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Another industrial building on South Bend’s south side, off Franklin.
Coal piles from the transload operation, moving coal from rail to truck for Notre Dame.
Equipment used during transload of coal off the NS (NJI&I) from hoppers to trucks to service the University of Notre Dame’s power plant. ND was once serviced directly by Conrail (ex-PC, NYC) but when NS took over Conrail it embargoed service over the 3.2 mile line to ND and forced ND to use trucks. ND since then moved mainly to natural gas for its power plant so it is unclear how much use this transload operation still sees.
Former Conrail/NYC track that crossed the South Shore to reach Bendix. Bendix (now Bosch) is no longer rail served.
South Shore and later NICTD track. Originally built by the South Shore to reach freight customers and later used by NICTD to access the South Bend airport terminal. The former Bendix factory-a South Shore customer at one time-is in the background.
The track on the left or south was the former South Shore lead to its original downtown South Bend station and coach yard as well as multiple freight customers. The track on the right was used to service Bendix. In later years the South Shore successor freight operator used it to store coal hoppers. When passenger service was cut back to a new building shared with Amtrak in 1971 on the outskirts of west South Bend the track on the left became the track to reach the new station at Meade and Washington. After NICTD relocated to the South Bend airport terminal in the 1990s Amtrak continues to use this station.
The Pennsylvania’s Vandalia Line terminated in South Bend across the street from Studebaker’s headquarters at this station. The PRR also serviced Studebaker from tracks that were just west of the station.
The notched look of the Studebaker headquarters building at the NW corner of Bronson and Main in downtown South Bend was to accommodate a track that once connected the PRR’s Vandalia Line to the NYC. When the NYC (and Grand Trunk) were elevated onto a viaduct through downtown South Bend the connection was severed to the PRR but the notch remained.
This building was the former headquarters for Studebaker which was an independent American auto manufacturer. Later it was the headquarters for the South Bend public schools. In recent years it was purchased by the City of South Bend which is in the process of restoring it.
Another view of Studebaker’s former headquarters. Studebaker at one time was serviced by its own in-house industrial railroad as well as by competing Class I railroads and their affiliates including the NYC, the PRR, and Wabash. Studebaker eventually shut down its South Bend plant in December of 1963 and consolidated remaining auto production at its Hamilton, ON, plant. In 1966 Studebaker eliminated its automotive division to focus on other, more profitable lines of business and its headquarters were relocated to New York City.
View looking north from Huron Street toward the former NJI&I depot and office. NJI& tracks still embedded in Huron Street and alley on the west side and south of Huron. NYC (Michigan Central) remains visible south of Huron and a few hundred feet west of NJI&I track.