Posts Tagged ‘railroads of Indiana’

South Shore to Hire Project Managers

October 17, 2018

The South Shore Line has hired managers to oversee two expansion projects.

The commuter railroad will spend up to $35.8 million for management of the West Lake project, a new commuter line between Hammond and Dyer, Indiana; and work to double-track the South Shore main line between Gary and Michigan City, Indiana.

The contracts cover management of the West Lake project through its completion, and administration and real estate services for both projects.

The South Shore will now begin to acquire property for projects with that process is expected to begin early next year.

INRD, CSX to Remove Spring Hill Diamond

October 2, 2018

The Indiana Rail Road and CSX have notified the U.S. Surface Transportation Board authority of their plans to remove a diamond at Spring Hill near Terre Haute, Indiana.

The diamond is the crossing of the former Chicago & Eastern Illinois line now owned by CSX and the former Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific line now owned by INRD.

In the filing the two railroads said they plan to relocate a short segment INRD track as well as remove the diamond.

“The joint project will not result in the disruption of service to any shippers, expand the operations of INRD into new territory, or alter the existing competitive situation among carriers,” the carriers said in the STB filing.

As part of the reconfiguration, INRD will receive overhead trackage rights over a short portion of the CSX CE&D Subdivision, which is a major freight artery between Chicago and the Southeast.

INRD plans to build 800 feet of track southeast of Spring Hill to create a connection to CSX and remove 1,000 feet of track northwest of the diamond.

The two railroads plan to finish the work on or shortly after Oct. 27.

The arrangement will be similar to how R.J. Corman operates over a short section of Norfolk Southern’s Fort Wayne Line at Mace interlocking in Massillon.

To view the filing to https://www.stb.gov/filings/all.nsf/ba7f93537688b8e5852573210004b318/8eca5f63f20d6ef785258315006b921c/$FILE/246439.pdf

New Short Line Takes over CSX Routes

September 11, 2018

The Decatur & Eastern Illinois Railroad began operations this past Sunday on former CSX tracks in western Indiana and east central Illinois.

The first train left Decatur, Illinois, en route to Paris, Illinois, using two leased locomotives, blue FURX GP38-2 5514 and WAMX 4002, a former Canadian National Railway GP40-2LW.

The new railroad is owned by Watco Companies and covers 126.7 miles of the former CSX Decatur Subdivision and the Danville Secondary.

The system extends from Decatur to Montezuma, Indiana. At Chrisman, Illinois, another route runs to Terre Haute, Indiana, via Paris.

The former route is ex-Baltimore & Ohio trackage that once stretched from Indianapolis to Springfield, Illinois. The latter route was once New York Central territory.

Connections for the D&EI include CSX at Terre Haute and Hillsdale, Indiana; the Eastern Illinois Railroad at Metcalf, Illinois; Union Pacific at Tuscola, Illinois; and Canadian National and Norfolk Southern at Decatur.

The D&EI will be based in Paris where many of the its customers are located.

The herald of the new railroad features an ear of corn framed by the outlines of Illinois and Indiana.

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 Gives Diesel a ‘Southern’ Look

May 22, 2018

Indiana Boxcar Corporation is giving one of its member railroads a Southern Railway look.

Former Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range Railroad SDM No. 815 was repainted by the Olin Locomotive Shops in West Central Indiana.

It will be assigned to the Chesapeake & Indiana Railroad, which has a former Southern unit,, GP38-2 No. 5115.

The latter was acquired during a Norfolk Southern equipment auction in August 2017.

The C&I is a 33-mile long Class III short line located in Northwest Indiana and based in LaCrosse.

It uses former C&O of Indiana tracks and primarily hauls grain that it interchanges with NS and CSX.

No. 815 had been out of service for several months while being rebuilt. The work included overhauling its prime mover, and main and auxiliary generator.

