Railroad network extending 105 miles serving Northeast Indiana, Southern Michigan, and Northwest Ohio

About

Indiana Northeastern Railroad

Indiana Northeastern Railroad stretches nearly 130 miles in length across northeastern Indiana, northwest Ohio and southern lower Michigan. Most of the railroad's traffic interchanges with Norfolk Southern at Montpelier, Ohio. A connection in Sturgis, Michigan with the Michigan Southern Railroad allows for additional interchange of traffic.

The railroad's traffic base has continued to increase, in spite of occasional downturns in the economy. Our growth in such times is an indicator of our railroad's strength and resilience.

Special railroad safety presentation takes place for local school children in Hillsdale. (May, 2003)
Special railroad safety presentation takes place for local school children in Hillsdale. (May, 2003)

Commodities moved

  • corn, soybeans, wheat and flour
  • plastics, fiberboard
  • aluminum, copper, coal
  • perlite, stone, lumber, glass
  • rendering products
  • agricultural fertilizers and chemicals

Our History

Indiana Northeastern Railroad (IN) began operations back in 1992, evolving from its initial operation, the Pigeon River Railroad, through the purchase of several lines of the Hillsdale County Railway. Most of the rail lines the IN operates today are lines from those two railroads.  At the time of purchase of the Hillsdale County Railway lines, the former owner had become financially troubled and had deferred maintenance, leaving much of the railroad in the poorest of conditions.  In fact, it was difficult for trains to travel from one end of the railroad to the other without experiencing minor derailments en route.  Through numerous track rehabilitation projects and careful management of its resources, the IN has been transformed into a solid, stable and dependable operation capable of handling its diverse flow of traffic in a timely, professional manner.

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