INTERURBAN RAILWAYS IN INDIANA

(EXCLUDING CHICAGO/NORTHWEST INDIANA AREA)

Interurban Railway Map


BLUFFTON GENEVA & CELINA TRACTION CO.

Interurban line:
Bluffton-Geneva (completed 1910)
Abandoned 1917


EVANSVILLE & OHIO VALLEY RAILWAY
Consolidation of three interurban railway companies. Unless noted, interurban companies basically operated between their namesake cities.

Interurban lines:
Evansville & Eastern Electric Railway (to Grandview, constructed 1907-1911, discontinued 1938)
Evansville & Mount Vernon Electric Railway (constructed 1906, discontinued 1928)
Evansville, Henderson & Owensboro Railway (to Henderson, constructed 1912, discontinued 1928)

Replacement bus companies:
Evansville & Ohio Valley Transportation Co. (1928-1978)


EVANSVILLE SUBURBAN & NEWBURGH RAILWAY
Opened 1889 as steam railroad
Electrified 1905

Interurban line:
Evansville-Newburgh/Boonville
Discontinued 1930

Replacement bus companies:
Evansville Suburban & Newburgh Railway (until 1950's)


FORT WAYNE VAN WERT & LIMA TRACTION CO.

Interurban line:
Fort Wayne-Lima (completed 1905)
Abandoned 1932


INDIANA RAILWAYS & LIGHT CO.
Consolidation in 1912 of the following interurban railway companies.

Kokomo, Marion & Western Traction Co. (completed 1905)
Kokomo, Frankfort & Western Traction Co. (completed 1912)

Merged into Northern Indiana Power Co. in 1922.
Acquired in 1930 by Indiana Railroad.

Controlled after 1930 by Midland Utilities Co./Midland United Co.

Interurban line:
Marion-Kokomo-Frankfort
Discontinued 1932

Local service: Kokomo

Replacement bus companies:
Hines Coach Lines (until 1969)


INDIANA SERVICE CORPORATION
Incorporated 1903 as Fort Wayne, Logansport, Lafayette & Lima Traction Co.
Renamed 1904 to Fort Wayne & Wabash Valley Traction Co.
Reorganized 1911 as Fort Wayne & Northern Indiana Traction Co.
Acquired 1920 by Indiana Service Corporation.

Beginning in 1904, Fort Wayne & Wabash Valley Traction Co. acquired the following interurban railway companies. Additional subsidiary companies were formed in subsequent years to construct additional interurban lines. Unless noted, interurban companies basically operated between their namesake cities.

Fort Wayne & Southwestern Traction Co. (to Wabash)
Wabash River Traction Co. (Wabash-Logansport)
Lafayette & Logansport Traction Co.
Fort Wayne, Bluffton & Marion Traction Co. (Fort Wayne-Bluffton)

Indiana Service Corporation subsequently acquired the following companies.

Fort Wayne & Decatur Traction Co. (acquired 1916)
Fort Wayne & Northwestern Railway Co. (acquired 1924)
Marion & Bluffton Traction Co. (acquired 1927)

Indiana Service Corporation interurban operations transferred in 1930 to Indiana Railroad, controlled until 1942 by Midland Utilities Co./Midland United Co.

Interurban lines:
Fort Wayne-Wabash (constructed 1902, discontinued/replaced with buses 1938)
Wabash-Peru (constructed 1901, discontinued/replaced with buses 1938)
Peru-Logansport (constructed 1902, discontinued 1932)
Logansport-Lafayette (constructed 1907, discontinued 1932)
Lafayette-Battle Ground (constructed 1905, discontinued 1922)
Fort Wayne-Bluffton (constructed 1906, discontinued/replaced with buses 1941)
Bluffton-Marion (constructed 1906, discontinued 1931)
Fort Wayne-Kendallville/Waterloo (constructed 1906, discontinued 1937)
Fort Wayne-Decatur (constructed 1907, discontinued 1927)

Local service: Fort Wayne, Logansport, Lafayette (1903-1920), Peru, Wabash

Replacement bus companies:
Indiana Railroad (1937-1954)
Southeastern Trailways (1954-1983)


INDIANAPOLIS & CINCINNATI TRACTION CO.

Interurban lines:
Indianapolis-Connersville (completed 1906)
Indianapolis-Greensburg (completed 1907)

Reorganized 1929 to Indianapolis & Southeastern Railroad Co.

Discontinued/replaced with buses 1932.

Replacement bus companies:
(Greensburg-Cincinnati bus extension 1930's)
Indianapolis & Southeastern Railroad Co. (1930's-1938)
Indianapolis & Southeastern Trailways (1938-1954)
Southeastern Trailways (1954-1998)


INTERSTATE PUBLIC SERVICE CO.
Incorporated 1912, leasing Indianapolis, Columbus & Southern Traction Co.
Incorporated 1895 as Indianapolis Greenwood & Franklin Railroad Co.
Renamed Indianapolis, Columbus & Southern Traction Co. in 1901.

Interurban operations acquired in 1930 by Indiana Railroad, controlled until 1942 by Midland Utilities Co./Midland United Co.

Interurban line:
Indianapolis-Louisville (constructed 1901-1907)
Abandoned Seymour-Louisville 1939, Indianapolis-Seymour 1941

Local service: Columbus, New Albany, Jeffersonville


LEBANON-THORNTOWN TRACTION CO.

