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Transportation

Transportation >> Freight Rail


CSX freight train
CSX Freight Train 1
In addition to being a hub for highways, Indianapolis is also a hub for freight rail. The city is currently served by two Class I railroads, CSX, and Norfolk Southern, and four shortlines, Indiana Railroad Co., Indiana Southern, Louisville & Indiana Rail, and Central Railroad of Indiana.

Indianapolis is at the hub of an extensive rail network, with a total of 26 rail corridors in operation today.  These corridors can be classified into four major categories:

  • Through Line - used for intercity rail traffic.
  • Industrial Line - used for on-line customers.
  • Connector - connects traffic between through and industrial lines.
  • Preservation/Passenger Line - used for occasional recreation and preserved for potential future uses.

There are five key rail freight facilities in the Indianapolis area:

  • Avon Yard - major classification yard with 1,400 to 1,800 cars per day.
  • Hawthorne Yard - industrial support yard with approximately 260 cars/day.
  • State Avenue Yard - interchange yard with Hawthorne Yard with approximately 40 cars/day.
  • Transfer Yard - industrial support for GM Truck and Bus plant.
  • Senate Ave. Terminal - Bulk transfers.


Indianapolis Freight Railroad Lines Map
Indianapolis Freight Railroad Lines


Sources

Indianapolis Intermodal Freight System Plan, City of Indianapolis


Photo Credits

1 CSX

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