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Midland Railway Company report

 Collection — Folder: S2382
Identifier: S2382

Scope and Contents

This collection contains a 22-page report on the Midland Railway Company prepared by E. C. M. Rand, an expert railway examiner of Rand's Rating Agency. The report includes an 1889 map of Indiana with a line drawn showing the approximate route of the railroad; a list of the cities, towns and villages the railroad passed through; quotes from affidavits given by people living along the line regarding the condition of the railway; and the estimate by the examiner of the value of the property and the cost to clear title, pay debts, make repairs, and so on to make it a profitable railroad.


  • 1900

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Historical Note

The Midland Railway Company was originally chartered as the Anderson, Lebanon and St. Louis Railroad and began service between Anderson in Madison County and Noblesville in Hamilton County in 1876. The name was changed to the Cleveland, Indiana and St. Louis Railroad in 1882 and then sold under foreclosure in April 1885 and reorganized as the Midland Railway Company. It expanded westward as far as Browns Valley in Montgomery County, a distance of around 74 miles from Anderson. Henry Crawford, owner of the Chicago and South Eastern, acquired the Midland in 1891. The railway continued to have financial difficulties and it was jointly acquired by the Pennsylvania and Big Four railroads at a foreclosure sale in 1902 and began service as the Central Indiana Railway in 1903.


Information found within collection.

Sanders, Craig. Limiteds, Locals, and Expresses in Indiana, 1838-1971. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2003.

Simons, Richard S. and Francis H. Parker. Railroads of Indiana. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1987.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a purchase from Bookazine on 1943/07/03.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/07/21 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2022/07/21 by Laura Eliason.
Midland Railway Company report
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.