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The Chesapeake and Indiana Railroad, reporting mark CKIN, is a Class III short-line railroad that operates over 28 miles of former Pere Marquette and Chesapeake & Ohio trackage in northwestern Indiana. Commonly referred to as “The Chicken” by local railfans due to its reporting mark, the shortline is based out of the small community of La Crosse, of which lines run out of the northwest to the Porter County town of Malden, southeast to the Starke County towns of English Lake and North Judson, and northeast through La Porte County from La Crosse to Wellsboro.
The railroad is owned by the Town of North Judson and is now operated under lease by Midwest & Bluegrass Rail. At the time, the railroad was still operated by the Indiana Boxcar Corporation which was acquired by MB Rail in September of 2020. The Chesapeake & Indiana is primarily an ag-railroad that transports grain from rural elevators to the mainline railroad systems. The railroad interchanges with Norfolk Southern at Thomaston and CSX at Wellsboro.
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