Rochester to Tipton

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Map submitted by Greg Harrison, Mike Fromholt.

(Forwarded from the Peru & Indianapolis Railway)

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The right-of-way from Peru southward to Cassville has been converted to the Nickel Plate Trail, a well-constructed walking trail. The bridge in the distance is over the South Fork Creek at Cassville. Photo by Howard E. Espravnik, May 2010.

Rumors of it's entire demise have been greatly exagerated! The line if tore out from Peru to Cassville, Indiana and now part of the Nickel Plate Trail. Rail is still in currently from Cassville into Kokomo, however the segment from the end of line in Cassville to Gano Street in Kokomo has been approved by the STB for abandonment and reclamation of rails, ties, and other track work pieces has not commenced yet. The section through Kokomo is still used partially by Central Railroad of Indianapolis between Gano Street and Jackson Street beside the old depot. South of here, the track is still in but ownership turns to Kokomo Grain/DBA Winamac Southern Railway and US Rail up to near the Lincoln Road intersection where Norfolk Southern Railroad Ownership takes over. The latter section was recently cleaned up of vegetation with rumors of some rehab work being completed to enable WSRY to bring their unit grain trains up from Tipton instead of the current arrangement via CERA and Marion, Indiana. Thus the line from Tipton to Kokomo should be deleted at this point until further notice. For historical reference, the line started out as the Peru and Indianapolis Railroad in the 1850's and later became part of the New York Central controlled Lake Erie and Western Railroad, then the Nickel Plate Road, then Norfolk and Western, later it was Norfolk Southern. This section was leased by CERA in 1989 and utilized for about 10 years at which time the lease was abolished and NS embargoed the line. It is interesting to note that this line also hosted Pennsylvania Railroad trains for many years until 1918 when they opened their own line from Indy to Frankfort deleting the need for access from their Richmond Branch line in Kokomo. Recently the City of Kokomo and WSRY tore out many sidings along part of this section in Kokomo and added wood railings and a paved trail beside the intact trackage which was last used to move cars into and out of Chrysler's Kokomo Transmission Plant. From Sharpesville to Tipton was used occasionally by NS to service a business in Sharpesville up untill maybe 5 years ago and lastly it was used for rail car storage.

James Norwood
Logansport/Kokomo, IN
9/10/2011

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I have been hearing many things recently about this line. I have heard first of all that the line will be reopening as a way for Kokomo Grain and Chrysler to ship to Tipton and eventually Indianapolis, if NS allows the reinstallation of the diamond at Tipton. But we shall see; presently it has all been cleaned up and work is being done on repairs to make a decent 10 mph railroad, serving mostly grain traffic and possibly some loads from Chrysler. With high tariff rates to ship to the north, some industries in Kokomo pushed hard to reopen the line, especially because a new highway project threatened to run right through that area, which would have meant the rails would have been pulled, but local officials stepped in. Vegetation was extremely high in some areas; crews with chainsaws walked the line first and cut down much of the higher brush. With all the country roads in that area, there is a grade crossing every mile or so, so crews could just take it between two crossings each day or so. However, if grade crossings are repaired and washouts fixed, and some tie replacement, this railroad could be back up and running very soon.

Morgan Weldy
Bremen, IN
9/23/2011

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Just for further clarification, the line is only reopening from Kokomo southward as a 10 mph railroad.

Morgan Weldy
Bremen, IN
9/25/2011

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I have also been hearing snippets about this line being a viable option for a commuter line between Indianapolis and Kokomo. For more info, visit www.indianarailroadsbullsession.com and type IMC brush clearing in the searchbox.

