Elkhart and Western Railroad

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Elkhart and Western Railroad
Reporting mark EWR
Locale northern Indiana
Dates of operation 2001–
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) (standard gauge)
Headquarters Elkhart, Indiana

The Elkhart and Western Railroad (reporting mark EWR) is a Class III short-line railroad operating in and around the city of Elkhart in Elkhart County, Indiana, and is a subsidiary of Pioneer Railcorp.

Pioneer Railcorp (reporting mark PREX) created the Elkhart and Western on May 1, 2001 from a 10-mile (16 km) stretch of the Michigan Southern Railroad. The line begins at its junction with the Norfolk Southern Railway near the center of Elkhart, then crosses the St. Joseph River which it follows westward, and finally ends on the northeast side of Mishawaka in neighboring St. Joseph County.

Freight hauled on the E&W consists mainly of auto frames, lumber and cement.

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The EWR received its two locomotives from Pioneer Railcorp, and although the units no longer have the Pioneer reporting marks the units are still owned by EWR's parent.

Number Model Acquired Notes
911 EMD GP9 2001 Built as Milwaukee Road (MILW) GP9 315; sold to Minnesota Valley Authority (MNVA) 315; became PREX 911. Rail-fans have labeled this unit as EWR GP9R 911 which is neither its correct reporting mark nor unit classification.
1000 GP10 2001 Built as Great Northern (GN) GP7 622; sold to Illinois Central Gulf (ICG) 8465 and rebuilt to GP10; to Illinois Central (IC) 8465; became PREX 1000.

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