Anacostia Rail Holdings (ARH), which operates six freight railroads across the U.S., has been honored with the Corporate Distinguished Service Award of the National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA), presented at the association’s Fall 2019 meeting in St. Louis.
The award recognizes NDTA corporate members who have provided outstanding support for the association’s goals and programs, which include exhibitions, conferences, symposia, and industry workshops. Accepting the award was ARH Senior Director of Business Development Scott Lurkins, who is a member of NDTA’s Rail Subcommittee.
“This is a great forum for military and private sectors to gather around the same table and find ways to make shipping by rail easier,” says Lurkins. “ARH is committed to our support of NDTA and working closely with our railroad partners and military leaders to further develop our military’s use of rail transportation.
Formed in 1944, the NDTA has served the nation’s defense and homeland security infrastructures by providing an environment where government, military, and private sector professionals can address challenges in the fields of logistics, transportation, and moving people.
Anacostia Rail Holdings has established a significant profile in military logistics through its subsidiary Louisville & Indiana Railroad (LIRC), which provides rail service to Camp Atterbury in south-central Indiana via a new state-of-the-art rail facility at nearby Edinburgh. Operated by the Indiana National Guard, Camp Atterbury is a 34,000-acre facility capable of offering training for up to two full brigades.
LIRC inaugurated service to Camp Atterbury in 2017 with a National Guard training mission that simulated combat operations and involved approximately 309 railcars, 1,207 pieces of equipment, and 6,000 soldiers.
The Illinois National Guard staged a similar deployment at the camp in 2018, and the Minnesota National Guard also conducted training at the site. In 2019, LIRC managed multiple rail deployments from the camp to Beaumont, Texas.