Indianapolis Union Railway Company

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The Indianapolis Union Railway Company was founded in the 1850s. The company owned and maintained the Indianapolis Union Station and in 1882 leased the railway equipment, track, and facilities of the Indianapolis Belt Railroad and Stock Yards Company. Since its creation this railroad entity was for the purpose of easing and streamlining the exchange of freight and passengers between the different railroad companies that ran through Indianapolis. In April of 1976 the ownership of IURC was transferred from Penn Central to Conrail.

From the description of Records, 1849-1991. (Indiana Historical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 156879132

The first movement by the railroads entering Indianapolis to provide a cooperative working arrangement took form in the organization of the Union Track Railway Company, an unincorporated company, by the Presidents of the Madison and Indianapolis, The Terre Haute and Richmond and the Indianapolis and Bellefontaine Railroad Companies, at a meeting held May 31, 1850. In the absence of any general law under which the Company was willing to incorporate, the real estate purchased and the right-of-way acquired were taken in the names of the individual companies mentioned above. By resolution of the Board of Directors of August 12, 1853, the name of the Company was changed to The Indianapolis Union Railway Company.

On March 25, 1885, the then five proprietary companies executed an acceptance of the general law of Indiana approved March 2, 1885, in regard to the incorporation of union railway companies, and thereby became a corporation of the State of Indiana. The Indianapolis Union Railway Company owns a railroad 1.72 miles in length and a Union Depot, and operates, under lease, the railroad of The Belt Railroad and Stock Yards Company, a belt line 14.16 miles in length, at Indianapolis, Indiana. The stock of the Indianapolis Union Railway Company, represented by Certificates of Ownership was owned 60% by Pennsylvania Railroad interests and 40% by New York Central System.

The present Indianapolis Union Station was opened in October 1888. Most of the company's trackage was elevated to remove grade crossings between 1914 and 1931. The trackage was sold to the Consolidated Rail Corporation in 1976. As of 1980 the Indianapolis Union Railway Company was an inactive subsidiary of the Penn Central Corporation.

From the description of Minutes, 1923-1942 [microform]. (Hagley Museum & Library). WorldCat record id: 86134123

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Pennsylvania Railroad Company. Office of Chief of Corporate Work. Records, 1901-1949 (bulk 1925-1946). Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn Penn Central Transportation Company Records, 1835-1981, 1835-1960 Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
creatorOf Indianapolis Union Railway Company. Records, 1849-1991. Indiana Historical Society Library
referencedIn Cunningham, Richard. Railroad materials, 1964-1985. Indiana Historical Society Library
referencedIn Penn Central Transportation Company. Passenger Operations Dept. Penn Central Transportation Company Passenger Operations Dept. Records, 1968-1977 Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn Pennsylvania Railroad Company. Western Region. Office of General Manager. Records, 1922-1955 (bulk 1922-1939). Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn Pennsylvania Lines West of Pittsburgh. Office of Chief Engineer. Records, 1874-1927 (bulk, 1890-1920). Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn Indianapolis Union Railway Company. Maintenance of Way Dept. Records, 1885-1956, bulk 1885-1930. Indiana Historical Society Library
referencedIn Pennsylvania Railroad Company. Legal Dept. Records, 1855-1968, (bulk 1910-1950). Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn Pennsylvania Lines West of Pittsburgh. Office of Chief Engineer. Records, 1870-1927 (bulk, 1890-1920). Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn Pennsylvania Railroad Company. Financial Dept. Records, 1899-1971. Hagley Museum & Library
creatorOf Indianapolis Union Railway Company. Minutes, 1923-1942 [microform]. Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn Pennsylvania Railroad Company. Financial Dept. Records of Vice President Henry Tatnall, 1897-1940 (bulk 1909-1940). Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn Union Station (Indianapolis, Ind.). Collection, 1882-1996. Indiana Historical Society Library
referencedIn Gilbreath, Joseph F. Papers, 1877-1915. Indiana Historical Society Library
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Indiana--Indianapolis
Indianapolis (Ind.)
Indiana
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Stockyards
Railroad accidents--Photographs
Railroads--Business records
Transportation
Railroads
Railroads--Correspondence
Railroads--Financial statements
Railroad terminals
Business records
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Active 1849

Active 1991

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