Posts Tagged ‘Beech Grove Shops’

Reward Offered in Connection with Suspicious Beech Grove Shops Fire

May 14, 2021

A $10,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for a May 1 fire Amtrak’s Beech Grove shops near Indianapolis.

The blaze destroyed two storage buildings and caused more than $650,000 in damage. There were no injuries and investigators believe the fire may have been intentionally set.

The reward is being offered by Amtrak and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The latter is involved in the case because the shops are a government-owned facility.

Beech Grove Fire Appeared to be Intentional

May 8, 2021

Officials have determined that a fire that destroyed two storage sheds at Amtrak’s Beech Grove Heavy Maintenance Facility near Indianapolis appears to have been intentionally set.

James Pierce, operations chief for the Beech Grove Fire Department, said the two buildings that burned and collapsed were not connected.

“We’re very confident that this was an intentionally set fire. Everything points in that direction,”  he said.

The FBI; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and Amtrak police are among the agencies investigating.

Federal agencies are involved because of the government ownership of the facility. The fire destroyed structures used to store paint and cleaning supplies.

Amtrak Says Fire Won’t Affect Beech Grove Shop Operations

May 4, 2021

Amtrak said on Monday that a fire that destroyed two storage buildings at its Beech Grove shops near Indianapolis will not affect operations of the shop.

The Amtrak spokesman said no rolling stock or locomotives were damaged by the fire.

Firefighters had reported that they were unable to find a working fire hydrant at the shop site and had to run hoses to a nearby street.

However, the Amtrak spokesman said that while the hydrant on Amtrak property that was closest to the fire was dry, other hydrants at the site were operable.

Investigators continue to investigate the cause of the early Sunday morning fire that destroyed two corrugated structures used to store paint and cleaning supplies.

There were no injuries in the fire, which was reported just after 12:30 a.m. and brought under control by 2 a.m.

Fire Destroys Storage Buildings at Beech Grove Shops

May 3, 2021

Two storage buildings at Amtrak’s Beech Grove Heavy Maintenance Facility in suburban Indianapolis were destroyed by fire on Sunday morning.

Firefighters were called just after 12:30 a.m. and had the blazes under control by 2 a.m. No injuries were reported and no cause of the fire has yet been released.

The corrugated buildings were used to store paint and cleaning supplies.

Lack of a working fire hydrant on the Amtrak property hindered firefighting efforts, forcing firefighters to run hoses from nearby Emerson Avenue and use tanker trucks for water supply.

Video of the scene shows P40 No. 822 in its Phase III livery parked outside the buildings where the fire occurred.

Embattled Talgo Trains Moved to Indiana

June 2, 2014

Two idle Talgo trainsets that may wind up in service in Michigan have been moved from Milwaukee to the Amtrak shops in Beech Grove, Ind.

The high-speed Talgo trainsets were built for service in Wisconsin but never turned a wheel in revenue service there.

Built in Milwaukee by a Spanish company, the trainsets had been sitting dormant at the Milwaukee facility. They left Wisconsin at 9:15 p.m. on Wednesday, May 28 en route to Indiana.

The equipment was ordered in 2009 by former Governor Jim Doyle as part of a plan for high-speed rail service on routes linking Chicago, Milwaukee and Madison.

Talgo received $52 million in payments before current Gov. Scott Walker killed the project in early 2011.

A Talgo spokesperson said the company moved the train sets to the Beech Gove shops in Indianapolis in order to save storage costs.

The Talgo trainsets each have 14 cars and were moved along with three spare cars behind two Amtrak locomotives. Talgo also built in Milwaukee two trainsets for the State of Oregon that has since entered service.

Talgo is suing the state for failing to honor its purchase agreement and says Walker intentionally obstructed the project.

The Wisconsin Department of transportation has counter claimed that Talgo did not satisfy the contract’s requirements, did not complete manufacturing and testing, and never delivered the equipment.

If the builder prevails in court, the state will have to pay for the equipment and it will still belong to Talgo.

The Michigan Department of Transportation is seeking to acquire passenger equipment to use on the Wolverine Service route between Chicago and Detroit and is widely thought to be considering using the idled Talgo equipment.