Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Siding for Indiana short line is sidelined

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Officials in Daviess County, Ind., have tabled a motion to approve a $2.1 million passing siding near Plainville, Ind., to be used by Indiana Southern Railroad.

The proposed siding would extend the service at the Boyd Grain Plainville Mill , and potentially also serve the Bear Run coal mine and a Duke Energy plant. An FRA grant of $1.6 million would cover most of the cost.

But local media report that, according to Daviess County Commissioner Tony Wichman. "They were requesting something in particular and we've still got questions.' Grade crossings appear to be foremost among concerns.

Indiana Southern Railroad, based in Petersburg, Ind., is a Class III short line running roughly 200 miles, linking Evansville, Ind., with Indianapolis. ISSR began operations  in 1992, and was acquired in 2000 by Jacksonville, Fla.-based RailAmerica, Inc.