Interurban line:
Lebanon-Thorntown (completed 1905)
Abandoned 1926


SOUTHERN INDIANA GAS & ELECTRIC CO.
Incorporated 1903 as Evansville & Princeton Traction Co.
Acquired 1906 by Evansville, Princeton & Vincennes Interurban Railway
Acquired 1908 by Evansville & Southern Indiana Traction Co.
Renamed 1912 to Public Utilities Co.
Renamed 1920 to Southern Indiana Gas & Electric Co.

Controlled 1909-1913 by Union Railway Gas & Electric Co., controlled 1913-1929 by Commonwealth Power Co., controlled after 1929 by Commonwealth & Southern Corp.

Interurban line:
Evansville-Princeton-Patoka (constructed 1903-1908)
Abandoned 1933

Local service: Evansville


TERRE HAUTE INDIANAPOLIS & EASTERN TRACTION CO.
Incorporated 1907, consolidating the following interurban railway companies. Unless noted, interurban companies basically operated between their namesake cities.

Indianapolis & Eastern Railway Co. (to Richmond)
Indianapolis & Martinsville Rapid Transit Co.
Indianapolis & Northwestern Traction Co. (to Lafayette)
Indianapolis & Western Railway Co. (to Danville)
Indianapolis, Crawfordsville & Western Traction Co.

Terre Haute, Indianapolis & Eastern Traction Co. subsequently completed the line between Indianapolis and Terre Haute. Terre Haute, Indianapolis & Eastern Traction Co. acquired in 1930 by Indiana Railroad, controlled until 1942 by Midland Utilities Co./Midland United Co.

Interurban lines:
Indianapolis-Dunreith (constructed 1900, discontinued 1932)
Dunreith-Richmond (constructed 1903, discontinued 1937)
Dunreith-New Castle (constructed 1903, discontinued 1937)
Indianapolis-Terre Haute (constructed 1900-1908, discontinued/replaced with buses 1940)
Terre Haute-Clinton (constructed 1903, discontinued 1931)
Terre Haute-Sullivan (constructed 1906, discontinued 1931)
Terre Haute-Paris (constructed 1907, discontinued 1932)
Indianapolis-Lafayette (constructed 1903, discontinued 1930)
Lebanon-Crawfordsville (constructed 1904, discontinued 1930)
Indianapolis-Crawfordsville (constructed 1907, discontinued 1930)
Indianapolis-Martinsville (constructed 1903, discontinued 1930)
Indianapolis-Danville (constructed 1906, discontinued 1930)

Local service: Richmond
Owned Terre Haute Traction & Light Co. 1907-1931
Owned Indianapolis Street Railway Co. 1907-1932

Replacement bus companies:
Indiana Railroad (1937-1954)
Southeastern Trailways (1954-1983)


UNION TRACTION CO. OF INDIANA
Incorporated 1899, acquiring several companies and subsequently constructing several additional interurban lines. The following companies had constructed interurban lines prior to acquisition by Union Traction Co.

Marion Electric Street Railway (acquired 1899)
Elwood & Alexandria Railway (acquired 1903)
Indiana Northern Traction Co. (Marion-Wabash, acquired 1905)
Muncie, Hartford & Fort Wayne Railway (Muncie-Bluffton, acquired 1906)
Dayton & Muncie Traction Co. (Muncie-Union City, acquired 1906)
Indianapolis, New Castle & Eastern Traction Co. (to Muncie, acquired 1912)
Muncie & Portland Traction Co. (acquired 1916)

Union Traction Co. acquired in 1930 by Indiana Railroad, controlled until 1942 by Midland Utilities Co./Midland United Co.

Interurban lines:
Indianapolis-Anderson-Muncie (constructed 1901, discontinued/replaced with buses 1941)
Muncie-Bluffton (constructed 1903, discontinued/replaced with buses 1941)
Anderson-Middletown (constructed 1905, discontinued 1930)
Anderson-Marion (constructed 1897-1898, discontinued 1932)
Marion-Wabash (constructed 1904, discontinued 1930)
Alexandria-Tipton (constructed 1899-1902, discontinued 1931)
Indianapolis-Kokomo (constructed 1903, discontinued/replaced with buses 1938)
Kokomo-Peru (constructed 1904, discontinued/replaced with buses 1938)
Kokomo-Logansport (constructed 1904, discontinued 1930)
Indianapolis-New Castle (constructed 1910, discontinued 1937)
New Castle-Muncie (constructed 1913, discontinued 1941)
Muncie-Union City (constructed 1905, discontinued 1930)
Muncie-Portland (constructed 1906, discontinued 1930)

Local service: Anderson, Elwood, Marion, Muncie

Replacement bus companies:
Indiana Railroad (1937-1954)
Southeastern Trailways (1954-1983)


WINONA RAILROAD CO.
Originally Winona Interurban Railway Co.
Reorganized 1926 as Winona Railroad Co.

Interurban line:
Peru-Goshen (constructed 1904-1910)
Passenger rail service discontinued 1938.

Winona Railroad Co. continued to operate freight railroad service, along with bus service between Warsaw and Winona Lake, until the company was sold in 1945.

Local service: Warsaw


Interurban Timetables

Schedules of interurban lines in Indiana, from the August 1923 Russell's Official Eastern States Railway Guide.


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