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.

CENTRAL RAILROAD OF INDIANAPOLIS

Former Pennsylvania Railroad and Nickel Plate lines near Marion.

CHESAPEAKE & INDIANA

Former Chesapeake & Ohio lines.

CHICAGO FORT WAYNE & EASTERN

Former Pennsylvania Railroad main line.

CHICAGO SOUTH SHORE & SOUTH BEND

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

CONNERSVILLE & NEW CASTLE RAILROAD

Former Nickel Plate branch.

DUBOIS COUNTY RAILROAD

Former Southern Railway branch.

ELKHART & WESTERN RAILROAD

Former New York Central and Nickel Plate lines near Elkhart.

FULTON COUNTY RAILROAD

Former Nickel Plate branch.

GRAND ELK RAILROAD

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

HONEY CREEK RAILROAD

Former Nickel Plate branch north of Rushville.

HOOSIER HERITAGE PORT AUTHORITY

Former Nickel Plate branch north of Indianapolis.

INDIANA & OHIO RAILROAD

Former New York Central branch northwest of Cincinnati.

INDIANA EASTERN RAILROAD

Former Chesapeake & Ohio line north of Cincinnati.

INDIANA NORTHEASTERN RAILROAD

Several former railroads in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio.

INDIANA RAIL ROAD

Several former railroads southwest of Indianapolis.

INDIANA SOUTHERN RAILROAD

Former Penn Central lines southwest of Indianapolis.

KANKAKEE BEAVERVILLE & SOUTHERN

Several former railroads between Kankakee and Lafayette.

LOUISVILLE & INDIANA RAILROAD

Former Pennsylvania Railroad line between Indianapolis and Louisville.

MADISON RAILROAD

Former Pennsylvania Railroad branch.

US RAIL CORPORATION

Former Pennsylvania Railroad line west of Marion.

VERMILLION VALLEY RAILROAD

Former New York Central Peoria & Eastern line east of Danville IL.

WABASH CENTRAL RAILROAD

Former Nickel Plate line east of Marion.

WHITEWATER VALLEY RAILROAD

Former New York Central branch northwest of Cincinnati.

WINAMAC SOUTHERN RAILROAD

Former Pennsylvania Railroad lines near Logansport.