Posts Tagged ‘Chesapeake & Indiana Railroad’

Indiana Town Selling Rail Line

January 20, 2021

An Indiana town will sell a rail line that it owns to Midwest & Bluegrass Rail.

M&B already provides freight service on the line through its subsidiary Chesapeake & Indiana Railroad, which it acquired in 2020.

The city of North Judson has owned the rail line for nearly 17 years. The sale is expected to close within 60 days.

M&B was the highest of three bidders for the line, offering $2.7 million.

News reports indicate that M&B has a working relationship with the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum, which operates over a portion of the line.

The sale agreement granted the museum a 10-year extension of its current operating agreement, as well as the right of first refusal to purchase its portion of the route should M&B choose to sell.

Indiana Short Line Applying Heritage Liveries

November 9, 2017

An Indiana short-line railroad company is not done creating heritage units.

Indiana Boxcar Corporation has debuted an F8 wearing the colors and markings of Erie Mining, as well as a high-hood GP38 in Southern Railway inspired markings and a GP9R in a Grand Trunk Western style livery.

The F9 is being used on the Vermilion Valley Railroad, the GP38 has been assigned to the Chesapeake & Indiana Railroad and the GP9 went to the Camp Chase Railway in Columbus, Ohio.

Indiana Boxcar recently purchased three high-hood locomotives from Norfolk Southern and plans to keep them for now in their NS roster numbers of 5093, 5115, and 5152.

In time, all three of the units will wear the Southern-inspired livery and retain their controls for long-hood forward operation.

Indiana Tourist RR Can go to LaCrosse

May 16, 2016

An Indiana tourist railroad has been given approval to resume excursions to LaCrosse, Indiana, but must comply with several conditions to do so.

The museum will be allowed two runs to LaCrosse, but must give freight operator Chesapeake & Indiana 30 days notice of plans for the trips.

IndianaThe trips must also be approved by the town of North Judson, which owns the 33-mile former Chesapeake & Ohio rail line.

Trains magazine reported that the C&I  apparently wants to use the tracks between English Lake and LaCrosse, which the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum has used in the past for its excursions, to store out-of-service freight cars.

The museum will continue to operate excursions between North Judson and English Lake.
The C&I has said it will no longer be maintaining the track between English Lake and North Judson.

An attorney representing North Judson said the operating contract with the C&I was to expire last December, but it was extended to Aug. 15 to give city officials time to seek operating proposals from other parties.

Freight traffic on the line includes outbound grain shipments and inbound fertilizer.