Vandalia Railroad - Bridgeport Station?(Indiana)

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Vandalia Railroad - Bridgeport Station?(Indiana)

Postby doublestacks » Sat May 04, 2013 7:50 pm

Hi all, im from indiana. I'm specifically trying to find as much information as possible about the old station that was in Bridgeport, Indiana. A small unincorperated town just west of indianapolis. It sat on the terre haute line. From historic text i found that it was closed in 1906.

Did interurbans run this line as well? Old maps label the line as Terre Haute, Indianapolis, & Eastern Traction Company.

Anybody have any pictures of the station or anything pertaining to the line?


Thanks in advance.
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Re: Vandalia Railroad - Bridgeport Station?(Indiana)

Postby CarterB » Mon May 06, 2013 8:40 am

The Vandalia and the THI&E ran parallel thru Bridgeport. THI&E had a station there, not sure about Vandalia.
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Re: Vandalia Railroad - Bridgeport Station?(Indiana)

Postby doublestacks » Mon May 06, 2013 10:01 pm

I stand to correct myself on railroad history. I think the vandalia had done away with the station 2 years after its charter. The Terre Haute & Richmond Railroad would have been the operator of the station like you said (Th,I&E). The dates of operation would be 1852 to 1906.
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Re: Vandalia Railroad - Bridgeport Station?(Indiana)

Postby CarterB » Tue May 07, 2013 8:57 am

IIRC the Terre Haute & Richmond [1851] (then Terre Haute and Indianapolis [1865]), was a predecesssor of the Vandalia [1868], being bought out by the PRR in 1893. There was a Vandalia station in Bridgeport closed on or before 1910.

The THI&E was formed 1 March 1907 consolidating the Indianapolis & Western Railway and the Terre Haute Traction & Light Co. portion/s into the system. (among others) Not sure exactly when the traction line through Bridgeport was built or by whom (Indianapolis Coal Traction?) or where the traction station may have been. The THI&E ran just south of the Vandalia.
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Re: Vandalia Railroad - Bridgeport Station?(Indiana)

Postby doublestacks » Wed May 08, 2013 3:34 pm

With gas being 4.00 a gallon nowdays it makes me wish there wasnt so much abandonment. Those redundant tracks would serve a practical purpose and wouldnt hold up traffic like a city bus doing 20mph under the speed limit all the time.
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