Author Topic: Louisville, New Albany & Corydon is subject of RFI program March 9  (Read 147 times)

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Craig Berndt, will be at our next Railfans of Indianapolis meeting Saturday, March 9, to present a program on the Louisville, New Albany & Corydon. The short line extends 7.5 miles in southeast Indiana north from downtown Corydon to Corydon Junction on Norfolk Southern's Louisville-St. Louis Air Line. It was organized as LNA&C Railway in 1883, reorganized as the LNA&C Railroad in 1888, sold to Evans Transportation in 1971, reorganized as BPM Rail in 1988, and as Lucas Rail Lines in 2006. Evans used LNA&C as the base for a railcar leasing operation, and it rostered about 1,000 freight cars at one point.

Lucas Rail Lines still owns the line, and operates it as the Louisville, New Albany & Corydon Railroad in name only. The reporting mark was LNAC until 1988, and LNAL since 1988. Only the north half of the line is operated today, as there are no businesses on the south half that use rail service. The track is still in place down to the original depot at Walnut St. in Corydon, but only used for car storage. Current customers include Lucas Oil, Daramic (battery separators), and Nachurs Alpine (liquid fertilizers), with an occasional load for one or two smaller companies. All are in the industrial park north of I-64.

Craig has pictures, maps, and other information about this short but interesting line, which should make for a good program. Our meetings begin at 7:30 p.m. at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 2560 Villa Ave., Indianapolis. Visitors and guests are always welcome at our meetings.

Kim Heusel