Back in October 2008, Mr. INprinter posted below photo of the CIND main between St Paul and Waldron, looking railroad east from Shelby County 500S, looking down toward the area the REX pipeline was going to be punched under the tracks. I returned to that location today to see the results of CIND's decision to take that line out of service and cease all routine maintenance and vegetation control. As I mention in a Trivia thread, one change on the CIND under G&W is that the CIND management has decided to quit marketing the west end of the CIND for car storage, is no longer doing any sort of maintenance (other than required crossing signal maintenance), and had line listed as out of service. There is no interest in establishing interchange with anyone in Indianapolis (including sister G&W road ISRR), nor to exercise their trackage rights to Frankfort. Basically, as far as CIND is concerned, the line now ends just west of Honda. The 'end of track" is a 110 car set of older aluminum hoppers parked at the old "pipeyard" that are owned by a major national bank. Bank seem content to just let these sit and run out their depreciation schedule. They probably wont move until bank finally decides to scrap. Between there and Honda, they'll continue to use the line for storage until brush conditions dictate otherwise (probably only another year or so)
There's little chance that CIND will ever try to abandon the line. Any filing would certainly be protested by the local economic development folks, likely by Honda and other customers, and would open the door for another carrier to file an OFA and get control of the line, potentially getting access to Honda. Rather, until Honda says they want to go to Indy, or some new traffic unexpectedly materializes, (or a genie grants a "high speed" passenger rail wish), It appears the line will slowly be enveloped in green.
Pic 1 is INprinter's pic from 5 years ago
Pic 2 is picture from same spot taken today (open and expand to actual size to get similar telephoto view as pic 1)
Pic 3 is looking west from Adams (just west of Honda) at storage cars hiding in the jungle. This pic was also taken today and is a better shot that the crappy cell phone shot from same location that was subject of a Trivia thread.