Central Railroad of Indianapolis

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Central Railroad of Indianapolis
Reporting mark CERA
Locale Indiana
Dates of operation 1989[1]–present
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Length 39 miles (63 km)
Headquarters Indianapolis, Indiana

Central Railroad of Indianapolis (reporting mark CERA) is a Class III short-line railroad that operates approximately 39 miles (63 km)[1] miles of rail line in north central Indiana.

One leg of the railroad heads northwest from the city of Marion, passes through the Grant County communities of Sweetser and Mier, then crosses into Miami County at Converse and terminates at Amboy. The other leg, which also begins in Marion, passes west-southwest through Herbst, Swayzee and Sims, then through the Howard County communities of Sycamore, Greentown, and finally Kokomo, where it interchanges with U.S. Rail Corporation's Winamac Southern Rail System (see: http://www.usrailcorp.com/-i-19.html ).

Central Railroad of Indianapolis is a subsidiary of RailAmerica, having been acquired in 2000.[1] CERA was formed during the 1980s when Norfolk Southern leased several lines, including the now mostly-abandoned Tipton-Peru line, to the then-new company. For a time, Norfolk Southern interchanged with CERA via. its Frankfort to Kokomo line. The latter route was subsequently abandoned (railbanked) after the Norfolk Southern Conrail merger allowed Norfolk Southern to move CERA interchange to Marion.

The railroad's main traffic comes from grain and metal products. The CERA hauled around 8,000 carloads in 2008.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "RailAmerica's Empire". Trains Magazine (Kalmbach Publishing). June 2010. 

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