- Louisville and Indiana Railroad
Infobox SG rail
railroad_name=Louisville and Indiana Railroad
Jeffersonville, IndianaThe Louisville and Indiana Railroad reporting mark|LIRC is a Class III railroadthat operates freight service between Indianapolis, Indianaand Louisville, Kentucky, with a major yard and maintenance shop in Jeffersonville, Indiana.
The 106-mile (171 km) line was purchased from
Conrailin March 1994. Previous to Conrail, the line 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, Jeffersonville. In Louisville, the LIRC interchanges with the Paducah and Louisville Railway, CSX Transportationand the Indiana Rail Road, former Canadian Pacific Railway(via trackage rights over CSX's former Monon line). Traffic from them mostly is Potash. In Indianapolis, the line interchanges with CSX Transportationat Avon Yard approximately 7 miles west of the Circle City.
The LIRC was briefly home to the
Amtrak passenger train" Kentucky Cardinal," a failed attempt to capture express business from the United Parcel Serviceair hub in Louisville. Inconvenient departure and arrival times, coupled with the prevailing 30- mph(50 km/h) speed limit on the LIRC, 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 Railroadtrackage from New Albany, Indianato Jeffersonville, and access the remainder of the line to Charlestown, Indianaand the former Indiana Ammunition Plant using LIRC trackage over its Ohio Riverbridge. Additionally, CSX has used rights over the LIRC as far north as Seymour, where it connects with another former B&O line from Cincinnati, Ohioto St. Louis, Missouri. These trains have been used to bypass a congested CSX line directly between Cincinnati and Louisville.
The line's power includes GP39-2, GP38-2, and GP11's. There also is a GP16 on the property.
Road trains are:
CA: Day Train from Columbus to Avon Yard and back
CJ: Night train from Columbus to Jeffersonville and back.
Columbus Local: Runs from Columbus and does North work. Also switches industries on the old
Madison Railroadline in South Columbus. Most notable is the large AmcorP.E.T. Packaging facility in Franklin, Indiana.
JS3- Jeffersonville Yard Switcher. Switches inbound and outbound CJ train. Builds NS cut for the Transfer later in the day. Builds CSXT cut that their local train picks up.
Transfer: Which runs from Jeff Yard to
Clark Maritime Center, Norfolk Southern Railwayinterchange in Louisville, Kentucky, . Also does industry work in Louisville.
Colgate: Switches industries on the Dutch Lane Runner in Jeffersonville.
* [http://www.anacostia.com/lirc/lir.html LIRC official web site]
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