of the 1906 Arbutus yearbook. Positive identification, however, cannot be made at this time (2012).

date taken:

Circa 1905

corporate name:

Monon - Hoosier Line

topic:

Railroad locomotives

topic:

Railroad facilities

topic:

Railroad locomotive industry

topic:

Transportation

city:

Bloomington

state:

Indiana

series:

Buildings & Grounds

subseries:

Bloomington

folder:

Train Station