Template:Nofootnotes Template:Infobox SG rail The Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad Template:Reporting mark is a Class III railroad in the United States. The line is comprised of Template:Convert of track—30 miles of single mainline track, Template:Convert of double main track and Template:Convert of additional yard and side track—starting northwest of Chicago in Franklin Park, Illinois, traveling southeast around the city to its headquarters in Hammond, Indiana.
The line's largest yard, Blue Island, is located in Riverdale, Illinois with other yards in the Indiana cities of Hammond and East Chicago. The Gibson Yard, located in Hammond, is arguably the largest auto-switching operation in the United States.
Throughout the 1970s and 1990s to the present, Indiana Harbor Belt operated an extensive interlocking tower system including: East End, Osbourne, Calumet, Stewart Avenue, Graselli, 55th Street and Argo towers and North Harvey switch tender. They later took over State Line tower from the Chicago and Western Indiana Railroad.
Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad Police Edit
The Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad Police Department consists of 15 sworn officers and is, current to 2006, directed by Chief of Police Vic Barks and Assistant Chief Rob Olszowka. Operating under the authority of state and federal statute, the IHBPD is responsible for the protection of employees, property and assets on or about IHB property in the states of Indiana and Illinois.
- ↑ Surface Transportation Board, THE BELT RAILWAY COMPANY OF CHICAGO -- TRACKAGE RIGHTS EXEMPTION -- INDIANA HARBOR BELT RAILROAD COMPANY, January 9, 2002
- Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad
- RAILChicago - Chicago RAILExperts
- Indiana Harbor Belt Archive (railfan site)
- Shortlines of Chicago Historical Society IHB History