Indiana Railroad Lines by Graydon M Meints Soft Cover 2011 402 pages 6x9 inches
Indiana Railroad Lines by Graydon M Meints Soft Cover 2011 402 pages 6x9 inches
Indiana Railroad Lines by Graydon M Meints Soft Cover 2011 402 pages 6x9 inches
Indiana Railroad Lines by Graydon M Meints Soft Cover 2011 402 pages 6x9 inches
Indiana Railroad Lines by Graydon M Meints Soft Cover 2011 402 pages 6x9 inches

Indiana Railroad Lines by Graydon M Meints Soft Cover 2011 402 pages 6x9 inches

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Indiana Railroad Lines by Graydon M Meints Soft Cover 2011 402 pages 6x9 inches
Indiana Railroad Lines by Graydon M Meints Soft Cover 2011 402 pages 6x9 inches

Index of all railroad and interurban companies 3
Directory of named places on railroads11
Directory of railroads and interurbans by county 51
Company listing of railroad lines of track78
Company listing of interurban lines of track 317
Table of railroad mileage, 1836-1999 368
and interurban mileage, 1890-1959 391
Appendix 1. Key to data in chapters 4 and 5 397
Appendix 2. Definition of "main track" mileage 399
Bibliography and essay 401

Indiana is its own unique scene in the panorama of American railroading. Every Eastern company that reached Chicago or St. Louis had to build across Indiana. The level terrain in the northern part of the state allowed tangents that made high-speed runs an everyday commonplace. The earliest railroads built into and out of Indianapolis, the state capital, like spokes on a wheel. By the Twentieth Century this was supplemented by the most extensive electric interurban service in the country, also was anchored in Indianapolis. The knobs and hollows in the south demanded deep cuts and high fills, tunnels, long bridges, and heavy grades. The 5.89% grade needed to climb out of the Ohio River valley at Madison remains a national record. By 1900 lines crossed east to west, another half dozen from north to south, and others on diagonals across the state. The railroad network reached into almost all of the state; of Indiana's 92 counties only two, Ohio and Switzerland, had no rails. The rail system climbed to a peak of nearly 7,300 miles in 1913, and then began a steady decline. Today, regrettably, substantial parts of this steel network have disappeared, so that by 1999 some 3,000 miles of line had been taken up.
The first railroad train ran in Indiana in 1838. But this compilation is not a history of Indiana's railroads. The growth of Indiana's railroads has been covered very capably by Richard S. Simons and Francis H. Parker in their invaluable study, Railroads of Indiana. This invaluable work should be in the library of every student of Indiana's railroad history.
The work you hold in your hands deals only with one specific facet of a railroad system: the physical plant. It has been compiled because, as each year passes, more details of the construction of the Indiana railroad network, particularly the work of the early years, may slip into obscurity. The names of companies have become unclear, as well as what they built and when they built it. Inaccuracies have crept in and now have been repeated as certainties. This book attempts to put a sound footing under the construction, abandonment, and ownership of Indiana's railroad network. Hopefully it will provide a solid framework for historians to use when dealing with the physical plant and ownership record of Indiana's railroads. At the least, historians now have the correct names of companies and dates of construction.
Chapter 4 details all the intercity common carrier "steam" railroad lines that operated in the state of Indiana. Each individual line of each company has three sets of data: an arrangement of stations that lists all named and some unnamed locations along the line, a record of construction and abandonment or other disposition of the line, and a record of the owners of the line. One important limitation must be mentioned: privately-owned industrial railroads, operated by a company for its own convenience and which handle only the owner's traffic, are reported only so far as they could be found and had information reasonably available. Railroads within the confines of one factory or plant are not included.
Readers may question the company names used in Chapter 4. The spate of mergers that took place on Indiana roads after the formation of Penn Central in 1968, would have forced too many lines of too many original owners into one listing. Many still recall the earlier names of the constituents that went into Penn Central. It seemed better, to the compiler at least, to assume that the user will have some familiarity with the ownership of lines in the 1940s, when most of the trackage was in place. This choice of time is purely a personal one, but it is not intended to make finding a specific line in Chapter 4 more difficult. The user should find Chapter 1 of value in tracking between companies, and Chapter 3 for locating companies in a specific county.
Chapter 5 details all of the intercity electric interurban lines. Despite the admirable efforts of the Central Electric Railfans' Association, the documentation about the construction and abandonment of city street railway lines is far from complete. For this reason intercity electric roads are included but city lines are not. The Southern Indiana is included with the "steam" roads since it stopped using electric power early in its life and continues today as a conventional railroad. The Winona also discontinued using electricity late in its life but has been kept with the electric roads.
Any work of this sort, dealing as it does with myriad data and numbers, requires some inferences and assumptions to make complete the record for some lines. Whenever possible the source providing data is identified. Entries without a cited source are inferred from the presence or absence of entries in timetables, on maps, and, if all else fails, the author's best estimates. Hopefully this book will encourage others to undertake research that will yield new and more complete documentation. In any such a compilation as this, despite the best of efforts, errors can and very likely have crept in, and the author is solely responsible for them.

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