Posts Tagged ‘Louisville & Indiana Railroad’

Pilot Killed in Crash Along Rail Line in Indianapolis

January 25, 2023

The pilot of a small plane was killed on Tuesday afternoon when the craft crashed along a railroad line on the south side of Indianapolis.

The crash occurred about 3:45 p.m. near Weaver Avenue close to the University of Indianapolis campus.

Rail traffic was halted while investigators processed the scene. A Louisville & Indiana train was stopped near the Weaver Avenue crossing.

The rail line was once a Pennsylvania Railroad route between Indianapolis and Louisville, Kentucky.

Most of the route is now operated by L&I, but CSX has retained ownership of the track in Indianapolis.

The plane was reported to be a Cirrus SR-90 that had taken off from Indianapolis Executive Airport.

L&I Named Military Friendly Employer

November 15, 2022

Louisville & Indiana Railroad has been designed with a 2023 Military Friendly Employer designation by G.I. Jobs magazine and

In a news release, the short line railroad said the designation shows its commitment, effort and success in creating sustainable and meaningful benefits for the military community.

Employers are evaluated using public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey.

L&I said in a statement that it actively seeks to hire military veterans.

Indiana Port Has New Operating Company

February 9, 2022

Superior River Terminals Indiana is now the general cargo terminal operator of the Ports of Indiana-Jeffersonville facility.

Known as Indiana Cargo Crossroads, the site is served by CSX and the Louisville & Indiana Railroad.

Superior provides stevedoring and distribution services to the terminal’s customers for the terminal located on 10 acres next to the Ohio River.

Facilities at the terminal include two barge docks, a 131,000-square-foot warehouse, and a 35-ton overhead crane for all-weather transloading.

Superior is a subsidiary of Lake Superior Warehousing Company.

No Passenger Trains to Pull

December 30, 2021

We’re looking around the yard in Lafayette, Indiana, that once was used by the Monon Railroad. Something out of the ordinary to see today is EMD E7A No. 790, which is being stored here. In case you’re wondering how Louisville & Nashville passenger varnish wound up here, the L&N at this time owned the former Monon.

In its early years, Amtrak assigned former L&N E units to its Chicago-Florida South Wind and it passed through Lafayette on the former New York Central for several months until being rerouted in January 1972.

Interestingly, that train, renamed the Floridian in November 1971, would stop in Lafayette on the former Monon between March 1975 and its discontinuance in early October 1979.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

L&I Recognized as Military Friendly Employer

November 16, 2021

An Indiana short line railroad has been honored with the 2022 Military Friendly Employer designation.

Winning the designation was the Louisville & Indiana, which won the distinction based on survey and public data evaluation by G.I. Jobs Magazine of such factors as new hire retention, employee turnover, and promotion and advancement of veterans and military employees.

More than 1,000 companies participated in the review, sponsored by the Military Friendly Advisory Council.

Other railroads making the list included BNSF, Canadian National, Canadian Pacific, and New York & Atlantic.

L&I us owned by Anacostia Rail Holdings.

An L&I Two for Tuesday

December 15, 2020

Indiana short line Louisville & Indiana operates over a former Pennsylvania Railroad route that it has chosen to honor with a locomotive livery that resembles that of the Pennsy.

The railroad, based in Jeffersonville, Indiana, operates on a route between Indianapolis and Jeffersonville that once hosted the South Wind and Kentuckian. The former ran between Chicago and Florida while the latter was an overnight Chicago-Louisville train.

It never was a major PRR artery although it hauled its share of freight that interchanged in Louisville with southern railroads.

Shown is a southbound L&I train passing through Franklin, Indiana, the county seat of Johnson County. Much of the northern half of the county forms the southern region of the greater Indianapolis metropolitan area.

To get these images I had to wait for a few hours in a public park near downtown. I could hear the crew talking on the radio during much of that time as they worked in an industrial park north of town.

At one point they had to clear the main to allow a northbound CSX train to pass. CSX operates a few trains between Indianapolis and Louisville over the L&I.

The original plan for the crew had been to go into Indy after finishing their work in Franklin and interchange cars with the Indiana Railroad. Had they stuck with that plan I likely would not have been able to get these photographs.

But the work in Franklin apparently took longer than expected for whatever reasons and the dispatcher decided to direct them to leave their INDR cars on a siding in the industrial park and head back to their base in Columbus. Thus my patience was rewarded.

I haven’t been back to the L&I since getting these images. That will have to wait for another day, probably next spring. But I will be back.

Orange Leaves, Tuscan Red Locomotive

October 18, 2020

The Louisville & Indiana operates over a former Pennsylvania Railroad line between Louisville and Indianapolis and has adapted a Pennsyesque look.

Locomotives are painted Tuscan red with gold stripes, and the company herald is shaped like a Keystone.

L&I pays tributes to the nation’s veterans in its Keystone as can be seen here on the nose of SD40M-2 No. 3002.

The 3002 is on the point of train Z550, which is returning is passing through Franklin, Indiana, en route to the yard in Columbus.

The 550 has more work to do in Columbus before the crew can go off the clock.

Of course I framed the train with those track side trees showing off their October foliage.

L&I to Open Terminal In Jeffersonville

October 9, 2020

Indiana short line Louisville & Indiana working with American Commercial Barge Line has announced plans to open the Jeffersonville (Indiana) RiverRail Terminal in early 2021.

The facility is located on a mile-long parcel along the Ohio River opposite of Louisville, Kentucky, and has more than 60 acres of industrial land.

It will provide break bulk and bulk shipping of raw materials and finished goods.

The terminal’s website said that markets in Northern Kentucky and Southern Indiana will be “readily reached” from the terminal with rail transit times typically two days or less.

L&I operates 106 route miles and connects with Class I railroads CSX and Norfolk Southern in Louisville, Kentucky, and Jeffersonville and Indianapolis.

In a news release L&I said unit train, carload and intermodal operations will be supported at the site, which accommodates 286,000-pound gross weight on rail.

The terminal will feature 147,000 square feet of indoor storage with rail and multimodal access; 35 acres of outdoor storage and laydown area ready for development; 22 fleeting spaces on site with additional fleeting space nearby; and 110 rail-car capacity on site.

BLET Members OK Contract with Indiana Short Line

November 9, 2019

Members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen have ratified a new contract with the Louisville & Indiana Railroad.

The agreement was ratified on Oct. 28 and governs wages, benefits and work rules for 20 union members.

The contract will run through November 2024 and provide a 17 percent increase in wages over the life of the agreement, BLET officials said.

BLET said it also negotiated guaranteed rest days on the guaranteed extra board, secured expanded bereavement leave and protected members’ seniority when filling vacancies.

The L&I is based in Jeffersonville, Indiana, and operates a 10-6 mile former Pennsylvania Railroad route between Indianapolis and Louisville, Kentucky.

L&I Begins Work on Overpass

November 7, 2019

Construction had begun on $35 million overpass involving the Louisville & Indiana in Columbus, Indiana.

The overpass and a cloverleaf interchange at Indiana routes 46 and 11 will enable motorists to avoid delays at grade crossings on a route also used by CSX.

In a news release, the City of Columbus said that rail traffic is projected to increase on the former Pennsylvania mainline between Indianapolis and Louisville, Kentucky, in coming years.

Planning and design work on the overpass project began four years ago.

The overpass is expected to be completed by the end of 2020 although some finishing work is expected to continue into 2021.

The L&I in conjunction with CSX has been working to upgrade the rail on the 106-mile route to continuous welded rail to allow longer, heavier and faster CSX trains to use it.