Vermilion Valley Railroad

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Vermilion Valley Railroad
Vermilion Valley Railroad logo.png
Reporting mark VVRR
Locale Western Indiana, eastern Illinois
Dates of operation 2003–
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Headquarters Connersville, Indiana

The Vermilion Valley Railroad (reporting mark VVRR) is a 5.9-mile (9.5 km) short-line railroad that operates across the Indiana-Illinois state line, connecting the Flex-N-Gate Corporation facility west of Covington, Indiana with CSX Transportation in Danville, Illinois. The line is owned by the FNG Logistics Company (reporting mark FNG), a subsidiary of auto parts manufacturer Flex-N-Gate, its primary customer. Operations by the VVRR, owned by the Indiana Boxcar Corporation, began in 2003 after CSX abandoned the ex-New York Central Railroad line.


The line was completed in 1869 by the Indianapolis, Crawfordsville and Danville Railroad, and later became part of the Pekin-Indianapolis line of the Peoria and Eastern Railway, a New York Central Railroad subsidiary.[1] Successor Conrail abandoned the portion between Olin and Crawfordsville by 1985,[2][3] and in 1999 the remaining pieces were conveyed to New York Central Lines LLC for operation by CSX.[4] CSX filed with the Surface Transportation Board for abandonment between Danville and Olin in 2001, since there had been no traffic for the past three years.[5] Flex-N-Gate Corporation submitted an offer of financial assistance and bought the line through newly created FNG Logistics Corporation in December 2002.[6] The Vermilion Valley Railroad began operating the line in April 2003.[7]


  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, Division & Region Maps, January 1983
  3. ^ Conrail, Division Map Booklet, March 1985
  4. ^ Consolidated Rail Corporation, System Map Showing the Proposed Acquisition of Conrail Lines & Rights (reformatted by Norfolk Southern Engineering Systems), July 9, 1997
  5. ^ STB Docket No. AB-565 (Sub. No. 4X), October 5, 2001
  6. ^ STB Docket No. AB-565 (Sub-No. 4X), April 28, 2003
  7. ^ Railroad Retirement Board, Employer Status Determination: Vermilion Valley Railroad Company, Inc., June 30, 2003

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