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