Central Railroad of Indianapolis

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Central Railroad of Indianapolis
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Reporting mark CERA
Locale Indiana
Dates of operation1989 [1] present
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Length39 miles (63 km)
Headquarters Indianapolis, Indiana

Central Railroad of Indianapolis( reporting mark CERA) is a Class III short-line railroad that operates approximately 39 miles (63 km) [1] miles of rail line in north central Indiana.

Reporting mark alphabetic code ID used on the North American railroad network

A reporting mark is an alphabetic code of two to four letters used to identify owners or lessees of rolling stock and other equipment used on certain railroad networks.

Indiana state of the United States of America

Indiana is a U.S. state in the Midwestern and Great Lakes regions of North America. Indiana is the 38th-largest by area and the 17th-most populous of the 50 United States. Its capital and largest city is Indianapolis. Indiana was admitted to the United States as the 19th U.S. state on December 11, 1816. Indiana borders Lake Michigan to the northwest, Michigan to the north, Ohio to the east, Kentucky to the south and southeast, and Illinois to the west.

One leg of the railroad begins near Marion at the unincorporated town of Michaelsville, passes west-southwest through Herbst, Swayzee and Sims, then through the Howard County communities of Sycamore, Greentown, and finally Kokomo, where it interchanges with U.S. Rail Corporation's Winamac Southern Rail System (see: https://web.archive.org/web/20170820211926/http://www.usrailcorp.com/divisions.php ).

Michaelsville, Indiana Unincorporated community in Indiana, United States

Michaelsville is an unincorporated community in Franklin Township, Grant County, Indiana.

Herbst, Indiana Census-designated place in Indiana, United States

Herbst is an unincorporated census-designated place in Franklin Township, Grant County, Indiana, in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 112.

Swayzee, Indiana Town in Indiana, United States

Swayzee is a town in Sims Township, Grant County, Indiana, United States. The population was 981 at the 2010 census.

Central Railroad of Indianapolis is a subsidiary of Genesee & Wyoming. G&W had purchased the RailAmerica empire in 2012. RailAmerica had itself bought CERA and then parent Railtex in 2000. [1] CERA was formed in 1989 when Norfolk Southern leased several lines, including the now mostly-abandoned Tipton-Peru line and the Marion to Frankfort former "Cloverleaf" line to the then-new company through NS's "Thoroughbred Shortline program. [2] For a time, Norfolk Southern interchanged with CERA via its Frankfort to Kokomo line. The latter route was embargoed after the Norfolk Southern Conrail merger allowed Norfolk Southern to move CERA interchange to Marion.

Genesee & Wyoming American short-line railroad holding company

The Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W) is an American short line railroad holding company, that owns or maintains an interest in 120 railroads throughout six countries: the United States, Canada, Australia, Belgium, Netherlands, Poland and the United Kingdom. It operates more than 15,500 miles (24,900 km) of owned and leased track, with more than 3,300 miles (5,300 km) under track-access arrangements. The company had its roots in the Class III Genesee and Wyoming Railroad, which began in 1899.

The railroad's main traffic comes from grain and metal products. The CERA hauled around 8,000 carloads in 2008. [1]

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  1. 1 2 3 4 "RailAmerica's Empire". Trains Magazine. Kalmbach Publishing. June 2010.
  2. Edward A. Lewis (1996). American Shortline Railway Guide. Kalmbach Publishing, Co. p. 72. ISBN   978-0-89024-290-2.