Elkhart and Western

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Elkhart & Western History

The Elkhart & Western Railroad Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Pioneer Railcorp, is a Class III short-line railroad operating three unconnected lines in northern Indiana. The first, the Elkhart Branch, is in and around the city of Elkhart in Elkhart County, the second, the Argos Branch, radiates from Argos in Marshall County, and the third, the Monon Branch, operating from Monon to Monticello in White County.

Pioneer Railcorp (reporting mark PREX) created the Elkhart & Western Railroad, on May 1, 2001, from a 10-mile (16 km) stretch of the Michigan Southern Railroad. The Elkhart Branch begins at its junction with the Norfolk Southern Railway near the center of Elkhart, then crosses the St. Joseph River which it follows westward, and finally ends on the northeast side of Mishawaka, in neighboring St. Joseph County.

Freight hauled on the E&W consists mainly of auto frames, lumber and cement.

In January 2018, CSX sold 9.58 miles of track running from Monon to Monticello to E&W. Operations began in August serving the only customer on the line: Monticello Farm Service.

Elkhart & Western Locomotives

Number Model Year(s) Built History Notes
Argos Division Locomotives
PREX 1600 GP16 1952 Ex-ALAB 1600/CSX 1709/SBD 4609/CRR 914. Assigned to the Argos Branch.
PREX 1606 GP16 1956 Ex-KJRY 1606/CSX 1714/SBD 4614/SCL 4614/SAL 1972. Assigned to the Argos Branch.
Elkhart Division Locomotives
PREX 911 GP9 1959 Ex-MCTA 911/MCTA 315/MNVA 315/MILW 315. Assigned to the Elkhart Branch.
PREX 912 GP9 1957 Ex-WC 1702/FRVR 1702/CNW 4503/CNW 1742. Assigned to the Elkhart Branch.
Monon Division Locomotives
PREX 1601 GP16 1951 Ex-ALAB 1601/CSX 1786/ACL 233. Assigned to the Monon Branch.

Argos Branch Customers

Interchanges

  • Interchanges with NS at Argos.
  • Interchanges with CFE at Plymouth.
Customer Location Company Description Type of Railcar Notes
Opta Minerals Walkerton Industrial Minerals Covered Hoppers
Pregis Plymouth Packaging Products Covered Hoppers
Rochester Iron & Metal Rochester Scrapyard Gondolas
Wilson Fertilizer & Grain Rochester Grain Elevator & Fertilizer Terminal Covered Hoppers/Tank Cars
Prairie Mills Products Rochester Grain Based Food Products Covered Hoppers

Elkhart Branch Customers

Interchanges

  • Interchanges with NS at Elkhart.
Customer Location Company Description Type of Railcar Notes
Ozinga Elkhart Concrete Products Covered Hoppers Coming online in 2021.
Days Machinery Movers Elkhart Warehousing & Logistics Boxcars/Centerbeam Flatcars/Covered Hoppers
Huttig Building Products Elkhart Building Products Boxcars
Buzzi Unicem Elkhart Cement Plant Covered Hoppers
Bronx Transload Mishawaka Transload Facility Covered Hoppers

Monon Branch Customers

Interchanges

  • Interchanges with CSX at Monon.
Customer Location Company Description Type of Railcar Notes
Monticello Farm Services Monticello Agricultural Products & Fertilizer Covered Hoppers/Tank Cars


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