Chicago, Fort Wayne and Eastern Railroad

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Chicago, Fort Wayne and Eastern Railroad Overview

The Chicago, Fort Wayne and Eastern Railroad is a short line railroad offering service from Tolleston, Indiana to Crestline, Ohio, United States over the former Fort Wayne Line of the Pennsylvania Railroad. It began operations in 2004 as a division of the Central Railroad of Indianapolis (CERA), under the overall corporate ownership of RailAmerica. CFE operates 273 miles of rail leased from CSX.

Conrail acquired the line in 1976, and later sold some of it to the Norfolk Southern Railway to relieve that company's ex-Nickel Plate Road main line. CSX Transportation acquired the entire line in the 1999 breakup of Conrail, and began to make improvements, including new crossing signals, paving crossings, and weeding the railroad. After this was complete, signs were posted at each crossing notifying motorists of an increase in train traffic.

In 2004, operations under the Chicago, Fort Wayne and Eastern Railroad name began; from the beginning of operations, the railroad has been owned by RailAmerica. In 2011 former Norfolk Southern supervisor Joseph (Joe) Parsons was named the General Manager of Chicago, Fort Wayne, & Eastern Railroad headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

On July 23, 2012, Genesee & Wyoming Inc. announced that it intended to purchase RailAmerica in a deal valued at $1.39 billion. Approval of the purchase was granted by the U.S. Surface Transportation Board on December 19, 2012, and ownership of the Chicago, Fort Wayne and Eastern was transferred to the G&W.

Traffic on the line includes grain, lumber products, chemicals, steel, and petroleum. The CFE transported around 39,000 carloads in 2008.

Chicago, Fort Wayne and Eastern Railroad Interchanges

  • CSX (Crestline, Ohio, Lima, Ohio and Gary, Indiana).
  • Elkhart & Western (Plymouth, Indiana).
  • Indiana & Ohio Railway (Lima, Ohio).
  • Norfolk Southern (Fort Wayne, Indiana and Lima, Ohio).

Chicago, Fort Wayne and Eastern Railroad Train Symbols

Symbol Origin Destination Notes
CHFW Blue Island, IL Fort Wayne, IN
FWCH Fort Wayne, IN Blue Island, IL
FWDE Fort Wayne, IN Decatur, IN
LIFW Lima, OH Fort Wayne, IN
LIPG Lima, OH Procter & Gamble - Lima, OH
LIVW Lima, OH Van Wert, OH
WAVA Warsaw, IN Valparaiso, IN

Chicago, Fort Wayne and Eastern Railroad Locomotive Roster

Number Model Built History Notes
RCPE 2086 GP38-3 1968 Ex-RCPE 2086/DME 3831/KCS 760/CR 3130/PC 3130.
CFE 2095 GP38-2 1979 Ex-CFE 3880/NREX 3880/CNW 4612.
CFE 2096 GP38-2 1979 Ex-CFE 3882/NREX 3882/CNW 4614.
CFE 2097 GP38-2 1979 Ex-CFE 3883/NREX 3883/CNW 4616.
CFE 2098 GP38-2 1979 Ex-CFE 3886/NREX 3886/CNW 4620.
CFE 2099 GP38-2 1971 Ex-MNAR 3898/MNA 3898/CR 7905/PC 7905.
CFE 2106 GP38-2 1972 Ex-NS 5039/SOU 5039.
CFE 2131 GP38-2 1973 Ex-NS 5091/SOU 5091.
CFE 2132 GP38-2 1973 Ex-NS 5103/SOU 5103.
CFE 2135 GP38-2 19?? Ex-NS/SOU.
CIND 2342 SW1500 1970 Ex-PIR 2342/SOU 2342.
CFE 3023 GP40-2 1972 Ex-SCRF 6412/GTW 6412/DTI 412.
CFE 3024 GP40-2 1973 Ex-SCRF 6415/GTW 6415/DTI 415.
CFE 3041 GP40-2 19?? Ex-B&O?
CFE 3042 GP40-2 1969 Ex-CORP 4023/BO 3716.
CFE 3316 SD40T-2 1978 Ex-OHCR 4025/SP 8520.
RCPE 3481 SD40-3 1971 Ex-RCPE 3481/RCPE 6052/DME 6052/UP 3092.
CFE 3487 SD40-2 1979 Ex-HLCX 6257/UP 3501.
TPW 4056 GP40X 1978 Ex-SP 7200.
CFE 5597 SD40-2 1972 Ex-NREX 5597/CP 5597.
IORY 5678 SD40-2 1967 Ex-NREX 5678/CP 5534.

