Author Topic: Indiana Sub 6/12/2010  (Read 4467 times)

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Indiana Sub 6/12/2010
« on: June 14, 2010, 09:51:29 PM »
On Saturday, my girlfriend and I decided we wanted to get out of town for the
day, and she wanted to see just some of what this train hobby of mine is all
about, so with all the recent trackwork on my favorite line, the Indiana Sub, we
pointed my pickup truck west and headed for Washington, Indiana.

In addition to the trackwork going on at Storrs, CSX was replacing ties on the
double track near Anderson Ferry. A welded rail train was parked in one of the
sidings near the Cargill plant where the St. Joe Job ties down. The St. Joe Job
was tied down with a large cut of cars there at Cargill. Continuing along the
line, ballast work was evident along the stretch between North Bend and Finney,
near the grave of President William Henry Harrison. A cut of 4 loaded coal
hoppers were tied down on a spur next to the main on this stretch as well.
Nothing much to speak of as far as trackwork goes yet in Lawrenceburg, although
it looked like some ballast had been dumped west of Aurora headed towards Milan
Hill.

We stayed on Route 50 and didn't stop at Milan, so our next stop on the line was
Butlerville, where I was surprised and pleased to see that the long line of
stored boxcars were completely gone from the siding there, surely a good sign I
thought! Trackwork was evident in many places along this stretch where Rt. 50
runs right next to the tracks. A stop in North Vernon found a couple cuts of
cars for the Madison Railroad sitting in the yard, but not much else. The
Madison's nice little SW was parked at the factory north of town. Next stop was
Seymour, where the recent trackwork there, including adding welded rail on the
siding, was very evident, although there was no more work equipment around. The
track was looking pretty good, I must say.

West of Seymour, trackwork was not as evident, but work equipment was parked in
several places, seemingly being staged for ongoing work. The siding at Medora
had several tie cars tied down, and in the yard at Mitchell was an empty welded
rail train with a slug set, led by the CSXT 6448, facing west in the yard. A
couple strings of stored boxcars, including an old orange FGE car, were in the
yard as well. New ballast had been dumped at the west end of Mitchell siding, as
well as some areas between Mitchell and the Georgia siding. Georgia siding was
full of stored coil steel cars, as well as some boxcars, possibly a small cut
from that group that had been in Butlerville.

Continuing west, new rail could be seen laid out in the curves between Georgia
and Shoals, awaiting installation. Loogootee siding was filled with stored
autoracks. Finally, we arrived in Washington. There were many more vehicles at
the CSX office there than I expected for a place that barely sees any traffic
today, and stored in the yard in front of the old O&M Shops were several stored
autoracks. However, I was very surprised to find a train with an EOT on the rear
sitting on the main in Washington. It was a solid boxcar train, that was long
enough that it stretched from the east end to past the west end of the
Washington siding. I'm guessing it was some of the cars from Butlerville. It
appeared ready to go west, with an SD50 and a Dash 8 on the point, and the
classic B&O CPL showing a clear signal at the Indiana Southern diamond beckoning
him west, but no crew was aboard. But maybe they are staying there for scrapping.

So after this trip, I have to say that I think there is still maybe some hope
for my old B&O, maybe soon I can be pacing a freight west of 50 instead of just
empty track and CPL's.

Also of note, we took a little side trip and followed the old Monon between
Mitchell and Salem. Sad to see the classic Monon semaphores now doing nothing but
guarding stored freight cars, and a heavy coat of rust on the rails. Did stop to
get some nice pics of the solo semaphore at Leipsic that I shot many times when
the line was open, an now just blankly showing approach. Sad to see, could be my
last shots of that signal...

David

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Re: Indiana Sub 6/12/2010
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2010, 09:16:13 AM »
Those steel cars were in Georgia Siding in January and the autoracks have been at Loogootee since December 2007.  Huron siding is OOS and Loogootee is the only siding that will hold any train over 3,000 feet but I guess this isn't a problem with only the local running between Seymour and Washington.  I usually patrol the line from Mitchell to Vincennes every three months or so on my way to Vincennes but I'm not sure when I will be back that way.  I'm surprised the westbound signal at Chappel (ISRR Crossing) west of Washington had not timed out.  It's supposed to drop back to red after 8 minutes if a train does not enter the plant.  The Monon is indeed a sad site.  Just a parking lot with cars rusting away.

Thanks for the updates though and I'm glad to hear they seem to be doing some work out there.  Please share your pictures with us here or on flickr when you get them uploaded.  Hard to believe just 15 years ago I remember pacing an SP stack train west of Washington on US 50 and we were both doing about 52mph.  It would be nice to see that again.
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Re: Indiana Sub 6/12/2010
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2010, 12:42:20 PM »
Q573 heading west at this moment,Lawrenceburg 12:40pm.Got permission to MP 86.

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Re: Indiana Sub 6/12/2010
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2010, 08:43:54 PM »
How does that local run anyway? Do they run Mitchell-North Vernon and back one day and then Mitchell-Washington and back the next, or is there a local that works out of Washington towards Mitchell, while the other handles North Vernon-Mitchell? Also, how have they been swapping out power? Has the LIRC been bringing power for CSX and leaving it in Seymour?

David

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Re: Indiana Sub 6/12/2010
« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2010, 09:52:05 PM »
Local is North Vernon based and works North Vernon to Mitchell (or there abouts).  Switching to car shop at Washington comes out of Vincenness I believe.  Nothing has ran between the west limits of the North Vernon job's territory and the eastern limits of the Vincennes based job until the welded rail train and the recent X090 with all the box cars - other than that, that portion of the line has been void of traffic since CSXT rerouted off the Monon.

Believe LIRC acts as a bridge and ferry's traffic between Louisville and Seymour to feed the North Vernon based local.   When there are no detours, work trains, or other extras running around out there, the North Vernon boys never see another CSXT train - sorta like havng their own little shortline out there.
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Re: Indiana Sub 6/12/2010
« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2010, 10:04:13 PM »
How does that local run anyway? Do they run Mitchell-North Vernon and back one day and then Mitchell-Washington and back the next, or is there a local that works out of Washington towards Mitchell, while the other handles North Vernon-Mitchell? Also, how have they been swapping out power? Has the LIRC been bringing power for CSX and leaving it in Seymour?

David
North Vernon to Mitchell one day, then back to North Vernon the next , do this a couple times a week, at least that is what they were doing before the reroutes, haven't talked to anyone on the line since the reroutes started.
Have a good and safe day!

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Re: Indiana Sub 6/12/2010
« Reply #6 on: June 16, 2010, 01:21:17 AM »
So, I'm guessing that same North Vernon local works the Gypsum plant @ Shoals and the other couple of industries between Mitchell and Washington? I saw quite a few freight cars in the Shoals Gypsum plant, so I know they are getting traffic. I can't remember what the other industries were but I know there was at least one or two more between Mitchell and Washington.

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Re: Indiana Sub 6/12/2010
« Reply #7 on: June 16, 2010, 11:41:36 AM »
I think there was a CO-OP plant at Montgomery or Loogootee, not sure which as it has been a while since they had any service.  Interesting side note is that the portion of the line with CTC (Washington to Mitchell) is the part with virtually no traffic.  CTC was installed in September 1957 to help with the heavy amount of gypsum traffic at Shoals.  This also eliminated 24-7 operators at Shoals and Loogootee.
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