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.
CSX Freight Train 1
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.