Sulphur Springs to New Castle
This abandoned rail line is located in Henry County, Indiana. The Honey Creek Railroad applied to abandon all 5.9 miles of its line between Sulphur Springs and New Castle in August of 2004. The condition of the tracks, seen here in photos from 2005, reveals that the last train may have run a long time before the line was actually abandoned.
Some months after the abandonment, there was a controversy when the line's owner objected after a local landowner, with adjacent property, removed rails, ties and ballast on a section of the line. Some other portions of the line were apparently removed by a scrapping crew.
Thanks to Howard E. Espravnik for contributing information.
It is wonderful to be able to see photos such as these and learn of the railroads which traveled these routes. Some people could look at this and think theres nothing of importance any longer. I believe it is important to preserve our rail history by keeping the tracks in place for the railfan who wishes to visit and observe them, and as a way of retaining the rail heritage once so vital to many of these communities.
Actually visited this line when it was operated as the Honey Creek Railroad and would have loved to have seen how they loaded and handled grain cars at the elevator in Sulphur Springs. Only a cross-over to access the elevator - switches at both ends of the siding having been removed. From what I observed, they used a large steel cable to either pull cars into or out of the loading track at the elevator. Assumed that the Honey Creek was a push-pull type operation - like the nearby Indian Creek Railroad.
I finally found this old line. I have fond memory's of watching f series diesels running thru Middletown,In in the late 60's early 70's. I think at the time it was Penn Central engines that I saw. When we played little leage in middletown the ump had to stop the game when a train rolled thru because nobody could hear anything.
I grew up as a kid in Sulphur Springs and spent alot of time on those tracks.We used to play in the creek that runs alond the tracks.I used to skip school and go with my grandpa"Poppy"Osborn to the grain elevator on his tractor and pull up on the scale to weigh his grain.Last time I visited Sulphur I went to the tracks but they were overgrown with weeds like your pictures show.Lots of great boyhood memories there.
Does anyone know why the track are abandoned? Also does anyone know the history of the grain bins? I live in the area and have been trying to find information on it for almost 6 years.