SHORT LINE RAILROADS - INDIANA

Smaller companies operating former main line trackage, no longer wanted by the large railroads. In 1976, the bankruptcy of Penn Central and other northeast railroads led to the formation of Conrail, which was free to abandon routes with limited traffic potential. Thus began a new trend of forming short line railroads, which could operate certain routes more successfully than the large railroads.


CENTRAL RAILROAD OF INDIANA

Former New York Central main line northwest of Cincinnati.

Shelbyville-Cincinnati


CENTRAL RAILROAD OF INDIANAPOLIS

Former Pennsylvania Railroad and Nickel Plate lines near Marion.

Marion-Hartford City
Marion-Kokomo


CHESAPEAKE & INDIANA

Former Chesapeake & Ohio lines.

Wellsboro-La Crosse
La Crosse-North Judson


CHICAGO FORT WAYNE & EASTERN

Former Pennsylvania Railroad main line.

Chicago-Fort Wayne
Fort Wayne-Crestline
Fort Wayne-Decatur


CHICAGO SOUTH SHORE & SOUTH BEND

Former Nickel Plate branch connecting with former interurban in Michigan City.

Michigan City-Dillon


CONNERSVILLE & NEW CASTLE RAILROAD

Former Nickel Plate branch.

New Castle-Connersville


DUBOIS COUNTY RAILROAD

Former Southern Railway branch.

Huntingburg-French Lick


ELKHART & WESTERN RAILROAD

Former New York Central and Nickel Plate lines near Elkhart.

Elkhart-Mishawaka
Dillon-Rochester IN


GRAND ELK RAILROAD

Former New York Central and Pennsylvania Railroad lines between Elkhart and Grand Rapids.

Elkhart-White Pigeon Jct.


HOOSIER HERITAGE PORT AUTHORITY

Former Nickel Plate branch north of Indianapolis.

Tipton-Indianapolis


HOOSIER SOUTHERN RAILROAD

Former Southern Railway branch.

Cannelton-Lincoln City


INDIANA & OHIO RAILROAD

Former New York Central branch northwest of Cincinnati.

Valley Jct.-Brookville


INDIANA EASTERN RAILROAD

Former Chesapeake & Ohio line north of Cincinnati.

Richmond-Fernald


INDIANA NORTHEASTERN RAILROAD

Several former railroads in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio.

South Milford-Montpelier
Steubenville-Jonesville


INDIANA RAIL ROAD

Several former railroads southwest of Indianapolis.

Newton IL-Indianapolis
Terre Haute-Crane


INDIANA SOUTHERN RAILROAD

Former Penn Central lines southwest of Indianapolis.

Indianapolis-Sandborn
Elnora-Evansville


KANKAKEE BEAVERVILLE & SOUTHERN

Several former railroads between Kankakee and Lafayette.

Kankakee-Templeton
Cheneyville-Lafayette
Sheff-Free/Handy-Stewart


LOUISVILLE & INDIANA RAILROAD

Former Pennsylvania Railroad line.

Indianapolis-Louisville


MADISON RAILROAD

Former Pennsylvania Railroad branch.

Madison-North Vernon


US RAIL CORPORATION

Former Pennsylvania Railroad line west of Marion.

Amboy-Marion


WABASH CENTRAL RAILROAD

Former Nickel Plate line east of Marion.

Craigville-Marion


WHITEWATER VALLEY RAILROAD

Former New York Central branch northwest of Cincinnati.

Metamora-Connersville


WINAMAC SOUTHERN RAILROAD

Former Pennsylvania Railroad lines near Logansport.

Logansport-Anoka
Anoka-Kokomo
Logansport-Bringhurst