Interurban Cars

Laconia 1904 Terre Haute Indianapolis & Eastern 58
Laconia 1904
Terre Haute Indianapolis & Eastern 58
Description:Single-end railroad-roof wood combine

Equipment Information

Terre Haute Indianapolis & Eastern 58 is an all-wood combination passenger-baggage car designed for service on the THI&E interurban lines radiating out of Indianapolis. It is a rare example of a Midwestern car built by Laconia, a car builder located in New Hampshire. Car 58 was retired in 1933 and the body made into a cottage at Shafer Lake, Indiana. It was rescued by IRM in 1996 and is in storage awaiting full restoration.

Builder: Laconia
Year Built: 1904
Length: 61ft 6in
Width: 8ft 8in
Height: 13ft 1in
Weight: 80000 lbs
Brakes: None
Motors: None
Control: None
Compressor: None
Trucks: Shop
Description: Double End / Double Truck / Arch Roof / Combine
Arrived: 1996
Condition: Incomplete / unrestored / not operational

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Ownership History
1904-1907 – Indianapolis & Northwestern #58
1907-1930 – Terre Haute Indianapolis & Eastern #58
1930-1933 – Indiana Railroad #58
1933-1996 – Privately owned (house)
1996-present – Illinois Railway Museum, Union, IL

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