INRD’s track investment results in faster train speeds

Written by Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

The Indiana Rail Road (INRD) is investing millions of dollars in private capital on the north end of its Indianapolis Subdivision this summer, which will result in faster, quieter-moving trains and smooth grade crossings.


In the wake of multi-million dollar investments in new rail, crossties and ballast, INRD will increase the speed limit for trains to 30 mph for the portion of its mainline between West Street and Stop 11 Road beginning July 15. Most of this six-mile segment of railroad has had a speed limit of only 10 mph since the railroad’s founding in 1986.

Once ongoing track improvements are complete, the entire Indianapolis-Bargersville segment will operate at 30 mph and thanks to the installation of continuously-welded rail, the traditional noise of steel wheels on jointed-rail will be replaced by much quieter passage of each train.

The Indiana Rail Road has also completely rebuilt 10 road crossings in Indianapolis, Ind., costing $990,000.

“By 2016, the 30th anniversary of our company, INRD will have invested more than $200 million of our own private capital to create a state-of-the-art, heavy-haul transportation system capable of delivering millions of tons of commerce consumed in Indiana and made by Hoosiers,” said INRD Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Hoback. “We continue to invest with an eye on future economic development opportunities.”


Categories: Ballast, Ties, Rail, ON Track Maintenance, Shortline/Regional