LIRC takes over the assets of Southern Indiana Railway in the United States
Louisville & Indiana Railroad (LIRC) purchased the assets and operating rights of the former Southern Indiana Railway (SIND) in the United States.
SIND is a branch line located in the Louisville metropolitan area.
Through 2020, SIND provided service to customers along its 5.5 miles of line between Speed and a connection with CSX Transportation in Watson of Indiana.
Last April, the Surface Transportation Board gave its approval to the acquisition. The board said SIND is out of service and existing employees are unaffected by the deal.
LIRC President John Goldman said, “We see this as a way to grow our footprint.
“The existing runway is maintained to FRA Class 1 standards, and we will consider upgrades and rehabilitation depending on the business opportunities we can create.”
LIRC is a 106-mile shortline railroad that connects Indianapolis to Louisville. It has connections with CSX, Norfolk Southern, Indiana Rail Road and Paducah & Louisville.
SIND’s rail assets will be used by Louisville and Indiana to enhance LIRC’s existing freight service.
It will include the conversion of the SIND engine room into a track maintenance facility along with surrounding property to store track equipment.
Other parts of the SIND rail infrastructure will be used for the extension of service to industrial sites.
Anacostia said “Southern Indiana Railway traced its history back to the 1905 expansion of the Louisville & Northern Electric Traction Company, an intercity line owned by Chicago utility magnate Samuel Insull, and the subsequent sale in 1939 of part of the line to form Southern Indiana Railway., which remained in operation until 2020.”