|Railroad Map of Indianapolis, Indiana
Illinois to Indianapolis:
The Indiana, Bloomington and Western Railway was a railroad that once operated in Illinois, Indiana,
Its immediate predecessor, the Indianapolis, Bloomington and Western Railway, was formed on July 20,
1869, from the merger of the Indianapolis, Crawfordsville and Danville Railroad with the Danville,
Urbana, Bloomington and Pekin Railroad. Both of these predecessor companies had been chartered in
1866, but construction of the railroads had not yet been completed at the time of the merger. After this
combination, the railroad was completed and opened on October 1, 1869, connecting Pekin, Illinois,
with Indianapolis, Indiana.
East from Indianapolis to Ohio:
In 1879, there was a foreclosure and reorganization of the company, after which it was known as the
Indiana, Bloomington and Western Railway. In 1881, it merged with the Ohio, Indiana and Pacific
Railway (OI&P), which operated on partially completed tracks between Springfield, Ohio and
Indianapolis. The resulting company retained the Indiana, Bloomington and Western name. The OI&P
rail line from Indianapolis east to Springfield (Ohio) was completed by the IB&W and opened in 1883.
In 1887 there was another foreclosure and sale of the company's assets. This resulted in a
reorganization, after which the company was known as the Ohio, Indiana and Western Railway. The
reorganization was unsuccessful, however, and another foreclosure ensued in 1889. After that
reorganization, the line from Indianapolis westward was sold to the Peoria and Eastern Railway, while
the newer track east of Indianapolis was purchased by the Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis
Railway (Big Four).
The Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railway, also known as the Big Four Railroad and
commonly abbreviated CCC&StL, was a railroad company in the Midwestern United States.
Its primary routes were in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio. At the end of 1925 it reported 2391
route-miles and 4608 track-miles; that year it carried 8180 million net ton-miles of revenue freight and
488 million passenger-miles.
In 1848, the Indianapolis & Bellefontaine (I&B) and the Bellefontaine & Indiana (B&I) railroads were
incorporated to build a line between Galion, Ohio, on the CC&C, and Indianapolis. The I&B and the B&I
amalgamated and became known as "The B. Line". They were absorbed by the CC&C when it
reorganized as the Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati & Indianapolis in 1868. The nickname of the new
railroad was "The Bee Line." The Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati & Indianapolis reached Cincinnati
with its own rails in 1872; that same year it opened a line from Springfield to Columbus. By then the
Vanderbilts (Cornelius Vanderbilt and his descendants) owned a good portion of the railroad's stock.
Ross Lockridge Jr's, (author of Raintree County (1948), drawing of the train that ran by the cemetery in Dan
Webster (Hillsboro, Indiana). The railroad track is the same rails that run through Hillsboro Woods. Just east
of the cemetery is the Little Blue River and just east of the river is the railroad.
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|The Railroad in Henry County, Indiana
Train leaving Millvile, Indiana headed west.
Photo by Mark Sean Orr©
|Postcard of the Interurban Station in New Castle, Indiana on Indiana Avenue in the early 20th Century.
|New Castle Train Depot, long gone now. It was located at 18th Street and Indiana Avenue.
|Union Station - New Castle Train Depot
Located on the north side of Broad Street between two railroad crossings. Built in 1869, it was a hub of activity
for 58 years. The Station also known as "Noah's Ark" was the site of a speech given by Presidential candidate
Charles Evans Hughes in 1916.
Photo - Courier-Times
Early locomotive train engine. Whereabouts are unknown. I found this photograph in my Orr family archive of
photos. Looks to be early 20th Century.
|New Castle, Indiana Train Depot located on Indiana Avenue between 15th and 16th Streets. This depot is still
standing today (2013). Photo by Mark Sean Orr