Camp Chase Industrial Railroad

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Camp Chase Industrial Railroad
Reporting mark CCRA
Locale Ohio
Dates of operation 1994–
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Headquarters Oakmont, Pennsylvania

The Camp Chase Industrial Railroad (reporting mark CCRA) is a short-line switching and terminal railroad in and near Columbus, Ohio, United States, running past the former Camp Chase. Owned by Carload Express, Inc., it acquired a former New York Central Railroad line between Columbus and Lilly Chapel from Conrail in 1994. Through trackage rights, the CCRA interchanges with the Norfolk Southern Railway at Buckeye Yard.

CCRA owns three switcher engines, numbers 1501, 1502, and 1503, which are painted orange, with blue writing that says "Camp Chase".[citation needed]


The Columbus, Springfield and Cincinnati Railroad opened the line between Columbus and London in 1872, and it became part of the Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railway's (Big Four's) main line west from Columbus to St. Louis and later part of the New York Central Railroad.[1] The Penn Central Transportation Company shifted traffic to the ex-Pennsylvania Railroad line between Columbus and London, and the portion of the old Big Four line west of Lilly Chapel was not included in Conrail in 1976.[2] The remainder was kept as a minor branch line, the Camp Chase Industrial Track.[3] On October 11, 1994, the new Camp Chase Industrial Railroad bought the line from Conrail.[4]

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  1. ^ Interstate Commerce Commission, 28 Val. Rep. 90 (1929), Valuation Docket No. 264: The Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railway Company and its Leased Lines
  2. ^ Conrail System Map, 1978
  3. ^ Conrail Maintenance Program and Track Chart: Southern Region, Columbus Division, January 1, 1981, pp. 73-74
  4. ^ Edward A. Lewis, American Shortline Railway Guide, 5th Edition, Kalmbach Publishing, 1996, ISBN 0-89024-290-9, p. 57

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