October 5, 2021

Monday October 4th marked the fist revenue train operation for the New Castle Southern Railroad (NCS), shown here at 15th Street in New Castle IN with 10 loads of sand for Grede Foundry.  NCS operates 21 miles of track in  Henry and Wayne County Indiana, serving New Castle IN, Cambridge City IN, and Beesons IN.  Line services Homestead’s newest transload center in New Castle IN, offering customizable full commodity transloading and warehousing services.

July 28, 2021

Meet the newest member of the CCET Roster – GP15-1 # 1686, shown here in her new livery at Sardinia OH.  The 1686 and sister unit 1657 began their careers at the Missouri Pacific Railroad as MP 1657 and MP 1686.  We look forward to these units providing many years of service to the CCET

May 12, 2021

ORDC Press Release
The Ohio Rail Development Commission today approved a $150,000 grant to the Cincinnati Eastern Railroad (CCET) to provide rail service to the new Purina facility in Batavia.
These funds will be used to help construct a 1,100-foot connecting track, the last piece of rail infrastructure needed to link CCET with the Purina facility and ensure timely, effective rail service. The track is estimated to cost about $910,000. This work is in support of the $550-million investment in the Purina facility which will have 300 employees when construction is completed. The company plans to be operational in early 2023. Rail is an integral part of this facility’s logistics chain. Served by the CCET, Purina will receive a significant amount of inbound grain via rail. The facility will have extensive on-site rail infrastructure. This CCET project is the access point to that on-site infrastructure connecting the Purina plant to CCET’s network.
James Nobbe, Vice President and Director of Business Development, CCET, said: “Cincinnati Eastern Railroad, in conjunction with our partners at Norfolk Southern, is honored that Nestle Purina PetCare has chosen a location on our railroad to construct their new $550 million state-of-the-art pet food plant. We appreciate the continued support of the Ohio Rail Development Commission on this and other projects which have preserved and expanded rail service in southwest and south-central Ohio.”
Matthew Dietrich, Executive Director of the ORDC, said: “ORDC is happy to be able to help CCET make all the necessary improvements to connect the new Purina facility to the national rail network. Not only will this project provide Purina with better logistics but it will also help build traffic on a line that was once in jeopardy of being taken out of service. The Purina project is a great example of how rail-served sites benefit Ohio’s site selection efforts.”

December 4, 2020.  Homestead Rail in conjunction with our partners at the Union City Terminal Railroad, now offers full service, all commodity transloading services in Union City TN, with connecting service to the Canadian National Railroad.  Here we see a UTC locomotive spotting the FIRST car to arrive at the new Homestead Rail managed transload center on December 3, 2020.    

November 10. 2020.  Progress is being made at CCET’s two large projects.  The new entrance to the CCET Transload Center on Roundbottom Road is complete, and the unloading equipment is being installed.  Meanwhile, construction is in full swing at Nestle Purina’s new plant on line.


October 26, 2020.  Cincinnati Eastern Railroad, in conjunction with our partners at Norfolk Southern, is honored that Nestle Purina PetCare has chosen a location on the Cincinnati Eastern to construct their new $550 million, state of the art pet food plant.  Welcome Aboard Nestle Purina PetCare

September 9, 2020.  Tuesday Sept 8 saw the installation of the unloading pit for Transload Facility in Milford.  Conveyor installation coming soon.

August 3, 2020.  Work continues at CCET’s new transload facility in Milford.   Several loads of conveyors and unloading equipment have arrived for installation.  Unloading activity taking place at BZak Landscaping will transfer to this new facility soon. 

June 8, 2020.  Cincinnati Eastern has broken ground on a new transload terminal in Milford OH. This will be a full service terminal with truck scales and is a replacement for our current transloading operations.  It is also the future home of Hanson Aggregates Clermont Resale Yard, which will be fed by unit trains of stone originating at Hanson’s CCET served Eagle and Plum Run facilities.

March 24, 2020.  Cincinnati Eastern Railroad teamed up with Edwards Moving and Rigging of Shelbyville KY to move a large 138 KV electrical transformer into Sardinia OH for a new electrical substation north of Mt Orab OH.  This critical piece of infrastructure orignated on the Kansas City Southern Railroad System, who handed it off to our partners at Norfolk Southern in St Louis,  The massive load had a gross weight of 443,695 lbs and was over 18 feet, 6 inches tall and 11 feet 4 inches wide. 

December 10, 2019.   Cincinnati Eastern Railroad (CCET) is happy to announce that we have secured a lease extension with Norfolk Southern.  Docket Number FD 36370 was filed with the STB today.  This lease extension secures CCET’s future and allows for continued investment and commitments needed to continue growing the franchise.

September 30, 2019.   WELCOME GARICK LLC as the newest customer of the Cincinnati Eastern Railroad.  Garick is a leading distributor and processor of renewable and sustainable natural resource products in the United States and Canada, servicing the landscape, recreation, lawn, garden, and construction markets. With 8 processing facilities, and over 40 independent copackers, terminals and ports located throughout the United States, Garick has the capability to supply a complete range of products in bags, bulk, or barges throughout North America.

September 25, 2019.  Service to one of CCET’s newest customers has commenced with the arrival of the first two pressure differential covered hopper loads of crushed limestone at Omni Materials,division of Mt Carmel Stabilization Group.  Mt. Carmel Stabilization Group, Inc. provides soil stabilization services in the United States and Canada. The company offers soil drying, soil modification, full depth reclamation, asphalt pulverization, bentonite lining, and frozen coal pulverization services. It handles airports, departments of transportation, commercial/residential, wind energy, and oil and gas development projects.  

APRIL 25, 2019  WELCOME Pavestone Company LLC to the Cincinnati Eastern Railroad family of customers.  They are one of our newest customers, receiving raw material by rail.  Pavestone Company, LLC manufactures and distributes segmental concrete products for commercial, residential, contractor, industrial, and retail consumer markets. The company offers stone and concrete brick paving products, including concrete pavers, patio stones, retaining and freestanding wall systems, concrete edging, and landscape accessories. Its accessories include landscape rock, sealers and cleaners, vinyl edging and plastic edging, geosynthetic reinforcement, landscape fabrics, wall adhesives, soil amendments, and paver accessories, as well as joint, base, and play sand. The company also provides driveway, pathway, patio, wall, step, terrace, pool deck, and commercial design ideas; stone fireplaces and fire pits for outdoor living space; and how to guides for installing pavers, landscape rock, and landscape edging, as well as building retaining walls, patios, and rumblestones. It offers its products through retailers, distributors, and dealers in the United States.