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Indianapolis Southern Railroad

History

    In 1868, the Springfield, Effingham & Southeastern was formed to link Pana, Effingham, and Newton Illinois.  This venture was not successful.  It would take until 1880 and railroad named the Cincinnati, Effingham & Quincy before any track would be laid.  The narrow gauge line ran from Effingham to the Indiana state line on the Wabash River.  In Indiana, the narrow gauge line continued from the Wabash River to Switz City.      

   The Indiana & Illinois Southern was the name chosen when the two were consolidated in 1883.  In 1886, the Wabash River was bridged, and the line was converted to standard gauge in 1887.  Before the turn of the century though, the I&IS would come under control of the Illinois Central Railroad.

   In 1899, businessmen of Indianapolis formed the Indianapolis Southern Railroad to tap into the resources south of the city.  The IC jumped in to help complete the line and pushed it to its connection a Switz City by 1906.  

   The Bloomington Southern Railroad was organized as part of the IS to tap into the limestone quarries south of Bloomington.  The first two miles of the BS were built in 1907.  In 1913 and 1914, six and half more miles were built.  

   The I&IS was combined with the IS, and finally merged into the IC in 1911.

Map

Built: 

 1878(?)-1914

Admitted: 

 1911

Fate: 

 Coming in the future.

Dedicated Links:

 None Known

Source   Most of the data came from Carlton J. Corliss' 1950 book, Main Line of Mid-America

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