Morgan Weldy
Bremen, IN
10/5/2011

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The railroad line was originally the peru and indianapolis railroad and was open for service in march of 1851 in 1887 the line was bought by the lake erie and westrern and shortly became part of nickel plate road in 1964 the railroad was merged with norfolk and western in 1982 the railroad merged with the southern and is now known as norfolk southern

The line is now owned by the h.h.p.a

josh lemler
tippecanoe indiana
12/25/2011

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The railroad line was originally the peru & indianapolis railroad & was open for service during march of 1851 in 1887 the line was bought by the

Lake erie & western and shortly became part of the nickel plate road in 1964 the the railroad was merged with the norfolk & western then shortly merged with the southern the line is now owned by the h.h.p.a. and may some day host regular comuter trains for now most traffic on the line is geberated by the I.t.m.

joshua lemler
tipecanoe, IN
1/6/2012

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This line continued north to South Bend. It's abandoned from Rochester south to Kokomo, with most of this convereted to the Nikle Plate Rail Trail. I do have pics and will probably contribute them at a later time. There iss till service north of Rochester to Plymouth. then nothing left north of Plymouth to South Bend. Some of it still has rail in South Bend. Not sure if it went north from there, will have toresearch that.

Mike
New Haven, IN
1/13/2012

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The line never went to south bend. It runs between michigan city and indianapolis, in

joshua lemler
tipecanoe, IN
1/16/2012

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Sorry, my mistake. The line going north from Plymouth to South Bend was the Terre Haute & Logansport Railroad, alter becoming the Vandalia Railroad, which in turn became property of teh Pennsylvania Railroad.

Mike
New Haven,IN
1/17/2012

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The started out as peru & indianapolis railroad and was open for service during march of 1851 in 1887 the line was bought by the Lake erie & western. And shortly became part of the nickel plate road in 1964 the railroad was acquired norfolk & western which later merged with the southern the line is now owned by the H.H.P.A. and may some day host regular comuter trains for now most of the traffic on the line is generated by indina transportation museum in nobelesville,in

joshua lemler
tipecanoe, IN
1/26/2012

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I am a Conductor for Norfolk Southern out of Frankfort, IN and all I know so far is that we are supposed to be receiving grain trains from The Central Railroad of Indianapolis from kokomo and that there is a tie gang that should be starting the rehab of the line from tipton north starting this spring. Nothing has been presented to us officially, but as soon as I find out more ill post it.

Sean Vetor
Tiptom, IN
2/13/2012

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Norfolk Southern Should Preserve The Roundhouse And Coal Tower.

Joshua Lemler
Tippecanoe, IN
7/13/2012

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In today's KokomoTribune (http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=%22US+Rail%22+kokomo+tipton&source=web&cd=9&cad=rja&ved=0CEsQFjAI&url=http%3A%2F%2Fkokomotribune.com%2Flocal%2Fx354172765%2FRail-deal-to-reopen-12-miles-of-track%3Futm_source%3Dfeedburner%26utm_medium%3Dfeed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed%253A%2BWISHMediaPartners%2B(z_Latest%2BHeadlines%2Bfrom%2BWISH-TV%2BMedia%2BPartners)&ei=YQVrUMf_OseB0QGdrIDgBw&usg=AFQjCNER3wnra9udcnnPl9i4P6hOEO4szw) the line from Kokomo to Tipton is being rehabilitated and will open. Kokomo Grain will be shipping grain south, using CERA via NS's line.

Kevin
Kokomo, IN
10/2/2012

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UPDATE: The line WILL now reopen in Spring 2014 between Kokomo and Tipton. $5.5 million being invested by various involved parties.

Morgan Weldy
Bremen, IN
10/3/2012

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Well like always, a snag came up and the line looks dead for the time being. Looks like the new ownership of Railamerica by Genessee and Wyoming Railroad group has changed Kokomo Grain's mind, and the actual amount of money it would take to reopen the Kokomo to Tipton line was realized. Thus, continued service via the old Cloverleaf from Kokomo to Marion(CERA)continues until further notice. Nothing to see here, move along, :(

James Norwood
Logansport/Kokomo, IN
10/6/2013

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The track shown in pictures 3 and 4 has now been removed, and the Nickel Plate Trail is being extended into Kokomo with the completion of a new bypass of US 31 around Kokomo. The segment from Kokomo to Tipton had been cleaned of brush about two years ago, but the brush has been steadily creeping back.

Morgan Weldy
Bremen, IN
2/14/2014

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Norfolk Southern Needs To Reinstall The Wye In Tipton because They Have Landlocked The Indiana Transportation Museum From The Out Side World.You Would Think They Would Reinstall it Since There Past Use Of NKP 587 For There Steam Program Back In The 1980s

Joshua Lemler
Tippecanoe, IN
12/15/2014

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