The Chesapeake and Indiana Railroad will match a $300,000 grant from the Industrial Rail Service Fund to make $600,000 in improvements along the railroad line that runs from La Crosse to Wellsboro, Ind. The grant was awarded via the Indiana Department of Transportation, which manages the IRS Fund on behalf of the state CKIN was one of only 10 applicants to receive grant awards, and will match the grant funds 100-percent with private money. More than 4,400 new cross ties will be installed on the 15-mile stretch of line that runs through La Porte County.