South Shore Uses to Video to Attract Customers

May 21, 2018

The Chicago South Shore & South Bend Railroad is using a video made from a drone to spotlight more than 1,600 acres of prime business development locations along its 182 miles of track between Chicago and South Bend, Indiana.

The video depicts such locations as the Illinois International Port District in Chicago, properties adjacent to CSS tracks at Burnham rail yard in Hammond and Gary, Indiana; available space near South Shore’s headquarters and shops in Michigan City, Indiana; sites in La Porte, Indiana, including the La Porte Space Center; and 1,000 acres at the Kingsbury Industrial Park, and locations on the east end of the railroad at New Carlisle, Indiana.

“The spectacular views of these properties really drive home South Shore’s advantage in offering great connections across all modes,” said CSS President Todd Bjornstad. “Our goal with the video is to show industrial developers and plant site locators the great advantages we offer in this region.”

The video also provide facts about the properties including property dimensions, rail-yard capacity, highway access, and trans-loading opportunities.

Anacostia Rail Holdings said it plans to offer similar videos for its other railroads including Louisville & Indiana Railroad.

South Shore to Start PTC Testing

April 5, 2018

The South Shore commuter line in Indiana will begin live testing of its positive train control system next week.

The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District, which oversees the commuter service between Chicago and South Bend, Indiana, said PTC testing will be conducted throughout its entire network.

South Shore trains are using Interoperable Train Management System software and hardware designed by Wabtec of Wilmerding, Pennsylvania.

Last December, the South Shore told the Federal Railroad Administration that it had equipped just 19 of its 73 locomotives and cab cars with PTC equipment.

It also said at the time that it had not completed testing sufficient to qualify for an FRA extension beyond the federal Dec. 31, 2018, deadline for PTC installation.

South Shore to Hike Fares 5%

March 28, 2018

The South Shore Line wants to raise fares by 5 percent to help cover the cost of installation of positive train control.

The Northern Indiana Commuter Transit District, which oversees the South Shore rail commuter route between Chicago and South Bend, Indiana, said fares will rise on July 1.

The fares from downtown Chicago to Michigan City, Indiana, would increase from $9.75 to $10.25. The Chicago-South Bend fare would rise from $13.50 to $14.25.

The South Shore is paying for PTC installation through a $100 million bond, but South Shore President Michael Noland said the carrier believes that 11 additional employees will be needed to operate the system.

Five public hearings will be held in April regarding the fare increase.

Indiana Short Line Gets $10M TIGER Grant

March 9, 2018

A federal TIGER grant of $10 million has been awarded to a railroad bridge project in southwest Indiana.

The grant will be used to rebuild the approaches to a bridge over the Maunie River in Posey County that is used by the Evansville Western Railway.

The grant application said the timber supports for the approaches are in “dire need of replacement.”

The bridge is on the former Louisville & Nashville line that connected Evansville, Indiana, with St. Louis.

The bridge was built in 1926. The E&W serves farmers, refiners, coal miners, and river ports.

Group Formed to Protest NKP Branch Abandonment

August 8, 2017

A group has formed in Hamilton County, Indiana, to seek to overturn the decision by local officials to convert parts of a former Nickel Plate Road branch line into a hiking and biking trail.

The group, known as Save the Nickel Plate, is seeking to get supporters of keeping the rail line to write to the U.S. Surface Transportation Board in opposition to approval of the line’s abandonment.

Hamilton County along with the cities of Fishers and Noblesville filed a petition with the STB on Aug. 1 to gain regulatory approval to pull up nine miles of the line between Noblesville and Indianapolis.

Through 2015 the line was used by the Indiana Fair Train and other excursions sponsored by the Indiana Transportation Museum.

The Save the Nickel Plate group has raised concerns about what it termed the lack of public input regarding the trail plan, the lack of train service, impediments to rail service caused by the Hoosier Heritage Port Authority’s suspension of rail operation, and concern for the process of selecting a new railroad operator that only runs on the northern portion of the railroad.

The group has established a website at http://www.savethenickelplate.org/