In General
Getting Here


In General

Location / Name:
North Vernon IN, Jennings County

What's Here:
ex B&O Depot
the Madison RR
Diamond Crossing with Tilting Target Signal
CPL Signals (for the time being (as of 7/2017))
CSX Yard
An A-7 Corsair II at the Amvets Post #7 Hall

GPS Coordinates: 39.006896, -85.624729 (at the diamond)
Phone A/C: 812
ZIP: 47265

Access by train/transit:

The Scoop:

North Vernon is about 15 miles east of Seymour IN, and is on the CSX mainline, Indiana Sub-Division, that runs between Cincinnati OH and Washington IN.

The diamond was a junction between the former Pennsy and B&O Railroads. 

The diamond is protected by a particularly old form of signaling, called a tiling target.  This type of signal used (mostly) a piece of wood, that could be placed in either a horizontal or diagonal position.  Timetables and/or rulebooks would then illustrate which railroad had the right-of-way in which position.  More information on this type of signal can be found here.

On the west side of town is a five track yard (was 6 tracks at one time).

I hear the Chessie Steam Special with RDG 2101 came thru here back in 1977.

Since the diamond, tilting target, and depot are all in the same spot, it is hard to get a picture of one without the others in it :-)

During the "old" days, the New York Central RR also came into town on a track that came in at roughly 1 o'clock in relation to downtown.  Very little is observable of the R-O-W, especially if you are casually looking for some evidence of it from the ground.  From the air, you can see a definite tree line.


The Pennsy track north of the diamond now ends adjacent to Walmart up by State Road 3 and North 2nd St.  Heading south, it goes as far as Madison, passing thru Dupont, about a 24 mile ride forming the mainline of the Madison RR.

Denver Todd
Tim Vermande
Sunil Gupta and

Websites and other additional information sources of interest for the area:,_Madison_and_Indianapolis_Railroad

Getting Here

From Indianapolis, take I-65 south to exit 50, US 50, and head east almost 13 miles on it to the center of town.  Exit 50 is about 61 miles from downtown Indy.

From Louisville KY, head north on I-65, and take exit 50..... about 50 miles from downtown.

From Cincinnati OH, take I-74 west to exit 134 at Greensburg (~60 miles from downtown).  Head southwest on IN-3.  In about 6-1/2 miles from the interstate, IN-3 will turn left and head south - take the left turn and stay on 3 (State road 46 goes straight, you DO NOT want it).  IN-3 will take you into North Vernon.  It's about an 88 mile trek from downtown Cincinnati.



  Former B&O Depot

GPS Coordinates: 39.006740, -85.635022

  Former B&O RR Caboose

GPS Coordinates: 39.006681, -85.625226
Located behind the police department building and across the street from the depot.

CSX Diamond

CSX Yard

The Madison RR

Former B&O Depot

The B&O depot is in the foreground, and the old PRR depot is off to the right.

North Vernon IN - Brownstone Rd

About a mile and a half from the diamond in North Vernon, the signal and structure are both gone. (I'm guessing this is the same spot?)



  The Tilting Target Signal at the Diamond

One person I have spoken with surmises that the B&O may have installed this signal in lieu of going to the trouble of putting in a tower here.


  Signal Location, East of Town

This location is about 3600 feet from the diamond.

  Signal Location, East of Town

Former location of two sets of CPL signals on a bracket post.  About 1300 feet east of the diamond.




  Signal Location, West of Town

This location is about 2900 feet from the diamond.


  The Veteran's Memorial

State Street Overpass


North Vernon Police Department



North Vernon Fire Department

  Built in 1989, Station 1 is located along IN-7 in downtown North Vernon

  On Buckeye St.

  Engine 1

  Truck 1 - 1996 E-One Hurricane 95' Tower Ladder - 1500gpm/500gal


Historical USGS Maps

Courtesy of the University of Texas Library, click here for their index page.


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NEW 07/22/2017
Last Modified 24-Jul-2017