Central Railroad of Indiana

The Indiana & Ohio Rail Systems Central of Indiana sub-division has its roots with the first railroad in Indiana, the Lawrenceburg & Indianapolis, dating to 1834.  It's successor, the Indianapolis & Cincinnati Railroad, was opened in 1853 from Indianapolis to Lawrenceburg, with a riverboat connection to Cincinnati.  The railroad completed its own right-of-way into the Queen City in 1863, mostly parallel to the Ohio & Mississippi broad gauge line on the banks of the Ohio River.  Eventually extended to Chicago via Lafayette and Kankakee, it was operated by the Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago & St. Louis Railroad (CCC&St.L, or Big Four Route) until its acquisition by the New York Central System.  NYC operated its famous "James Whitcomb Riley" passenger train over this route.  The line was abandoned by Penn Central, only to be rebuilt and operated by Conrail with state funding.  Conrail sold the line in 1992 to Central Properties, Inc., who operated it as the Central Railroad of Indiana (CIND).  Indiana & Ohio Rail System, owned by Railtex of San Antonio, Texas, acquired the CIND in August of 1998.  I&O has invested heavily in the line, as CIND had placed the railroad west of Lawrenceburg up for abandonment.  I&O withdrew the application for abandonment upon taking over the CIND and began renovation of the line to connect I&O with another Central property acquired with CIND, the Central Railroad of Indianapolis (CERA) and to connect with sister Railtex road, Indiana Southern Railroad.

In 2008, Honda opened an assembly plant at Greensburg, Indiana which is served exclusively by CIND.  Autorack trains operate almost, if not daily as of 2014.

Mile Post (westbound) Station Name Notes
MP 2.5 Storrs Jct. (Oklahoma) Jct. B&O to Washington / I&O Ditch Track
MP 2.9 CP West Oak  
MP 4.5 CP Wade  
MP 10.6 Delhi  
MP 12.0 Fernbank  
MP 13.2 Addyston  
MP 15.3 North Bend  
MP 16.1 Cleves  
MP 17.7 Valley Junction Jct. I&O Brookville Subdivision
MP 19.5 Elizabethtown  
MP 20.5 State Line (Indiana-Ohio)  
MP 22.3 CP 22  
MP 27.9 Guilford  
MP 30.4 Ross  
MP 36.8 Weisburg  
MP 39.9 Sunman  
MP 45.3 Morris  
MP 46.2 Hyde  
MP 47.8 Batesville  
MP 54.0 New Point  
MP 62.8 Greensburg  Honda plant (north side of town)
MP 67.8 Adams  
MP 72.7 St. Paul  
MP 75.3 Waldron  
MP 82.8 Shelbyville Jct. CSX, IORY trackage rights to Indianapolis.

Radio Frequencies

160.545 - Road

Engineer Ace Nieman watches as he shoves and pulls cars off the Ditch Track.
I&O #209 pulls loads of pig iron on the Ditch Track.
A westbound manifest passes CP Oklahoma in 2013.
I&O at Oklahoma with the 6th Street Viaduct in the background.
An eastbound Honda autorack train arriving at CP Oklahoma.
Central RR of Indiana at Oklahoma parked next to the old Amtrak Station
A Penn Central transfer arrives at Riverside Yard.
Penn Central Riverside Yard viewed from Southside Avenue.
L&N is picking up a US Steel coal train at Riverside in 1968.
A Southern Pacific Alco and NYC F at Riverside.
I&O 53 at Sedamsville as seen from across the Ohio River in Bromley.
Central RR of Indiana east of Delhi, Ohio running along side the former B&O to Washington, Indiana.
I&O going west to Valley Junction passes the CSX local east of Delhi.
Penn Central pushers prepare to shove a coal train up Guilford Hill.
I&O 84 powers a train eastbound through Cleves.
I&O "Bayer Job" crosses the Great Miami River and arrives at Valley Junction.
A cold weekend layover at Valley Junction
Central RR of Indiana power lays over at Valley Junction in Hooven, Ohio.
Westbound autorack train west of Anderson Ferry in 2013.
Westbound autorack train at Guilford, Indiana in 2010.
Westbound at Sunman, Indiana in 2010.
Eastbound loaded autorack train departing Honda at Greensburg, Indiana in 2009.

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