Hoosier Southern Railroad

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Hoosier Southern Railroad Overview

The Hoosier Southern Railroad is a short-line railroad owned and operated by the Perry County Port Authority (PCPA) of Perry County, Indiana.

The railroad originally consisted of a 22.3 mile line between the Indiana communities of Cannelton and Santa Claus that the Port Authority purchased from Norfolk Southern in 1991. The line had been unused since the mid-1980s and Norfolk Southern was considering abandonment prior to the Port Authority's purchase.

PCPA's goal in obtaining and putting the Hoosier Southern line back into service was (and is) to attract new industry to Perry County. When Waupaca Foundry announced plans to build a facility just north of Tell City in 1995, the Port Authority undertook construction of a spur to that site. In 1996, an additional 2.4 miles of trackage between Santa Claus and Lincoln City was added to the HOS system. This trackage was also purchased from Norfolk Southern.

Combined with the Tell City River Port on the Ohio River at Tell City, the Hoosier Southern provides multimodal transportation to serve the needs of businesses in both Perry and Spencer counties.

HOS hosts the Ohio River Scenic Railway.

The railroad interchanges with NS in Lincoln City, Indiana.

Hoosier Southern Railroad Customers

Customer Location Company Description Type of Railcar Notes
Perry County Port Authority Tell City River Port Terminal Hoppers/Gondolas
Waupaca Foundry Tell City Iron Foundry Covered Hoppers/Gondolas/Open Hoppers
ORG CHEM Group Troy Glycol Reprocessing Facility Tank Cars
American Colloid Troy Mineral Manufacturer Covered Hoppers

Hoosier Southern Railroad Locomotives

Number Model Year(s) Built History Notes
HOS 464 GP8 1953 Ex-IAIS 464/ICG 7964/IC 8964.
HOS 468 GP15-1 1976 Ex-BNSF 2323/BN 2323/SLSF 468.
HOS 469 GP15-1 1976 Ex-BNSF 2324/BN 2324/SLSF 469.

Hoosier Southern Railroad Rolling Stock

Number Type of Railcar Built History Notes
HOS 100 Caboose 1969 Ex-NW 518552.

Former Hoosier Southern Railroad Locomotives

Number Model Year(s) Built History Notes
HOS 465 GP9 1959 Ex-SP 454/TNO 454. Sold to the Indiana Railway Museum.
HOS 467 GP7 1952 Ex-CNW 4164/CRIP 4510/CRIP 1287. Sold to Ohio River Scenic Railway.



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