Louisville and Indiana Railroad

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Louisville and Indiana Railroad Railroad History

The Louisville and Indiana Railroad is a Class III railroad that operates freight service between Indianapolis, Indiana and Louisville, Kentucky, with a major yard and maintenance shop in Jeffersonville, Indiana. It is owned by Anacostia Rail Holdings.

The 106-mile line was purchased from Conrail in March 1994. Previously, it was owned by Penn Central, and before that, the Pennsylvania Railroad. It serves the cities of Franklin, Sellersburg, Seymour and Columbus, Indiana, and also serves the former Clark Maritime Center, now Port of Indiana (via MG Rail).

The LIRC was briefly home to the Amtrak passenger train Kentucky Cardinal, a failed attempt to capture express business from the United Parcel Service air hub in Louisville. Inconvenient departure and arrival times, coupled with jointed track which limited speeds to 30 mph (48 km/h), led to the train's demise in 2003. The former express facility is now run by A&R Transport, which is a plastics transload facility. Plastics make up the majority of the online business with the railroad.

CSX negotiated trackage rights over portions of the LIRC in 2004. This enabled CSX to abandon a portion of former Baltimore and Ohio Railroad trackage from New Albany, Indiana to Jeffersonville, and access the remainder of the line to Charlestown, Indiana and the former Indiana Ammunition Plant using LIRC trackage over its Ohio River bridge. Additionally, CSX has used rights over the LIRC as far north as Seymour, where it connects with another former B&O line (now the CSX Indiana Subdivision at Seymour) from Cincinnati, Ohio to St. Louis, Missouri. These trains have been used to bypass the congested CSX LCL Subdivision between Cincinnati and Louisville.

Louisville and Indiana Railroad Interchanges

  • Norfolk Southern in Louisville.
  • CSX in Louisville, KY, Seymour, IN, and Indianapolis, IN.
  • Paducah and Louisville in Louisville.
  • Indiana Rail Road in Louisville, KY and Indianapolis, IN.
  • MG Rail in Jeffersonville, IN.
  • Southern Indiana Railroad in Speed, IN.

Louisville and Indiana Railroad Locomotives

Number Model Year(s) Built History Notes
LIRC 2001 GP38-3 1967 Ex-CEFX 3805/CORP 3805/CSX 2024/BO 3824.
LIRC 2002 GP38-3 196? Ex-CEFX/SOU?
LIRC 2003 GP38-3 1966 Ex-CEFX 3864/CORP 3864/EMDX 194/MILW 2000/MILW 191.
LIRC 2004 GP38-3 1969 Ex-CEFX 3810/CORP 3810/LLPX 2004/NS 2723/SOU 2723.
LIRC 2006 GP38-3 1981 Ex-LIRC 221/DVR 221.
LIRC 2007 GP38-3 1981 Ex-LIRC 223/DVR 223.
LIRC 2301 GP39-2 1984 Ex-LIRC 2371/UP 2371/MKT 372.
LIRC 2302 GP39-2 1984 Ex-LIRC 2375/UP 2375/MKT 376.
LIRC 2303 GP39-2 1984 Ex-LIRC 2376/UP 2376/MKT 377.
LIRC 2304 GP39-2 1984 Ex-LIRC 2378/UP 2378/MKT 379.
LIRC 3001 SD40-2 1979 Ex-CEFX 3155/UP 3554.
LIRC 3002 SD40M-2 1967 Ex-CEFX 3113/SP 7421/SP 8855.

Louisville and Indiana Railroad Rolling Stock

Number Type of Railcar Built History Notes
LIRC 101 Crane 19?? Ex-??
LIRC 105 Caboose 1963 Ex-LIRR C62.

Louisville and Indiana Railroad Customers

Customer Location Company Description Type of Railcar Notes
BJK Industries Louisville, KY Plastic Packaging Covered Hoppers
Brown-Forman Louisville, KY Distillery Tank Cars
PQ Corporation Jeffersonville, IN Chemical Company Covered Hoppers
Pfau Oils Jeffersonville, IN Fats and Oils Tank Cars
Buzzi Unicem Jeffersonville, IN Cement Manufacturer Covered Hoppers
Kitchen Kompact Jeffersonville, IN Cabinetry Manufacturer Covered Hoppers/Boxcars Active shipper?
Jeffersonville Transload Yard Jeffersonville, IN Transload Terminal Covered Hoppers/Tank Cars/Boxcars
Andersons Railcar Repair Facility Jeffersonville, IN Railcar Repair Various
Dutch Lane Transload Yard Jeffersonville, IN Transload Terminal Covered Hoppers
American Commercial Barge Line Jeffersonville, IN Barge Terminal Flatcars/Gondolas/Hoppers
84 Lumber Company Jeffersonville, IN Lumber Yard Centerbeam Flatcars
Lehigh Cement Speed, IN Cement Manufacturer Covered Hoppers/Boxcars
R.L. Vuckson Vienna, IN Transload Terminal Covered Hoppers
Ilpea Industries Scottsburg, IN Plastic Manufacturer Covered Hoppers
Genpak Scottsburg, IN Food Packaging Products Covered Hoppers
Morgan Foods Austin, IN Canned Food Products Boxcars/Covered Hoppers/Tank Cars Active shipper?
Cerrowire Crothersville, IN Copper Wire Manufacturer Gondolas/Flatcars/Boxcars Active shipper?
Silgan Plastics Seymour, IN Plastic Manufacturer Covered Hoppers
Pretium Packaging Seymour, IN Plastic Packaging Company Covered Hoppers
Dorel Juvenile Columbus, IN Juvenile Products Covered Hoppers
Kroot Corporation Columbus, IN Scrapyard Gondolas
Columbus Transload Yard Columbus, IN Transload Yard Covered Hoppers
WestRock Columbus, IN Paper Mill Boxcars
Columbus Silgas Columbus, IN Propane and Fertilizer Supplier Tank Cars
Drug Plastics Closures Edinburgh, IN Medical Packaging Covered Hoppers
Georg Utz Edinburgh, IN Plastic Manufacturer Covered Hoppers
Kokomo Grain Edinburgh, IN Grain Elevator Covered Hoppers
Sonoco Flexible Packaging Edinburgh, IN Packaging Company Covered Hoppers
Camp Atterbury Edinburgh, IN Military Equipment Staging Yard Flatcars
Berry Global Franklin, IN Plastic Packaging Company Covered Hoppers
Carter Lumber Franklin, IN Lumber Yard Centerbeam Flatcars
Amcor Rigid Plastics Franklin, IN Plastic Packaging Company Covered Hoppers
Mid America Rail Car Leasing Whiteland, IN Passenger Car Leasing Passenger Cars
Mid States Asphalt Indianapolis, IN Asphalt Supplier Tank Cars

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