Chicago, South Shore & South Bend

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Chicago South Shore and South Bend RR Overview

  • Class III railroad with connections to Class I in Illinois and Indiana.
  • The line was operated as the Chicago South Shore and South Bend Railroad (CSS&SB) until it went bankrupt in 1989, when the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD), formed in 1977 to help fund the line, took over the CSS&SB's passenger operations. The line's freight service was picked up in 1990 by the new Chicago South Shore and South Bend Railroad, owned by Anacostia and Pacific, which took over freight operations after acquiring the Kensington and Eastern Railroad (the piece of the railroad in Illinois) from the Illinois Central Railroad in 1996.
  • The CSS&SB on the former Indianapolis, La Porte and Michigan City Railroad and Chicago, Cincinnati and Louisville Railroad, once part of the New York, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad (Nickel Plate) system, from Michigan City southeast to Dillon (southeast of Stillwell), bought from Norfolk Southern in 2001. Via trackage rights it connects to many other railroads in the Chicago area.
  • The CSS&SB's primary businesses are coal and steel, the coal delivered to the Michigan City generating station owned by Northern Indiana Public Service Company. The CSS&SB also serves many online customers along the line.

Chicago, South Shore and South Bend Radio Frequencies

ARR# Frequency Use
61/61 161.025 Yard
66/66 161.100 MoW
83/83 161.355 Road,Commuter

Chicago South Shore and South Bend Locomotives

Number Model Year(s) Built History Notes
CSS 804 SD38-2 1978 Ex-LIRC 154/IAIS 154/LLPX 2803/GATX 1239/RSMX 1239.
CSS 805 SD38-2 1978 Ex-LIRC 155/IAIS 155/LLPX 2804/GATX 1240/RSMX 1240.
NICD 1000 GP40M 1968 Ex-GTW 6405/DTI 405. Owned by NICD, occasionally used by CSS.
NICD 1001 GP38-3 1970 Ex-NREX 1985/UP 1985/MKT 328/ICG 9503/ICG 1776/ICG 9503/IC 9503. Owned by NICD, occasionally used by CSS.
CSS 2000 GP38-2 1981 Built new for CSS.
CSS 2001 GP38-2 1981 Built new for CSS.
CSS 2002 GP38-2 1981 Built new for CSS.
CSS 2003 GP38-2 1981 Built new for CSS.
CSS 2004 GP38-2 1981 Built new for CSS.
CSS 2005 GP38-2 1981 Built new for CSS.
CSS 2006 GP38-2 1981 Built new for CSS.
CSS 2007 GP38-2 1981 Built new for CSS.
CSS 2008 GP38-2 1981 Built new for CSS.
CSS 2009 GP38-2 1981 Built new for CSS.
CSS 2010 GP38-3 1981 Ex-LIRC 2005/LIRC 220/DVR 220. Joined the roster in 2019.

Chicago, South Shore & South Bend Rolling Stock

Number Type of Railcar Built History Notes
CSS 1916 Caboose 1942 Ex-CSS 001/CSS 1/CSS 10001/ATSF 2196. Used as a shoving platform.

Chicago South Shore & South Bend Customers

City/Town Customer Company Description Type of Railcar Notes
Chicago, IL Foodliner Bulk Food Ingredients Transload Covered Hoppers/Tank Card
Chicago, IL Illinois International Port of Chicago Shipping Port/Warehouse Covered Hoppers/Tank Cars/Boxcars
Chicago, IL Windy City Warehouse/NASCO Warehouse Boxcars/Tank Cars
Chicago, IL Kloeckner Metals Steel Manufacturer Gondolas/Tank Cars
Chicago, IL Omni Materials Materials Distribution Covered Hoppers
Chicago, IL Reserve Marine Terminals Transloading Covered Hoppers/Tank Cars Active shipper?
Chicago, IL Sweets Mix Confectionery Manufacturing Covered Hoppers/Tank Cars Active shipper?
Chicago, IL Maloney Lumber and Plywood Company Lumber and Plywood Distributor Boxcars/Centerbeam Flatcars Active shipper?
Chicago, IL S.H. Bell Non Ferrous Metals Distributor Steel Coil Cars Active shipper?
Chicago, IL Maryland Pig Iron of Illinois Scrap Processor/Pig Iron Distributor Gondolas
Gary, IN Central Illinois Steel Sheet Steel Distribution Flatcars/Steel Coil Cars
Gary, IN Industrial Steel Construction Bridge Structure Manufacturer Flatcars/Steel Coil Cars
Gary, IN A&K Railroad Materials Railroad Material Distribution Flatcars
Gary, IN Centennial Steel Processing Metal Processing Steel Coil Cars
Portage, IN U.S. Steel Corporation Steel Mill Steel Coil Cars/Gondolas/Boxcars
Burns Harbor, IN Air Products & Chemicals Industrial Gases Tank Cars
Burns Harbor, IN ArcelorMittal Steel Mill Steel Coil Cars/Gondolas/Bulkhead Flatcars/Flatcars
Burns Harbor, IN Scrap Metal Services Scrap Processor Gondolas
Michigan City, IN Northern Indiana Public Service Company Power Plant Coal Hoppers
Michigan City, IN USALCO Sulfuric Acid Distributor Tank Cars
Michigan City, IN Shell Catalysts & Technologies Catalysts Covered Hoppers/Tank Cars
Michigan City, IN GAF Materials Roofing Shingle Manufacturer Covered Hoppers/Tank Cars/Boxcars
Michigan City, IN PSC Metals Steel Distributor Steel Coil Cars
Michigan City, IN Online Packaging Chemical Packaging Covered Hoppers
La Porte, IN Hickman Williams & Company Materials Distribution Covered Hoppers
La Porte, IN E&L Paving and Construction Construction Contractor Tank Cars
La Porte, IN KL-Chempak Plastic Resin Transload Covered Hoppers
La Porte, IN American Licorice Candy Manufacturer Covered Hoppers
La Porte, IN Markman Peat Materials Packaging Covered Hoppers/Boxcars
Stillwell, IN Glycerin Traders Animal Feed Products Covered Hoppers/Tank Cars
Kingsbury, IN Helena Chemical Agricultural Chemical Distributor Tank Cars Active shipper?
Kingsbury, IN Prairie Packaging Company Chemical Packaging Covered Hoppers/Tank Cars Active shipper?
Kingsbury, IN Precoat Metals Steel Processor Steel Coil Cars
Kingsbury, IN Alexander Chemical Corporation Chemical Company Tank Cars
New Carlisle, IN Helena Chemical Agricultural Chemical Distributor Tank Cars
New Carlisle, IN Unifrax Filter Medium Manufacturer Covered Hoppers
New Carlisle, IN Scrap Metal Services Scrapyard Gondolas
New Carlisle, IN Five Star Sheets Corrugated Cardboard Manufacturer Boxcars


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