Hoosier Southern Railroad
- ARR Reporting Marks - HOS.
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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
Hoosier Southern Railroad Locomotives
Hoosier Southern Railroad Rolling Stock
Former Hoosier Southern Railroad Locomotives
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