Indiana Rail Road
The Indiana Rail Road (reporting marks, INRD), based in Indianapolis, Indiana is a
Regional operation that began in 1986 and currently operates over 500
miles of trackage in a rough “X” between Louisville, Kentucky and
Chicago (north-south) and Newton, Illinois to Indianapolis (east-west).
Its current system includes
lines made up of ex-Illinois Central and Milwaukee Road trackage with its most recent acquisition being that of the MILW/Soo
between Terre Haute and Bedford, Indiana. Because of the major cities
the railroad serves today it has allowed the company to grow
exponentially since it first began more than 25 years ago. Today, the
Indiana has connections to all seven Class I railroads (one of the only Class IIs to hold such a distinction) and a diversified traffic base ranging from coal to agriculture.
The history of the Indiana Rail Road began in the mid-1980s when entrepreneur Thomas Hoback took a gamble
by purchasing 155 miles of railroad from the Illinois Central Gulf in
1986. At the time the financially shaky ICG was looking to
significantly downsize its system in an attempt to reduce its debt
and return to a state of profitability. As such, Hoback took over its
former line to Indianapolis, as far west as Newton, Illinois. This
instantly transformed the new startup into a rather large Class III,
shortline that provided it connections to both CSX Transportation as
well as the ICG (now Canadian National) at its western terminus of
Newton. Interestingly, in terms of size the Indiana Rail Road remained
relatively unchanged for the next 20 years although during that time it
had been working aggressively to improve its property and gain new business.
In 2006, however, things changed as the railroad saw massive growth of
new lines, albeit much of the territory is actually trackage rigths.
That year the Indiana purchased from Canadian Pacific former Milwaukee
Road route from Terre Haute to Bedford, Indiana once known as the Latta
Subdivision. Under Milwaukee ownership this line was extended from
Chicago to Louisville, Kentucky through Indiana. However only the
isolated section mentioned above remained by 2006 and to access the line
Canadian Pacific used trackage rights over CSX between Chicago and
Terre Haute. Additionally, CP had rights over CSX between Bedford,
Indiana and Louisville. All of this transferred to the Indiana Rail
Railroad upon purchase of the former Milwaukee line.
Aside from the former Milwaukee route the Indiana also has trackage
rights over the shortline Louisville & Indiana Railroad between
Indianapolis and Louisville, Kentucky. Today the railroad sees more
than 200,000 annual carloads and because it is centrally located in the
Midwest and reaches Chicago it has connections with all of the Class Is,
including CSX, BNSF Railway, Union Pacific, Norfolk Southern, Canadian
Pacific and Canadian National. Also of interest is the Indiana’s logo,
which is based roughly from that of the late Monon which also operated
in the same region (the company also operates very small sections of the
fallen flag's former lines).
The Indiana Rail Road's traffic base includes coal from the
Powder River Basin region, chemicals, petroleum products, plastics, food
products, scrap metal, recyclables, and grain. Some of the railroad's
customers include General Electric,
Hershey's Chocolate (yes, Hershey's!), Marathon Petroleum, and a host
of power plants. Other services the railroad offers includes
transloading and storage facilities. Perhaps, though, their most
important asset is their numerous interchange partners, which allows for
the movement of so much traffic.
Indiana Rail Road Locomotive Roster
|EMD||GP38-2||3802-3808, 3811||Ex-CR, Ex-CMA, Ex-L&N||8|
|EMD||SD60||6004, 6006-6007, 6009-6013, 6016-6018||Ex-Soo||13|
|EMD||SD9043MAC||9001-9012, 9025||Leased From CITX||13|
For more information about the Indiana Rail Road please click here
to visit their website. There you can find out more about the
company's history and also see a detailed, interactive map of where they
operate. The Indiana’s current roster includes an all-EMD lashup ranging from
four to six-axle power. In recent years the railroad gained newer EMD
SD9043MACs, which look quite striking in the company's red and white
livery. For more more reading about the Indiana you might want to consider the book The Indiana Rail Road Company: America's New Regional Railroad by authors Fred Frailey, Chris Rund, and Eric Powell which provides a detailed look at this interesting regional through nearly 300 pages.
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Indiana Rail Road