Posts Tagged ‘Indiana Rail Road’

INRD Vice President Retires

January 25, 2023

Indiana Rail Road announced recently the retirement of Vice President Engineering Peter Ray.

Ray joined INRD in 2006 as general manager of engineering. In 2009 he was promoted to vice president. His retirement became effective on Dec. 31.

During his time at INRD, Ray oversaw the completion of a $20 million track construction and capacity project to serve Bear Run Mine in Carlisle, Indiana, and the rebuilding of 43 bridges, INRD officials said in a press release.

He previously worked in track maintenance positions at the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific, the Santa Fe; the Chicago & North Western, and CSX.

INRD Names 2 to VP Positions

January 11, 2023

Indiana Rail Road has promoted two employees to vice president positions.

Shae LeDune has been named vice president of human resources and regulatory compliance, while Bryant McCuan has been appointed vice president of engineering.

A news released issued by INRD said both newly appointed executives have been serving their respective departments as assistant vice presidents.

LeDune has worked at INRD for 13 years and been in the HR department since 2017.

McCuan joined INRD in July 2022 and will succeed Peter Ray, who retired at the end of 2022 after nearly 17 years at INRD.

There Goes Santa Claus

December 4, 2022

The 2022 Santa Train of the Indiana Rail Road is shown above crossing Tulip Trestle in Greene County, Indiana, between Solsberry and Bloomfield on Saturday morning. Santa had earlier received children in Solsberry as part of a three-day, 12-stop journey over the INRD in Indiana and Illinois.

The locomotive engineer of SD40-2 No. 4002 played a short rendition of Jingle Bells on the locomotive’s horn as the train crossed the bridge, which was built between 1905 and 1906 by the Indianapolis Southern Railway, which soon became part of the Illinois Central Railroad.

Below the bridge was a crowd of railfans, and parents and children.

INRD Santa Train to Run This Weekend

November 30, 2022

The annual Santa Claus train of the Indiana Rail Road will run this weekend, making 12 stops in Indiana and Illinois.

Visitors will be permitted to board the train at 11 of the stops to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. At another stop Santa will instead disembark and receive visitors at a nearby community building.

In a news release, INRD said Santa and his helpers will be portrayed by volunteers of railroad workers and their families.

The event is free, and coats, hats, and gloves will be distributed to help children in need prepare for winter weather.

The INRD Santa train began in 1989 as a volunteer project. It was cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and ran in modified form in 2021.

Last year visitors were not permitted aboard the train and Santa and Mrs. Claus greeted the crowd from the back of a caboose.

INRD Names Wright Vice President

November 15, 2022

The Indiana Rail Road has named Derrick Wright as vice president, operations and mechanical.

He has more than 20 years of railroading experience, including positions at CSX as a yardmaster, trainmaster, terminal manager, and terminal superintendent in Chicago.

More recently Wright has served as vice president transportation of the former Midwest Region at Genesee & Wyoming and as chief operating officer at Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District.

INRD Announces Management Changes

September 3, 2022

The Indiana Rail Road said this week it has made changes in its management team.

Dan Corcoran has been promoted to director of intermodal operations. He has been with INRD since 2018 and has served as manager of business development.

Bernie Guerrettaz, currently the short line railroad’s general manager of maintenance-of-way services, has been named director of bridges and real estate. He will oversee the conveyance of property or rights to access property to control risk and liabilities, as well as the building, maintenance and repair of bridges. Guerrettaz joined INRD in 2014.

Doug Guyer has been given additional duties as supervisor of maintenance-of-way services. He joined INRD as a bridge helper in 2009 and was promoted to foreman in 2011, followed by supervisor in 2016.

INRD Appoints New Vice President

July 12, 2022

Indiana Rail Road has named Bryant McCuan as assistant vice president of engineering.

In a news release, the carrier said he will oversee track infrastructure as well as the development and implementation of capital improvement plans. McCuan will work with vice president of engineering Peter Ray.

Before coming to INRD, McCuan worked for 22 years at Canadian National in a variety  of roles including track laborer, track foreman, bridgeman and carpenter. He later was promoted to management.

INRD Promotes Haire to Assistant VP in IT

March 8, 2022

Matt Haire has been promoted by the Indiana Rail Road to the position of assistant vice president of information technology.

He joined INRD’s IT department in 2004 as a technology specialist working on web development and internal web applications.

After advancing to IT manager and then to IT director, Haire focused on implementing technologies and solutions that would increase efficiencies, reduce costs and improve service and reliability to support internal and external customers, INRD officials said in a news release.

INRD Upgrades Transloading Facility

December 21, 2021

Short line operator Indiana Rail Road said it has finished renovations to its Odon Transload Facility located in the southwest region of the state.

The work included constructing a 10-inch concrete floor, a food-grade railcar dock, and adding two truck docks.

In a news release, INRD said the additions will support handling and storage of weather-sensitive products such as particleboard, oriented strand board, plywood, and Southern yellow pine lumber.

The facility will now have 9,600 square feet of storage capacity and will enable the railroad to offer more comprehensive transloading for shippers.

INRD also has transloading facilities in Indianapolis and Merom, Indiana.

Jim Would Have Wanted to Have Been There

December 5, 2021

Train SAHW chargest through Bargersville, Indiana, on former Illinois Central tracks
Here comes Santa Claus. The 2021 Indiana Rail Road Santa train is arriving in Bargersville, Indiana.

As I was driving to Bargersville, Indiana, on Friday, Dec. 3, I thought about the late Jim Mastromatteo.

He had developed an interest in the Indiana Rail Road and as far as I know never had the opportunity to see its operations in person.

Jim had planned to travel with Ron McElrath to Indiana in 2020 to railfan the INRD but that trip never came about.

My purpose in going to Bargersville was to see two INRD trains. The regular daily except Saturday SAHW (Senate Avenue yard Indianapolis to Hiawatha Yard in Jasonville) train was operating about two hours earlier on this day because following it that afternoon would be the annual Santa train.

INRD has run a Santa train since 1989 although it was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bargersville, an exurb of Indianapolis, would be the first stop for the 2021 Santa train, which make 12 stops in communities in Indiana and Illinois along the INRD system.

The SAHW showed up just before 1 p.m. with its usual consist of double-stacked containers and manifest freight. On the point was INRD’s 25th anniversary tribute SD9043MAC No. 9025.

The Santa train showed up shortly after its scheduled 4:15 p.m. arrival time It had SD40-2 Nos. 4005 – INRD’s tribute to veterans unit – and No. 4002, the tribute to first responders unit.

The train had two passenger cars lettered for the Santa Fe and a caboose from which Santa and Mrs. Claus greeted and waved to the hundreds of children and their parents who had turned out.