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North Judson Owned CKIN Railroad to Undergo Repairs and Upgrades

 9/26/2018 |  Views:410 |  Posted by: Ron Gifford |  Reading Time:  |  Article Tags: 
North Judson Owned CKIN Railroad to Undergo Repairs and Upgrades

The State of Indiana Department of Transportation has awarded a $300,000 grant to the Chesapeake and Indiana Railroad (CKIN) to help upgrade a three mile segment of track in LaPorte County, which will aid in the replacement of ties, rail, a bridge, cross-ties and adding ballast to a segment of track in Wellsboro. The grant was awarded under the Industrial Rail Service Fund, and was one of eleven railroads to receive funding under that program.

In addition, the operator of that line per agreement with the Town of North Judson, which actually owns that railroad, will contribute $300,000 so that the entire 15 miles of track used by CKIN will be federally-rated to handle Class 1 cars, which is the standard for heavy-haul rail shipping. The CKIN track runs through Union Mills, LaCrosse, Malden, North Judson, English Lake, Thomaston and Hanna to Wellsboro.  The line is mostly used for transporting grain from rural elevators to the mainline railroad systems, interchanging with Norfolk Southern at Thomaston and CSX at Wellsboro.

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Ron Gifford has worked for the Foundation as Special Projects Coordinator since 2008 after a law career of 32 years. In addition to his duties for the Foundation, Mr. Gifford serves as Director of the Starke County Initiative for Lifelong Learning (SCILL) and as a Business Advisor for the Indiana Small Business Development Center, serving businesses and entrepreneurs in both Starke and Pulaski Counties.