Posts Tagged ‘railroads of 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.

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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.

Indiana Short Lines Get New Managers

December 5, 2017

Two Indiana short line railroads owned by Anacostia Rail Holdings have new executives in the marketing and sales departments.

Kathleen Sackett is the new director of marketing and sales for the Louisville & Indiana Railroad while Matthew Coduti is now the manager of marketing and sales for the Chicago South Shore & South Bend Railroad.

Sackett has more than 16 years of rail sales and marketing experience, most recently with Wisconsin & Southern Railroad, where she began in 2008 as director of sales and marketing. She was named director of commercial in 2017.

Coduti is a former planner of maritime and raw material logistics at ArcelorMittal, where he worked for five years. He also has experience in planning and negotiating initiatives with rail, barge, port, truck and package services.

Indiana Short-Line Railroad Dispute Settled

December 2, 2017

Indiana short-line Chesapeake & Indiana will be able to end operations on 5.45 miles of track between North Judson and English Lake, Indiana.

The U.S. Surface Transportation Board this week formalized a settlement to a dispute over the track that had involved the C&I, track owner the town of North Judson, and the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum.

The museum will be able to operate excursion trains between North Judson and English Lake outside STB jurisdiction without impeding the short line’s freight business.

The track in question is part of 28 miles that North Judson acquired in 2003 from CSX between North Judson and Wellsboro, Indiana.

The C&I began using the line for freight service in 2004. The short line is owned by the Indiana Boxcar Corporation.

The museum has argued that the C&I was not allowing excursion trains on the line in violation of the museum’s agreement with the town.

In response, C&I said that the museum had violated Federal Railroad Administration safety rules, and that the short line didn’t want to be held liable if passengers were injured.

Most of the C&I’s freight operations are on the northern end of the line, particularly to grain elevators at Malden and Union Mills that are owned by Co-Alliance LLP.

That business has grown from a few hundred carloads in 2004 to more than 4,000 so far this year.

The C&I expects more growth in 2018 when it begins delivering gypsum to a new wallboard factory. Some of the former Chesapeake & Ohio of Indiana track is used for car storage.

Under the agreement between the town of North Judson and the C&I, the short line will be able to operate over the ex-C&O rails for the next 10 years.

INRD Santa Train Schedule Announced

October 31, 2017

The Indiana Rail Road will operate its annual Santa Train on Dec. 1-3.

The train, which is staffed by railroad employees and volunteers, will depart Indianapolis on Dec. 1 and make its first stop at the town hall in Bargersville between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Other stops that day include the Morgantown fire station (6:30 to 7:30 p.m.) and at Helmsburg Road in Helmsburg between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m.

On Dec. 2 the train will make stops at the Yoho Store in Solsberry (8 to 10 a.m.), Seminary Street in Bloomfield (11 a.m. to noon), SE C street in Linton (1:30 to 3 p.m.), Main Street in Dugger (4 to 5 p.m., and the city park in Jasonville (6:30 to 7:30 p.m.)

On Dec. 3 stops will be in three cities in Illinois and one in Indiana. The Illinois stops include High School and West Decatur streets in Newton (9 to 10 a.m.), South Range Street in Oblong (11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.), and Lincoln Street in Palestine (1:30 to 2:30 p.m.)

The train will then reverse direction and make its last stop of the season in Sullivan, Indiana, at Main Street and Judy Lane between 4 and 5 p.m.

Indiana Short Line Restores Erie Mining F9A

October 30, 2017

An Indiana short line has repainted and overhauled an F unit that once belonged to Erie Mining Company.

The Vermilion Valley Railroad has repainted  F9A No. 4210 into the yellow-and-maroon colors it wore at Erie Mining and has received an EM logo.

Vermilion Valley shop workers also had to rebuild the unit, replacing rusted-out side panels and installing an emergency brake valve in the cab in order to make the locomotive compliant with Federal Railroad Administration regulations. No. 4210 is also expected to receive FRA safety glass in its windshield.

No. 4210 was one of 11 F-units (five A’s and six Bs) built for Erie Mining by EMD in 1956 and used to transport taconite pellets on the private railroad to a processing plant at Hoyt Lakes, Minnesota, to an ore dock at Taconite Harbor on Lake Superior’s north shore.

The locomotive’s original livery was blue with a silver band, but in 1963 it was repainted yellow with a maroon band. It later received a black roof.

LTV Steel Corp. bought Erie Mining in May 1986 and renamed it LTV Steel Mining Company. The F unit fleet continued to operate until 1997.

The Vermillion Valley also owns another former Erie Mining F9A, No. 4214, which it plans to eventually repaint in Erie Mining colors.

The Vermilion Valley operates 5.9 miles of former New York Central (Peoria & Eastern) track between Olin, Indiana, and Danville, Illinois.