Posts Tagged ‘Muncie Indiana’

Middle Crossing

April 16, 2021

Norfolk Southern’s New Castle District crosses the White River in Muncie, Indiana, on three different bridges. It is not so much because the river winds all over the place but the railroad does, too.

Shown above is the middle of those river crossings. It is located in a park/nature preserve. Here we see eastbound manifest train 189 rumbling over the bridge on its journey from Oakwood Yard in Detroit to East Point, Georgia, near Atlanta.

It was a warm, but windy day in late March of this year when I caught this train.

Locomotive Production Halts in La Grange

April 5, 2021

Locomotive assembly has halted at a Chicago area factory that had been building engines since the 1930s.Progress Rail has closed its engine facility in La Grange, Illinois, and will concentrate locomotive building in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Electrical locker manufacturing and assembly will be focused in Muncie, Indiana, while other work will go to outside suppliers.

The former Electro Motive Corporation broke ground for the La Grange plant in 1935.

Progress had said in 2018 that it intended to close the La Grange facility. However, it said it will continue to base engineering and administrative support roles in La Grange.

In a statement, Progress Rail, which is  owned by Caterpillar Company, cited a desire to gain efficiencies by consolidating operations at other facilities.

Finding 4 Trains on the ex-LE&W in Muncie

September 23, 2020

Muncie, Indiana, is the junction of two former Lake Erie & Western routes and a crossing with the CSX Indianapolis Line (former Big Four).

Also once serving the city was a Pennsylvania Railroad branch and the Chesapeake & Ohio of Indiana line. However, both of the those have been abandoned.

I was lucky enough during a visit to Muncie last weekend to get four trains, all on the ex-LE&W routes.

First was the 123 with ex-Kansas City Southern power in tow, which is shown crossing CSX in the top photograph.

Next was a NS train 142 which goes west on the Frankfort district then north on the Marion Branch at Alexandria.

Third up was NS 216, an intermodal that goes north on the New Castle District to Fort Wayne and then west to Chicago

It had the Norfolk &Western heritage painted unit and DC to AC conversion unit No. 4000 in special blue and gray paint.

I found a bridge on the Cardinal Greenway, which is built on the former C&O right of way, to get this on but it didn’t quite work for both engines.

Last was the 122 bound for Decatur, Illinois, which had the Lehigh Valley heritage unit trailing.  I got this at Tipton as reported in my earlier post.

I also found a nice depot which was formerly C&O and some abandoned bridges which were ex-PRR and ex-C&O.

The former C&O depot is now a trail head for the Cardinal Greenway.

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon

NS train 142 crosses the White River and West Side Park in Muncie.

NS intermodal train 216 to Chicago crosses the White River on the New Castle District.

The former C&O passenger station in Muncie, Indiana, sits alongside the Cardinal Greenway, a hiking and biking trail built on the former C&O right of way. Amtrak’s Cardinal stopped at this station between September 1974 and April 1986.

The PRR’s branch between Muncie and Converse, Indiana, crossed the White River in Muncie on this bridge. The former Pennsy branch is now abandoned.

InDOT Awards Crossing Work Contract

March 19, 2016

A $530,000 contract has been awarded by the Indiana Department of Transportation for grade crossing improvements in Anderson and Muncie.

E&B Paving, Inc. was awarded the contract, which involves work at four locations. Construction will begin in June and be completed by October.

InDOTThe crossing work is being done to prepare for additional improvements that the railroads will undertake as part of InDOT’s Office of Public Safety Highway-Rail Crossing Program.

Planned improvements include:
• Installing new sidewalks and curb ramps at the Norfolk Southern Railway crossing at Indiana Route 32 near the intersection of John Street in Anderson.
• Constructing concrete center median on Indiana Route 9/Scatterfield Road near two CSX crossings south of Indiana Route 232/Mounds Road in Anderson;
• Installing advanced warning signage near the NS crossing the Muncie bypass (Indiana Route 67) between Cowan Road and Walnut Street.

  • Installing new traffic signals, lengthening left-turn lanes and center median on Indiana Route 9/Scatterfield Road at the intersection of Indiana Route 236/53rd Street in Anderson.