South Shore adds coil cars for ArcelorMittal

Written by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief
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The Chicago South Shore & South Bend Railroad (CSS) has added 100 covered steel coil cars to support the shipping needs of Burns Harbor, Ind.-based ArcelorMittal, its largest customer. CIT Rail is leasing the 100-ton-capacity cars to CSS.

Noting that steel coil cars “are in tight supply,” CSS turned to the railcar market to obtain this specialized equipment, according to Greg Dougherty, CSS Director-Sales and Marketing. “South Shore and ArcelorMittal share a business partnership that has been going strong for more than a decade. Adding equipment to support our biggest customer was the right and timely decision.”

The Chicago South Shore & South Bend Railroad, better known as the “South Shore,” is based in Michigan City, Ind., and is one of six railroads operated by Anacostia Rail Holdings. It operates 127 route-miles of line providing rail freight service between Chicago and South Bend, Ind., and hosts intercity passenger rail service provided by NICTD (Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District). CSS connects with all Chicago railroads and serves the Port of Chicago. Anacostia’s other lines are the Gulf Coast Switching Co., Louisville & Indiana Railroad Co., New York & Atlantic Railway Co., Northern Lines Railway, and Pacific Harbor Line.

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