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Cambria & Indiana - Railroad

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Cambria & Indiana - Railroad
Company Name Cambria & Indiana
Category Railroad
Year Founded 1911
Final Year of Operation 1994
Termination Dissolved
Successor/Parent Bethlehem Steel (Details)
Country United States (Details)
Source of Text Bluford Shops
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Cambria & Indiana - Railroad



Company History: The Cambria & Indiana was born in 1911 with the renaming of the Blacklick & Yellow Creek Railroad. The line ran in its namesake counties in Pennsylvania. Built as a lumber hauler, coal quickly took over as the primary commodity. In the 1930s and 40s, the C&I was the richest railroad per mile of track in the country but when oil and gas became more popular for home heating, some of this traffic disappeared. C&I had always owned many more hoppers than they could possibly load on their own line. This large fleet was rented to other railroads to load where needed. In 1950, the railroad was sold to Bethlehem Steel who could then keep their own freight car production lines busy between orders building hoppers for the C&I. Those hoppers could then be rented out. In 1963, Bethlehem Steel opened a new coal mine on the line which fed considerable traffic to the C&I for the next 31 years. The closure of this last mine on the C&I led to the closure of the railroad in 1994. Like the Conemaugh & Black Lick, C&I eventually adopted the yellow and black paint scheme used for all of Bethlehem Steel's shortlines.

Brief History:
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Item created by: gdm on 2017-10-10 09:55:47. Last edited by gdm on 2019-03-30 11:30:21

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