This line, originally known as the Indianapolis, Crawfordsville and Western Traction Company, was nicknamed the "Ben Hur Route" in honor of Lew Wallace of Crawfordsville, author of the novel "Ben Hur."

In 1912, it became part of the Terre Haute, Indianapolis & Eastern Traction Company. The THI&E; continued to operate the "Ben Hur Special" train between Crawfordsville and Indianapolis, but the THI&E; was not a very financially strong company, and by 1930, it was abandoning branch lines.  The last train ran on the Indianapolis-Crawfordsville line on October 31, 1930.

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