Chicago, Fort Wayne and Eastern Railroad Customers

City/Town Customer Company Description Type of Railcar Notes
Valparaiso, IN Timbar Packaging & Display Lumber Transload Centerbeam Flatcars
Hanna, IN MidWest Agri Grain Elevator Covered Hoppers
Hamlet, IN Farm Fertilizer & Seeds Inc. Fertilizer Supplier Tank Cars/Covered Hoppers
Hamlet, IN Starke County Co-Op Grain Elevator Covered Hoppers
Bourbon, IN OmniSource Ferrous Processing Gondolas/Open Hoppers
Bourbon, IN CFS Fertilizer Fertilizer Supplier Tank Cars Active shipper?
Warsaw, IN Flint Group Packaging/Label Company Tank Cars
Warsaw, IN LSC Communications Printing Company Boxcars
Warsaw, IN Asphalt Materials Asphalt Terminal Tank Cars
Columbia City, IN Triad Metals International Steel Distributor Steel Coil Cars
Columbia City, IN Essex Group Wire & Cable Manufacturer Boxcars
Columbia City, IN Steel Dynamics Steel Mill Flatcars/Gondolas/Hoppers/Boxcars
Columbia City, IN L.B. Foster Company Steel Distributor Flatcars
Fort Wayne, IN Interstate Cold Storage Cold Storage Refrigerated Boxcars
Fort Wayne, IN Essex Group Wire & Cable Manufacturer Tank Cars Served jointly with NS?
Williams, IN Williams AG Center/Grain Grain Elevator Covered Hoppers
Decatur, IN Bunge Soy Crush Refinery Covered Hoppers/Tank Cars
Decatur, IN Dolco Packaging Packaging Company Covered Hoppers
Monroeville, IN Trupointe Cooperative Grain Elevator/Propane Dealer Covered Hoppers/Tank Cars Active shipper?
Convoy, OH Mercer Landmark Fertilizer Supplier Covered Hoppers
Convoy, OH Mercer Landmark Grain Elevator Covered Hoppers
Van Wert, OH Greif Packaging Company Covered Hoppers/Boxcars Active shipper?
Van Wert, OH Continental Structural Plastics Plastics Manufacturer Covered Hoppers
Van Wert, OH Scott Equity Exchange Grain Elevator Covered Hoppers
Van Wert, OH Van Wert Terminal Liquid and Dry Commodities Transloading/Windmill Staging Covered Hoppers/Tank Cars/Flatcars
Delphos, OH Bunge Oilseed Processing Covered Hoppers
Delphos, OH Airgas Chemical Gases Tank Cars Active shipper?
Delphos, OH D&D Ingredients Animal Feed Manufacturer Covered Hoppers
Lima, OH Cargill Grain Elevator Covered Hoppers
Lima, OH Land O'Lakes Purina Feed Feed Elevator Covered Hoppers
Lima, OH Nelson Packaging Packaging Company Tank Cars/Boxcars
Lima, OH Procter & Gamble Laundry Detergent Manufacturer Tank Cars
Ada, OH Heritage Cooperative Grain Elevator Covered Hoppers
Ada, OH Heritage Cooperative Fertilizer Supplier Covered Hoppers/Tank Cars Active shipper?
Kirby, OH The DeLong Company Grain Elevator Covered Hoppers
Upper Sandusky, OH Heritage Cooperative Fertilizer Supplier Tank Cars Active shipper?
Upper Sandusky, OH Dlubak Glass Glass Manufacturer Covered Hoppers
Upper Sandusky, OH Heritage Cooperative Grain Elevator Covered Hoppers Served jointly with CSX.
Upper Sandusky, OH C&O Grain Grain Elevator Covered Hoppers Served jointly with CSX?
Upper Sandusky, OH Mennel Grain Grain Elevator Covered Hoppers
Nevada, OH Mennco Grain Grain Elevator Covered Hoppers Active shipper?
Bucyrus, OH Bucyrus Elevator Division Grain Elevator Covered Hoppers



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