About the INDIANA HARBOR BELT RAILROAD
The Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad is the largest switch carrier in the U.S. with 54 miles of mainline track (24 miles of which is double main track) and 266 miles of additional yard and siding track.
The IHB provides a wide variety of services, including industrial switching with 160 customers, generating 170,000 carloads of business annually. The IHB interchanges daily with 16 other rail carriers in Chicago. A growing fleet of approximately 1,400 freight cars is geared predominately to the steel industry. The industrial traffic base includes 4 of the 5 largest steel producers in the U.S. and a large aluminum processor, oil refineries, corn millers, grain elevators, chemical plants, warehouses, lumber transloading, and bulk transfer operations. IHB's industrial traffic consists of 38% primary metals, 12% chemicals & petroleum products, 11% food products, 8% scrap iron, 7% coal & coke, 6% whole grain, as well as a variety of other products including lumber, paper, and aggregates. The IHB also operates as an intermediate switch carrier between the 12 trunk-line railroads for traffic interchanged between them in Chicago, generating an additional 475,000 revenue cars.
The IHB main line circles
Chicago from near OHare to Northwest Indiana and roughly parallels Interstate 294
(Tri-state Expressway) and I-80/94. Its primary yard, Blue Island (a 44 class track hump
yard) at Riverdale, IL lies in about the center of the railroad. Other major yards
includes Gibson (in Hammond, IN) which only classifies cars of new autos and Michigan
Avenue Yard (in East Chicago) which serves the extensive steel plants which accounts for
IHBs primary business. From East Chicago, the IHB operates east for an additional 16
miles on trackage rights to access Burns Harbor, IN and Portage, IN, which includes
Indianas International Port.
visitors since 1/20/2003 at 10:30 am.
The IHB logo is a registered service mark of the Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad Company. Its use without the express written permission of the Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad is strictly prohibited.