Posts Tagged ‘Chicago South Shore and South Bend Railroad’

Land Transfer To Enable South Shore Track Project

January 8, 2022

A land transfer agreement completed in late December has enabled an Indiana commuter railroad to clear another hurdle in the South Shore double tracking project.

The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District and Chicago, South Shore & South Bend completed a transaction with Northern Indiana Public Service Company that will enable double tracking of 17 miles of the South Shore between Gary and Michigan City to proceed.

In a news release, The CSS&SB said the double tracking will also boost its freight service.

NICTD oversees the South Shore Line commuter service between Chicago and South Bend, Indiana, while the CSS&SB is a freight railroad owned by Anacostia Rail Holdings.

The $300 million double-tracking project is expected to be completed by April 2024.

Currently the line has eight miles of double-track between Gary and Michigan City.

Funding for the project is coming from a variety of federal, state and private funds.

In a news release, Anacostia  said trains face a congestion at Burns Harbor where CSS&SB and NICTD trains share a single-track main line.

The release said once double tracking is completed, freight switching will be conducted north of the main line.

“This will allow CSS&SB to use some of NIPSCO’s now idle Bailly Generation Station  property to foster business development in Northwest Indiana,” the news release said.

South Shore Michigan City Shop in 1969

October 1, 2021

The wayback machine has landed us in Michigan City, Indiana, On March 30, 1969. We’re standing on the North Roeske Avenue bridge that spans the tracks of the Chicago South Shore & South Bend facility. This is where the South Shore used to maintain its venerable interurban cars.

More than six decades later this shop building has been razed and made way for a modern facility. The South Shore is separate entities with the passenger operations known as the South Shore Line and the freight operations still called by the railroad’s original name but also known as South Shore Freight.

Each has its own maintenance shops in Michigan City with the passenger equipment maintained on the east side of Roeske and the freight locomotives maintained in a modern shop on the west side.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

South Shore Michigan City Shops in 2021

October 1, 2021

Elsewhere on this page is an image Bob Farkas made in 1969 of the Chicago South Shore & South Bend shops in Michigan City. Shown above is a July 2021 image made in Michigan City from the same bridge but showing the shop used by South Shore freight.

Although the passenger and freight operations share the same yard, they each have their shops.

In the image above, a South Shore passenger set maneuvers in the yard. The shop to maintain passenger equipment is behind the photographer.

South Shore Two for Tuesday From Michigan City

January 5, 2021

The wayback machine has landed us in Michigan City, Indiana on March 30, 1969. In the top image here are three Chicago, South Shore & South Bend boxcabs and a Chesapeake & Ohio cow/calf/calf set along with other interesting equipment.

In the bottom image CSS&SB 702 and some other units are sitting in the sun.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

South Shore Two for Tuesday

November 24, 2020

The South Shore Line in Indiana is the nation’s largest survivor of the interurban era.

It’s actually two operations, both of which use the South Shore name. The freight railroad operates with diesel locomotives whereas the passenger trains still use electric power and are overseen by a public transit agency.

But for today’s two for Tuesday feature, we’ll climb aboard the wayback machine to go to the era when the Chicago South Shore & South Bend Railroad operated freight and passenger trains alike under wire.

In the top image, we are looking down on the South Shore shops in Michigan City, Indiana, sometime between 1969 and 1972.

At that time the older style interurban cars were still in use.

The bottom image was also made in Michigan City but a few years earlier and showcases the electric motors the railroad still used in the early 1970s.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

South Shore Appoints Marketing Executive

September 30, 2020

The Chicago, South Shore & South Bend Railroad has named Anthony S. Kazakevicius as its director of sales and marketing.

He will report to Eric Jakubowski, Anacostia Rail Holdings vice president and chief commercial officer.

Kazakevicius previously worked in marketing positions for the Indiana Rail Road, Rail America, and Iowa Interstate.

In a news release the Michigan City-based South Shore said Kazakevicius has 20 years of railroad marketing experience.

“His solid understanding of Midwest customers and commodities will help CSS grow its business base,” South Shore officials said in the news release.

ASLRR Names Safety Award Winners

May 1, 2020

Four railroads serving Indiana and Pennsylvania are among 17 winners of the 2019 Jake Award by the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association.

They are the Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad, Chicago South Shore & South Bend Railroad Company, Evansville Western Railway, and Indiana Rail Road.

To win a Jake Award, an ASLRRA member railroad must perform better than the Class II and III industry average for injury frequency rate, as reported by the Federal Railroad Administration during a calendar year.

Another 278 railroads won a Jake Award with Distinction, which recognizes reportable injury-free performance in 2019.

The ASLRRA said the incident rate for its members fell year over year by 12 percent, while the overall Class II and III industry rate fell by 8 percent.

The awards are named for Lowell “Jake” Jacobson, Copper Basin Railway’s president and chief operating officer who established the honor in 1993 to recognize the safety accomplishments of Class II and III railroads. The ASLRRA’s safety committee adopted the Jake Awards program in 1999.

Vintage South Shore in Michigan City

February 18, 2020

Chicago South Shore & South Bend car No. 34 is shown in the early 1970s in Michigan City, Indiana.

America’s last surviving interurban railway still uses these tracks and the freight operations of the South Shore still use a yard in Michigan City.

But the passenger equipment seen here has since been replaced.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

South Shore to Get New Passenger Cars

August 12, 2019

The South Shore commuter rail line in Indiana is expected to receive 26 new cars in the coming years.

The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District expects to issue a request for proposals in January 2020.

The new cars, which would be the first for the commuter rail line that operates between Chicago and South Bend, Indiana, since 2009 when the South Shore acquired 14 bi-level cars.

A contract could be offered next summer if all goes according to plan.

The new cars will increase capacity of the existing service and provide equipment for the proposed West Lake expansion that is expected to be launched in 2024.

However, some existing equipment is expected to be rebuilt for use in the West Lake service.

South Shore President Michael Noland said it will take four years for the cars to be built and enter revenue service.

The cars are expected to cost between $4 million and $5 million and be financed through the sale of bonds.

Noland said the new cars will have a higher capacity than the existing single-level cars now in use.

South Shore Records 5 Injury Free Years

July 16, 2019

The Chicago South Shore & South Bend Railroad said recently that its transportation department employees have worked five straight years without recording an injury.

The railroad said it was a first in its history. An affiliate of Anacostia Rail Holdings, the South Shore operates freight service over 127 miles between Chicago and South Bend, Indiana, and Chicago and Kingsbury, Indiana.

“This success has created a strong sense of pride and ownership in our team. It’s how they work each and every day,” said Mike Shore, vice president of operations in a statement. “This happened over time with the support of every employee, every department and every manager.”

The South Shore also recently won a Jake Award from the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association for having no reportable personal injuries as reported by the Federal Railroad Administration.