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CMPA 3634 (GP-10) switches out the
industrial park in North Vernon, IN
Frequency: 160.605 MHz
Madison Railroad is owned by the City of Madison Port Authority.
railroad runs a short line of track which runs between Madison, Indiana and
North Vernon, Indiana. The majority of their traffic is for the Sonoco plastics
plant in North Vernon. Most of this traffic only runs the short distance from
the plant to downtown North Vernon.
To my knowledge, Madison Railroad only
owns two locomotives (3634 and 2013).
Their biggest claim to fame is that
the steepest mainline grade in the country (5.8) is on the Madison Railroad
where it goes down the hill in Madison to travel down to the Ohio River.
historic significance, the route that CMPA uses is part of the Madison &
Indianapolis RR. Construction of this line was started in 1836 to connect
Madison, Columbus, Indianapolis and Lafayette. The track carried the first steam
locomotive in the state of Indiana in 1838.
After the Madison &
Indianapolis RR's bankrupcy, the line was taken over by a subsidiary of the