INRD Launches Intermodal Expansion

Written by David C. Lester, Engineering Editor and Editor-in-Chief, Railway Track & Structures
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The Indiana Rail Road (INRD) has commenced work on Phase I of its Intermodal Expansion project, a three-part initiative with an expected 2023 completion date.

INRD recently acquired an additional 12 acres of land adjacent to the current lot that it says “will more than double the existing container yard footprint, allow a generous amount of incremental container parking capacity and flexibility, and include an onsite chassis depot.” The initial phase involves ground preparation, installation of concrete inbound-outbound traffic lanes with an innovative kiosk gate system for expedited handling. Phase II and III will complete the high security fencing, establish rear access service roads, installation of low energy consumption lighting, and construction of two new loading pad tracks to further improve efficiencies.

INRD’s Senate Avenue Intermodal Terminal opened in 2013 and moved 1,450 containers in its first year. “This year, the terminal is projected to move more than 40,000 containers and recently began a new grain export operation with International Feed,” the Class II noted. “As we continue to see aggressive growth each year, INRD is positioning itself to accommodate even more growth offering quality service with our Class I partners.”

“The launch of this project represents the entrepreneurial thinking of our management team,” said INRD President and CEO Dewayne Swindall. “Bob Babcock, SVP Operations, and Dan Corcoran, Manager Intermodal Business Development, have done a tremendous job in establishing the value and growing this business with our Class I partners.”

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