South Bend’s Union Station, an art deco gem. It once hosted trains from the NYC and
Grand Trunk. Now it is the “Union Station Technology Center” which is a high tech,
hosted data center.
Curtain wall construction of Studebaker Building 84.
This view looks at the only one of two surviving Studebaker buildings left in downtown
South Bend. In this case, Building 84. Most were torn down in the mid 2000s. It is used
as a warehouse by South Bend Warehousing and Distribution today with plans to convert
it to a massive data center. Building 84 was serviced by Studebaker’s in-plant railroad.
A view looking north along United Drive with Studebaker Building 84 to the east and
what appears to be a CN (Grand Trunk) train on the viaduct.
Another remnant of the South Shore track that serviced the industrial park near the
airport. This view looks west from North Kenmore.
Remains of former PRR Vandalia Line looking south from Calvert.
Remains of former PRR Vandalia Line looking north from Ewing
Remains of former PRR Vandalia Line, active into circa 2006 with
the Norfolk Southern to reach Hanson Cold Storage south of Ewing.
NS reached this former PRR trackage via a connection off the former
NJI&I near Indiana Avenue. In 2014 NS filed a petition to
abandon this trackage from a point east of Prairie Avenue citing
now shipments for at least two years.
Former South Shore track that serviced Bendix.
This train station served both the South Shore Line after it abandoned its trackage into
downtown South Bend in 1971 as well as Amtrak. The track that goes alongside the
station at one time continued on into downtown South Bend along street trackage for
much of its route. The station today continues to serve as Amtrak’s South Bend station.
Amtrak runs on the former NYC tracks to the right or south on today’s NS.
Boxcar spotted on the spur at the South Bend Tribune's warehouse
along Prairie Avenue. This customer is serviced by NS using a
combination of mostly former St. Joseph, South Bend, & Southern
(NYC subsidiary, later PC/Conrail) trackage and former NJI&I
This view looks south across the former South Shore Line spur into
South Bend Sand & Gravel. In the distance is busy Lincolnway
Way West. The track on the right or west belongs to NICTD and it
will continue onto the South Bend airport station. This track now
used by NICTD at one time was also used by freight trains of the
South Shore to reach an industrial park alongside Bendix Drive.
It might not look like much but to the right of the metal shed
housing the grade crossing protection equipment for Walnut Avenue
is a gate across the former Indiana Northern shortline. Until a
track consolidation project by NS circa 2006 this track was still
visible outside the gate. According to Google Maps the Indiana
Northern tracks are still there past the gate and almost all the
way to Sample Street. The Indiana Northern was owned by Oliver
Chilled Plow for in-house switching on the north side of Sample
Street. It also served other industries like the Wilson Brothers
Shirt Company. The NJI&I eventually acquired the Indiana
Northern. Another surviving bit of Indiana Northern tracks are in
the former Wilson Brothers Shirt Company complex which was a