Tourist and Passenger
LIRC 221 sits idling in Columbus Yard after coming in on the southbound CA on a cold, snowy morning.
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Louisville & Indiana (LIRC) is a shortline railroad which runs on former Pennsylvania Railroad tracks between Indianapolis and Louisville. The railroad operates two yards, a small one in Columbus, Indiana and a larger one in Jeffersonville, Indiana.
For those interested in railfanning the line, Jeff Yard is easily accessible off of Exit 2 off of I-65. The west side of the yard can be accessed via the frontage road that goes by the Motel 6. The east side of the yard can be accessed by following the signs to the Amtrak station (situated next to LIRC's main office).
Beginning in December 1999, Amtrak began running the Kentucky Cardinal over the LIRC tracks in hopes of eventually extending the route into Louisville and possibly on to Nashville, Tennessee.
LIRC currently operates a GP-10, three ex-IC GP-11's, four GP-16's, three GP-38-2's and two SW-1200's. On occasion, other power can be found at Jeff Yard while LIRC's mechanical contractor does work on them. Also at Jeff Yard is the so-called dead line, which, as of this writing, contains LIRC 1780, a GP-16 still in Family Lines paint and former CERA 1750, a GP-9R.
The railroad operates connecting jobs to the Southern Indiana Railroad at Speed, Indiana, to MG Rail at Clark Maritime Center and to CSX, Norfolk Southern and Paducah & Louisville in Louisville, KY. From Columbus Yard, LIRC runs industry jobs to East Columbus, including industries such as Kroot and Rock-Tenn and a job to the Franklin and Southport, IN area. The railroad also operates a daily road job from Columbus to Jeff and back again (CJ) and one from Columbus to Avon Yard in Indianapolis (CA).