Decatur & Eastern Illinois Railroad

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Decatur & Eastern Illinois Railroad History

The Decatur & Eastern Illinois Railroad is an American shortline railroad that is a subsidiary of Watco Companies operating in eastern Illinois and western Indiana.

In January 2018, CSX Transportation announced that it was seeking offers to buy the Decatur Subdivision and the Danville Secondary Subdivision as part of a system-wide sale of low-traffic routes, and in July, Watco, via the DREI, was identified as the winning bidder. Following regulatory approval from the Surface Transportation Board, the DREI began operations on September 9, 2018.

The DREI operates two intersecting routes totaling 126.7 miles of the former Decatur Subdivision between Montezuma, Indiana and Decatur, Illinois, and the former Danville Secondary Subdivision between Terre Haute, Indiana and Olivet, Illinois.

The DREI carries more than 14,000 carloads annually and moves a diverse array of industrial commodities such as chemical and plastics, and of course, soybeans and corn.

Watco announced in early November 2019 that the Decatur & Eastern Illinois Railroad had acquired the Eastern Illinois Railroad from ADM. Operations began on January 01, 2020. The EIRC's GP9 (#1040) and GP10 (#7565) were retained by ADM and will be used as elevator switchers. (EIRC GP9R #4541 was scrapped in June 2019).

Interchanges

Decatur & Eastern Illinois Railroad interchanges with:

  • NS in Decatur, Illinois.
  • CN in Decatur, Illinois, Neoga, Illinois, and Tuscola, Illinois.
  • UP in Tuscola, Illinois.
  • CSX in Terre Haute, Indiana and Hillsdale, Indiana.

Decatur & Eastern Illinois Railroad Locomotives

Number Model Year(s) Built History Notes
WAMX 3896 GP38-2 1972 Ex-PRLX 5020/NS 5020/SOU 5020.
HLCX 4210 GP40-2 1984 Ex-ICE 4200/NREX 7242/SP 7242.
HLCX 4212 GP40-2 1984 Ex-ICE 4202/NREX 7253/SSW 7253.
WAMX 4234 SD40M-2 1971 Ex-NREX 2695/UP 2695/SP 8619/MKCX 9531/NHLX 6520/BN 6520.
WAMX 4235 SD40M-2 1971 Ex-NREX 2753/UP 2753/SP 8677/VMV 8939/CSX 8939/SBD 8939/CRR 3626/SCL 2039.
WAMX 4236 SD40M-2 1971 Ex-NREX 2663/UP 2663/SP 8587/NREX 6492/SOO 6492/BN 6552.
WAMX 4240 SD40M-2 1969 Ex-NREX 2657/UP 2657/SP 8581/MKCX 958/CNW 958.
WAMX 4244 SD40M-2 1968 Ex-NREX 2763/UP 2763/UP 4713/SP 8687/UP 4028/MP 3028/MP 728.
FURX 5514 GP38-2 1971 Ex-NS 5514/NS 2862/SOU 2862.
FURX 5551 GP38-2 1969 Ex-NS 5551/NS 2727/SOU 2727.
FURX 5554 GP38-2 1970 Ex-NS 5554/NS 2804/SOU 2804.
FURX 5569 GP38-2 1969 Ex-NS 5569/NS 2751/SOU 2751.
FURX 5576 GP38-2 1969 Ex-NS 5576/NS 2753/SOU 2753.

Decatur & Eastern Illinois Railroad Customers

Customer Location Company Description Type of Railcar Notes
Topflight Grain La Place, IL Grain Elevator Covered Hoppers Active shipper?
Topflight Grain Pierson Station, IL Grain Elevator Covered Hoppers
United Prairie Pierson Station, IL Fertilizer Supplier Tank Cars
Buckeye Terminals Tuscola, IL Chemical Terminal Tank Cars Active shipper?
LyondellBasell Tuscola, IL Chemical Manufacturer Tank Cars/Covered Hoppers
Cabot Corporation Tuscola, IL Chemical Manufacturer Tank Cars/Covered Hoppers
ADM Tuscola Tuscola, IL Grain Elevator Covered Hoppers
ADM Newman Newman, IL Grain Elevator Covered Hoppers
ADM Hume Hume, IL Grain Elevator Covered Hoppers
Nutrien Ag Solutions Metcalf, IL Fertilizer Supplier Tank Cars/Covered Hoppers Active shipper?
Total Grain Marketing Neoga, IL Grain Elevator Covered Hoppers
Kirchner Building Centers Charleston, IL Lumber Yard Centerbeam Flatcars
Total Grain Marketing Charleston, IL Grain Elevator Covered Hoppers
ITW HI-Cone Charleston, IL Plastic Packaging Manufacturer Covered Hoppers
Ox Engineered Products Charleston, IL Insulated Sheathing Manufacturer Boxcars/Tank Cars Inactive. (Formerly DOW).
Total Grain Marketing Fairgrange, IL Grain Elevator Covered Hoppers
Nutrien Ag Solutions Oakland, IL Fertilizer Supplier Covered Hoppers/Tank Cars Active shipper?
ADM Oakland Oakland, IL Grain Elevator Covered Hoppers
Cargill Agriculture Horizons Hume, IL Grain Elevator Covered Hoppers Active shipper?
Total Grain Marketing Chrisman, IL Grain Elevator Covered Hoppers Active shipper?
Cargill Dana, IN Grain Elevator Covered Hoppers
Cargill Ridge Farm, IL Grain Elevator Covered Hoppers Active shipper?
Coshocton Grain Horace, IL Grain Elevator Covered Hoppers
Cargill Dry Corn Ingredients Paris, IL Grain Elevator & Processing Mill Covered Hoppers
Milk Specialties Global Paris, IL Food Ingredient Manufacturer Tank Cars/Covered Hoppers
Cadillac Products Packaging Paris, IL Packaging Company Covered Hoppers
Pretium Packaging Paris, IL Plastic Packaging Company Covered Hoppers




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