Posts Tagged ‘Madison Railroad’

Marketing Pact Reached with Indiana Short Line

September 12, 2022

RSI Logistics has announced a partnership with Indiana short line operator Madison Railroad to market a new transloading facility that the carrier acquired in June.

Madison Railroad, which is operated by the City of Madion, Indiana, operates a 23-mile route that connects with CSX at North Vernon, Indiana.

In a statement, the railroad said the transloading facility will be the first in the region to provide rail service to businesses that do not now have it.

Trucks will deliver shipments between the businesses and the transloading facility.

Madison Railroad operates 14 miles of track within the 3,400-acre industrial park and thus can offer rail car storage service there.

Madison RR Dedicates Tribute Locomotives

May 30, 2018

The Indiana-based Madison Railroad held a ceremony on Memorial Day to dedicate its “Memorial Fleet” of three locomotives painted in liveries that honor the U.S. Armed Forces and NASA.

The three locomotives painted for the fleet were placed at the stub end of a track once used to bring coal into the power plant at the Madison State Hospital.

The special units include two engines built by Baldwin Locomotive Works.

No. 4 was built for the Atlantic Coast Line as its No. 15, was rebuilt in the 1980s for the Crane Naval Weapons Support Center and is now known as Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, No. 65-00620.

No. 5 was built for the Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis as its No. 30 and rebuilt in the 1980s for the Navy as No. 65-00530.

Nos. 4 and 5 have been designated as model VO-1000M units after being rebuilt with EMD 567-type prime movers. Both kept their Baldwin operating cabs.

Also present at the ceremony was former NASA Railroad SW1500 No. 3, built for the Toledo, Peoria & Western as its No. 306. It served NASA for decades at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Each locomotive was given emblems along with a quotation beneath its cab.

The 22.7-mile Madison Railroad operates between Madison and North Vernon, Indiana, and has seven employees.

A former Pennsylvania Railroad line that is now owned by the City of Madison, it is best known for its hill from the Ohio River in Madison to North Madison, a distance of 7,012 feet with a grade of 5.89 percent.

The railroad no longer operates over the grade, but the tracks are still in place.

Indiana Short Line Railroad to Get Heavier Rail

July 9, 2014

Federal funds will be used to install heavier rail on the Madison Railroad in far Southern Indiana. The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration is awarding a $1.6 million grant to the city of Madison for the project.

The railroad’s 70-pound rail is insufficient for heavier cars, which has caused pricing issues and inhibited the ability of the shippers to receive certain shipments. The grant will allow the rail to be upgraded to 115-pound rail and expand the product line of Meese Orbitron Dunne, a rail-dependent plastics manufacturing company served by the Madison Railroad.

Owned by the City of Madison Port Authority, the Madison Railroad is a 26-mile shortline that operates a route that was once part of the Pennsylvania Railroad. The railroad today connects with CSX at North Vernon, Ind.

The Madison & Indianapolis Railroad ran its first train on Nov. 29, 1838. It was the first steam train to operate in Indiana.