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Monday, April 05, 2010

Indiana Southern to manage Hoosier Southern Railroad

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Indiana Southern Railroad, a RailAmerica Inc. property, has been contracted by the Perry County Port Authority in Tell City, Ind., to provide management services for the Hoosier Southern Railroad. ISRR will be responsible for leading all aspects of the rail operations of HOS - managing safety and training programs; directing sales, marketing and industrial development efforts; handling purchasing; and managing the bulk storage facility - while reporting to the Port Authority.

"In an effort to maintain the high level of service the Hoosier Southern Railroad has provided its customers through the years, the Perry County Port Authority sought an expert in short line railroads, RailAmerica, to assume management responsibilities of the railroad," explained Alvin Evans, chairman of the Board of Directors of the Perry County Port Authority. "Working with RailAmerica's Indiana Southern Railroad in this capacity enables us to tap into their expertise, resources and efficiencies, while continuing to maintain ownership of Hoosier Southern, its 22.3 miles of track and the Tell City River Port."

According to the Perry County Port Authority, the decision to select an outside partner for railroad management was prompted by the recent retirement of Richard L. Neumann, who had nearly 40 years of experience in the railroad industry. Neumann served as vice president and CEO of the Port Authority for the past 11 years.

The HOS hauls bulk materials such as pig iron, coke, coal and woodchips that are offloaded at the port from river barges. It interchanges rail traffic with Norfolk Southern at Lincoln City, Ind. With the addition of this new management service, RailAmerica now manages, operates or owns a total of seven railroads in Indiana.

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