My wife and I visited Madison, IN for the first time last weekend. In addition to enjoying the fine weather and beautiful scenery down there, we spent some time exploring the Madison Incline, the 5.89% grade on the former PRR line that drops down into the riverfront area from the top of the hill in North Madison. We hiked a portion of the incline, but the growth of bushes and small trees on the right-of-way discouraged us from walking the entire route.
I'd like to hear from anyone out there who is familiar with the line, and can shed some light on former operations in Madison, both along the riverfront and at the top of the hill. There are a number of spurs still in place at the top of the hill, but it doesn't appear as though the Madison RR provides service to this area.
Finally, can someone tell me to which PRR division the line between Madison and North vernon belonged? I know that the line was part of the Southwestern Division in 1963, but what about the 1950s or earlier?