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Chesapeake & Indiana RailroadChesapeake & Indiana Railroad

The Chesapeake & Indiana Railroad (CKIN) operates on 33 miles of trackage owned by the Town of North Judson. The track extends from a connection with CSX at Wellsboro, Indiana, over a former Pere Marquette branchline to LaCrosse, Indiana. At LaCrosse, the line connects with the former Chesapeake & Ohio mainline which runs between North Judson and Malden, Indiana. The CKIN also interchanges with Norfolk Southern at Thomaston, Indiana.

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The CKIN primarily services grain elevators in Malden and Wellsboro, but also delivers fertilizer to LaCrosse. This shortline railroad also delivers to the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum in North Judson. Check out our CKIN photo gallery for various views from along the shortline.


CSX filed for abandonment of the line on November 3, 2003. An effort was made by local government, industries and the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum to save the railroad. On May 14, 2004 the Surface Transportation Board approved the sale of the line to the Town of North Judson.

The documents archive on saving the railroad is available here for viewing.

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