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Published on Jan 16, 2012
During the summer and fall of 2006, three to five trains were still operating daily over the CSX Hoosier Subdivision in southern Indiana. This included Indiana Railroad (INRD) run-through trains from the INRD Lata Subdivision along with a plethora of Union Pacific equipment on CSX trains operating between St. Louis, MO & Louisville, KY. There were also occasional "extra" moves such as the SD40 (CSX 4621) pulling the Jordan Spreader seen in the first part of this video. Despite the relatively low traffic level, the line drew railfans from across the country because of the scenery, long stretches of street running, and abundant semaphores.
Operations on the Hoosier sub were also interesting as backup moves were required in Mitchell, IN. CSX trains from St. Louis ran east to Mitchell via the CSX Indiana Sub. After crossing the Hoosier sub at grade trains made a reverse movement around a "Y" on the northeast side of the diamond. A train could then head south to Louisville. St. Louis bound trains also required backup moves in Mitchell to access the Indiana Sub and head west.
At the time of recording in 2006, the Hoosier sub had the largest collection of active semaphore signals in the eastern United States. Between Orleans & Salem, IN most of the signals were still upper quadrant semaphores installed by the Monon Railroad in the first two decades of the 20th century.
Another draw for railfans to the Hoosier Sub was the long stretches of street running at each end in New Albany and Bedford. Only INRD trains off the Lata sub traversed through Bedford but all traffic navigated the 10+ blocks of street running in New Albany. Though no such scenes are found in this video you can catch some action in my other Hoosier Sub video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54vXld...
INRD operations ceased in 2009 when traffic was routed off the south end of the Lata sub and the rails pulled up north of Bedford. CSX ceased through traffic over the Hoosier Sub shortly thereafter.
As of January 2012 only a small portion of the Hoosier sub was still in operation. A local operates from Louisville, KY to industries just north of New Albany. Another local operates off the CSX Indiana Sub from Mitchell to a plant in Bedford. The rest of the line has only been used for car storage. Though it's unlikely traffic will return between Mitchell & New Albany, perhaps the Hoosier sub and the semaphores that guard it will some day return to service.