Indiana Southwestern Railway

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Indiana Southwestern Railway Overview

Indiana Southwestern Railway is a subsidiary of Pioneer Railcorp, operator of several short-line railroad companies. The ISW is a Class III railroad, and formerly operated 17 miles of track from Evansville, Indiana, northward to Cynthiana, Indiana. That track has been abandoned, but switching still occurs in ISW's yard and surrounding industries for approximately 4 miles. The railroad is primarily used for car storage. ISW interchanges with CSX, NS, and EVWR in Evansville.

The line was originally operated as part of an Illinois Central Railroad line that ran all the way to Newton, Illinois. Illinois Central sold off the line south of Browns, Illinois, to Indiana Hi-Rail Corporation; the line went through a succession of operators, all of which had to contend with the line's ancient bridge over the Wabash River near Grayville, Illinois. The bridge suffered damage from floods on more than one occasion, and one span finally collapsed completely around 1999.

Pioneer bought the line and its Evansville shops in 2000 from the Evansville Terminal Railway. However, when Pioneer stopped shipping grain, the track had to be dismantled and salvaged at the close of 2011. Only the small stretch from the interchange northwest of Evansville to just north of their yard is still used, a distance of about 4 miles.

The dates back to 1881 as part of the Evansville and Peoria Railroad, which then became part of the Peoria, Decatur & Evansville Railway through a series of purchases. The PD&E became part of Illinois Central in 1900. The ISW is currently the only remaining in-service segment of the PD&E south of Mattoon, Illinois.

Indiana Southwestern Locomotives

Number Model Built History Notes
PREX 806 GP8 1953 Ex-KJRY 806/KJRY 469/IAIS 469/IAIS 7969/ICG 7969/IC 8969.
PREX 1614 GP16 1950 Ex-ALAB 1614/AF 1614/AFLR 1802/SBD 4756/SCL 890/SAL 1710.
PREX 8057 GP10 1954 Ex-IC 8057/ICG 8057/UP 136B. Still painted in IC colors.

Indiana Southwestern Customers

Customer Location Company Description Type of Railcar Notes
DSM Engineering Plastics Evansville Plastics Manufacturer Covered Hoppers Main Customer.
Mid-America Locomotive Evansville Locomotive & Railcar Repair/Railcar & Locomotive Storage Various

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