Madison Railroad's Origins


Madison, Indiana

Madison Railroad is strategically located between the three metropolitan areas of Louisville (Kentucky), Cincinnati (Ohio), and Indianapolis (Indiana). Madison and Jefferson County are accessible to 65% of the US marketplace within a one-day's drive. The convenience of a 3,400 acre industrial park offers development opportunities and access to loading dock facilities.

Madison, Indiana, is a bustling river town renowned for its historic architecture and focus on quality of life. Madison Railroad is dedicated to working with the business community to enhance industrial and economic development throughout our region.

Madison Railroad began operation in September 1978. The railroad operates the remaining segment of Indiana's first rail line, the Madison and Indianapolis Railroad, which dates back to 1836. The railroad was the oldest in the Pennsylvania system west of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Madison Railroad has been owned and operated by the City of Madison since 1981. The line was purchased from Penn Central in order to maintain rail service to the community. Since then, over $6 million dollars have been spent on track and bridge upgrades to ensure reliable, quality service to our customers.

Madison Railroad continues to assist the community in growing business. Our future depends on business retention and business growth. Business retention is assured through consistent delivery of cost-effective, competitive, high-quality customer service. Our goal is to stimulate economic growth for our community in order to assure a healthy environment in which to live.