Monday, October 29, 2012

Indiana Northeastern dedicates new locomotive maintenance facility

Written by  Mischa Wanek-Libman, engineering editor
Indiana Northeastern dedicates new locomotive maintenance facility Steuben County Economic Development

A new locomotive maintenance facility that will serve the Indiana Northeastern Railroad, a 123-mile short line headquartered in Hillsdale, Mich., was dedicated on Friday, Oct. 26.

The $1.6 million facility was built in Hudson, Ind., and features three sidings, two of which extend into the facility, lighted service pit, a 25-ton crane and equipment specifically designed to service locomotives and other rail equipment.

The short line provides rail services to three Michigan counties, two Indiana counties and Williams County, Ohio

In addition to an investment in the new maintenance facility, the railroad recently formed a partnership with The Andersons, Inc., and Steuben County to complete upgrades to its route from the Michigan state line through Steuben County, nearly to the DeKalb County line. This 19-mile stretch was limited by 19th century rail, which in turn limited The Andersons' shipping capacity. The ceremonial last spike was driven home on September 25, with the first "heavy" load being shipped on October 24. Indiana Northeastern Railroad funded 40 percent of the $5-million upgrade with the balance funded through zero interest loans from The Andersons and Steuben County.