Indiana Rail Road

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Indiana Rail Road
Reporting mark INRD
Locale Illinois, Indiana
Dates of operation 1986present
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) (standard gauge)
Length 225 miles owned
Headquarters Indianapolis, Indiana

The Indiana Rail Road( reporting mark INRD) is a United States Class II railroad, originally operating over former Illinois Central Railroad trackage from Newton, Illinois, to Indianapolis, Indiana, a distance of 155 miles (249 km). This line, now known as the Indiana Rail Road's Indianapolis Subdivision, comprises most of the former IC line from Indianapolis to Effingham, Illinois; Illinois Central successor Canadian National Railway retains the portion from Newton to Effingham. INRD also owns a former Milwaukee Road line from Terre Haute, Indiana, to Burns City, Indiana (site of the Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center), with trackage rights extending to Chicago, Illinois. INRD serves Louisville, Kentucky, and the Port of Indiana on the Ohio River at Jeffersonville, Indiana, through a haulage agreement with the Louisville & Indiana Railroad (LIRC).

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

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An Indiana Rail Road train in Bloomington, on the line coming from Morgantown Indiana Rail Road train coming to Bloomington - P1100038.JPG
An Indiana Rail Road train in Bloomington, on the line coming from Morgantown

In May 2006, INRD completed the purchase of the Canadian Pacific Railway line from Terre Haute to Bedford, Indiana, the former Milwaukee Road/Soo Line Railroad Latta Subdivision, now known as INRD's Chicago Subdivision, which crosses the Indianapolis Subdivision at grade at Linton, Indiana. The former Latta Sub was isolated from the rest of the CPR, and was reached from Chicago via trackage rights over CSX Transportation's former Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad line; further trackage rights over CSX's former Monon from Bedford to Louisville, Kentucky (negotiated as part of the Monon's merger with CSX predecessor Louisville and Nashville Railroad in 1971) allowed the CPR access into the Bluegrass State. These trackage rights were transferred to the Indiana Rail Road as part of the sale, bringing INRD's total route structure to approximately 500 miles. The company also operates the remnants of the Monon Railroad in and around Bloomington, Indiana, and has trackage rights over other lines in and around Indianapolis.

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The INRD primarily hauls coal from Indiana mines to electric generating plants along the line. Appliances, grain, plastics, aggregates and food products are the other major freight hauled. Major customers include Indianapolis Power & Light, Ameren, Hoosier Energy, Duke Energy, Lincoland AgriEnergy (ethanol), Marathon Oil, Hershey Foods, General Electric, Mont Eagle Mills, PolyOne Corporation, Bemis Plastics and others.

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The company's executive and administrative offices are located in downtown Indianapolis, with a classification yard, shops and main transloading facility located on the city's near south side at the Senate Avenue Terminal (between I-70 and the Indianapolis Union Railway's Belt Line). Long abandoned and now removed was a connection to Union Station, which once ran between Senate Avenue (originally known as Mississippi Street) and Missouri Street north from this terminal's location through the present-day site of Lucas Oil Stadium. A remnant of this connection can still be noted today in the unusual height of I-70's overpass above West and Missouri streets, which when the freeway was built in the early 1970s had to also pass over the once active rail line.

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Additional INRD classification yards are located at Palestine, Illinois, and Jasonville, Indiana. The latter facility, known as Hiawatha (in tribute to original owner Milwaukee Road's crack passenger trains) is also home to the main locomotive servicing facility. The company was formed in 1986 by entrepreneur Thomas Hoback, who remains president and chief executive officer. CSX Transportation now owns a majority interest in the parent company. On March 18, 2009, the railroad announced that it would build a new 5.2 mile rail spur in Sullivan County, Indiana, for the new Bear Run coal mine. [1] Bear Run is being developed by Peabody Coal and is expected to produce more than 8 million tons annually.

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Jasonville, Indiana City in Indiana, United States

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A wooden trestle on an abandoned section of (apparently) Indiana Rail Road, near Victor Pike in Perry Township, Monroe County, Indiana Monroe County - Victor Pike - abandoned railway - trestle - P1120764.JPG
A wooden trestle on an abandoned section of (apparently) Indiana Rail Road, near Victor Pike in Perry Township, Monroe County, Indiana

The Soo Line Railroad abandoned a section of the line between Bedford and Seymour, Indiana, as soon as they took over the Milwaukee Road in 1986. The Canadian Pacific Railway operated on the Chicago-Bedford line from their acquisition of the Soo Line until 2006, when they spun it off to the Indiana Rail Road company. On December 18, 2009, it was decided to cut the southern part of that line even more, as they are abandoning between Bedford and Crane, a total distance of 21.15 miles. [2]

Soo Line Railroad defunct American Class I railway

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Seymour, Indiana City in Indiana, United States

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  1. Trains Magazine NewsWire, March 18, 2009
  2. "Railroad Abandonments US". Retrieved 2012-05-15.
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